The star still recognises that he needs to be a spokesperson for LGBT people though.
Sam Smith is well known in the music industry for always having been open with his sexuality, and that's something that he's proud to be an icon for. However, he also admits that he wants to be role model for everyone out there - not just gay men.
Sam Smith wants to represent everyone who listens to his music
Confessing that he'd been out as gay since the tender age of 10, the 'Writings On The Wall' singer said in an interview that he was happy to represent the LGBT community, as long as that meant he could represent other people as well. 'There's nothing in my life that I'm prouder of', Smith told NME about coming out as a young boy. '[But] I didn't want [my] album to appeal to just one community, I wanted it to appeal to all of them. I wanted anyone, gay or straight, to be able to relate to me singing about men, like I was able to relate to Stevie Wonder or John Legend singing about girls.'
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The trophies were to acknowledge his Bond theme song reaching Number 1, and for his debut album spending the highest amount of consecutive weeks in the UK Top Ten.
British singer Sam Smith has had a pretty incredible 18 months, rocketing to international superstardom with his debut album, and now he’s able to add not just one, but TWO Guinness World Records to his growing list of accolades.
The pair of records were given to him to honour his James Bond theme tune, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, becoming the first such 007 track to reach the top of the UK Singles Chart earlier this month, and the second was to acknowledge his first album In The Lonely Hour staying in the Top Ten of the UK Albums Chart for the longest consecutive amount of weeks.
Since it was released on May 26th last year, the album has, to date, spent 69 weeks in a row inside the Top Ten, passing the previous record held by Emeli Sande for her album Our Version of Events (63 weeks) more than a month ago.
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While over in the singles chart, Justin Bieber has knocked Sam Smith off the top spot.
Rudimental have scored their second number one album, with We The Generation topping the UK chart this weekend. The album follows the success of their 2013 debut Home and features collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Bobby Womack and Lianne La Havas.
Rudimental are at number one with We The Generation.
Speaking to the Official Charts Company member Amir Amor said, "This is mad! When I think back to some of the seminal bands I’ve always loved, they all had at least two major records.”
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'Writing's On The Wall' leads the soundtrack for 'Spectre'.
Sam Smith confesses he wanted to abandon the funky pop anthems for his take on the new James Bond theme for 'Spectre', and release a track that was memorable enough to be associated with the franchise rather than something that reflected himself. The result is the orchestral 'Writing's On The Wall'.
Sam Smith wanted Bond theme to be 'classic'
The 23-year-old singer reveals that, instead of taking on the usual pop aesthetic that has made him a success thus far, he wanted to create something 'timelessly classic' for 'Spectre'. Thus, it's not a driving rhythm or melancholic balladry we have here, but soaring cinematic soundscapes; the perfect combination of harmonic strings, building piano and a crescendo of a voice that goes from one end of Smith's range to the another quite remarkably. It's an impressive change in direction, perhaps surprisingly so in that he enlisted the help of trusted friend and producer Jimmy Napes (who previously worked on hits 'Stay With Me' and 'Lay Me Down') as well as Disclosure who brought themselves and Smith to worldwide attention with their 2012 single 'Latch'. A sound very different from anything we've heard from these guys so far.
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The video for 'Writing’s On The Wall' is finally here on Global James Bond Day.
The video for Sam Smith’s Spectre theme, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ has finally dropped, giving 007 fans a look at some more footage from the upcoming film. Released to coincide with Global James Bond Day and the 53rd anniversary of first Bond film Dr. No, the video features Smith performing the song, intercut with scenes from Spectre.
The video for Sam Smith’s 'Writing's On The Wall’ has just dropped.
Directed by Luke Monaghan, the video is careful not to give away too much about the upcoming film. Smith is shown dressed in a sharp suit and singing the ballad in a variety of locations, including in an empty colosseum and in front of a row of coffins draped in Union Jacks.
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The song from ‘Spectre’ is the first Bond theme to top the UK singles chart.
Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ has become the first Bond theme to top the UK singles chart. The theme from the upcoming film Spectre, went straight in at number one in this week’s singles chart, with combined chart sales and streams of 70,000 copies, knocking Justin Bieber off the top spot.
Sam Smith is on top of the UK chart with ‘Writing’s On The Wall’
Speaking to the Official Charts Company Smith said, "It’s been an unforgettable experience working with Barbara [Broccoli] and Sam [Mendes] to become part of this British legacy. I couldn’t have done this without my fans – this is a special moment I’ll never forget.”
'Writing's On The Wall' got its first airplay on Friday morning, but the reaction has been decidedly mixed.
