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Sam Smith rumored to be singing the next Bond theme

British soul singer Sam Smith has had a breakout year: His collaboration with Disclosure finally caught on in America, and his debut solo album In the Lonely Hour turned into a surprise runaway success.

In a sure sign that he’s made it into the upper echelons of pop stardom, Smith’s rumored to have been tapped to sing the theme for the as-yet-untitled fourth James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, due out next November. According to Page Six, he’s in talks with series producer Barbara Broccoli about the gig, having supposedly beaten out Lana Del Rey for it.

Smith’s been denying rumors about a Bond theme since the summer. His rep tells EW “it’s not confirmed.”

Hear Sam Smith cover Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car'

Stay With Me” singer Sam Smith already impressed with his cover of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know,” released earlier this summer, and now he’s at it again covering Tracy Chapman’s 1988 hit “Fast Car.”

Smith performed “Fast Car” in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, where the British singer turned the gentle, acoustic song into almost-lounge music. READ FULL STORY

Watch Sam Smith's sway-inducing 'Stay With Me' at the VMAs

It’s hard to find a Sam Smith performance that doesn’t seem like a honest attempt to wring out everyone’s tears.

It was a night of juxtapositions, as Kim Kardashian West came out to introduce Smith to the stage to perform “Stay With Me.” In a reversal from the glitter and floor-grinding opening number, the stage was notably stripped of extraneous accoutrements, save for an accompaniment on the piano. Smith brought the audience to a gentle sway, delivering a straightforward rendition of the relationship song of the summer. It even brought the typically non-emotive Jenner sisters to their feet without taking a selfie of themselves. If Smith’s performance is any indication, glitter and fireworks are not prerequisites for a great, if not tear-inducing, VMAs performance.


Sam Smith denies Bond theme rumors, talks second album

Rumors have been circulating that Sam Smith is in line to record the next Bond theme, following fellow British retro-soul singer Adele’s turn as the voice of Skyfall. But in a new NME interview he says it’s not happening.

“No, I have no idea what that was about,” he says, “and I know as much as you do. You probably know more than me.” Smith calls recording a Bond theme “something that everyone would love to do,” and adds that Jack White and Alicia Keys’s contribution to Quantum of Solace is his favorite song from the long-running franchise. READ FULL STORY

Chris Messina, Dianna Agron get serious in Sam Smith 'I'm Not The Only One' video

The latest single from Sam Smith’s debut album, The Lonely Hour, is “I’m Not The Only One,” a song about exactly what it sounds like: Infidelity. Fittingly, in the newly released video for the single, directed by Luke Monaghan, The Mindy Project‘s Chris Messina plays the cheating husband to Dianna Agron’s heartbroken wife. There’s sex, there’s alcohol, and there’s Smith’s killer vocals; what more could you ask for? READ FULL STORY

Spring playlist with Banks, Sam Smith, Lo-Fang and more: Listen now

Shake off a long, cold winter with these breezy new tracks from artists on the verge—slinky singers, bedroom R&B auteurs, and FoLs (Friends of Lorde).

Sam Smith, “Money on My Mind”
The Londoner’s swinging track—already a U.K. smash—pairs his aching voice with a groove fit for an energy-drink-stocked cocktail lounge. (It also helped nab him a slot on SNL.)

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Sam Smith is the 'SNL' musical guest this weekend. So who is he?

Fear not, Americans: It’s understandable if, like so many things in the world beyond our borders, you’re unsure of who Sam Smith is, and why he is being shown to you on television.

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This week in singles: New songs by Justin Bieber, Disclosure and Nile Rodgers, Angel Olsen, and more

Justin Bieber, “All Bad”
And on the sixth Music Monday, Bieber laid back in the cut. The latest song from his weekly series (leading up to the Christmas release of Believe, the movie) may not be the best one yet—“Heartbreaker” comes closest to “Cry Me a River”—but it’s the eeriest of the frankly downbeat, uniformly pretty collection. The line “females like to run their mouths” might be a deal-breaker coming from the weekend-warrior Justin seen in the tabloids, but hearing it from The-Weeknd-wannabe Justin on record, it actually starts to make sense. Behold the man-boy Bieber. READ FULL STORY

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