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Headline: UNCAPTIONED: Sam Smith's upcoming album to explore 'queer joy'

Caption: Sam Smith's upcoming album to explore 'queer joy’. Speaking to Billboard for their cover story on Thursday, the Dancing With A Stranger singer opened up about what their upcoming album will entail. Though the pop star is “not going to say any names of them yet”, stressing the record is still a work-in-progress, they did share their comments on the tone of the album. Billboard described the demos played for them as “jubilant”, with “dance-pop kiss-offs” and “choral expressions of elation” included a change from Sam’s earlier “heartbroken torch songs”. Sam’s third and previous studio album was 2020’s Love Goes, which featured Dancing With A Stranger - a collaboration with Normani. Of their new project’s main theme, Sam explained, “I think joy for me, and for a lot of queer people, is quite a dangerous place…” “We’re all masters of pain, and I think it’s actually a very courageous act to step into the queer joy of it all.” The artist also detailed how they’ve been more involved in the production of this album than in earlier projects. “For the first time I think in my career, I really just stepped into the room and said, ‘I want to learn how to produce more. I want to vocal arrange more than I have. I want to be more involved in everything.” “Obviously, I’ve been involved in everything since the beginning, but now I’ve just grown up a bit.” Sam Smith’s as-yet-untitled album has not been assigned a release date. FOR USE IN ENTIRETY ONLY

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