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Seven Master Sommeliers

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas ™ is proud to welcome seven members to the organization: Nick Davis, Medium Plus, Seattle, WA; Mariya Kovacheva, Pernod Ricard, West Palm Beach, FL; Justin Moore, Vetri Cucina, Las Vegas, NV; Vincent Morrow, ONE65, San Francisco, CA; Joshua Orr, Broadbent Selections, San Diego, CA; Jeremy Shanker, Michael Mina, San Francisco, CA; and Jill Zimorski, Champagne Specialist Representing Moet Hennessy Champagne Portfolio, Chicago, IL.

Recently 150 individuals from 22 states and Canada attempted the Master Sommelier Diploma Examination proctored by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. The seven noted above, successfully displayed mastery and met the qualification to be awarded the title Master Sommelier. The results were announced at the Krug Reception on September 11th at the Four Seasons Resort in St. Louis, Missouri. “The examinations are an opportunity for our candidates to shine as they demonstrate their mastery of our beverage service industry,” said Devon Broglie, MS, Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. “It is inspiring to see their dedication to rigorous study and preparation on display during the examination days.”

Following the celebration of our new members, Broglie reflected on the challenges facing the organization and thanked the Examination Committee for its tireless work to provide a rigorous, exacting and fair examination consistent with the Court’s peerless Master Sommelier credential. “We have made great strides to become a stronger organization over the past year,” Broglie said. “We have improved the security of our examinations, strengthened our ethical principles, and we continue our commitment to leading the industry with integrity as we celebrate new Master Sommeliers and mentor all those still striving to attain the goal.”

The Master Sommelier Diploma is the highest distinction a professional can attain in the beverage service industry. The Master Sommelier Diploma Examination consists of three sections: a verbal theory examination, a wine assessment exercise using the Deductive Tasting Method, and a practical component that focuses on hospitality, beverage service, salesmanship, and overall business acumen. Candidates must receive passing scores in each section to earn the highly coveted Master Sommelier title.

“The Master Sommelier Diploma Examination is extremely demanding.  We applaud the efforts of all candidates who sat this fair and rigorous examination,” Broglie said. “Today we celebrate the success of these seven new Master Sommeliers and continue our commitment to mentor all candidates on their path to success as we chart the course for current and future Master Sommeliers worldwide.”

Smino Unleashes “Reverend” Track

Smino is on a roll. The St. Louis rap phenomenon has been flowing nonstop since the release of his sophomore album, NOIR, last November. His latest single, “Reverend,” produced by Chicago newcomer, prodxvzn, is a lyrical stream of consciousness that serves as another testament to the midwest MC’s otherworldy gifts. Listen HERE.

The artist is currently featured on the Dreamville posse cut, “Sacrifices,” with J. Cole, Saba and Earth Gang. He also nabbed a coveted guest spot on Chance the Rapper’s album, The Big Day, on the song, “Eternal.” The duo recently performed it for the first time at Lollapalooza and, by all accounts, ripped the stage.

Earlier this year, Smino headlined the sold-out “Hoopti Tour,” which took him to 33 cities across the United States, Canada and England and appeared on an episode of Wild’n Out. His new single “Reverend” is now available at all digital retailers via Zero Fatigue/Downtown Interscope Records.

Smino “Reverend” eSingle.

FLETCHER Headlines the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour

FLETCHER Headlines the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour Presented by GLAAD

FLETCHER performed an intimate show in San Francisco at Cafe du Nord as a part of the 2019 Bud Light Dive Bar Tour last night. This show, presented by GLAAD, was the third stop of the tour following Brett Eldredge and Judah & The Lion’s shows in St. Louis and Denver respectively.

