Posts tagged with "Sam Smith"

DECLAN J DONOVAN

22-year old UK singer-songwriter Declan J Donovan’s releases latest song “Vienna.”  “Vienna,” recorded with George Ezra producer Cam Blackwood, captures Donovan’s storytelling knack.  He weaves tales about his friends and family into his songs and loves finding magic in the mundanity of everyday life.  

LISTEN TO “VIENNA” HERE, WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

The first track Declan ever wrote, “Fallen So Young,” written especially for his brother’s wedding, was a huge success when he uploaded it to Soundcloud, getting a million plays within six months. In the wake of that triumph, he self-funded three tours around the UK and Europe, eventually landing a record deal at Epic Records in Germany, where major labels caught word of this unsigned troubadour from England playing to sold-out crowds who knew the words to every song.  He was one of the only unsigned acts to play last year’s BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend, appearing alongside Taylor Swift, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith and more.

Julia Michaels Releases “Deep” Music Video

GRAMMY® Award-nominated and multi-platinum selling artist JULIA MICHAELS releases the video for “Deep” today. Watch it HERE. The video follows the recent release for Inner Monologue Part I via Republic Records. Listen HERE.

JULIA MICHAELS recently surprised fans with the release of INNER MONOLOGUE PART I, a collection of highly anticipated new music featuring collaborations with Selena Gomez on “Anxiety” and Niall Horan on “What A Time.”  Upon arrival, the EP debuted at #1 on the iTunes Pop Albums Chart and #5 Overall iTunes Albums Chart, prompting three worldwide trending hashtags on Twitter.  In addition to critical acclaim, the music also received extensive support from artists like Shawn Mendes, Sam Smith, James Bay, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Ingrid Michaelson, Selena Gomez, Niall Horan, and more.  Following the release, MICHAELS joined country superstar Keith Urban on the Australian Leg of his current world tour and will hit the road this March-May with P!NK on her “Beautiful Trauma World Tour.” 

This spring, she also embarks on her first-ever headline tour “The Inner Monologue Tour” and unveils INNER MONOLOGUE PART II.

In 2015, MICHAELS transitioned from behind-the-scenes as a top songwriter for the likes of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez into a force in her own right. As a solo act, she forged an unbreakable bond with countless fans worldwide and skyrocketed to the forefront of pop. She received two 2018 GRAMMY® Award nominations in top categories such as “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year” for her debut single “Issues” from the 2017 mini-album Nervous System. “Issues” went triple-platinum, crossed 1 billion global streams, achieved consumption of 10 million, emerged as “the top-selling debut single of 2017,” and scored a spot as the only solo female contribution on Variety’s “30 Most Consumed Songs of 2017” list.

MICHAELS fired on all cylinders throughout 2018. Featuring on Clean Bandit’s “I Miss You,” she notched her first Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart in addition to co-writing and lending her voice to Shawn Mendes’ “Like To Be You,” Lauv’s “There’s No Way,” and Noah Kahan’s “Hurt Somebody.” She also landed her first #1 at country radio with Keith Urban’s smash “Coming Home.” Not to mention, she wrote for everyone from Janelle Monàe and P!nk to Christina Aguilera and Jesse Ware as the year went on. Meanwhile, her solo single “Jump” [feat. Trippie Redd] cracked 100 million streams as she hit the stage at Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and the Today Show Summer Concert Series to perform it. Along the way, she toured with the likes of Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Shawn Mendes, and Niall Horan. Most importantly though, these experiences prepared her for INNER MONOLOGUE PART I as she developed not only creatively, but personally as well.

Lewis Capaldi’s Debut Album

Lewis Capaldi will release his debut album — Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent – on May 17th via Capitol Records.  The 22-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter also announced plans for a U.S. June tour and recently shared the official video for his new single, “Someone You Loved,” which stars Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, who portrayed the Twelfth Doctor in the iconic British television show “Dr. Who” and is a distant cousin of Lewis. 

The video, which can be viewed HERE, amassed over one million views in four days and trended on YouTube, hitting #2. “Someone You Loved” and Peter Capaldi also trended on Twitter on the day of release.

In an open, heartfelt letter, Lewis Capaldi explains: 

I’m absolutely buzzing to finally be able to announce my debut album. I never thought I’d get to the point where I’d be able to release a proper album and I ABSOLUTELY never thought that when I did, I would give it a name as stupid I have, but here we are.

