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Artist of the Week: Sam Smith

June 16, 2014 (6:41 am) GMT
The singer's debut album, 'In the Lonely Hour', has topped U.K.'s albums chart for two weeks and spawned two No. 1 hits including 'Stay With Me' that is currently at No. 10 on Billboard 100.

This has clearly been a great year for . The U.K. star, who found fame after being featured in 's 2012 breakthrough single called "Latch", is currently enjoying bigger success after the release of his debut album "".

Arriving in his home country late last month, the record spent two weeks at No. 1 on U.K.'s albums chart. Smith told DigitalSpy that the album was a diary that he wrote as a way of talking about real issues in his life.

"I fell in love with someone who didn't love me back, and it made me get into this head space of, 'Will I find love? When will I find love?' " the openly gay singer explained. "This album is my 'f**k off' to everyone and basically say, 'No, I have been in love and, if anything, it was much more painful than your version,' because I'm not getting what I want and it's so close. So, it's my way of defining what is love, and how unrequited love is just as painful, just as powerful, as what we call 'normal' love."

"In the Lonely Hour" has so far spawned three hits, including "Money on My Mind" and "Stay With Me" which both peaked at the top spot of U.K.'s singles chart. The latter song, additionally, has just reached No. 10 on U.S.' Billboard 100.

Following its success in the U.K., Smith's debut set will arrive Stateside on June 17. To support the LP, he will bring his tour to several big cities in North America later this year. The 15-city jaunt is opening in Boston, MA, on September 9 and closing at Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, TX, on October 10.

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