San Francisco’s Dive Bar Tour stop highlighted Bud Light’s partnership with GLAAD for the 20th consecutive year, with their limited-edition Pride bottles that were on full display and decor to match the celebration. FLETCHER had the crowd singing along to her chart-topping song “Undrunk” as well as previewing new songs from her upcoming album. Fans especially loved when she gave a special shout out to Post Malone, performing “Better Now”, and her tribute to the LGBTQ+ community and Bud Light GLAAD partners with her performance of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.”

About the show FLETCHER shared, “This show feels like such a full circle and natural moment for me. My first show was in a dive bar near my hometown in Jersey. To go back to a dive bar with Bud Light and connect with my fans in an intimate setting is something I could not have been more excited to do.”

Following Bud Light’s stop in San Francisco, the tour will travel to New York in August and Miami in November with two artists to be announced later this year.

New Offering From Classic Car Studio

Classic Car Studio Sells 1971 Land Rover Series IIA  

The 1971 Land Rover Series IIA  is ready to go for $59,900.

After a complete frame-off restoration this striking Poppy Red off-roader carries a rebuilt 2.5L engine- including new water and fuel pumps, a new alternator, and a new radiator. It also has updated wiring, restored gauges on the dash, a completely-new suspension, and a bunch other great features making this vehicle overlanding-ready.  

About Classic Car Studio

Classic Car Studio is a St. Louis based auto shop specialized in building and selling high performance machines – the shop also had hit TV show on Velocity Channel for two seasons called, “Speed is the New Black.”

Beth Ditto × Sam Smith Tour

Today, Beth Ditto announces that she will be direct support for Sam Smith on the upcoming leg of The Thrill Of It All Tour. Ditto will join Smith starting August 14 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN through September 13 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. Following that run, Ditto will also join Florence + the Machine for two special shows at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. on October 5 and 6. Full routing can be found below.

On July 17, Ditto will appear as a guest on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers to discuss her role in the new Gus Van Sant film, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, which will be released this Friday. After the film’s Sundance Film Festival premiere this year, Vulture wrote, A first-time actress, the 36-year-old musician Beth Ditto, all but takes over as the large and lovably extroverted member of the group.

Last year, Ditto released her debut solo album, Fake Sugar. The New York Times praised Ditto as a powerhouse singer and noted that the album’s songs have stomp and girl-group melodies, Southernisms in their lyrics and garage-rock swagger. The Wall Street Journal included Fake Sugar in its round-up of The Best Music of 2017 and observed, Great pop for grownups is a rare commodity Beth Ditto delivers. Paper christened Ditto rock’s homecoming queen while People highlighted Fake Sugar as one of its Picks, observing, Whether it’s a glittering stomper (Oo La La) or stripped-down Stevie Nicks homage (the title track), Ditto shines throughout.

Beth Ditto Tour Dates with Sam Smith

8/14 | St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

8/15 | Chicago, IL @ United Center

8/17 | St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena

8/18 | Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center

8/21 | Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

8/22 | Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

8/24 | Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

8/25 | Anaheim, CA @Honda Center

8/29 | Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center

8/31 | Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena

9/1 | San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center

9/4 | Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

9/5 | San Jose, CA @ SAP Center @ San Jose

9/7 | Portland, OR @ Moda Center

9/8 | Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center

9/10 | Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena&#a0;

9/12 | Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place

9/13 | Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome

Beth Ditto Tour Dates with Florence + The Machine

10/5 | Washington, D.C @ The Anthem

10/6 | Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem

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ISCHIA FILM FESTIVAL 2018

The XVI edition of the Campania island festival opens with Gabriele Salvatores and his diptych of the invisible boy. But it will only be the beginning.

Oscar winner Gabriele Salvatores will open the XVI Ischia Film Festival. A great start for the event that sees a very rich program unravel from June 30th to July 7th. The Mediterranean director is the Italian author who has most explored the genres of cinematography, and will tell the audience of Ischia his constant desire to change. He will do this by presenting The Invisible Boy and The Invisible Boy – Second Generation, his diptych dedicated to the adventures of a young superhero.

