Seal Says No to Albums, Focusing Only on Releasing Singles
Following the end of his contract with record label Warner Bros., Seal notes he is no longer planning on making full-length studio albums. Instead, the "Kiss From a Rose" singer intends to focus on releasing singles because he believes they are more exciting to do.
As reported by Billboard, Seal's contract with Warner Bros. Records recently ended. Since he has no plans of signing with a different major record company in the future, that means his latest studio album 7, which came out in November 2015, could be his last.
This doesn't necessarily mean that Seal is already thinking about retiring from the music industry. Instead, he wants to use his time as an independent artist to write music the way he wants to.
"I won't be making albums in the same way," he told Billboard. "I will be releasing songs. I think there's an immediacy and a freedom which comes with that, to release music as and when I see fit. The playing field is different these days. The concept of going into a studio for however long and making a concept album, so to speak, I don't know if that's relevant these days or if indeed that is practical to do. It's certainly not so effective."
"I don't intend on signing with another major [label]," he added. "It's not something I really want to do."
Seal then went on to say that the methods involved in creating albums and singles are very different. For instance, the length of time allocated in working inside a studio for an album can sometimes affect the quality of the songs featured in it.
Purely working on singles, on the other hand, gives artists the freedom to release fresh tracks whenever they want to.
"There's a kind of refreshing rawness about it," he said. "It doesn't get overcooked, overbaked and is not necessarily refined as it would be when an album is released."
Seal is currently preparing to start the U.S. leg of his tour. Aside from the songs featured in the 7 album, fans can also expect to hear the artist's other hits such as "Future Love Paradise," "Violet" and "Fly Like an Eagle." The tour's first stop will be on Aug. 18 at the Seminole in Hollywood, California.
Less than 1 week away for the US Tour! pic.twitter.com/KKJTGQk4kW
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