Sam Smith’s eagerly anticipated theme tune to the new Bond movie Spectre has been splitting opinions since it was unveiled earlier this morning. ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ was unveiled on BBC Radio 1’s breakfast show on Friday (September 25th) and was uploaded to Spotify at the same time.
A four-and-a-half minute track of pretty classical construction, it sees Smith cover pretty much his full vocal range and is set to sweeping, widescreen orchestral music. While it is distinctive, some listeners have reacted negatively, with one Twitter user calling it the “worst Bond theme ever”. Surely not, as anybody with ears will recall Madonna’s risible ‘Die Another Day’…
Sam Smith's 'Writing's On The Wall' has received mixed reactions
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Sam Smith shares a preview of his ‘Spectre’ theme song.
Sam Smith has released a preview of his soon-to-be-released theme song, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre. Smith shared a 15 second long preview on social media on Monday (21st September).
Sam Smith at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2015 in Las Vegas, September 2015.
Why is the revamped ‘X-Factor’ just not bringing in the viewers this year?
The ‘X-Factor’ has enjoyed a slight ratings boost in its third week of series 12, with 7.55 million viewers tuning into ITV on Saturday evening. However the numbers are still significantly lower than last year's and the show is yet to go had-to-head with BBC One’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which begins in two weeks.
Ratings for the ‘X-Factor’ have been low this series despite a new judging panel.
According to The Mirror, 7.55 million watched the show live on ITV at 8pm, and then a further 359,000 caught the episode on the ITV+1 channel. However this time last year the show was pulling in 8.43 million on ITV and a further 441,000 viewers an hour later.
Sam Smith received the Solo Artist of the Year award at GQ’s Man of the Year Awards on Tuesday (8th September).
Sam Smith had a pretty good day on Tuesday (8th September). The 23-year-old ‘Stay With Me’ singer won the GQ Solo Artist of the Year award and also announced he’s singing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre.
Sam Smith at the 2015 GQ Man of the Year Awards in London.
Sam Smith is singing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, ‘Spectre’.
Sam Smith has confirmed he is singing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre. Smith made the announcement on Instagram, with an image of the cover of his soon-to-be-released single entitled ‘Writing’s On The Wall’. Smith has also co-written the song along with his frequent collaborator Jimmy Napes.
Sam Smith at a private view of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A in London, March 2015.
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The 'Stay With Me' singer released a pretty telling picture on Twitter on Monday.
Sam Smith has dropped a pretty powerful hint that he’s recorded the theme tune to the forthcoming Bond movie Spectre. The British singer, one of the best-selling artists around the world last year, posted a picture of his hand bearing a plain silver band embossed with the ‘Spectre’ octopus symbol.
The 23 year old has been one of the most prominent names bandied about in the rumours about who’ll get the honour of recorded the theme song to the 24th Bond movie, which is being released in cinemas on October 26th. However, fellow Brit Ellie Goulding had been the bookies’ favourite until this revelation.
Is Sam Smith recording the theme song for 'Spectre'?
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The signer has shown he’s still subject to vile abuse from trolls online.
Award-winning artist Sam Smith has shared a screengrab of a social media account which was set up to troll the singer with abusive, homophobic comments. Smith shared the Instagram account named ‘Gay Sam Smith’ to draw attention to the homophobia which is still prevalent in society today.
Sam Smith has shared an image of a homophobic Instagram account to highlight online bullying.
"This genuinely doesn’t offend me, coz I’m way too tick (sic) skinned when it comes to this kind of shit. BUT I just wanted to share this with everyone, so you can see how homophobic is still SO PRESENT in our society!!” Smith said sharing the screengrab.
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The British singer posted a picture of herself leaving Abbey Road studios, where the last theme song was recorded, with the caption 'That's a wrap!'
The 28 year old British singer posted a photo on Instagram of herself leaving the legendary Abbey Road recording studios in North London on Monday night (July 27th), writing “That’s a wrap!” as a caption. Soon afterwards, bookmakers began suspending betting on the odds of her singing the soundtrack, on which she’s rumoured to be collaborating with fellow Brit Sam Smith.
Ellie Goulding is favourite to sing the theme song to 'Spectre'
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The British dance duo will be working with the worldwide megastar once again on their second album 'Caracal', releasing the music video for the single 'Omen'.
Disclosure released the music video for brand new single ‘Omen’ on Monday morning (July 27th), the second to be taken from their eagerly awaited new album Caracal, which will be released on September 25th.
Sam Smith with Guy and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure
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Sam Smith’s performance at Louisville’s Forecastle Festival was interrupted by heavy thunderstorms and the audience was evacuated.
