Sam Smith: ‘How Do You Sleep?,’ ‘Dancing With a Stranger’ May Not Be On New Album

Published: Monday 27th Apr 2020 by Rashad

As an artist who had been established as a frontrunner in Pop music with the release of two back-to-back chart-toppers, ‘In the Lonely Hour’ and ‘The Thrill of It All,’ pressure has undoubtedly been mounting for Sam Smith to meet or exceed those critical and commercial successes with a follow-up.

Seemingly en route to doing just that with the Normani-assisted ‘Dancing with a Stranger’ – one of 2019’s biggest hits – but the rollout of the era in its entirety, christened ‘To Die For,’ went downhill from there.

The lack of buzz for the project – coupled with a global pandemic – certainly served as reason enough to not only delay the LP from its original May 1 release date (as we reported here), but also rename it to avoid perception of insensitivity to said health crisis.

Taking to our friends at PopBuzz recently, Smith spoke on the strategy behind revamping ‘To Die For,’ gave insight into its rerouted conceptual direction (which potentially includes omitting ALL of the previously released singles), and so much more.

See what they said inside:


Interview Highlights

2:50 – why Demi Lovato was perfect pick for new single ‘I’m Ready’

3:51 – how ‘I’m Ready’ was almost a ballad

5:30 – how the video concept for ‘I’m Ready’ was born

6:26 – on renaming new album, replacing its cover art, and omitting ALL of the previously released singles

7:17 – concepts for fourth album already being developed ahead of the release of his third

 

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  1. #TheTruth April 27, 2020

    Well, his fans should be happy, that means more room for other songs. Unless he’s going for a short album with 10 tracks.
    They will just have to add them and do their own version of the record.

    I do understand he wants to do whatever he likes. And if that’s what makes him happy, then good for him.
    But I think a part of his audience kind of disconnected with him when almost all of his work and image and interviews had to be related to his sexuality.

    • Andrew April 28, 2020

      Completely agreed with the last part. Most celebrities fail to Find the balance between their private concerns and their public art.

      • PinotNoir April 28, 2020

        ? @Andrew

  2. Nippian April 27, 2020

    Who gives a damn about his album? We are trying to survive out here.

    • S.U.P.E.R.S.T.A.R.!. April 27, 2020

      @Nip… -hahaha

    • Andrew April 28, 2020

      I mean yes.

  3. I love big black c** April 27, 2020

    He pretends normani is never existed????

    • Tori April 27, 2020

      DWAS came out almost a year ago. Sam has already stated to changing things with the album. This has nothing to do with Normani, he’s going with a new direction for his album dumb ass.

      • I love big black c** April 27, 2020

        Why he never perform the song with her then??? Answer me! U sensitive, insecure bish

    • NT April 27, 2020

      They performed it at iheart twice I believe

      • I love big black c** April 28, 2020

        What a mess….

    • My Oh My April 28, 2020

      Lmfaooooo

  4. Only Facts April 27, 2020

    It’d be a bad look to include songs that are more than a year old on an album. his entire album campaign has been sloppy. It seemed good in the beginning but quickly became sloppier than a mixtape from a love and hip hop artist

    • Onika The R***** Whisperer April 28, 2020

      That’s what happens when you suffer an identity crisis. He needs a therapist.

      • PinotNoir April 28, 2020

        Many therapists bcuz “They” ?

    • PinotNoir April 28, 2020

      At this level of exuberance, it’s not just his album campaign that’s sloppy. ?

  5. Onika The R***** Whisperer April 27, 2020

    Does anyone really care about him anymore though?

    • ROCK April 28, 2020

      I think not.

    • PinotNoir April 28, 2020

      His weight loss has cancelled album listening parties his obese teen fans attended to cry, eat, then cry again. Or docs prescribed stopping listening to his music after too many antidepressant overdoses occurred in listening parties cited above. Or he’s dull. ?

  6. ROCK April 28, 2020

    RiP to what could have been a great career.I was thinking that this person would have an ed sheeran level of success by now.

    • ROCK April 28, 2020

      It annoys me because sam smith has the most distinctive male vocals of the last 30 years.

      • PinotNoir April 28, 2020

        Really? I’d give that title to Groban or Miguel. Sam’s either goaty or heady. ?

  7. My Oh My April 28, 2020

    chart data

    Top 10 on the Pop Songs airplay chart:
    #1 Blinding Lights
    @theweeknd

    #2 My Oh My
    @Camila_Cabello

    #3 Say So
    @DojaCat

    #4 Don’t Start Now
    @DUALIPA

    #5 Adore You
    @Harry_Styles

    #6 everything i wanted
    @billieeilish

    #7 Intentions
    @justinbieber

    #8 Circles
    #9 hot girl bummer

    • My Oh My April 28, 2020

      chart data
      @chartdata
      Top 10 on the Pop Songs airplay chart:
      #1 Blinding Lights
      @theweeknd

      #2 My Oh My
      @Camila_Cabello

      #3 Say So
      @DojaCat

      #4 Don’t Start Now
      @DUALIPA

      #5 Adore You
      @Harry_Styles

      #6 everything i wanted
      @billieeilish

      #7 Intentions
      @justinbieber

      #8 Circles
      #9 hot girl bummer
      #10 RITMO

      • Doja Cat Say So April 28, 2020

        Congrats Camilla?
        Doja Cat is #5 in Hot 100 about to snatch Dua Peep lol. I feel sorry for normanly she a flop bish

    • Bogus April 28, 2020

      She’s not a flop you brought her up so she’s on your mind

    • Bogus April 28, 2020

      I thought this was billboard 100 thought you and Clarkson said that’s the only chart that matters ?

    • Bogus April 28, 2020

      Made up chart data hot girl bummer is number 24 on hot 100 so it being number 9 makes no sense

  8. PinotNoir April 28, 2020

    “Your makeup harms your msg!” in Iyanla’s voice

  9. J April 28, 2020

    Just put out the album you had, flop and work on your next one or just walk away. Artists kill their own momentum so much these days that I just don’t even care anymore by the time their albums come out. And then just to totally disregard the songs used to promote it? ???????????????

    • PinotNoir April 28, 2020

      His bosses connected the flamboyancy-disinterest dots. Straight men can no longer justify listening to his sad tunes in memory of a loved one. Dug his own musical grave, might as well be buried in it (face-down).

      • Misty Knight April 28, 2020

        How long have you had A***?

      • PinotNoir April 29, 2020

        @MistyKnight: Aides? For as long as your dad’s been refusing to give you his name. God knows I need ALL the help I can get – undocumented or not. I’m sorry your mother disowned you.

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