Everyone always tells you about how amazing recording their first album was and how they’ll always look back on the ‘process’ with fond memories. I will look back on it as an extremely stressful time that somehow also managed to be extremely boring. The actual process of building the songs up I loved, but recording the same guitar parts over and over again to get them right and going back on mixes for weeks, I did not.

I hope people don’t think it’s shit. I mean don’t get me wrong there will be one or two stinkers on there, but I’m only human and we all make mistakes, but as a whole I think it’s pretty fucking good.

I’m excited for it to be released and have people finally be able to hear a full body of work from me for the first time. Should it bomb completely or receive an absolute critical lambasting, don’t worry, it’s just my life’s work up until this point….

His U.S. tour, which kicks off on June 1st at The Sinclair in Boston, will include a June 4th show at New York City’s Irving Plaza. It will wrap up at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on June 12th. Fans who make a purchase at Capaldi’s online store  http://shop.lewiscapaldi.com before 7:00 PM ET on Thursday, February 21st, will receive a code for an exclusive ticket pre-sale, which begins at 10:00 AM local time on Wednesday, February 20th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 22nd, at 10:00 AM local time at http://www.lewiscapaldi.com. See below for itinerary. Capaldi, who is currently opening for Bastille on the band’s European tour, will kick off his biggest U.K. headline tour to date on November 22nd.

Fans who pre-order Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, available at all digital partners, will instantly receive “Someone You Loved” plus the previously released “Grace,”  Bruises,” “Lost on You” and “Fade.” A CD box set featuring colored vinyl with metallic cover, sunglasses and Lewis calendar is now available exclusively at http://shop.lewiscapaldi.com

Worldwide streams of “Someone You Loved” have topped 60 million while cumulative global streams of all Capaldi’s songs now exceed 400 million. Idolator predicted, “Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’ Is Going To Be Big…It goes without saying that he’s One To Watch.”  Directed by Phil Beastall – known for the short viral film Love is a Gift – the “Someone You Loved” video heightens awareness of the need for organ donors. For more information about organ donation, visit https://livelifegivelife.org.uk.

Recorded over an 18-month period in London, New York and Los Angeles, Capaldi co-wrote each of the 12 songs, working with Malay who also produced, (Frank Ocean, Lorde) Jamie Hartman (Calvin Harris, Rag N Bone Man) and TMS. Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is an ironically titled, but charismatically defining album that’s lyrically candid and a realistic snapshot of the ups and downs of growing up. Lewis’ stunningly identifiable voice, coupled with its turbulent themes of love, loss and heartache, make it a debut album that is both poignant and unequivocally relatable.

Capaldi was hailed as a 2018 Vevo DSCVR Artist To Watch, longlisted for the BBC Sound Of 2018 Poll, and won Breakthrough Artist of the Year honors at the Scottish Music Awards. He is among the Top 350 most listened to artists on Spotify. Capaldi has toured with Rag’n’Bone ManNiall Horan, and Sam Smith, and performed at such festivals as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Splendour in the Grass, Fuji, and Osheaga. He was recently nominated for the BRIT Awards 2019 Critics’ Choice award and named an MTV UK PUSH Ones To Watch artist.  TIME said, “Lewis Capaldi has the kind of deep, textured voice that you could listen to for hours. He finds expressive rough edges, then smooths them out into the sweetest of notes.” 

Lewis Capaldi – U.S. Tour Dates

6/1 Boston, MA The Sinclair

6/2 Camden, NJ WRFF Birthday Celebration @ BB&T Pavilion

6/3 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall

6/4 New York, NY Irving Plaza

6/8 Seattle, WA Chop Suey

6/9 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge

6/11 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

6/12 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre

U.K./IRELAND TOUR DATES

3/27 – 31 – 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland (supporting Picture This)

Headline dates:

11/22 – Belfast, Ulster Hall

11/23 – Manchester, Academy

11/25 – Birmingham, O2 Academy

11/26 – Bristol, O2 Academy

11/28 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall

11/29 – London, O2 Academy Brixton

11/30 – Norwich, UEA

12/2 – Nottingham, Rock City

12/3 – Sheffield, O2 Academy

12/5 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall

12/7 – Glasgow, O2 Academy

12/8 – Glasgow, O2 Academy

UK FESTIVALS

5/9 – Brighton Dome @ The Great Escape – SOLD OUT

7/21 – Tramlines Festival, Hillsborough Park

7/26 – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire

7/27 – Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle

7/28 – Standon Calling, Hertfordshire

8/2 – Indiependence, Cork

8/3 – Belladrum, Inverness

8/11 – Boardmasters, Newquay

8/24 – Victorious, Portsmouth

Sam Smith & Normani’s New Video

SAM SMITH & NORMANI RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE, “DANCING WITH A STRANGER

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Today, Sam Smith & Normaniunveiled the video for their hit single, “Dancing With A Stranger.” Directed by Vaughan Arnell (James Blunt, George Michael), the clip was shot in London. Moving through a sleek, stark home, each artist confronts the empty feeling that follows a break-up and the impulse to fill the void with ephemeral connections. View “Dancing With A Stranger” HERE.

Released earlier this month by Capitol Records, “Dancing With A Stranger” has already racked up over 80 million cumulative streams worldwide. Hailing it as a “Song You Need to Know,” Rolling Stone described it as “deliciously retro” and noted, “Their soulful, understated delivery suggests a moody narrative of two people looking to get an ex off their mind, falling into the arms of someone exciting, nameless and new. Calling it “one of the first genuinely great songs of 2019.” Idolator noted, “they expertly capture the frustration and loneliness of heartbreak, bottling it and presenting it as something both deeply personal and infinitely relatable.” Out said “Dancing With A Stranger” is “a Perfect Breakup Anthem.” Entertainment Weekly observed, “Sam Smith and Normani have teamed up to soundtrack your weekend festivities.” Billboard said, “They’re a smouldering combo, and they’ve delivered something fiery with “Dancing With A Stranger.”

“Dancing With A Stranger” is the first new music from Smith in 2019 and follows his summer 2018 global hit with Calvin Harris, “Promises.” Smith will perform with Harris on February 20 at the BRIT Awards, which will be live streamed on YouTube. Already a three-time BRIT winner, Smith is nominated in the British Male Solo Artist category this year. He has won four GRAMMY awards, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, three Billboard Music Awards, a BET Award and six MOBO Awards, among others.

Since the release of his 2014 debut album, In The Lonely Hour, Smith has sold over 20 million album equivalent units worldwide. His sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard200 and also topped the charts in the U.K, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium. Rolling Stone awarded The Thrill Of It All four stars and hailed Smith as “one of the mightiest, most expressive singers of his generation.”

Normani launched her solo career last year with her debut solo single “Love Lies” with Khalid. “Love Lies” soared to #1 at Top 40 Radio and went double platinum in the U.S. “Love Lies” was the first single Normani released following her global success with multi-platinum group Fifth Harmony. Since then, she has gone on to release a number of new tracks including two songs with Calvin Harris and her recent single, “Waves” feat.6LACK. Normani has also recently collaborated with Quavo and Kehlani. She is currently working on her debut solo album. This March will see her join Ariana Grande on the North American leg of The Sweetener World tour.

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TYLER JACOB Q×A

When did you realize that you wanted to be an artist/fashionista?

All my life I’ve had an attraction to doing things in a different way. I never wanted to look like someone else, never wanted to share my fashion secrets or my music because I had attached so much emotion in creating whatever piece it was or if were music it would never just be a song, for me. I was never like my friends and for a while that was a struggle for me internally. Sometimes I would even sacrifice my own desires to wear certain pieces in order to skip out on the ‘reading’ sessions. That still didn’t stop me from trying it sometimes though, I remember I would go to the nearest arts and crafts store which for me was ‘Michaels’ (laughs) and would go crazy getting little things to add to my clothes to make them different but then I would also go to Sam Ash, the Virgin Music Store, Guitar Center and I would feel like I was in heaven. No matter what, fashion and music have always been my life. Like I could sit in these stores for the rest of my life and be okay. That’s how much I loved creating and these stores gave me all the tools I needed.