An audience watching Sam Smith perform at Forecastle Festival on Friday (17th July) had to be evacuated because of extreme weather conditions. It was the first day of the festival in Louisville, Kentucky and the organisers made the decision, in the face of high winds and heavy rain, to cut short the performances and evacuate the whole festival. The British singer was 35 minutes into his set when the area was evacuated.
Sam Smith performing in Amsterdam in March 2015.
Sam Smith has collaborated with European fashion house Balenciaga for their Autumn/Winter line. Smith and the company shared the campaign video and pictures on Thursday (16th July).
Sam Smith has turned to designing and modelling. The 23-year-old British singer has collaborated with Balenciaga for their upcoming Autumn/Winter collection. He announced the collaboration to his fans on Instagram on Wednesday (15th July) and the European fashion house confirmed the news on Thursday.
Sam Smith at a private viewing of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A, London in March 2015.
The singer is teaming up with designers at Balenciaga to create a fashion range in time for autumn/winter 2015.
Seemingly not content with his domination of the charts in both Britain and the States, Sam Smith is extending his talents into the world of fashion with the announcement that he’s to create his own clothing line.
The multi-Grammy and Brit Award winner revealed that he would be collaborating with designers at Balenciaga, posting the news via his Instagram account in a short video on Wednesday evening (July 15th). The short clip indicates that the 23 year old singer won’t just be modelling, but also actively involved with the design.
Bearing the hashtag #BALXSAMSMITH, it shows Smith walking slowly towards the camera wearing glasses and his recognisable quiff. He asked his followers: “Ladies and gentlemen. The time has come for my first ever collaboration with a fashion house. You ready?”
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The star is returning to the live arena for the first time since his vocal cord surgery earlier this year.
He’s been one of the best-selling and successful artists in the world over the last twelve months, but Sam Smith has admitted to being “scared” about getting back on the stage and performing after his vocal cord operation a few months ago.
The multi-platinum singer was speaking to Kiss FM and was asked whether he felt nervous ahead of his world tour resuming this summer. “I am. I'm scared. If anyone's listening I'm really going to try my absolute best, but I am scared though. It's quite intense to go into. But I love what I do and I wanted to do it, and hopefully I can hold it all together and perform every show.”
Sam Smith had vocal cord surgery in May
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UK albums and singles generated approximately $2.75 billion in world sales last year.
One Direction and Ed Sheeran led a record breaking year for British artists in 2014, who had five of the top 10 best-selling albums worldwide. More than one in seven albums sold worldwide last year were by British artists, giving them a record 13.7% share of the global market.
One Direction’s Four was the highest selling British album of 2014.
One Direction led the way with Four, which was the biggest-selling album by a UK artist in 2014, with 3.2 million in global sales. The boyband came in second over all and were only beaten by Taylor Swift’s 1989 which sold six million copies worldwide.
The British singer’s debut album has reached a milestone only previously managed by the Beatles.
British singer Sam Smith has secured his place in chart history, after achieving a record-breaking milestone previously managed only by the Beatles. The singer has become the only artist since the fab five to spend nearly a year in the top five with a debut album thanks to his massively successful, In The Lonely Hour.
Sam Smith has made chart history with In The Lonely Hour.
The singer’s debut album has so far spent 50 weeks in the top five of the UK album chart, according to the Official Charts Company. That’s only one week short of The Beatles’ record, as they managed 51 weeks on the chart with Please Please Me in 1963.
Red Nose Day airs tonight on NBC.
It's the first ever Red Nose Day in the United States today (May 21st 2015), and all manner of celebrities are donning the appropriate big red nose to raise awareness. It's one of the UK's most famous charity fundraisers - undertaken mainly for Comic Relief - but this year goes international for a host of charitable foundations.
Annoyingly, curvy reality star Kim Kardashian is now so good at posing in front of a camera that she even manages to maintain that seductive aura even while holding a novelty clown nose to her face, but many other celebrities provided some well needed laughs on this momentous occasion.
The 'Stay With Me' singer had been forced to cancel a string of Australian tour dates in order to have the vital surgery, but he's expected to make a full recovery within the next couple of months.
British superstar Sam Smith has undergone successful vocal cord surgery in Boston and is expected to make a complete recovery, it has been reported.
Massachusetts General Hospital released a statement on Tuesday (May 19th) that read: “Sam Smith underwent vocal cord microsurgery by Dr. Steven Zeitels to stop recurrent vocal cord hemorrhage (bleeding). This condition is the result of unstable blood vessels in the vocal cord that can rupture and prevent vocal performance.”
Sam Smith has had successful surgery on his vocal cords
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Also, some other people won some other stuff.
