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Sam Smith becomes the first singer to sell a million album sales in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2014

Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour hit the million album sales mark in both the U.S. and the U.K.—the first album to do so in 2014.

According to Time, Smith’s debut album was confirmed to have passed the million sales mark in the U.K. within the past 24 hours by the Official Charts Company (OCC); the album had reached that milestone in the U.S. the day before. Other notable million-sales albums of 2014 include Ed Sheeran’s and Taylor Swift’s 1989, though neither album has hit the million-sales mark on both sides of the Atlantic.

Smith—who was already having a stellar year, having been nominated for six Grammys, including the highly coveted Album of the Year nomination—shared a brief statement on the milestone to the OCC and said, “Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album.”

Sam Smith named MTV's Best Artist of 2014

Sam Smith’s big year just got bigger: MTV named the singer 2014’s best artist.

Smith became a household name in March, when the Englishman was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and impressed America with his soulful singing. Since then, his hit “Stay With Me” has topped the Billboard Hot 100 and he’s nabbed six Grammy nominations. READ FULL STORY

Sam Smith sings a not-so-merry 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'

Sam Smith wants you to have a merry little Christmasbut he doesn’t sound too merry while delivering that message in a just-released cover of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Smith’s version begins with the singer going a capella before a piano joins in to accompany him in what turns out to be a beautifulof courseand slightly sad performance of the Christmas classic, originally sung by Judy Garland in 1944’s Meet Me in St. Louis.
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Sam Smith: 2014 was the year I became a household name

The music of 22-year-old Sam Smith has been celebrated in the singer’s native England for two years already—but it wasn’t until a rafter-shaking performance on Saturday Night Live this spring that the soulful crooner broke big on this side of the pond. Soon enough, his single “Stay With Me” was cracking the top 10 on the Billboard hot 100, his debut album was selling like hotcakes… and EW was publishing an article called “This is the Last Time We’ll Ever Have to Introduce You to Sam Smith.” Here, Smith himself gives a rundown of his biggest year yet. READ FULL STORY

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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