Sam Smith Unveils 'The Thrill of It All' Album Release Date, Tour
The singer also dropped his Timbaland-produced gospel single, "Pray."
Sam Smith is ready for his close-up. The singer released the title of his eagerly anticipated second album Friday morning, The Thrill of it All, due out Nov. 3, along with the arresting cover image: a black-and-white close-up of his stubble-covered face.
Smith will appear as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend and he dropped a new single, "Pray," to get fans hyped for the performance.
The Timbaland-produced song ups the tempo from the album's first single, "Too Good at Goodbye," but just a bit, adding in a classic stuttering Tim beat and gospel choir backing vocals as the singer laments, "I'm not a saint, I'm more of a sinner/ I don't wanna lose, but I fear for the winners/ When I try to explain, the words run away/ That's why I am stood here today."
The track was co-produced by Smith's longtime collaborator, Jimmy Napes, who worked on the album's 10 songs alongside other producers including Malay, Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd and Stargate. Unsigned singer YEBBA is featured on the song "No Peace."
Smith will hit the road next summer for an extensive North American arena tour that will kick off with a June 18 show at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The standard version of the follow-up to Smith's Grammy-winning 2014 debut, In the Lonely Hour, contains 10 tracks, with the deluxe version adding on four bonus songs; preorder the album here to receive an instant download of "Pray" and first single "Too Good at Goodbyes."
The Thrill of It All track list:
"Too Good at Goodbyes"
"Say It First"
"One Last Song"
"Baby, You Make Me Crazy"
"No Peace" (feat. YEBBA)
U.S. deluxe edition bonus tracks:
"Nothing Left for You"
"The Thrill of it All"
"One Day at a Time"
Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public Oct. 12, with each ticket purchased online including a copy of the album. An exclusive 24-hour presale for fans will begin Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. local time here.
The Thrill of It All 2018 tour dates:
June 18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
June 19 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
June 22 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
June 23 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
June 26 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
June 27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
June 29 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
July 3 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
July 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
July 6 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
July 7 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
July 10 – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
July 11 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
July 13 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
July 14 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
July 17 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
July 18 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
July 20 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
July 21 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
July 25 – Monterrey, MX @ Arena Monterrey
July 27 – Mexico City, MX @ Palacio de los Deportes
August 14 – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
August 15 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 17 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
August 18 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
August 21 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
August 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
August 24 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
August 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
August 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
August 31 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
Sept. 1 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
Sept. 4 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Sept. 5 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
Sept. 7 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Sept. 8 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
Sept. 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Sept. 12 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
Sept. 13 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.