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Gloria is the fourth studio album by English singer and songwriter Sam Smith, released on 27 January 2023 through Capitol Records. The album serves as a follow-up to Love Goes (2020).[4] Smith took creative control on the album, resulting in gaining an increasingly provocative image in the public eye. Musically, Gloria is a pop album, with lyrical themes of sex, lies, passion, self-expression, and imperfection.

Gloria received positive reviews from critics. It was supported by four singles; "Love Me More", "Unholy", a collaboration with Kim Petras,[5] "Gimme", a collaboration with Koffee and Jessie Reyez, and "I'm Not Here to Make Friends". "Unholy" became the most successful single from the album, topping the charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, becoming both Smith and Petras' first chart-topper in the latter. The song also won the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.

Commercially, Gloria debuted at number one in United Kingdom, Australia and Ireland, and has moved over 1.6 million album-equivalent units worldwide.[6] To support the album, Smith embarked on Gloria the Tour, touring the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand, and they additionally performed at the 2023 BRIT Awards, the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, and at the Royal Albert Hall.

Background and recording

The album was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Jamaica, with Smith working with regular collaborators Jimmy Napes, Stargate and Ilya Salmanzadeh,[7] as well as expecting further contributions from Los Hendrix, Max Martin and Calvin Harris. Smith stated that the album "feels like a coming of age" and got them "through some dark times", and expressed a hope that it could also be a "beacon" for listeners. A press release called it a "personal revolution" for Smith, containing the "dazzling, sumptuous, sophisticated, unexpected and at times thrilling, edgy sound of Sam's creative heart today", as well as lyrics about "sex, lies, passion, self-expression, and imperfection".[8]

Promotion

Smith announced the album on their social media accounts on 17 October 2022, writing a note to their "dearest sailors", Smith's name for their fans, and sharing the cover art, a portrait of Smith with bleached hair wearing a golden earring of an anchor and pearl.[8] Smith performed "Unholy" with Petras and "Gloria" with Sharon Stone as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.[9]

Singles

The first track to be released from the album was the single "Love Me More" on 28 April 2022.[10] "Unholy", a collaboration with German singer Kim Petras, followed on 22 September 2022 and was promoted as the second single.[11][12] It reached number one in several countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK and the US,[13] as well as number one on the Billboard Global 200.[14]

The track "Gimme" was released as the album's third single on 11 January 2023. It is a collaboration with Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez and Jamaican musician Koffee.

On 27 January 2023, the same day of the album's release, "I'm Not Here to Make Friends" was released as the fourth single.[3]

Promotional singles

"Gloria" was released on 20 January 2023, one week before Gloria, as a promotional single.[15]

Tour

On 21 October 2022, Sam Smith announced the Gloria World Tour via their Instagram account. The concert run began on April 12, 2023, in Sheffield.[16] On 5 January 2023 the North American leg of the tour was announced.[17]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.0/10[18]
Metacritic68/100[19]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[20]
Clash7/10[21]
DIY[22]
Evening Standard[23]
The Guardian[24]
The Irish Times[25]
Metro[26]
NME[27]
Pitchfork6.2/10[28]

Gloria received generally positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional publications, the album received an average score of 68 out of 100, based on 16 reviews.[19] Aggregator AnyDecentMusic? gave it 6.0 out of 10, based on their assessment of the critical consensus.[18] Maura Johnston of Rolling Stone called Gloria Smith's "deepest album yet" and described it as "a compact, steadily flowing collection of pop songs that showcase Smith's vocal versatility and personal growth" with lyrics about "Smith's experiences as a queer person who was raised Catholic" throughout.[1] Gary Bushell of the Daily Express found the album to be "less gloomy than 2020's Love Goes, beautiful in places, and packed with surprises".[29] Nick Levine of NME wrote that the album "really is the most surprising, satisfying and vital work of [Smith's] career" and at its heart is a "personal exploration of the broader queer experience that recalls George Michael's classic 1996 album Older".[27]

