Sam Smith’s comeback single ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ has shot straight to number one in this week’s UK singles chart.
The track has had 4.4 million streams and sold 33,000 downloads during its first week, knocking fellow comeback artist Taylor Swift off the top spot in the process. ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ marks Sam’s sixth UK number one, following ‘La La La’ (with Naughty Boy), ‘Money On My Mind’, ‘Stay With Me’, ‘Lay Me Down’ (with John Legend), and ‘Writing’s On The Wall’.
Sam joins a gang of elite artists such as Justin Bieber and Britney Spears, who have also notched up six number ones. According to OfficialCharts.com, only six British males have achieved more number ones: Cliff Richard, Calvin Harris, George Michael, Elton John, Tinie Tempah and Robbie Williams.
Taking to Twitter to celebrate, Sam said: “OFFICIALLY NUMBER 1 IN THE UK!! Thank you all from the deepest part of my heart. We can’t wait to celebrate with you tonight London x”.
OFFICIALLY NUMBER 1 IN THE UK!! Thank you all from the deepest part of my heart. We can't wait to celebrate tonight with you London x pic.twitter.com/9LiwUt6fW6
— Sam Smith (@samsmith) September 15, 2017
Whilst fans and music lovers have welcomed Sam’s return with open arms, heartbreak almost caused the singer to quit music altogether. In an exclusive interview with Sir Elton John for Attitude Magazine, Sam opened up about how his break up nearly halted the creation of his second studio album.
“There was a period, when making the record, that I was in a really bad place. I got dumped, which wasn’t very nice. Writing music about that kind of thing is normally like therapy for me, but when I got dumped this time round I just couldn’t write for about two months,” he said.
“My team had to force me to get into the studio, because I almost felt as if I didn’t want to do it any more.” Sam added, “So, there were moments on there where it got a bit intense and I started to lose myself.”
When asked by Sir Elton John whether he ever feared he wouldn’t be able to write again, Sam replied: “Yeah. I was just too sad… Then I started drinking a lot, going out too much and just not looking after myself. I feel like the year I spent writing new stuff was a recovery period, to get used to this new job that I have. This new world that I’m living in.”
We’re so happy to hear that Sam took the time he needed to find himself once more, and if ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ is anything to go by, his sophomore album is going to be incredible.