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Sam Smith Announces Australia and New Zealand Tour In Support Of Fourth Studio Album ‘Gloria’

British pop superstar Sam Smith is bringing their ‘GLORIA the tour’ to Australia and New Zealand this year.

Beginning in Adelaide on Saturday, October 28th, Smith will then perform in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, before heading to New Zealand for a final stop in Auckland on Saturday, November 11th.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, January 18th. The Frontier Members pre-sale begins on Monday, January 16th, while the Telstra Plus (AU) members pre-sale kicks off on Friday, January 13th. “Both countries hold such a special place in my heart and we’re working hard on delivering an incredible show for you all!” Smith said about their upcoming Australian and New Zealand tour. “I can’t wait for you to see it and be with you all again soon.” It will be Smith’s first live shows in both countries since 2018. The tour is in support of Smith’s forthcoming fourth studio album Gloria, which is scheduled for release on Friday, January 27th. The album contains the singer-songwriter’s huge hit “Unholy”, a collaboration with Kim Petras that topped the ARIA Singles Chart, as well as lead single “Love Me More”.

Gloria has been described by Smith as feeling “like emotional, sexual and spiritual liberation.” “It was beautiful, with this album, to sing freely again, for me. It feels like a coming of age,” Smith added. Smith cited Adele and Amy Winehouse as primary influences. They admire Adele's "honesty in her music" and the way she has handled fame; they expressed a wish to maintain a similar public image. Winehouse's debut album Frank was the first album Smith ever bought. Early in their career, Smith received advice from Mary J. Blige and Chaka Khan, both of whom they listened to during their youth; Smith said that this inspired them to offer help to new artists themself. They called Taylor Swift a "role model" and praised her "soulfulness" as well as her "honesty". Smith stated that the story of Lady Gaga's career beginnings encouraged them to move to London in order to start their own career. They also credited her with helping them come out as non-binary. Smith described Robyn as a major influence on Love Goes and said that they listened to her "nonstop" while making the album because they "could dance and be sad at the same time and feel empowered". They further cited Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera as sources of inspiration and empowerment. Speaking to Rolling Stone in January 2016, Smith named Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey as the greatest R&B voices. Smith's other influences include Britney Spears and Brandy.


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