Diversity, courage, even sound unconsciousness. These are some of the key words that characterize this Ischia Film Festival 2018, built magnificently by the artistic directors Michelangelo Messina and Boris Sollazzo and that will develop through the one hundred and thirteen selected films, including thirty-three previews, including eight world titles. Important numbers, as are the thirty countries that these works represent, from Burkina Faso to the Dominican Republic, passing through Iran, Turkey and Italy. Many of these works will compete for the prizes of the five official competitions: feature films, short films, documentaries, Location Negata and Scenari Campani, the latter promoted to a competitive section thanks to the support of BPER Banca. Others will be the Best Of this year and this edition, and will be accompanied by directors and actors who have made this year of Italian cinema very special. The list of guests who will parade on the red carpet of the Aragonese Castle is very long. Beyond Salvatores, Alessandro Aronadio and Edoardo Leo, director and interpreter of Io c’è, are expected for the opening night of 30 June. Leonardo Di Costanzo, who with his L’intrusa is a fresh winner of the Golden Globe. Anna Valle, who will accompany the imperfect age. And then Manetti Bros, Fabio De Luigi, Roberta Torre, Guglielmo Poggi, Renato Carpentieri, Fabrizio Gifuni, Claudia Gerini, Giulia Michelini, Vinicio Marchioni, Nicola Giuliano, Alessandro Rak, Federico Buffa, Sandra Milo, Carlo Delle Piane, Caterina Murino, Caterina Shulha, Lillo Petrollo, The Jackal, Laura Bispuri, Massimiliano Gallo, Nicola Nocella, Bruno Oliviero, Berardo Carboni, Matilda De Angelis, Concita De Gregorio, Antonello Piroso, Fabio De Caro, Gigione, Milena Mancini, Daniele Vicari, Nicola Guaglianone, Pippo Mezzapesa, Yvonne Sciò, Michela Andreozzi, Massimiliano Vado, Giancarlo Fontana, Giuseppe G. Stasi.
And then great authors who will receive the right tribute. Gabriele Muccino, Carlo Verdone, Peter Greenaway and, for his seventy years of career, Carlo Delle Piane, extraordinary actor in our history of cinema.

They will all meet at the Terrace which will host the aperitifs with the stars, before the evening’s program on the five screens of the festival. Programming enriched with two great Italian premieres. On July 1st I, God and Bin Laden, crazy comedy with Nicolas Cage directed by Larry Charles, the man behind Borat (in Italian cinemas from July 27th distributed by Koch Media). July 4th will be the turn of Gringo, who will arrive in Italy with the title Cannabis: budding scammers (Vision Distribution), black comedy with Charlize Theron. Speaking of charm and talent, there is plenty of it in Ocean’s 8, scheduled for July 3 for the second Italian screening. And this year there will be the international convention on Cineturismo, Friday 6 July, in the presence of the Director-General Cinema Nicola Borrelli. An appointment now traditional, strongly desired by the founder of the festival Michelangelo Messina, to take stock of a sector that is now a central reality in our cinema system.

As already stated, Oscar winner Gabriele Salvatores will open the XVI Ischia Film Festival. The director of the Mediterranean will present The Invisible Boy and The Invisible Boy – Second Generation, his diptych dedicated to the adventures of a young superhero. In perfect contemporaneity, at 8:45 pm, Alessandro Aronadio will tell the public the genesis of Io c’è, a mystical and earthly comedy, a return to Ischia for the winner of the best director award last year. The program of the Cathedral of the Assumption is completed with the doc in competition Eu Sunt Hercules, a curious trip to the most popular spa resort in Romania. Also at 8:45 pm, Leonardo Di Costanzo will present at La casa del sole The intruder, fresh winner of the Golden Globe for best film. Following the Israeli doc in competition The Island, set in the French hospital in East Jerusalem St. Louis. At the Bourbon Prison we will find Anna Valle who will introduce the film that opens the feature film competition, L’imperfetta age, followed by Revenir, a story of migrants that inaugurates the Location Negata section.