Reviewing the album for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis was critical of the press release's claims of "experimentation", writing that while there are "hints of R&B, trap and disco" amongst the ballads and tracks similar to their "piano-led sound" of previous releases, "there's still something underwhelming about Gloria: the feeling that it's more of the same is more prevalent than it should be".[24] David Smyth of the Evening Standard felt that "Unholy", a "masterpiece of oversexualised nonsense", "sticks out outrageously in the middle of this fourth album" as the rest of the tracks are "rather grey" by comparison. Smyth concluded that it is "a shame the songs, well crafted as they are, don't always match the self belief" Smith's lyrics have.[23] Writing for The Observer, Kitty Empire denoted that the project does not fulfill its potential, as it was not pushed to the levels of Beyoncé's Renaissance, an album that deals with similar themes and sounds, pointing out that "something slinky [...] might have been more apposite on an album dedicated to fun – and liberation from the past" over tracks like "How to Cry", "Gloria" and "Who We Love".[30]

Lindsay Zoladz of The New York Times found that Smith "puts aside ballads for more danceable tracks" and while the album "has moments of boldness", ultimately "its occasional lapses into generics keep it from feeling like a major personal statement".[31] Writing for Pitchfork, Jamieson Cox opined that by this point of Smith's career, "an artist whose writing has long tended toward the bland and impersonal has grown into a vision and identity that can be compromised by mediocre features" like those of Jessie Reyez, with Cox calling "Gimme" and "Perfect" "anodyne at best and grating at worst", and Ed Sheeran, with Cox finding "Who We Love" to be "basically [...] Sheeran's 'Same Love'," with lyrics that lay out "trite scenes".[28]

Emma Madden, reviewing for Metro, gave the album two out of five stars, writing that "sex and queerness do indeed feature in the album, but in a way that feels tacked on out of obligation [...] The references are extremely ham-fisted and obvious". Madden also felt that Gloria feels "slipshod and confused".[26]

Commercial performance

Gloria debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with 14,155 units,[32] becoming the singer's third non-consecutive album to reach the top, joining In the Lonely Hour (2014) and The Thrill of It All (2017).[33] In Australia, Gloria became the singer's first album to debut atop the ARIA Albums Chart and second number-one album overall.[34]

The album debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200 with 39,000 album-equivalent units, earning Smith their fourth US top-10 album.[35]

As of February 2023, Gloria has moved over 1.6 million units worldwide.[6]

Track listing

Gloria standard edition track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Love Me More"3:23
2."No God"
  • Smith
  • Napier
  • Eriksen
  • Hermansen
  • StarGate
  • Napes
  • Smith
3:17
3."Hurting Interlude"  0:18
4."Lose You"
3:10
5."Perfect" (with Jessie Reyez)
  • Smith
  • Reyez
  • Napier
  • Eriksen
  • Hermansen
  • StarGate
  • Napes
  • Smith
3:51
6."Unholy" (with Kim Petras)
  • Smith
  • Napier
  • Salmanzadeh
  • Walter
  • Slatkin
  • Fedi
  • Petras
  • Ilya
  • Cirkut
  • Slatkin
  • Fedi
  • Napes
  • Smith
2:36
7."How to Cry"
  • Smith
  • Napier
  • Salmanzadeh
  • Walter
  • Slatkin
  • Fedi
  • Ilya
  • Slatkin
  • Fedi
  • Napes
  • Smith
2:40
8."Six Shots"
2:30
9."Gimme" (with Koffee and Jessie Reyez)
  • Smith
  • Reyez
  • Napier
  • Eriksen
  • Hermansen
  • StarGate
  • Napes
  • Anju Blaxx
  • Smith
2:49
10."Dorothy's Interlude"  0:08
11."I'm Not Here to Make Friends"
  • Smith
  • Reyez
  • Napier
  • Eriksen
  • Hermansen
3:49
12."Gloria"
  • Napes
  • Odlum
  • Smith
1:50
13."Who We Love" (with Ed Sheeran)Mac2:42
Total length:33:03
Japanese and selected physical editions bonus tracks[36][37][38]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."Heavenly Sent"
  • Smith
  • Napier
  • Napes
  • Odlum
  • Smith
2:49
15."Kissing You"
  • Brendan Grieve
  • Odlum
  • Smith
4:55
Total length:40:55
Apple Music Edition [39]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Stay with Me" (live from the Royal Albert Hall)4:13
2."I'm Not the Only One" (live from the Royal Albert Hall)
  • Smith
  • Napier
3:54
3."Too Good at Goodbyes" (live from the Royal Albert Hall)
  • Smith
  • Napier
  • Eriksen
  • Hermansen
4:31
4."How Do You Sleep?" (live from the Royal Albert Hall)
3:55
5."Dancing with a Stranger" (live from the Royal Albert Hall)
4:10
6."Lose You" (live from the Royal Albert Hall)
  • Smith
  • Napier
  • Salmanzadeh
  • Walter
  • Slatkin
  • Fedi
3:37
7."Unholy" (featuring Kim Petras; live from the Royal Albert Hall)
  • Smith
  • Napier
  • Salmanzadeh
  • Walter
  • Slatkin
  • Fedi
  • Petras
3:59

