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 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 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.
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.
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.
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