Smith releases the video for Writing’s on the Wall.
The Writing on the Wall becomes the first ever Bond song to reach the number one spot within the UK charts. The song track is propelling to a combined sales and streams of 70,000 copies, outranking Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean by at least 13,000. The only other Bond theme songs that have come close to Smith’s is Adele’s Skyfall and Duran Duran’s View To A Kill.
Out of all the songs I’ve brought out in my life, I was not expecting this to even chart in the top 10, let alone number one. It’s unbelievable.
Smith releases the full audio of the Spectre Bond theme, Writing’s on the Wall.
I wanted to bring out something timelessly classic.
Smith confirms that he will sing the Spectre theme song, which is called Writing’s on the Wall.
Smith posts a black-and-white photo of a hand wearing a ring emblazoned with Spectre‘s Octopus logo, a hint that he will sing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film.
Morrissey laments the dearth of spontaneous, uncontrolled musicians, citing Smith and Sheeran as examples:
There are no bands or singers who become successful without overwhelming marketing. There are no surprise success stories. Everything is stringently controlled, obvious and predictable and has exactly the same content. So, we are now in the era of marketed pop stars, which means that the labels fully control the charts, and consequently the public has lost interest. It’s very rare that a record label does something for the good of music. Thus we are force-fed such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, which at least means that things can’t possibly get any worse. It is sad, though. There’s no spontaneity now, and it all seems to be unsalvageable.
Smith cancels his Australian tour due to severe health issues.
Smith appears on the cover of the March 2015 issue of V magazine. He talks about other celebrities.
Even when you meet them — I won’t name names — but some of these pop stars are just awful and they have not even had half the success that you’ve had, and yet you’re so humble and kind.
Smith performs Lay Me Down during the Brit Awards promoting his album In The Lonely Hour.
Smith wins four Grammys at the 57th awards show including best new artist, song of the year and record of the year for Stay with Me, and best pop vocal album for In the Lonely Hour.
Before I made this record I was doing everything to try and get my music heard. I tried to lose weight and I was making awful music. It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen.
Smith and Blige perform Stay With Me during the Grammy Awards show promoting Smith’s album In The Lonely Hour.
Smith appears on the cover of the January 2015 issue of Out magazine.
Smith appears on one of four covers of a December 2014 issue of Billboard magazine. He talks about being on Saturday Night Live.
Saturday Night Live is the thing that broke me in America, but I was very scared, and I actually begged my team and my label to not do it when we got the call. I thought it would have more impact if I had a song out and on the radio. But I was so wrong. I had a story all of a sudden, and I was on people’s iPods in the space of a week.
Smith performs Stay With Me during the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden.
Seacrest interviews Smith during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about what kind of music he is writing now.
Well, I’m still managing to feel sad every now and then. I started writing recently and this whole experience the only way I can explain it is: If you asked me a year-and-a-half ago or two years ago, when I was at home working in a bar, if you would have asked me what I thought life would be like if I was successful and everything was how it is, I would say, ‘It’s going to be fine. I’ve been emotionally prepared for it. I’d have loads of bodyguards like Nicki Minaj and feel good. But I literally feel like I’ve been plucked out of secondary school and just put into this situation. I still feel like a beginner and still feel like I’m looking around, like, ‘What is going on? It’s all weird.’ So at the moment, when it comes to writing music, I’m starting to talk about that and talking about how uncomfortable I am in certain scenarios.
Seacrest interviews Smith during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about what his guilty pleasure TV show is.
I don’t know if its guilty. I love Sex In The City. I liked Hanna Montana.
Seacrest interviews Smith during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about his debut album In the Lonely Hour.
Every single song is revealing, I said way too much. I’ve had this realization the other week when I was driving around London [and] there’s pictures of my face everywhere with the word Lonely underneath. I kind of realized I’e really really opened myself up on this record.
Smith performs Stay With Me from his album In The Lonely Hour.
Seacrest interviews Smith during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about the meaning behind the song Stay With Me.
I think unlike a lot of men in the industry and in music, I’m willing to show that emotional side. That song is about the morning after a one-night stand and how you don’t want that person to leave even if you don’t fancy them, which I think everyone can relate to.
Seacrest interviews Smith during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about his single Stay With Me.
There’s a rawness to that song, which I hope a lot people can connect with. I’m an emotional guy and I think unlike a lot of men in the industry and in music, I’m willing to show that emotional side. I don’t have an bravado to put in front, and I’m just showing my raw self.
Sam Smith and Naughty Boy perform La La La during the Today Show to promote their album Hotel Cabana.
Smith performs Lay Me Down on Saturday Night Live to promote his debut album In The Lonely Hour.
Smith performs Stay With me during Saturday Night Live to promote his album In The Lonely Hour.
Smith performs Money On My Mind during the Brit Awards show to promote his album In The Lonely Hour.