Notes

  • The Spotify special edition of the album contains all bonus tracks from both the Japanese / select physical editions and the Apple Music edition.
  • "Hurting Interlude" taken from Gay and Proud, a 1970 film by Lilli Vincenz
  • "Dorothy's Interlude" contains samples of Divine from Pink Flamingos and "Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland

Personnel

Musicians

  • Sam Smith – vocals (1, 2, 4–9, 11–13), programming (3, 10), background vocals (6)
  • Jodi Milliner – bass guitar (1, 2, 5, 7, 8)
  • Ben Jones – guitar (1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 11)
  • Reuben James – organ (1), Rhodes (2, 8), piano (5, 8)
  • Jimmy Napesprogramming (1, 2, 4, 5, 9), background vocals (6)
  • Mikkel S. Eriksen – programming (1, 2, 5, 9)
  • Tor Erik Hermansen – programming (1, 2, 5, 9)
  • Alexis Marche Addison – additional vocals (1)
  • Amber Clemons – additional vocals (1)
  • Ant Clemons – additional vocals (1)
  • Ashley Clemons – additional vocals (1)
  • Cedric Jackson II – additional vocals (1)
  • Daniel Cagan – additional vocals (1)
  • Darien Champagne – additional vocals (1)
  • Dylan Del-Olmo – additional vocals (1)
  • Eric Bellinger – additional vocals (1)
  • Jasmine "GoGo" Morrow – additional vocals (1)
  • Jeremih – additional vocals (1)
  • Julian Blake Ray – additional vocals (1)
  • Julian Tabb – additional vocals (1)
  • Jwan Anthony – additional vocals (1)
  • Scott Carter – additional vocals (1)
  • Shameka Marie – additional vocals (1)
  • Solomon Fulton – additional vocals (1)
  • Tayler Green – additional vocals (1)
  • Ty Dolla Sign – additional vocals (1)
  • Vanessa "Nettie" Wood – additional vocals (1)
  • Jerry Wonda – bass guitar (1)
  • Ladonna Young – background vocals (2, 8, 9), vocals (4)
  • Vula Malinga – background vocals (2, 8, 9), vocals (4)
  • Patrick Linton – background vocals (2, 9), vocals (4)
  • Chris Worsey – cello (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Ian Burdge – cello (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Tony Woollard – cello (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Vicky Matthews – cello (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Chris Laurencedouble bass (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Stacey Watton – double bass (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Earl Harvin – drums (2, 5, 8)
  • Simon Hale – string arrangement (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Adrian Smith – viola (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Andy Parker – viola (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Jenny Lewisohn – viola (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • John Metcalfe – viola (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Reiad Chibah – viola (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Charis Jenson – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Charlie Brown – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Everton Nelson – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Ian Humphries – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Louisa Fuller – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Lucy Wilkins – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Marianne Haynes – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Natalia Bonner – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Patrick Kiernan – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Perry Montague-Mason – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Richard George – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Steve Morris – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Warren Zielinski – violin (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Blake Slatkin – programming (4)
  • Cirkut – programming (4), background vocals (6)
  • Ilya – programming (4), background vocals (6)
  • Omer Fedi – programming (4); bass guitar, guitar (7)
  • Nuno Bettencourt – guitar (5)
  • Jessie Reyez – vocals (5, 9, 11)
  • Kim Petras – vocals (6)
  • Mike Hough – background vocals (8)
  • Loshendrix – programming (8)
  • Nez – programming (8)
  • Koffee – vocals (9)
  • Calvin Harris – programming (11)
  • Alison Ponsford-Hill – background vocals (12)
  • Andrew Tipple – background vocals (12)
  • Caroline Fitzgerald – background vocals (12)
  • Catriona Holsgrove – background vocals (12)
  • Christina Gill – background vocals (12)
  • Edmund Hastings – background vocals (12)
  • Edward Ballard – background vocals (12)
  • Edward Grint – background vocals (12)
  • Elizabeth Poole – background vocals (12)
  • George Cook – background vocals (12)
  • Henry Moss – background vocals (12)
  • Jacqueline Barron – background vocals (12)
  • James Botcher – background vocals (12)
  • James Davey – background vocals (12)
  • Jenni Harper – background vocals (12)
  • Jonathan Wood – background vocals (12)
  • Judi Brown – background vocals (12)
  • Ksynia Loeffler – background vocals (12)
  • Lotte Betts-Dean – background vocals (12)
  • Natalie Clifton Griffith – background vocals (12)
  • Philip Brown – background vocals (12)
  • Philippa Murray – background vocals (12)
  • Robin Bailey – background vocals (12)
  • Ruth Kiang – background vocals (12)
  • Sara Davey – background vocals (12)
  • Steve Trowell – background vocals (12)
  • Vanessa Heine – background vocals (12)
  • Victoria Meteyard – background vocals (12)
  • London Voices – choir (12)
  • Lucy Goddard – chorus master (12)
  • Ben Parry – musical direction (12)
  • Johnny McDaid – bass guitar, guitar (13)
  • Chris Laws – drums (13)
  • Steve Mac – keyboards (13)
  • Ed Sheeran – vocals (13)

