As promised in a series of cryptic social media posts over the past two weeks, Sam Smith late Thursday night released his new single, “How Do You Sleep?,” and a video to go with it.
The mid-tempo ballad has Sam calling out a lover for being untruthful to him.
“Baby, how do you sleep when you lie to me?/All that shame and all that danger/I’m hoping that my love will keep you up tonight,” Sam sings in the chorus.
The video opens with a pensive-looking Sam sitting listless and alone in a video studio, before he’s literally dragged off of the set. But he comes to life as the music starts and ten male dancers surround him, moving to the music — Sam even busts out some sultry moves himself. The video ends with him embraced by the dancers as he pointedly wipes away a tear, as if he’s over the drama.
“This year, both personally and musically, I feel so free,” Sam says in a statement. “More than ever I have had so much fun making this record and this video. Time to dance darlings x.”
“How Do You Sleep?” was co-written by Sam with famed songwriter/producer Max Martin, as well as frequent Ariana Grande collaborator Savon Kotecha and songwriter/producer ILYA, who’s worked on hits like Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” and Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood.”
It’s not clear if this song is a stand-alone, or a release from a forthcoming album. Sam’s last album, The Thrill of It All, came out in 2017. His most recent single is his current hit “Dancing with a Stranger,” a duet with Normani.
“How Do You Sleep?” is available now from all the usual digital outlets.
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