Sam Smith showed off his sensual dance moves in the official video for his latest single, ‘How Do You Sleep?,” swinging his hips to the song’s propulsive, tick-tocking beat. Today, though, the singer surprised fans with another side of the emotional single by dropping an unplugged acoustic version of the track.
Accompanied only by gently plucked guitar and subtle strings, the stripped-down acoustic version of the song puts Smith’s vocals front-and-centre, racking up the song’s dramatic pull. You can check the new version out below.
The follow-up to the globally successful ‘Dancing With A Stranger’, ‘How Do You Sleep?’ was released on 19 July, through Capitol Records. Smith teamed up with world renowned songwriter/producer Max Martin as well as Savan Kotecha and ILYA for the new song which was accompanied by a memorable video directed by Grant Singer and choreographed by Parris Goebel.
Speaking about the new single, Sam Smith explains, “This year, both personally and musically, I feel so free. More than ever I have had so much fun making this record and this video. Time to dance, darlings x.”
Smith’s previous single ‘Dancing with a Stranger’ (featuring Normani) saw him amass over 6 million copies with over one billion streams, become the No. 1 airplay in the US & UK and achieve platinum status in 15 countries. Last summer also saw Smith release his global hit with Calvin Harris ‘Promises’ which the pair performed at the BRIT Awards earlier this year. Recently, the singer reached 10 million YouTube subscribers – one of only 8 UK artists ever to achieve this accolade.
During his career, Smith has sold over 22 million albums worldwide and notched up seven UK No. 1 records to date including ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ – the first Bond theme to reach the position, gaining him a Guinness World Record. In addition, he has also received four Grammy Awards, three BRITs and an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, courtesy of ‘Writing’s On The Wall’.