I have always been a magnet to everything that dealt with the arts. But my biggest passion was singing and even though I’ve been singing since the age of 5, I didn’t know that I wanted to pursue being a singer until my 9th grade year in high school. This is why after graduating I ran straight to NYC all by lonesome (giggles) to pursue music. I was way to young to be running off to the Big Apple as a teen with a part time job at the GAP, making minimum wage. New York City was a monster and I’m not going to lie it almost ate me alive. But only after 6 months of being there, thankfully, so many doors opened for me and it was an amazing feeling to be carefree and pursue music with no walls or barriers. NYC was giving me all the life and opportunities needed in order to grind and continue to grind even when I had not a dollar to my name and had to sing on the train with my friends for food. That part never made me feel sad because I never knew how ‘low’ I was because I never had LOW thoughts, I knew that where I was, was temporary and only for the sole purpose of learning the lessons needed to be successful and to grow and to evolve. Crazy thing is I never felt bad for it, it felt so good to grind for my money while doing what I love. I looked at singing on the trains as my stage per say for that chapter in my life. Today, I have experienced so many different things which I won’t even dive into but it has given me a different appreciation for life.

As of late, I am in the studio recording my album and will be performing in Manhattan, Monday, February at 7PM
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1.

What inspired your new album?

I had a full album done and ready to go and visuals that my fiancé (Michael Mann) had helped me out with for my release but after the tragedy that happened I no longer connected to the old music. I have so much more to say and so much pinned up aggression that I knew my only healthy escape would be to express it on my debut album. Which will be entitled, Steven my birth name.

It symbolizes me going back to my roots to find myself again.

How’s life after losing a loved one?

Life after losing a loved one has been very up and down for me. As of recent, I’ve drowned myself in work because I know that is where I’m safest right now. When you know yourself and you want better you keep yourself away from danger. Right now dead time is danger for me so I’m always moving. My heart is in constant pain but I’m learning to live with it. It is a battle I have yet to conquer but I know with time I’ll be fine.

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SAM SMITH & NORMANI

SAM SMITH & NORMANI ANNOUNCE ‘DANCING WITH A STRANGER’ OUT JANUARY 11th

Sam Smith & Normani announce their joint single ‘Dancing With A Stranger’ to be released worldwide via Capitol Records on Friday, January 11th. Presave link to download/stream the single here.

‘Dancing With a Stranger’ is a smooth slice of sultry, R&B influenced pop where Sam and Normani’s vocals effortlessly glide over the production. The collaboration between the two came about through a chance encounter at the studio in Los Angeles as Sam was writing the single with pop legends Stargate and Jimmy Napes. Normani was in the studio next door and with both artists being long-term fans of each other, it was a no-brainer for Normani to join Sam on the new track.

Sam Smith has spent the past year travelling around the world on tour in support of his sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and also topped the charts in the U.K, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium. Rolling Stone awarded The Thrill Of It All four stars and hailed Smith as Éc;one of the mightiest, most expressive singers of his generation.Éd; Éc;Dancing With a StrangerÉd; is the first new music from Sam Smith in 2019 and follows on from his global hit with Calvin Harris Éc;PromisesÉd; which stormed the charts last summer.&#a0;Since the release of his 2014 debut album, In The Lonely Hour, Smith has sold over 17 million album equivalent units worldwide.&#a0;He has won four GRAMMY awards, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, three Billboard Music Awards and three BRIT Awards, among others.

On the new single Sam Smith says, Éc;Iߣm so excited for everyone to hear Éc;Dancing With a Stranger,Éd; which I wrote on The Thrill Of It All tour last year. For me it bottles everything I was feeling whilst juggling my personal life and touring.&#a0;It is also such a beautiful moment for me as Iߣm a huge, huge fan of Normani and everything she is. Iߣm so excited to watch her light shine. I hope everyone enjoys hearing this song as much as I do.Éd;

Normani launched her solo career last year with her debut solo single Love Lies; with Khalid. Love Lies soared to #1 at Top 40 Radio in the US and was the first single Normani released following her global success with multi-platinum group Fifth Harmony. Since then, she has gone on to release a number of new tracks including two tracks with Calvin Harris and her recent single, Éc;WavesÉd; feat. 6LACK. In addition to working with Calvin Harris, Khalid, and 6LACK, Normani has also recently collaborated with Quavo and Kehlani. Normani is currently working on her debut solo album and this March will see her join Ariana Grande on the North American leg of The Sweetener World tour.

