Having been sworn to secrecy for months, the Capitol team can finally talk about Sam Smith’s biggest coup yet - singing the theme to the new James Bond film Spectre.
As Capitol EVP Jo Charrington says, performing the Bond song is a “huge honour” for any artist. “He is the first British solo male since Tom Jones in 1965 - we are proud he has been chosen,” she says.
Despite the music itself still being under wraps, the news sped around the web like wildfire, driving Sam into the global worldwide number one trend on Twitter. The track gets its first play on September and the official video lands on October 5 at the appropriate time of 00:07.
Sam co-wrote the title song, Writing’s On The Wall, with fellow GRAMMY® Award winner Jimmy Napes. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers of Spectre, have been fulsome with their praise for the track: “Sam and Jimmy have written the most inspirational song for Spectre and with Sam’s extraordinary vocal performance, Writing’s On The Wall will surely be considered one of the greatest Bond songs of all time.”
The Bond news came on the heels of another choice stat for the Capitol UK artist. Sam has recorded the longest unbroken run in the Top 10 of the UK album chart of all time, his 67 weeks on the trot beating former holder Emeli Sande.
Capitol president Nick Raphael says, “When Emeli broke the Beatles record, I thought it would take another 49 years for an artist to break her record! Never did I think Sam could beat her or the Beatles. It is an incredible achievement for a wonderful artist and his special album.”
In The Lonely Hour debuted at number one back in May 2014 with opening week sales of nearly 102,000 Sales spiked in the run up to last Christmas, with the album selling over 350,000 copies in just a month. Fast on its way to nine million sales worldwide, in the UK the album has averaged nearly 29,000 sales per week.