Technical

  • Randy Merrillmastering
  • Kevin "KD" Davis – mixing (1)
  • Steve Fitzmaurice – mixing (2, 3, 5, 8–11, 13)
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (4, 6, 7)
  • David Odlum – mixing (12)
  • Gus Pirelli – engineering (1, 2, 4–9, 11–13)
  • Mikkel S. Eriksen – engineering (1, 2, 5, 9, 11)
  • Gordon Davidson – engineering (2–6, 8, 11–13)
  • Chris Laws – engineering (13)
  • Dan Pursey – engineering (13)
  • Freddie Light – additional engineering (2–6, 8, 11–13)
  • George Oulton – additional engineering (2–6, 8, 11–13)
  • Bryce Bordone – mixing assistance (4, 6, 7)
  • Thomas Warren – engineering assistance (1)
  • Ed Farrell – engineering assistance (2, 4–9, 11)
  • Miles Wheway – engineering assistance (2–6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Natalia Milanesi – engineering assistance (2–6, 8, 11, 13)
  • Ira Grylack – engineering assistance (4, 6–8)
  • Lance Powell – engineering assistance (8, 12)

Charts

Certifications

Certifications for Gloria
RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[67]Gold10,000
Norway (IFPI Norway)[68]Gold10,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[69]Platinum20,000

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Release history for Gloria
RegionDateFormatLabelRef.
Various27 January 2023Capitol[8]

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Artist(s)

Veröffentlichungen von Sam Smith die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

Writing’s On The Wall ¦ Love Goes ¦ In The Lonely Hour ¦ Gloria

Sam Smith auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Sam Smith (2015)
Sam Smith 2014 bei einem Konzert
Sam Smith (2014)

Samuel Frederick „Sam“ Smith (* 19. Mai 1992 in Bishop’s Stortford[1]) ist eine nichtbinäre britische Person, die durch musikalische Erfolge bekannt wurde. Smiths Debütsingle Lay Me Down erschien 2013, das erste Soloalbum In the Lonely Hour 2014 bei Capitol Records. 2016 erhielt Smith den Oscar für den Titelsong Writing’s on the Wall aus Spectre.

