If you didn’t remember who Sam Smith was last week, chances are you remember him now, after his powerful performance over the weekend on “Saturday Night Live.” As it turns out, the SNL appearance kicked off a big week for Smith, who just announced a new tour.
Smith’s rise to fame started in 2014, when the release of In the Lonely Hour (with hit single “Stay with Me”) helped the artist get nominated for six — yes, six — Grammy Awards. Of those, he wound up winning four, including Best New Artist and Record of the Year. He also won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme song he and Jimmy Napes wrote for the 2015 James Bond film, Spectre.
Last month, Smith reappeared on the scene with the release of the new single and upcoming album teaser “Too Good at Goodbyes,” which quickly soared to No. 1 in the U.K. He just announced his next record, The Thrill of It All, which gets a worldwide release on Nov. 3 via Capitol Records. Fans who preorder the album will automatically receive a download to the new track, “Pray,” one of the songs Smith performed last weekend on SNL.
The album — which was a collaboration between Smith and Napes, as well as Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Malay, Stargate and Timbaland — has a total of 10 tracks, including “No Peace,” featuring YEBBA. The U.S. version of The Thrill of it All includes the title track plus three additional songs: “Nothing Left for You,” “Scars” and “One Day at a Time.”
Smith will tour North America next year in support of the album, beginning at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Monday, June 18. He’ll spend the summer serenading fans from Duluth, Georgia (Infinite Energy Arena); to Washington D.C. (Capital One Arena); to San Jose, California (SAP Center). Tickets go on sale this week, now that’s a thrill.