All film cards, complete with textures, can be found here.

Piazza D’Armi

• 8.45 pm “Let’s talk about cinema” with Gabriele Salvatores

• 9:15 pm The invisible boy by Gabriele Salvatores

• 10:55 pm The Invisible Boy – Second Generation by Gabriele Salvatores

Cathedral of the Assumption

• 8.45 pm “Let’s talk about cinema” with Alessandro Aronadio,

• 9:15 pm I have Alessandro Aronadio

• 10:55 pm Eu Sunt Hercules by Marius Iacob

Casa del Sole

• 8.45 pm “Let’s talk about cinema” with Leonardo Di Costanzo

• 9.00 pm The intruder of Leonardo Di Costanzo

• 10:30 pm The island of Adam Weingord *

Bourbon prison

• 8.45 pm “Let’s talk about cinema” with Ulysses Lendaro and Anna Valle

• 9.00 pm The imperfect age of Ulysses Lendaro

• 22:30 Revenir (to return) by David Fedele and Kumut Imesh

Terrace of Olives

• 9.00 pm Asciola by Edoardo Sandulli *

• 9.10 pm Alfredo Mazzara’s death *

• 9:20 pm “Let’s talk about Cinema” with Alessandro Varisco

• 9:30 pm So close, so far – Beyond the Bullying of Alessandro Varisco

• 10:40 pm Man proposes, God disposes by Daniel Lee

Kimora Lee Simmons Joins The Unmentionables to Aid Refugees in Greece

Athens, Greece, June 20th, 2018: In an impassioned show of support for today’s World Refugee Day, fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Kimora Lee Simmons and her family are on the ground in Greece with international nonprofit The Unmentionables working with refugees, listening to their stories and learning what can be done to help this vulnerable population. In April of this year, Simmons was named Global Ambassador to The Unmentionables, and together with her family she is helping protect refugees from exploitation and trafficking. Coupled with her business acumen and passion for empowering others, she has emerged as a powerful voice for human rights via her desire to bring awareness to the annual World Refugee Day on Wednesday, June 20th.

Simmons and her family are taking a hands-on approach to giving, dedicating time this summer to migrant and refugee families on behalf of The Unmentionables, who provide training, supplies and education to the refugee community in Greece. Through funds raised on 2017’s Giving Tuesday and a generous personal donation from Simmons, a new resource center for refugees in Athens, Greece was opened earlier this year. Simmons and her family will work from the center and along the migrant path, providing safe and consistent access to basic, important intimate health products as well as sexual health and reproductive education and care to refugees.

According to the International Rescue Committee, Greece, a popular European entry point to migrants escaping perilous conditions in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, currently hosts approximately 50,000 refugees. Earlier this year, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), expressed grave concerns for the safety of women and children in what are known as “hotspots” on Greece’s islands — specifically focusing on overcrowding and lack of hygiene and sanitation. Five camps on Greek islands close to the Turkish coast have surpassed double their capacity as reported by Public Radio International in May 2018. UNICEF warned that in 2017, over 1,800 unaccompanied children were without proper shelter and care in Greece alone. The number of children arriving separated from their families is unprecedented, and currently more than 75% of migrant and refugee children trying to reach Europe via the Central Mediterranean route face appalling levels of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. EU border agency, Frontex, has reported that human trafficking has been on the rise over the past few years (April 2018, ANSA). Human trafficking is prevalent for refugees, especially on the Central Mediterranean route according to an IOM report— 76% of male and 67% of female respondents answered “yes” to at least one of four human trafficking indicators. The indicators include experience of physical violence, work without payment and imprisonment. 80% of males and 66% of females experienced physical violence of any sort during their journey, while 64% of male and 56% of female were held against their will (2017, IOM).