Leben

Jugend

Sam Smith wurde 1992 in Bishop’s Stortford geboren und wuchs im kleinen Dorf Linton in der englischen Grafschaft Cambridgeshire auf. Während sich der Vater in dem gemeinsamen Haus in Great Chishill um Smith und die beiden jüngeren Schwestern kümmerte, war die vielbeschäftigte Mutter als Bankerin in der Finanzindustrie sehr erfolgreich. Laut Smith war schon die Großtante im Bankwesen aktiv als eine der ersten weiblichen Privatbankiers.

Bereits in früher Kindheit war Smith von weiblichen Stimmen und vor allem kraftvollen Sängerinnen und Balladen fasziniert. Als Smith acht Jahre alt war, erkannten die Eltern das große Talent ihres Kindes und begannen, dieses zu fördern. In früher Jugend war Smith im Background bei der Jazzgesangslehrerin Joanna Eden bei Auftritten in der Hauptstadt im Einsatz. Die Schulausbildung absolvierte Smith unter anderem an der St. Thomas More Primary School sowie an der St. Mary’s Catholic School in Bishop’s Stortford in der Grafschaft Hertfordshire.

Noch in früher Jugend wechselte Smith für eine weitere Gesangsausbildung an das Youth Music Theatre UK nach London. 2007 nahm Smith am lokalen Singwettbewerb South Coast Idol teil und siegte.[2] Bei einem Auftritt von Adele, bei dem Smith im Vorprogramm stand, kam erstmals Kontakt zu einem Manager zustande. Smith, damals 16 Jahre alt, hatte zu diesem Zeitpunkt noch keinen eigenen Manager und schaffte es an diesem Abend auch nicht, sich mit diesem in Verbindung zu bringen. Erst etwa drei Jahre später kam durch ein weiteres Treffen die Zusammenarbeit zustande. Dem Manager war es auch zu verdanken, dass Smith den Songwriter Jimmy Napes kennenlernen und mit ihm zusammenarbeiten konnte.

Karriere

Durch Napes kam Smith schließlich auch zur Band Disclosure, mit der erste überregionale Erfolge gefeiert werden konnten. Dem britischen auf House, Electronica und Dance-Pop spezialisierten Duo Disclosure verhalf Smith durch die Mitarbeit an deren Single Latch zum Durchbruch. Bald darauf kam es zu einer Zusammenarbeit mit dem DJ, Singer-Songwriter und Produzenten Naughty Boy. Nachdem Smith im Februar 2013 die erste eigene Single Lay Me Down über das Label Method[3] und später über Capitol Records veröffentlicht hatte, folgte im Mai 2013 mit Naughty Boys Song La La La, zu dem Smith auch den Text geschrieben hatte, der endgültige internationale Durchbruch. Das Lied war in mehreren Ländern ein Nummer-eins-Hit in den Charts. In den britischen Charts rangierte das Lied im Jahr 2013 eine Woche auf dem ersten Platz. Neben den hohen Chartplatzierungen erreichte das Lied in Australien Doppel-Platin, in Neuseeland und Italien Platin und in Belgien und Dänemark Gold. Nach den Erfolgen mit der Zusammenarbeit mit Naughty Boy veröffentlichte Smith Anfang Oktober 2013 die EP Nirvana mit vier Songs. In dieser Zeit arbeitete Smith unter anderem mit den Produzenten Fraser T Smith, Two Inch Punch und Eg White zusammen.

Mitte Februar schaffte es Smiths als Debütsingle vermarktete Auskopplung Money on My Mind in die internationalen Charts. Im Vereinigten Königreich stieg das Lied binnen einer Woche bis auf den ersten Platz. Während Lay Me Down im Februar 2013 noch fast keine Beachtung erhalten hatte, schaffte es das Lied nach einer besseren Vermarktung durch Capitol Records und der Erwähnung des Liedes bei den BRIT Awards durch den Schauspieler James Corden im Februar des Folgejahres in die UK-Charts und stieg dabei auf dem 46. Platz ein. Im Dezember 2013 wurde bekanntgegeben, dass Smiths Debütalbum In the Lonely Hour im Mai 2014 unter dem Majorlabel Capitol Records veröffentlicht werden solle.[4]

