Inspired by unrequited love: Smith
BRITISH singer Sam Smith, who is riding a tidal wave of chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, said it was all inspired by his unrequited love for a man.
Having previously not commented on his sexuality, the 22-year-old Londoner recently revealed in an interview with The Fader online music website that his album was about a man whom he loved, but who did not love him in return.
Asked by Reuters if the man in question knew the album was about him, Smith said: "I told him before the album came out, and it gave me a lot of closure, actually."
The singer said he was "really happy" that he had opened up about his sexuality. "I'm so happy I did it, because it actually made the whole album more about me," he said.
He was proud and pleased that there had hardly been a reaction to his coming out, and that this was "exactly what we wanted".
Music trade publication Billboard recently listed In The Lonely Hour among its top 10 albums of the year, and said Smith had a "magnetic vocal presence".
The album achieved record-breaking success in the United States, selling 166,000 copies in its opening week, more than any other debut album by a British male artist.
It charted at No. 2, pipped to the post by Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence. Smith's US success was propelled by a performance on Saturday Night Live. His single, Stay With Me, had sold more than one million copies.