Ed Sheeran kicked off a new era of his career with his latest album Autumn Variations, and his fans in the UK were certainly paying attention. The singer’s latest LP easily topped the charts in his home country, becoming his seventh consecutive album to do so.
Autumn Variations hit the shelves on September 29, and Sheeran released it through his own label Gingerbread Man. The album features a total of 14 tracks, inspired by the singer’s friends, but Sheeran opted not to drop any singles or music videos from this record and released ambiental live performances of the album’s tracklist instead.
Speaking exclusively to Official Charts, Sheeran thanked everyone who helped make Autumn Variations the No. 1 album in the UK and added this award means more than any before it because this is his first album on his own record label Gingerbread Man Records.
“I had no expectations for the record other than for fans to love it and feel it was their own. It being on my own label meant it didn’t have the usual pressures or expectations, but to end up going #1 is mad and I really don’t take it for granted,” wrote Sheeran on Instagram.
To make the whole thing even better, Autumn Variations isn’t even Sheeran’s first album to top the charts in the UK this year. His final mathematical-themed album Subtract hit the shelves back in May, and it was the fastest-selling album of 2023 in the UK at the time, with 76,000 chart units earned during its first week.