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Love Goes
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Studio album by
Released30 October 2020 (2020-10-30)
StudioVarious (see recording locations)
Sam Smith chronology
The Thrill of It All
Love Goes
Singles from Love Goes
  1. "My Oasis"
    Released: 30 July 2020
  2. "Diamonds"
    Released: 18 September 2020
  3. "Kids Again"
    Released: 30 October 2020[3]

Love Goes is the third studio album by English singer Sam Smith. It was released on 30 October 2020 through Capitol Records.[4] The album was originally planned to be titled To Die For and was due for release in June 2020 but was delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Smith also felt it was insensitive to use the word "die" due to what many people were going through.


In an interview with Zach Sang in October 2019, Smith confirmed that their third album would be released in 2020, and said it would feature "fewer ballads and plenty of poppier tracks" than their previous albums, which they called an "acoustic-y, soulful version of pop music". Smith went on to explain that the reception to their recent songs had "almost given me permission to kinda do what I've always dreamed of doing but I was always scared to do, which is pop music."[5] Smith described the album as their "first proper heartbreak album". In an interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe, Smith said

"I'd say [this was] the first proper time I've been actually heartbroken. That feeling of they're gone, you can't sleep, the really, really bad feeling. The others were the idea of it and it was pure unrequited love. This, I would like to say that we loved each other. So, I definitely, definitely loved him. So yeah, it was proper."

— Smith speaking to Zane Lowe.[3]

Smith opened a pop-up store in Soho, London named after the album in February 2020 before the release of the single "To Die For".[6]

Release and title

Originally planned to be titled To Die For, Smith's third album was due to be released on 1 May 2020, but was then pushed back to 5 June 2020.[7] By the end of March, Smith had confirmed that they had decided to delay the album till later in the year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] On their social media account, they posted the following message: "I have done a lot of thinking the last few weeks and feel that the title of my album and imminent release doesn't feel right ... I have to come to the decision to continue working on the album and make some important changes and additions. I will be renaming the album and pushing back the release date—both of which are to be confirmed at this time".[4]

On Friday 17 April, Smith explained the reasons for changing the album during an interview with Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2, stating that the "album had the word 'die' in the title, which I just felt really uncomfortable with, with what's happening [coronavirus] and it's so important for me to be sensitive to my fans and to people listening to my music. This has been a really sad and awful time for us, so I've changed the album title, I'm going to change the album cover."[9] The original cover art depicted Smith facing head-on with hands all around them. The hands on the album cover belong to Smith's "chosen family", Shea Diamond, Alok Menon, Jeff Hova, and Madison Phillips.[10] Upon postponing the album, Smith announced that a new cover art would be produced.[9]


Before its delay, Smith had released a number of singles in promotion of the album. "Promises" with Calvin Harris, "Fire on Fire" from the miniseries Watership Down, "Dancing with a Stranger" with Normani, "How Do You Sleep?", "I Feel Love" (Smith's cover of Donna Summer's 1977 single), "To Die For", and "I'm Ready" with Demi Lovato were all included on the album's original preorder, but are now all included as bonus tracks on the album, with the exception of "I Feel Love".[11][12][13][14][15]

"My Oasis" featuring Burna Boy was released as the lead single from the album on 30 July 2020, followed by the second single "Diamonds" on 18 September 2020. With the release of the album, the music video for "Kids Again" was released. It serves as the third single.[3]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[19]
The Guardian2/5 stars[20]
The Independent3/5 stars[20]
NME3/5 stars[21]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[23]

On Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, Love Goes received an average score of 64 based on 13 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[17] Alexis Petridis's review for The Guardian described Love Goes as a "heartbreak album [that] plays it safe in hard times", noting that "Smith attempts to mix despair with euphoria on an album that delivers plenty of gloom but not much glitter". In terms of production, Petridis said the album did differ from Smith's previous work in that it swapped "retro-soul afflictions" for "misty pop-facing electronics, gentle tropical house shadings and Auto-Tuned backing vocals".[20] Robin Murray of Clash awarded the album six out of ten, calling it "a tale of heartbreak that could benefit from focus", noting that the track listing contained 17 songs and although there were some "exemplary pop moments", "it struggles to maintain momentum".[18] Similarly, The Independent's Fiona Sturges referred to Love Goes as one of the "reasonable break-up albums you're likely to hear" and that you would "long for it to land a few punches". Elsewhere in the review, Sturges said "For the most part, the mood here is pensive, the ballads plentiful and the pace glacial, with little evidence of the wild abandon that the singer supposedly longs for. It's to Smith's credit, but also their undoing, that they are just too damned nice."[24] In her review for NME, Ilana Kaplan said that although Smith said the album would have "fewer ballads and plenty of poppier tracks", "at its core its Smith's knack for sap and soul – and their singular, chilling vocals – that forms the base of the record. When it comes to songwriting, Smith oscillates towards what they know."[21]

