Sam Fender recently paid a visit to BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to perform a cover of ‘Dancing With A Stranger’ by Sam Smith and Normani of Fifth Harmony.
Besides taking on Smith and Normani’s global smash, Fender also performed ‘Will We Talk’, a cut from his debut album Hypersonic Missiles. In an earlier statement, the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award winner described the song as “a heady blast of high-octane, melody-packed, smash’n’grab rock’n’roll”. You can check out Fender’s Live Lounge dynamic version of ‘Dancing With A Stranger’ below.
Fender performed for Live Lounge as to coincide with the release of his hotly anticipated Hypersonic Missiles album last Friday, 13 September. Among a series of critical raves, was the NME’s, which gave the Geordie singer-songwriter’s debut LP a four-star review, saying the record “excels at documenting small-town frustration, which is why he means so much to so many people”. The review added, “This album isn’t perfect, but he’s a welcome antidote to polite chaps with guitars.” Hypersonic Missiles includes the previously released single, ‘The Borders’.
Yesterday, it was revealed Hypersonic Missiles has gone straight to the top of the Official UK Albums Chart. Fender dethroned last week’s Number One – Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding – which now sits at Number Two, and is the only new release to feature in this week’s Top Five. Hypersonic Missiles is also only the fifth debut album to top the Official UK Albums Chart this year, following Tom Walker’s What A Time To Be Alive, Dave’s Psychodrama, Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, and Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.
In Sam Smith news, meanwhile, the singer recently came out as non-binary, and announced that they now use “they” and “them” pronouns instead of “he” and “him”. “Today is a good day, so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out,” Smith wrote on Instagram.