Trafficking and sexual exploitation is not just limited to girls. Although adolescent boys comprise a substantial majority of the population of unaccompanied and separated children, they are rarely the focus of policy discussions and are consistently left out of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts (2018, PLoS Med). The majority of unaccompanied minors in Greece particularly are boys between ages 14-17, stranded and awaiting decisions on asylum and processing, without adequate shelter or ways to generate income. As a result of increasingly dire circumstances, sexual exploitation of minors is rapidly increasing everywhere from encampments to public spaces, where young boys desperate to survive are exploited by older men for payment.

“It’s incredibly important to me to expose this global crisis and bring attention to the level of deep, humanitarian need that exists to support persecuted people around the world,” comments Simmons. “I am deeply grateful to support World Refugee Day and that I can expose my own children to opportunities to make true, hands-on impact for the greater good. There are so many strife-torn families and separated children that need our collective protection as fellow humans to ensure their safety – how can we turn a blind eye? These kids look a lot like mine – they are young, hopeful, beautiful souls.” World Refugee Day, founded by the UN and held annually every June 20th, was designed to spotlight the plight of migrant refugees fleeing for their lives. A staggering 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home, and among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Nearly 20 people are forcibly displaced every minute as a result of conflict or persecution across our world (UNHCR).

Simmons’ partnership with The Unmentionables initially began in 2017, and her role in the organization has steadily grown. She will further her philanthropic commitment to this cause throughout the year, dedicating fundraising efforts to further the impact of the humanitarian global aid The Unmentionables provides to those most in need. Along with her unwavering commitment, Simmons will continue to advocate for refugees at risk of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

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About The Unmentionables

The Unmentionables is a non-profit organization committed to providing forcibly displaced individuals and communities around the world with safe and consistent access to sexual and reproductive health education, services, protection and empowerment programs, providing them the knowledge, tools, and skills to make well-informed decisions for their futures. Since 2016, The Unmentionables has supplied more than 147,581 intimate health products. The Unmentionables is legally based in the USA and is a tax-exempt charity designated as a 501(c)(3) organization.

Find more information about The Unmentionables on the organization’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or by emailing info@theunmentionablesglobal.org.

About Kimora Lee Simmons

Kimora Lee Simmons has had a successful career as a fashion model, creative director, fashion and lifestyle entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is currently founder and CEO of KLS Holdings LLC and the KIMORA LEE SIMMONS designer brand. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Simmons began her career as a fashion model at the early age of 13, when she was personally chosen by well-known fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld as his muse for the house of Chanel in Paris. Her success as a runway model gave her an innate sense of style that propels her as a fashion designer. As a venture capitalist, Kimora manages KLS Holdings and its dynamic portfolio which encompasses fashion, beauty, technology, nutrition and fitness.

Simmons has also made her mark in Hollywood. Her upbeat, fun, and charismatic personality keeps her in demand as a media personality and lifestyle authority. She has hosted E!’s Fashion Police and went on to produce and star in Style Network’s highest rated series, Life in the Fab Lane. An enthusiastic philanthropist and patron of the arts, Simmons lends her time and support to numerous charitable organizations, especially those institutions that target disadvantaged youth. She established the Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship Fund with New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and FIDM in Los Angeles for students who aspire to pursue careers in all areas of the fashion industry. She also lends her time and resources to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Dress for Success and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, where she is on the board of directors.

As part of her collaboration with The Unmentionables, Simmons and her family traveled to Texas last summer to help with organization’s relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey. She also has helped to fund the distribution of reusable menstrual products through the organization’s partners in Kenya and matched donations on Giving Tuesday, raising a record breaking fundraising amount for The Unmentionables with the help of her large and enthusiastic social network.

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.

Pray Feat. Logic

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

Sam Smith’s new single, PRAY FEAT. LOGICis 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 arenatour 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 beencertified 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 hasalso earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe, three Billboard Music Awards and three BRIT Awards, among others.