Bei den BRIT Awards des Jahres 2014 wurde das Lied La La La als „Beste britische Single des Jahres“ und in der Kategorie „British Video“ nominiert. Smith erhielt den „Critics’ Choice“-Award, war Ende 2013/Anfang 2014 bei „Brand New for 2014“ von MTV nominiert[5] und wurde mit dem „Sound of … 2014“-Award der BBC ausgezeichnet.[6]

Bei den Grammy Awards 2015 war Smith sechsmal nominiert und erhielt vier Auszeichnungen, darunter in den drei Hauptkategorien „Bester neuer Künstler“, „Single“ und „Song des Jahres“ (Stay with Me). Bei der Auszeichnung bedankte Smith sich bei dem Exfreund, von dem das Album handelt: „I would like to thank the man that I fell in love with last year – the man who this album is about. Thank you so much for breaking my heart, because you got me four Grammys!“.[7]

In einem Radio-Beitrag von WDR 2 wurde bekannt, dass Smith für den Hit Stay with Me Tantiemen an Tom Petty zahlte, da der Song I Won’t Back Down ähnelt. Im September 2015 wurde bekanntgegeben, dass Smith den Titelsong Writing’s on the Wall des 24. James-Bond-Films Spectre singen würde. Für den Song wurde Smith im Februar 2016 mit dem Oscar in der Kategorie „Bester Song“ ausgezeichnet.[8] Weil nur sehr wenig offen Schwule einen Oscar erhalten, widmete Smith die Auszeichnung der LGBT-Community.[9] Im September 2017 veröffentlichte Smith die Single Too Good at Goodbyes. Das Musikvideo dazu wurde von Mikey Levelle und Tom Birmingham produziert.

Auftritt von Sam Smith auf dem Südrasen des Weißen Hauses im Dezember 2022

Am 22. September 2022 veröffentlichte Smith mit der deutschen Popsängerin Kim Petras die Single Unholy,[10] die zum Nummer-eins-Hit in Großbritannien sowie zum Top-10-Hit in Deutschland und der Schweiz avancierte.[11][12]

Privatleben

Mit dem Model Jonathan Zeizel liiert, gab Smith im Mai 2014 bekannt, homosexuell zu sein.[13][14] Smith sagte in einem Interview, dass das Album In the Lonely Hour von der Liebe zu einem Mann handele, die nicht erwidert wurde.[15] Im Mai 2015 musste sich Smith einer Stimmband-Operation unterziehen, die erfolgreich verlief.[16]

Im Oktober 2017 erklärte Smith in einem Interview mit der Londoner The Times die eigene Geschlechtsidentität als nichtbinär (genderqueer).[17][18] Im September 2019 gab Smith über Instagram bekannt, nicht mehr mit männlichen Fürwörtern bezeichnet werden zu wollen, sondern in geschlechtsneutraler Weise mit dem singularen Fürwort they (im Deutschen nicht klar übersetzbar).[19][20][21]

Diskografie

Studioalben

JahrTitel
Musiklabel
Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen
(Jahr, Titel, Musiklabel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
Anmerkungen
 DE AT CH UK US
2014In the Lonely Hour
Capitol
DE17
Platin
Platin

(53 Wo.)DE
AT15
Platin
Platin

(28 Wo.)AT
CH3
Platin
Platin

(83 Wo.)CH
UK1
Neunfachplatin
×9
Neunfachplatin

(450 Wo.)UK
US2
Fünffachplatin
×5
Fünffachplatin

(351 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 26. Mai 2014
Verkäufe: + 9.562.500
2017The Thrill of It All
Capitol
DE8
(12 Wo.)DE
AT7
Gold
Gold

(9 Wo.)AT
CH3
(19 Wo.)CH
UK1
Doppelplatin
×2
Doppelplatin

(59 Wo.)UK
US1
Doppelplatin
×2
Doppelplatin

(60 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 3. November 2017
Verkäufe: + 3.187.500
2020Love Goes
Capitol
DE11
(4 Wo.)DE
AT16
(2 Wo.)AT
CH6
(12 Wo.)CH
UK2
Gold
Gold

(37 Wo.)UK
US5
Platin
Platin

(22 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 30. Oktober 2020
Verkäufe: + 1.721.000
2023Gloria
Capitol
DE6
(4 Wo.)DE
AT8
(5 Wo.)AT
CH2
(6 Wo.)CH
UK1
(5 Wo.)UK
US7
(12 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 27. Januar 2023
Verkäufe: + 40.000

