Sam Smith to Release ‘On the Record’ Documentary on Apple Music

Four-time Grammy winner Sam Smith will release his sophomore album “The Thrill of It All” on Nov. 3, and on the same day Apple Music will release the latest in its ongoing documentary series based on new albums, “On the Record.” (Watch the trailer below.) In it, Smith reflects on the success of his debut album, “In The Lonely Hour,” and how it’s impacted his life, his work and not least the new album. The film also includes performances and interviews with Smith collaborators Timbaland, Poo Bear and cowriter Jimmy Napes.

Also on Nov. 3, Apple Music and Smith will host a special event for fans in London, where he will the new album at a yet-to-be-disclosed location; Apple Music will also livestream the show.

The concert sounds similar in concept to the tiny shows Smith played last month in New York, Los Angeles, London and Berlin — his goal being to return to the clubs he first played in those cities (New York’s Mercury Lounge reportedly received around 80,000 bids in the lottery on the singer’s website). The format was stripped down R&B, with no percussion other than those finger snaps and occasional tambourine shakes from one of three backup singers. Accompaniment sometimes consisted of solo bass or piano, with things kicking into a higher gear when those instruments were joined by rhythm guitar and cello. Read Variety’s full review of the Los Angeles show right here.

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