Ethereal is the debut studio album by American actress and singer, Sofia Carson. It was released on January 27, 2017, through Capitol Records. The double A-side singles, "Ethereal" and "Confident" were released on August 19, 2016, with "Ethereal" being serviced to mainstream radio immediately after release. The song went on to peak at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the US Mainstream Top 40 chart as well as multiple international charts. "Confident" peaked at number 50 on the Hot 100. Two more singles preceded the album's release, the feisty breakup anthem "Not About You" on November 18, 2016, and the vulnerable ballad "Fragile Feelings" on January 6, 2017. Following the album's release, a further four singles were serviced to contemporary hit radio with the first of these being "Eclipse" on April 18, 2017, followed by "Get Me Started" on August 4, 2017 and concluding with "Used to This" and "Can't Get Over You" on January 5, 2017 and January 12, 2017, respectively. Carson stated that the album was born from a mix of personal struggles and a feeling of unfulfillment. Ethereal was well-received by music critics, with many calling it a strong debut effort. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 Albums chart with 144,000 sales (96,000 pure sales).
Carson embarked on the Ethereal Tour, which began in the summer of 2017. The tour ran until December 2017, spanning 48 shows across three legs. The first leg took place in North America across the United States and Canada. It ran from June to August 2017. The second leg took place across Asia and ran from September to October 2017. The third leg took place across Oceania and ran from November to December 2017, officially concluding the tour.
Speaking in an interview for Apple Music on the subject of the album, Carson stated that she hoped to showcase her current state of mind with her debut effort. She also teased an unreleased track titled "Dance Like You Mean It". Carson appeared on the radio program On Air with Ryan Seacrest and told Seacrest that she created the album in such a short amount of time because she had "always had a clear vision of what the album should look and sound like".