At last night’s Billboard Awards, Taylor Swift reached a new milestone in her career, becoming the award show’s most decorated artist. Her eight awards (out of 14 nods), including one for Best Artist, bring her Billboard total to twenty, more than the previous record holder, Garth Brooks.
All of the awards.
Taylor had more than one reason to celebrate on Sunday though, since the award show coincided with the release of her music video for Bad Blood, featuring the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Zendaya, Ellie Goulding, Hayley Williams and many more. The video premiered at the awards, after a brief introduction from the woman of the hour. Taylor also won a special achievement award chosen by fan voting.
Continue reading: Billboard Awards: Taylor Swift Wins All Of The Things
Taylor Swift tweets to reveal the final character in the hotly awaited video for her new single.
It's not often a simple music video receives this much hype before anyone has even seen it - but the video for Taylor Swift's new single 'Bad Blood' looks to be anything but simple. It's a celebrity-packed spectacle with a Sin City-like visual style, and Swift has just revealed the lead actress at the centre of all the drama is Selena Gomez, playing a femme fatale named Arsyn.
Girl power: Swift teams up with other female stars in Bad Blood
Selena Gomez joins Swift (who plays Catastrophe) and a long list of other female stars in the video, including Gigi Hadid (as Slay-Z), Hayley Williams (The Crimson Curse), Ellie Goulding (Destructa X), Lena Dunham (Lucky Fiori) and Jessica Alba (Domino).
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Teases 'Bad Blood' Video One Final Time
Their third album 'Wilder Mind' stormed to the top of the charts with nearly a quarter of a million sales in its first week.
As was widely expected, folk-turned-rock group Mumford & Sons have raced to the top of the American Billboard charts, selling nearly 150% more than its nearest rival in the process. Wilder Mind, their third album, sold 249,000 copies in its first week to claim the Number 1 spot, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The figure isn’t anywhere near as large as the first week sales for their last record Babel, which shifted a whopping 600,000 units back in 2012, and remains the biggest sales week for a guitar album this decade.
Mumford & Sons top the Billboard Albums chart once more
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In addition to his vocal cord troubles, the globally popular singer admits that his body is now exhibiting symptoms of stress.
Less than a fortnight after revealing that he’s had to cancel a number of Australian tour dates to have surgery on his vocal cords, Sam Smith has now revealed that he’s suffering from stress.
The 22 year old singer, who is still riding a massive wave of publicity with the success of his debut album In The Lonely Hour worldwide, told The Sun that he had developed a rash on his body in response to the high stress levels that he’s been working under.
“I've been itching all over my body for the past week from stress,” he said. “I'm stressed. I don't know why. I think it's a delayed reaction from the Grammys.”
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The singer has been forced to cancel more dates in light of significant damage to his vocal chords.
Being a multi-million selling popstar might sound like a dream, but in truth it's not as comfortable a life as it may seem. Sam Smith is living proof of that as he now prepares to undergo throat surgery after pretty much continued touring since the start of the year.
Sam Smith cancels more dates over throat problems
It's obvious that Sam Smith is an extremely hard-working individual, but unfortunately, his hectic schedule has forced him to cancel yet more dates on his first headline tour supporting debut album 'In the Lonely Hour'. Last month, fans everywhere were disappointed to learn that Smith had suffered a mild haemorrhage on his vocal chords and therefore would have to rest his voice for a few dates in a bid to heal them. However, things have gone from bad to worse and he now has to suspend his tour for the next six to eight weeks.
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Taylor Swift will premiere her new video at this month's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
The line-up for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards was already very impressive, with Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith all set to perform on stage, and officials have now filled a (blank) space by confirming Taylor Swift will be there to debut the video for her new track 'Bad Blood', according to Hollywood Reporter.
And the singer has teased the premiere of the forthcoming video with a stylish image on Twitter.
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The country ensemble sold over 200,000 copies of their fourth album 'Jekyll + Hyde' to ease to the top of the American charts.
There’s change at the top of the American albums chart this week as the Zac Brown Band enters at Number 1 with its fourth LP Jekyll + Hyde.
The eight piece ensemble notched up their third consecutive Billboard chart topper by selling 228,000 copies, including track equivalent and streaming equivalent sales, in the week ending May 3rd, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
These are impressive sales figures for the group, which previously had Number 1 albums in 2012 with Uncaged and 2010 with You Get What You Give. Jekyll + Hyde contains two popular singles already, one being the Chris Cornell collaboration ‘Heavy is the Head’ and the other the country-flavoured ‘Homegrown’.
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Date of birth
19th May, 1992