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NEAR TRUTHS: THE KYNCL-LOUSADA DANCE HAS BEGUN
This oughta be interesting... (9/30a)
GRAMMY CHEW:
RAP EDITION
Michael and Kyle find a feast of hip-hop to chew on. (9/30a)
CHART FINAL: VERANO INVADES FALL
Like a broken record... which it is, figuratively speaking. (9/30a)
HITS LIST: COUNTDOWN
TO ECSTASY
We enter the month that was once known as Rocktober. (9/30a)
HIS OWN ARCHITECT:
THE STEVE LACY BUZZ
It was a surprisingly easy "Habit" to break. (9/30a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
Blighty Beat
PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM
10/2/15

As if Q4 couldn’t get any more competitive, Capitol will release an extended version of Sam Smith’s blockbuster debut album on 11/6. A “creative collaboration” with fashion brand Balenciaga (who’s autumn/winter 2015 campaign is fronted by Smith), In the Lonely Hour: The Drowning Shadows Edition will feature a second CD with nine new and exclusive tracks.

Opener “Drowning Shadows” was co-written by Smith and Fraser T. Smith, and produced by Jimmy Napes and Steve Fitzmaurice. It’s described as a “stripped-back, heart wrenching ballad that debuts Sam’s impressive vocals over cascading strings and piano.”

Other tracks include a cover of Amy Winehouse’s melancholic love song “Love Is a Losing Game” (from the late singer’s multi-Grammy Award winning album Back to Black) and Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know.” Reworks, live and acoustic versions of some of Smith’s smash singles with A$AP Rocky (“I’m Not the Only One”), Mary J Blige (“Stay With Me”), Disclosure (“Omen” and “Latch”) and John Legend (“Lay Me Down”) are also listed.

It’s Smith’s final surprise before his second album, and is a “present directly from me to my fans,” he wrote on Facebook. “This album, this journey has changed my life. So I have listened to all your wants and wishes and put some tracks on this album that you all wanted originally. I have also got a new song, and a special new cover for you all. This is my thank you to you all, and the final bow before my second album.”

Smith’s debut In the Lonely Hour has sold over 9m copies worldwide since its release in May last year and notched up a record-breaking 69 consecutive weeks in the Official Albums Chart Top 10—the longest unbroken run ever for a debut album.

In the U.K., the new release will go up against Polydor priority act Ellie Goulding with her third album Delirium and SYCO X Factor graduates Little Mix with Get Weird, the girl group’s third album. Will Smith scupper their chances of reaching #1?