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Stream Sam Smith’s Debut Album, ‘In The Lonely Hour’

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(Courtesy of Capitol Music Group)

(Courtesy of Capitol Music Group)

By Shannon Carlin

Sam Smith‘s new album, In The Lonely Hour, doesn’t officially drop until next Tuesday (June 17). But thanks to NPR, fans can get an early listen to the crooner’s debut.

Related: New Music to Know: Sam Smith Writes Songs for Lonely People 

On his debut, the singer tackles the topic of his love life. Or lack thereof.

“I’ve never been in a relationship before,” Smith revealed in an interview with Radio.com. “When I was writing this album, I really delved into that fact. I delved into [how] I fell in love with someone who didn’t love me back, last year. I really went inside myself and I wanted to write an album for lonely people, because I don’t think there’s been enough music out there that talks about unrequited love.”

Related: Watch Sam Smith Long for Love in ‘Leave Your Lover’

From Taylor Swift calling him her “absolute favorite” artist before the two performed a duet of his song “Money On My Mind” when she was in London to Mary J. Blige teaming up with him for a new duet version of his song “Stay With Me” to Ed Sheeran covering that same song on BBC Radio, everyone seems to be professing their undying love for the sweet-voiced singer.

Sheeran recently declared that “Stay With Me” was his “favorite song of the last year.”

“It’s an instant classic. It’s going to be around for a long time,” Sheeran proclaimed. “And the artist in question will be around for a long time as well.”

Stream In The Lonely Hour over at NPR.

Smith kicks off his North American tour on September 15 in Boston, MA.

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