Today sees global superstar Sam Smith (pronouns they/them/theirs) announce their much-awaited new single “To Die For” released this Friday 14th February.
The new single sees Smith once again team up with a friend and collaborator Jimmy Napes and renowned production duo Stargate for this soothing, heartfelt ballad. Opening with a sample from the 2001 cult film Donnie Darko the new single sees Smith slow down the tempo with soaring strings and mellow piano, as their familiar vocals float effortlessly declaring, “I just want somebody to die for.”
Speaking about the new single, Sam Smith explains “Releasing this song is going to be a wild one – I feel like it’s from one of the deepest parts of me. I wrote this with Jimmy Napes and Stargate in LA during a time of self-discovery and heartbreak. This is for all the lonely hearts out there on another Valentine’s Day xx”
The announcement of the new single comes hot off the heels of recent releases “How Do You Sleep”, their cover of Donna Summer’s disco classic “I Feel Love” and Sam’s joint release with Normani “Dancing with a Stranger” which amassed more than 10M copies, over 2BN streams, becoming the #1 airplay in the US & UK and achieve platinum status in 19 countries.
Sam’s most recent album The Thrill of it All was released in 2017 which includes “Too Good At Goodbyes” which recently became Sam’s second song to receive over a billion streams on Spotify, after “Stay With Me”. In recent years Smith reached 10 million YouTube subscribers – one of a handful of UK artists to achieve this accolade. During their career Sam has sold over 25 million albums worldwide and notched up seven UK No. 1 records to date including “Writing’s On The Wall” – the first Bond theme to reach the position, gaining them a Guinness World Record. In addition, they have also received four Grammy Awards, three BRITs and an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song (Writing’s On The Wall).