In writing a review for The New York Times, Jon Pareles was more complimentary, focussing on Smith's voice, calling it "a prodigious instrument: a pearly, androgynous croon, at once powerful and defenseless." Noting Smith's work with familiar collaborators (Jimmy Napes, Guy Lawrence and Stargate, amongst others), Pareles said "they built neatly structured, immediately legible pop tracks that open up arena-sized reverberations and sometimes beckon toward the dance floor. Many of Smith's new songs also stir in a strong new emotion: the resentment of a lover betrayed. The bile and the beat cut through the self-pity, though it wouldn’t be a Sam Smith album without a good wallow or five.".[1] Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt was also complimentary of the album, saying "the record remains rooted in a sort of open-vein vulnerability; the bruised, tender manifesto of a Kid Who Cares Too Much." She praised the album's ballads: "it's the prettily composed ballads — wounded, swooning, steeped in regret — that tend to lead", particularly picking out "For the Lover That I Lost" and "Breaking Hearts".[19]

Commercial performance

Love Goes debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart, earning 41,000 album-equivalent units (including 18,000 copies as pure album sales) in its first week.[25] This became Smith's third US top-ten album.[25] The album's songs also accumulated a total of 29.66 million on-demand streams that week.[25]

Track listing

Love Goes track listing
3."Another One"
4."My Oasis" (featuring Burna Boy)
5."So Serious"
  • Smith
  • Bao
  • Wiklund
Lotus IV2:51
6."Dance ('Til You Love Someone Else)"3:43
7."For the Lover That I Lost"2:56
8."Breaking Hearts"
  • Smith
  • Napier
9."Forgive Myself"
  • Smith
  • Napier
  • Eriksen
  • Hermansen
  • Napes
  • Stargate
10."Love Goes" (featuring Labrinth)Labrinth4:44
11."Kids Again"3:27
12."Dancing with a Stranger" (with Normani) (bonus track)
  • Napes
  • StarGate
13."How Do You Sleep?" (bonus track)Ilya3:22
14."To Die For" (bonus track)
  • Smith
  • Napier
  • Hermansen
  • Eriksen
  • Napes
  • StarGate
15."I'm Ready" (with Demi Lovato) (bonus track)
16."Fire on Fire" (bonus track)
  • Smith
  • Mac
17."Promises" (with Calvin Harris) (bonus track)Calvin Harris3:35
Total length:56:39
US Target bonus tracks[26]
  • Smith
  • Napier
19."Laurel Canyon"
Total length:63:16
Japanese edition bonus tracks[27]
  • Smith
  • Napier
19."Laurel Canyon"
  • Smith
  • Hermansen
  • Eriksen
  • Juber
20."Fix You" (live)4:17
Total length:67:41


  • ^[a] vocal producer only.
  • ^[b] also vocal producer.
  • "For the Lover That I Lost" was originally recorded by Celine Dion and included on her album Courage (2019).
  • According to the album credits, "Promises" contains vocals from Jessie Reyez, though Reyez is not credited as "featured" on the song.

Personnel and credits

Credits adapted from Smith's official website.[28]

