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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Sam Smith’s #1 / Praises Rihanna For Inspiring Him

Published: Thursday 16th Nov 2017 by Rashad

As reported here, Sam Smith lays claim to his first Billboard 200 chart-topper thanks to his sophomore album, ‘The Thrill of It All.’

The critically acclaimed set, which spawned the the hit singles ‘Too Good at Goodbyes’ and ‘Pray,’ saw the singer/songwriter step into new sonic territory by enlisting the help of hitmaking producers Timbaland, Jimmy Napes, and many others.  The result?  A #1 debut to the tune of 237,000 SPS shifted its first week [his best opening numbers to date].

The project’s riskiness was also found in its lyrical content.  Smith says there’s one person to thank for that:  fellow chart-topper Rihanna

Via Billboard:

“She inspires me a lot because I think she’s just unapologetically herself and that’s something that I’m trying to do. I want to be a role model, but I don’t want to be a perfect role model. Like, I go and have mad nights out, just like she would. And, like, I’m completely human, I’m going to make mistakes, and I say the wrong thing, and I’m quite dumb sometimes and say random (expletive) I shouldn’t say,” he said.

“I think we need (people like Rihanna) more because no one’s a robot,” he added.

 

Billboard 200 This Week

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  1. Meme November 17, 2017

    Yasss for his take on rihanna. Rihanna is truely what Madonna was in her prime. So iconic.

    • DanYiel Iman November 17, 2017

      I’m sorry Ri-Whine-A voice always SUCKED STILL!! Fenty beauty is her calling….

      • Belladonna November 17, 2017

        I may not like any of her albums ( only her singles) but she is a music & beauty icon & to say that she’s not would be a lie.

  2. Belladonna November 17, 2017

    Good for him he’s breaking down a lot of doors for LGBT artist. It’s funny that’s he’s doing so well at the same time as all this trap music is so big. Lol

  3. Paulo November 18, 2017

    Don’t really care for him but did he just block Maroon 5 and Blake Shelton from topping the charts? Props kid

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