Five years after Sam Smith released his breakthrough single ‘Stay With Me,’ the British singer has celebrated the track reaching a huge milestone as it surpassed one billion streams globally.
“Seems like yesterday that me, @jimmynapes & @Tourist wrote ‘Stay With Me,'” the singer wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning, 10 September. “I remember playing it to friends & family. Feeling so proud and excited. Incredibly surreal & mad feeling knowing that our little kid’s been streamed over ONE BILLION F_ING TIMES. Wild wild wild. Wild life.”
Smith got some props from friends and fans, including producer Tourist, as well as OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Gashi, Savan Kotecha and Daisy Lowe. ‘Stay With Me’ appeared on Smith’s 2014 debut album, In the Lonely Hour, and won two Grammys, for record and song of the year. The singer will appear next on the soundtrack to the upcoming Judy Garland biopic Judy, where he will sing a duet with star Renée Zellweger on ‘Get Happy.’
Meanwhile, the video for ‘Stay With Me’ is on the verge of reaching the one billion mark on YouTube, hanging out at 999,469,064 at press time. You can watch the video below.
Elsewhere in Sam Smith news, the singer’s most recent single, ‘How Do You Sleep?’ was released in July. Speaking about the song, Smith said, “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.”
The track follows on from Smith’s ‘Dancing with a Stranger’, a joint release with Normani which saw the pair 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. This week also saw Sam Smith reach 10 million YouTube subscribers – one of only 8 UK artists ever to achieve this accolade.