Recording locations

  • Abbey Road Studios; London, UK (recording – track 16)
  • BLND Studios; Sweden (recording – track 15)
  • Do a Little Dance Studios; Stockholm, Sweden (recording – track 2)
  • God's Eye Studios; Los Angeles, California (mixing – track 17)
  • Gold Tooth Music; Beverley Hills, California (recording – track 11)
  • House Mouse Studios; Stockholm, Sweden (recording – track 2)
  • Kensal Town Studios; London, UK (recording – track 18)
  • London Lane Studios; London, UK (recording – track 4, 8, 18)
  • Lotus Library; Los Angeles, California (recording – track 3, 5)
  • Lotus Lounge; Stockholm, Sweden (recording – track 3, 5)
  • MixStar Studios; Virginia Beach, Virginia (mixing – track 2–3, 5–6, 13, 15–16)
  • MXM Studios; Los Angeles, California (recording – track 4, 13, 15)
  • MXM Studios; Stockholm, Sweden (recording – track 15)
  • Pacifique Studios; Los Angeles, California (mixing – track 12)
  • Platinum Door Studios; Atlanta, Georgia (mixing – track 14)
  • RAK Studios; London, UK (recording – track 2, 7, 10)
  • Rokstone Studios; London, UK (recording – track 1, 7)
  • Sterling Sound; (Nashville, Tennessee) (mastering – track 2–9, 11–16, 18–19)
  • The Exchange (Mike Marsh Mastering); Devon, UK (mastering – track 17)
  • The Mixsuite; Los Angeles, California (mixing – track 11)
  • The Pierce Rooms; London, UK (mixing – track 4, 7–10, 18–20)
  • The Stellar House; Venice, California (recording – track 9, 12, 14)
  • The Windmill Recording Studios; Norfolk, UK (recording – track 20)
  • Yewtree Close Studio; London, UK (recording – track 10)



  • Burna Boy – featured vocals (track 4)
  • Calvin Harris – co-lead artist (track 17)
  • Demi Lovato – co-lead vocals (track 15)
  • Labrinth – featured vocals, background vocals (track 10)
  • Normani – co-lead vocals (track 12)
  • Sam Smith – lead vocals, background vocals (track 15)

Musicians and producers

  • Simon Baggs – violin (track 6)
  • Louis Bell – producer (track 11), programming (track 11), keyboards (track 11)
  • Natalie Bonner – violin (track 10)
  • Ian Burdge – 1st cello (track 7, track 10)
  • Joby Burgess – percussion (track 10)
  • Eos Chater – violin (track 6)
  • Reiad Chibah – 2nd viola (track 7)
  • Caroline Dale – cello section (track 10)
  • Mikkel S. Eriksen – recording (track 9, 12)
  • Philip Eastop – French horn (track 10)
  • Jonathan Evans-Jones – violin (track 6)
  • Rob Farrer – percussion (track 10)
  • Louisa Fuller – violin (track 6)
  • Richard George – violin (track 6, 10), 2nd violins (leader) (track 7)
  • Tim Gill – 1st cello (track 6)
  • Oscar Görres – producer (track 2), programming (track 2), piano (track 2), keys (track 2), guitar (track 2)
  • Kathy Gowers – violin (track 10)
  • Brendan Grieve – vocal producer (track 3)
  • Simon Hale – strings conductor and arrangement (track 6, 7, 10)
  • Ollie Heath – violin (track 6)
  • Darren Heelis – juno bass (played and recorded by) (track 4, 9), additional programming (track 8), Wurlitzer (track 9)
  • Ian Humphreys – violin (track 10)
  • Ilya – keys (track 4), drums (track 4, 13), live percussion (track 4), programming (track 4, 13), vocal producer (track 4), producer (track 13), arranger (track 13), keyboard (track 13), synthesizers (track 13), bass (track 13)
  • Ruben James – piano (track 7)
  • Ben Jones – acoustic guitar (track 4), electric guitar (track 4), guitar overdubbing (track 12)
  • Patrick Kiernan – violin (track 6, 10)
  • Rick Koster – violin (track 6)
  • Labrinth – producer (track 10), drums (track 10), guitars (track 10), engineer (track 10), FX (track 10)
  • Guy Lawrence (of Disclosure) – producer (track 3, 6), keyboard (track 3), drums (track 3), programming (track 3, 5), instrumentation (track 3, 5)
  • Lotus IV – producer (track 3, 5), keyboard (track 3, 5), drums (track 3, 5), programming (track 3), instrumentation (track 3), arranger (track 5)
  • Steve Mac – producer (track 1)
  • Vicky Matthews – cello section (track 10)
  • John Metcalfe – viola section co-ordinator (track 6)
  • Jodi Milliner – bass (track 7)
  • Perry Montague-Mason – violin (track 10)
  • Steve Morris – 2nd violins (track 7), violin (track 10)
  • Jimmy Napes – producer (track 4, 7, 8, 9, 12), bass (track 4, 8), synths (track 4), programming (track 4, 8, 9), piano (track 8), guitar (track 8), instruments (track 9)
  • Everton Nelson – 1st violin (leader) (track 7, 10)
  • Dan Newell – trumpets (track 10)
  • Pete North – bass trombone (track 10)
  • Tom Piggot-Smith – leader (1st violin) (track 6)
  • Hayley Pomfrett – violin (track 6)
  • Richard Pryce – double bass (track 10)
  • Tom Rees-Roberts – trumpets (track 10)
  • Shellback – producer (track 2), programming (track 2), drums (track 2), guitar (track 2), bass (track 2), epic triangle (track 2)
  • Owen Slade – tuba (track 10)
  • Stargate – producer (track 7, 9, 12), programming (track 9, 12), instruments (track 9, 12)
  • Toby Street – trumpets (track 10)
  • Ali Tamposi – background vocals (track 11)
  • Ed Tarrant – tenor trombone (track 10), tenor (track 10)
  • Ryan Tedder – keyboards (track 11), background vocals (track 11)
  • Two Inch Punch – producer (track 6)
  • Andrew Watt – producer (track 11), guitar (track 11), bass (track 11), drums (track 11), percussion (track 11), background vocals (track 11)
  • Bruce White – 1st viola (track 6, 7), violin (track 10)
  • Rupert Whitehead – tenor trombone (track 10)
  • Lucy wilkins – violin (track 10)
  • Chris Worsey – cello section co-ordinator (track 6), 2nd cello (track 7), cello section (track 10)
  • Warren Zielinski – 1st violin (track 7), violin (track 10)


