Sam’s upcoming 13-track album, Gloria, will be their boldest statement yet and comes off the back of the huge success of the ARIA #1 single, Unholy featuring Kim Petras. The smash hit has surpassed 1.3 billion streams globally with 36 million streams in Australia alone.
“It feels like emotional, sexual and spiritual liberation” declares the most confident and creatively fulfilled version of Sam Smith the world has yet encountered. “It feels like I’ve got my faith back, in my job. So it was beautiful, with this album, to sing freely again, for me. It feels like a coming of age”.
Where Gloria is a pop album of sorts, it’s also progressive pop-art, from a pioneering, defiant, state-of-the-art pop star to be proud of. “There is craftsmanship in what I do, and truth and real expression”, says Sam “My diva album? I think so! I’ve finally let my Gloria out.”
Since their No.1 debut album In The Lonely Hour (2014), Smith has amassed a constellation of glittering achievements: 36 million albums sold (including 1 million album sales in Australia across entire catalogue), 250 million singles, 49 billion multi-platform streams (1.19 billion total combined stream in Australia), four Grammys, three BRITs, six MOBOs, a Golden Globe, one Oscar, two No.1 albums, five No.1 singles, two No.1 singles as featured vocalist on club bangers from Naughty Boy (‘La La La’, 2013) and Calvin Harris (‘Promises’, alongside Jessie Reyez, 2018).
Sam’s catalogue of smash hits include, ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’, ‘I’m Not The Only One’, ‘Dancing With A Stranger’ with Normani, ‘Fire On Fire’, ‘Stay With Me’, ‘Like I Can’, ‘Love Me More’, ‘Diamonds’, ‘How Do You Sleep?’, ‘Pray ft. Logic’, ‘Love Goes’, ‘To Die For’ and ‘Unholy’ with Kim Petras. With the release of Gloria, the new album and GLORIA the tour, it’s going to be an unstoppable 2023 for Sam.
Location Te wāhi
Spark Arena, Auckland CBDPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Spark Arena is 10-15 minutes by foot to the city centre and Britomart Station, which is on all major bus routes.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Taxis and rideshares can be hard to come by directly after an event. If not using public transport, book your ride in advance and choose a pickup spot a few blocks away from the arena.