Normani explains about the collaboration, I’m truly blessed having the opportunity to create with one of the greatest vocalists of this decade. I think about the artists that I frequently listen to daily and Sam Smith has definitely been one of them for some time now. I never thought in a trillion years that I would be able to state that I have a record with this extremely gifted being. Iߣm super proud to share this song with Sam and cannot wait for the rest of the world to experience it – from the first moment that I heard the song I knew how special it was. Iߣm deeply in love with this body of work and I hope that you all will be too. Iߣm so thankful that Sam put his trust in me to help him bring this song to life. To my fans, thank you for all of your continued support. I love y’all!!! I pray you guys enjoy this.

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New Single by Sam Smith

Today, Sam Smith released “Fire On Fire,”a song he co-wrote with GRAMMY& and BRIT award winning producer/songwriter Steve Mac for the forthcoming adaptation of the classic Richard Adams novel, Watership Down. “Fire On Fire” will serve as the theme to the animated mini-series. Smith recorded the track with the BBC Concert Orchestra at London Abbey Road Studios in September 2018.
Sam Smith says, “I am so excited and honored to be a part of this new adaptation of Watership Down. This story is so powerful and timeless, and it has been thrilling to work with director Noam Murro and his team and the incredible Steve Mac on this song for it. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.”
Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, this tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. View the trailer HERE. James McAvoy, Olivia Colman, &, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, Gemma Arterton and Daniel Kaluuya lend their voices to the production. Watership Down will premiere on BBC One in the UK. Outside of the UK, it will premiere on Netflix on December 23. Commissioned by the BBC, the series was produced and developed by 42 and Biscuit Entertainment, and is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix.
Since the release of his 2014 debut album, In The Lonely Hour, Smith has sold over 17 million album equivalent units worldwide. His sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2017 and also topped the charts in the U.K, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium. Rolling Stone awarded The Thrill Of It All four stars and hailed Smith as one of the mightiest, most expressive singers of his generation. He has won four GRAMMY awards, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, three Billboard Music Awards and three BRIT Awards, among others.

Vevo Announces Lil Xan as Latest LIFT Artist

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Today Vevo has announced Lil Xan as their next LIFT artist, and first for 2018. Lil Xan will be partnering with Vevo to release exclusive content, performances and behind-the-scenes footage over the coming weeks bringing fans closer than ever to the rapper, who recently released his debut album Total Xanarchy to critical acclaim, and huge buzz across social media.
The first of the Vevo exclusive content is an ‘alternate’ music video for the hitmaker’s Danny Wolf-produced single “Wake Up”. The video features Xan waking up to spit bars in a psychiatric ward, with flashes of color as the song reaches its climax, in a powerfully reimagined visual representation of the song.
Launched in 2011, Vevo’s artist development program, Vevo LIFT shines a spotlight on the world’s freshest new talent. Vevo LIFT alumni include the likes of Sam Smith, Khalid, SZA and Julia Michaels who all gave their fans a sneak peek into their early careers via the series.
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“About You”

Asralwerks will release About You, the debut album by Albin Lee Meldau. The album which is available for pre-order today along with the release of the starkly powerful opening track Before & After marks the arrival of a remarkable new voice and an emerging artist to watch in 2018. About You will also include the standout songs The Weight Is Gone, Same Boat, and Lou Lou.

When you distill the 13 breathtaking songs on About You down to their essence, you’ll arrive at Albin’s motivation: Storytelling, says the 29-year-old singer-songwriter. That’s what will matter in the long run. If I achieve that, I’m happy. Anyone can sing. First and foremost, Albin considers himself a musical journalist who not only documents what he feels, but also what he sees. But before you discover his gift for weaving emotion, detail and humanity into a unique blend of classic soul and modern pop production, you will hear his voice and be bowled over. Maybe anyone can sing, but as NPR writes, Few singers can command an audience’s attention quite like Albin Lee Meldau. His voice is breathtaking, soulful, thunderous and impossible to ignore.

Indeed, on About You those pipes of his connect a rich history of rhythm and blue Al Green, Van Morrison to contemporary innovators like James Blake, Sam Smith and Hozier. The music does that too, swelling from spare guitar or piano-backed ballads, to Ronson-like mashups of hip-hop beats and sweeping strings, to hands-in-the-air soul-soaked dance-pop. That’s no doubt got a bit to do with Albin’s collaborators: writers like Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, Disclosure), DJ Khalil (Anderson .Paak), and Neil Ormandy (James Arthur), plus producers Bastian Langebaek (Jessie Ware, Jack Garratt) and Jamie Scott (Rag’n’Bone Man, Ed Sheeran).