  • Cory Bice – engineer (track 13)
  • Kevin "KD" Davis – engineer (track 12)
  • Marek Demi – assistant mixing (track 7, 9)
  • Dan Ewins – Pro Tools operator (strings) (track 7)
  • Steve Fitzmaurice – mixing (track 4, 7, 8, 9, 10), engineer (track 7), producer (track 20)
  • Duncan Fuller – assistant engineer (track 2)
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (track 2, 3, 5, 6, 13)
  • John Hanes – engineer (track 2, 3, 5, 6, 13)
  • Liam Hebb – assistant strings engineer (track 7)
  • Sam Holland – engineer (track 13)
  • Mike Horner – strings, bass and percussion engineer (track 10), engineer (track 10)
  • Paul LaMalfa – engineer/recording (track 11)
  • Chris Laws – mixing (track 1), engineer (track 1)
  • Jeremy Lertola – engineer (track 13)
  • Emma Marks – assistant engineer (track 10)
  • Randy Merrill – mastering (track 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  • Robbie Nelson – engineer (track 10)
  • Gus Pirelli – recording (track 8)
  • Danny Pursey – engineer (track 1)
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing (track 11)
  • Idania Valencia – mastering (track 7)
  • Thomas Warren – recording (track 9, 12)
  • Matt Wolach – mixing (assistant) (track 11)



RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
Mexico (AMPROFON)[57]Platinum+Gold90,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[58]Gold10,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[59]Silver60,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

Release history for Love Goes
Various30 October 2020OriginalCapitol[60][61]
JapanCDJapanese edition[27]
United States13 November 2020LPTarget exclusive[26]


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Writing’s On The Wall ¦ Love Goes

Sam Smith auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Sam Smith (2015)
Sam Smith (2014)

Samuel Frederick „Sam“ Smith (* 19. Mai 1992 in London) ist britischer Nationalität und wurde bekannt als Singer-Songwriter/in. 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.



Sam Smith wurde 1992 in London 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 bereits die Großtante im Bankwesen aktiv und eine der ersten weiblichen Bankiers.

Bereits in früher Kindheit war Smith von weiblichen Stimmen und vor allem kraftvollen Sängerinnen und Balladen fasziniert. Im Alter von acht Jahren erkannten die Eltern das große Talent Smiths und begannen dieses zu fördern. In früher Jugend war Smith als Backgroundsänger/in 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 ans Youth Music Theatre UK nach London. 2007 nahm Smith am lokalen Singwettbewerb South Coast Idol teil und siegte.[1] 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.


Durch Napes kam Smith schließlich auch zur Band Disclosure, mit der erste überregionale Erfolge gefeiert werden konnte. 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[2] 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 soll.[3]

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. Zudem war Smith Ende 2013/Anfang 2014 bei „Brand New for 2014“ von MTV nominiert,[4] und wurde mit dem „Sound of … 2014“-Award von BBC ausgezeichnet.[5]

Bei den Grammy Awards 2015 war Smith sechsmal nominiert und erhielt vier Auszeichnungen, darunter die 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!“.[6]

In einem Radio-Beitrag von WDR 2 wurde bekannt, dass Smith für den Hit Stay with Me Tantiemen an Tom Petty zahlt, 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.[7] Dem Umstand geschuldet, dass nur sehr wenig offen Schwule einen Oscar erhalten, widmete Smith die Auszeichnung der LGBT-Community.[8] Im September 2017 veröffentlichte Smith die Single Too Good at Goodbyes. Das Musikvideo dazu wurde von Mikey Levelle und Tom Birmingham produziert.