Auszeichnungen

Weblinks

Einzelnachweise

  1. Who is Sam Smith? Everything You Need to Know. Abgerufen am 14. Oktober 2022 (amerikanisches Englisch).
  2. Meldung: Great Chishill singer-songwriter Sam Smith wins BBC Sound of 2014. (Memento vom 18. April 2015 im Internet Archive) In: Cambridge-News.co.uk. 13. Januar 2014, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  3. Besprechung von Britt Julious: Sam Smith: “Lay Me Down”. In: Pitchfork.com. 15. Februar 2013, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  4. Ankündigung: Sam Smith announces debut album „In The Lonely Hour“, shares tour dates. In: FactMag.com. 16. Dezember 2013, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  5. Meet MTV’s Brand New For 2014 Nominees! In: MTV.co.uk. 27. November 2013, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  6. BBC Music Sound Of: 1. Sam Smith. In: BBC.co.uk. 2019, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch, Porträt).
  7. Maggie Panos: Watch Sam Smith's Adorably Humble Grammys Acceptance Speeches. In: PopSugar.com. 9. Februar 2015, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  8. 007-Abenteuer „Spectre“: Sam Smith singt neuen Bond-Titelsong. In: Spiegel Online. 8. September 2015, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (Agenturmeldung dpa).
  9. Benjamin Lee: Oscars 2016 – Sam Smith: I want to dedicate my Oscar to the LGBT community. In: TheGuardian.com. 29. Februar 2016, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  10. Sam Smith, Kim Petras – Unholy bei Discogs, abgerufen am 30. September 2022.
  11. Kim Petras. In: officialcharts.com. Abgerufen am 2. Oktober 2022 (englisch).
  12. Sam Smith & Kim Petras – Unholy. In: hitparade.ch. Abgerufen am 2. Oktober 2022.
  13. Brett Malec: Sam Smith Opens Up About Being Gay, Reveals Album Is About a Guy Who Didn’t Love Him Back. In: eOnline.com. 28. Mai 2014, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  14. Meldung: Sam Smith confirms break-up on stage in Toronto. In: BBC.co.uk/newsbeat. 22. Januar 2015, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  15. Jessica Robertson: Cover Story: Sam Smith – The about-to-explode pop singer opens up about love songs and his sexuality. In: theFader.com. 28. Mai 2014, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  16. Meldung (dpa): Leute: Sam Smith muss seine Stimme weiter schonen. In: Focus Online. 5. Mai 2015, abgerufen am 22. November 2019.
  17. Sam Smith, interviewt von Louis Wise: Interview: Sam Smith on coming out, and The Thrill of It All. In: TheTimes.co.uk. 22. Oktober 2017, abgerufen am 22. November 2019; Zitat: „Sam Smith: ‘I feel just as much woman as I am man’“.
  18. Meldung (cw): „Ach du Scheiße, das bin ja ich“: Sam Smith sieht sich als genderqueer an. In: Queer.de. 18. März 2019, abgerufen am 22. November 2019; Zitat: „Der britische Künstler erzählt in einem Interview davon, dass er sich weder als männlich noch als weiblich ansieht.“
  19. Sam Smith: My pronouns are: they / them. In: Instagram. 13. September 2019, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch); Zitat: „Gefällt 641.374 Mal“.
  20. lath: Sam Smith möchte nicht mehr „er“ genannt werden – Sondern lieber „They/Them“. In: Jetzt.de. 14. September 2019, abgerufen am 22. November 2019; Zitat: „Ich kann im Moment noch nicht genau und ausführlich in Worte fassen, was nicht-binär eigentlich heißt. Im Moment möchte ich das nur sichtbar machen.“
  21. Meldung (SpotOnNews): Sam Smith: Er wählt ein geschlechtsneutrales Pronomen. In: Stern.de. 13. September 2019, abgerufen am 22. November 2019; Zitat: „Sam Smith outete sich als nicht-binär. Jetzt verkündete er, dass er nicht mehr mit einem männlichen Pronomen bezeichnet werden möchte.“

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