Sam Smith has instant number one hit with emotional return to music

September 8, 2017
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Sam Smith has released his new single.

The Oscar winning singer has had a three year hiatus from music, during which he even stopped Tweeting.

In The Lonely Hour, released in 2014, became the best-selling album of the year in the UK, while it sold more than any other British artist for two decades.

Now the gay singer has shared his return to music – and it’s gone straight in at number one on iTunes.

Taking to Facebook ahead of its release, he wrote: “‘Too Good At Goodbyes’. 8th September 2017. So excited for you to hear the new single… you all xx”

'Too Good At Goodbyes'. 8th September 2017. So excited for you to hear the new single… ? you all xx

Posted by SAM SMITH on Monday, September 4, 2017

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Too Good At Goodbyes is a distinctly Sam Smith record, complete with a gospel choir for backing vocals.

Listen to the song in full here:

Last week he sent an email to fans to reveal news of the new work.

“First of all I want to say thank you,” he wrote.

“Thank you for being so patient and for letting me have the past year to really escape into my mind & write music so freely.

“I feel so rejuvenated and have so many stories I can’t wait to tell you.”

The British recording artist continued: “The wait is so nearly over. Something is coming very very very very soon.

“I am scared & excited at the same time. I’ve poured my soul & heart into this record.”

Smith was previously criticised for believing he was the first gay man to win an Oscar.

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