Sam Smith has announced his plans to become the first musician in the country to have a solo album out on the same day as his record company release, and the only other country to do so is Germany.
“I can’t believe this is happening,” he said, as he sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone.
“It feels really good.
It’s really exciting.”
He said the record will be released in the US and Europe simultaneously, but the album will be out at the same time on all platforms, and it will include a new remix album by Smith.
“We’ve been planning this for a long time.
It has been years, we’ve been working on this for years.
We just started it in the summer of last year and we’ve got a big label, we have a big album coming out this week, and we’re releasing a new track every day.
I’m really happy.”
In a press conference held after the interview, Smith said he was aiming for a release date of January 8, 2019, in order to make sure the record is the best it can be.
“What I want is to release the best music possible on January 8th,” he told the audience.
“And it’s going to be very hard because this is an album that we’ve made, it’s a collection of my best work.”
He added: “I want people to say, ‘this is what I want to hear when I turn up on that Saturday night at the studio.'”
The singer-songwriter said he has spent the last few months researching his new record, which he said will have “huge elements” from his last two albums, as well as influences from his childhood.
He explained that he recorded “Tender”, a new song on his debut album, The King of Limbs, last year, and then began working on the record with his new partner, bassist Joe Perry.
“This record is much more stripped back,” he explained.
“There are a lot of things I’ve never done before, a lot more ideas I’ve only had to think about for about a year, so it’s much more intimate.”
“It’s like a dream come true,” he added.
Smith’s new record is set to feature collaborations with two of the biggest artists in the UK at the moment.
On January 8 he’ll be joined by producer Joris Voorn and producer Alex Turner, who produced Taylor Swift’s 1989 album, and Smith has also signed with producer Scott Mills.
The duo will be joined on January 11 by rapper Tyga, who has also recorded with Smith.
Smith is the latest artist to announce plans to release a solo record this year.
The year before, in January, he released his first solo album, Bitch Better Have My Money, which was nominated for five Grammys.
He also recently signed with Sony Music, and has a new record coming out later this year, which is titled I Am Sam.
In 2017, Smith also released his debut solo album and a solo project, the LP Sam’s Club.
In the past, Smith has been a vocal critic of the UK’s record label system, which has made it easier for artists to release albums that are more than a year old and have a limited amount of releases.
He has also been vocal about the way in which artists get paid.
He recently criticised Apple for allowing artists to record albums on the iPhone while the iPhone is still “dead” in the United States.
“You have to pay for the privilege of doing it,” Smith said at the time.
“If they’re paying me a hundred grand for my album, they have to give me a thousand dollars for the iPhone to play on the iPod.”
Smith’s album, which features songs by the likes of Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, and Lady Gaga, will be his first release in 20 years.
“When I made my first album, I did it with an idea that I wanted to do it with a big budget,” Smith told Rolling Stone, “because I was going to make the first album and I wanted people to pay to hear it, so I could have a massive audience.
I was looking to make it big, and now I’ve achieved that.”
Smith also admitted he was surprised to hear that the record had made it into the top 20 of the Billboard 200 chart.
“Maybe it’s the fact that it’s out now, maybe it’s just the fact it’s been out in the world for so long.
Maybe it’s that it was a lot longer ago than people expected,” he continued.
“But I was just really surprised, because I don’t really like records to be old, I like records that are really good.”