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Sam Smith: New song is saddest one I’ve ever written

Sam Smith is hoping to cement his singing career with new batch of songs.

British singer Sam Smith’s new track is the saddest song he has ever written.

The 23 year old is best known for heartbreaking tracks Stay With Me and I’m Not the Only One from his hit album In the Lonely Hour, but he believes his new material is even darker. Drowning Shadows, one of the tracks on the repackaged album, is the “least radio-friendly song” he has ever penned.

“This is proper, really dark,” he told Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 World Record radio show. “It’s so important for me to make soulful, true, artistic music and actually to make a point that I’m not going to do a repackage and put on there a massive, massive single that’s hopefully going to boost album sales. Drowning Shadows is the saddest song I have ever written.”

The original version of the record achieved international success, going 6-times platinum in the UK and 2-times platinum in the United States, as well as earning Sam a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.

The singer wants to give fans one last batch of heartfelt songs to absorb before he begins a hiatus.

“I found myself recently pressing myself to write songs," he explained. "You’ve got to have these songs to cement the rest of your career, but there’s a moment where I sit back and think, 'Actually, all my dreams have come true, I’m just living the most beautiful life at the moment, so why don’t I sit back, enjoy myself, take a breath, kiss some more boys and write some more songs?'”

Sam plans to go home and spend time with his family and give himself chance to take in the whirlwind of his achievements from the last couple of years.

“I've been going now for three years non-stop and it feels right for me to just go home and just live my life and be a 23 year old,” he told ET Online last month (Oct15).

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