Mit dem Model Jonathan Zeizel liiert, gab Smith im Mai 2014 bekannt, homosexuell zu sein.[9][10] Smith sagte in einem Interview, dass das Album In the Lonely Hour von der Liebe zu einem Mann handele, die nicht erwidert wurde.[11] Im Mai 2015 musste sich Smith einer Stimmband-OP unterziehen, die erfolgreich verlief.[12]

Im Oktober 2017 erklärte Smith in einem Interview mit der Londoner The Times die eigene Geschlechtsidentität als nichtbinär (genderqueer).[13][14] 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 unübersetzbar).[15][16][17]



Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen
(Jahr, Titel, Musiklabel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
2014In the Lonely Hour

(53 Wo.)DE

(27 Wo.)AT

(82 Wo.)CH

(316 Wo.)UK

(… Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 26. Mai 2014
Verkäufe: + 8.785.000
2017The Thrill of It All
(12 Wo.)DE

(9 Wo.)AT
(19 Wo.)CH

(59 Wo.)UK

(60 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 3. November 2017
Verkäufe: + 1.992.500
2020Love Goes
(4 Wo.)DE
(2 Wo.)AT
(12 Wo.)CH

(… Wo.)UK
(… Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 30. Oktober 2020
Verkäufe: + 160.000




  1. Meldung: Great Chishill singer-songwriter Sam Smith wins BBC Sound of 2014. (Memento vom 18. April 2015 im Internet Archive) In: 13. Januar 2014, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  2. Besprechung von Britt Julious: Sam Smith: “Lay Me Down”. In: 15. Februar 2013, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  3. Ankündigung: Sam Smith announces debut album „In The Lonely Hour“, shares tour dates. In: 16. Dezember 2013, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  4. Meldung: Meet MTV’s Brand New For 2014 Nominees! In: 27. November 2013, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  5. Porträt: BBC Music Sound Of: 1. Sam Smith. In: 2019, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  6. Maggie Panos: Watch Sam Smith's Adorably Humble Grammys Acceptance Speeches. In: 9. Februar 2015, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  7. Meldung (dpa): 007-Abenteuer „Spectre“: Sam Smith singt neuen Bond-Titelsong. In: Spiegel Online. 8. September 2015, abgerufen am 22. November 2019.
  8. Benjamin Lee: Oscars 2016 – Sam Smith: I want to dedicate my Oscar to the LGBT community. In: 29. Februar 2016, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  9. Brett Malec: Sam Smith Opens Up About Being Gay, Reveals Album Is About a Guy Who Didn’t Love Him Back. In: 28. Mai 2014, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  10. Meldung: Sam Smith confirms break-up on stage in Toronto. In: 22. Januar 2015, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  11. Jessica Robertson: Cover Story: Sam Smith – The about-to-explode pop singer opens up about love songs and his sexuality. In: 28. Mai 2014, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch).
  12. Meldung (dpa): Leute: Sam Smith muss seine Stimme weiter schonen. In: Focus Online. 5. Mai 2015, abgerufen am 22. November 2019.
  13. Sam Smith, interviewt von Louis Wise: Interview: Sam Smith on coming out, and The Thrill of It All. In: 22. Oktober 2017, abgerufen am 22. November 2019; Zitat: „Sam Smith: ‘I feel just as much woman as I am man’“.
  14. Meldung (cw): „Ach du Scheiße, das bin ja ich“: Sam Smith sieht sich als genderqueer an. In: 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.“
  15. Sam Smith: My pronouns are: they / them. In: Instagram. 13. September 2019, abgerufen am 22. November 2019 (englisch); Zitat: „Gefällt 641.374 Mal“.
  16. lath: Sam Smith möchte nicht mehr „er“ genannt werden – Sondern lieber „They/Them“. In: 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.“
  17. Meldung (SpotOnNews): Sam Smith: Er wählt ein geschlechtsneutrales Pronomen. In: 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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