But lest you assume such a who’s who would sway a young artist from his mission, consider the fact that the haunting, unadorned song which introduced him to the world in 2015, Lou Lou, is perfectly at home on About You. And that’s where we come back to the storytelling: Just as that tune documents heartache as a woman close to Albin succumbs to madness, its neighboring songs are deeply poignant. They’re little novels about life from a man who’s heartbroken, who’s had his problems, who is weird, says Albin. It’s a breakup record and the start of something else.

The UK buzz for Albin continues to grow with a BBC Radio 2 A-List add for The Weight Is Gone, and following a sold-out London show at Omeara on April 17, Albin will return to the U.S. to support Jessie Ware on her upcoming North American tour, which includes shows in Chicago (Vic Theatre, April 29), Boston (Paradise, May 5), NYC (Brooklyn Steel, May 7-8), Philadelphia (TLA, May 10), and Washington DC (Lincoln Theatre, May 11).

2018 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for Albin, the son of a Swedish jazz singer mom and a British punk rocker dad who hails from Gothenburg, Sweden. His debut album follows two impressive EPs that have already notched more than 30 million streams on Spotify. Last year he made his debut at SXSW and Bonnaroo, and NPR Music invited him to perform on their popular Tiny Desk Concert series. Albin was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2017 Grammis (Sweden’s Grammy Awards) and won the 2016 Anchor Award, an international competition hosted by the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany that seeks out the best new emerging talent. He was selected by a jury that included producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie) who sang Albin’s praises in presenting him the award: Something is pouring out of his heart and soul when he sings.

Pray Feat. Logic

Sam Smith Launches North American Tour On June 18 In Support Of His Chart-Topping Album, The Thrill Of It All

Sam Smith’s new single, PRAY FEAT. LOGIC is now available for download and streaming. Smith and his longtime friend and collaborator Jimmy Napes partnered with legendary producer Timbaland to record Pray for his sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All out now on Capitol Records. The new version features additional vocals from GRAMMY-nominated, multi-Platinum Def Jam Recordings artist Logic, who transforms the track by adding his own heartfelt verses to the original.

Smith who performed Pray on Saturday Night Live in 2017 and at the GRAMMY Awards earlier this year wrote the song after spending five days in Mosul with the charity War Child. He explains, We are all looking around at what’s happening in the world and it is just messed up. You’ve got no choice but to look up to the sky and put your hands together and pray for something to happen.

On June 18, Smith will kick off the North American leg of The Thrill Of It All arena tour at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. He will perform New York City shows on June 27 at Barclays Center and June 29 at Madison Square Garden and has now added a third show at Madison Square Garden on June 30. In Southern California, Smith will perform a two-night stand at Los Angeles STAPLES Center and has added an August 25 show at Honda Center in Anaheim. Tickets for the tour are on sale now at http://samsmithworld.com.

The Thrill Of It All debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and also topped the charts in the U.K, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium. It has sold 3.5 million album equivalent units worldwide. Too Good At Goodbyes, the album’s first single, has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart and topped the U.S. and U.K. iTunes chart. Too Good At Goodbyes has amassed over 1.6 billion streams worldwide. Views of the official video exceed 650 million.

Rolling Stone awarded The Thrill Of It All four stars and hailed Smith as one of the mightiest, most expressive singers of his generation. The Los Angeles Times noted, The Thrill of It All demonstrates Smith’s impressive growth as a vocalist and songwriter. His singing has gotten deeper and richer. Pitchfork said, Sam Smith (is) one of this decade’s biggest pop stars. His spectacular voice doles out feelings in terms everyone can understand. Idolator observed, he is becoming even more adept at finding beauty in the darkest moments his honesty makes for some of the best, most relatable listening.

It’s been over three years since Smith’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, was released. Since then, he has sold over 17 million album equivalent units worldwide. In February 2015, Smith, set a GRAMMY record, winning a total of four awards the most ever received by a U.K. artist following the release of a debut album. He was named Best New Artist In The Lonely Hour took Best Pop Vocal Album honors and his single Stay With Me won awards for both Record and Song of the Year. Smith has also earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe, three Billboard Music Awards and three BRIT Awards, among others.