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Sam Smith: All you need to know about the BBC's Sound of 2014

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The winner of the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll was announced today as Sam Smith.

And given he's already won the Brits Critics' Choice award and spent the majority of 2013 riding a wave of hype, we'd have preferred had someone more needy like Chloe Howl bagged the prize this year, but Sam is nonetheless a thoroughly deserving winner.

If you're not entirely familiar with him yet, here's everything you need to know.

1. His breakthrough moment came when he featured on Disclosure's 'Latch' and then Naughty Boy's 'La La La', which topped the charts in May last year. He claims he decided to go down the 'featured artist' route so he "was able to perform and practise while not being the frontman", adding: "Now it comes to being a frontman myself, I have some experience."


2. The 21-year-old trained as a jazz singer during his teens and was often a backing singer for his vocal coach at small London gigs.

3. While we think his sound is best described as "emosh-soul-pop", he defiantly calls himself as a "pop head", adding: "I never got carried away with what was cool at school like the other kids did."

4. Smith released his brilliant 'Nirvana' EP last October, a collection of songs he told Radio 1 were "experimental" and sadly won't appear on his album. Our favourite of the 4-track collection is 'Safe With Me'.


5. The title track from the EP is also worth a listen.


6. His debut LP In The Lonely Hour - out May 26 - includes production and co-songwriting from Faser T Smith (Plan B, Leona Lewis), Two Inch Punch (Lianne La Havas) and Eg White (Adele, Will Young), so it should be pretty amazing.

7. Adele is a fan:



8. He recently collaborated with Nile Rodgers as well as Disclosure and songwriter Jimmy Napes on a track called 'Together', although the results weren't quite as spectacular as we'd hoped.


9. He describes the overarching theme of his album as "sad", which you may have already guessed from its title. Discussing the name of the record, he said: "People are saying, 'Oh but it's too sad', but that's what it's about. I was sad and I wrote about being sad. Hopefully I'll be happier soon and I'll write about that."

10. His new single 'Money On My Mind' is out on February 16. If we're completely honest, it's the only song we've heard of his so far that we're not 100% sold on, but we'll give him the benefit of the doubt on this occasion.


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