Sam Smith on the Advice Elton John Gave Him & Where He Sees Himself at 60

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Sam Smith performs 'Too Good at Goodbyes' in Studio 8H on Oct. 7, 2017.

Forget the sophomore slump. Sam Smith's second album, The Thrill of It All, dropped Nov. 3 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. This Sunday (Nov. 19), the iHeartRadio Album Release Party With Sam Smith Presented by Ulta Beauty will bring an intimate NYC performance and Q&A with Elvis Duran to radio and streaming.

Aside from performing current Billboard Hot 100 top 5 single "Too Good at Goodbyes" and hits from his first album, Smith shared some personal details with Duran, who was an early supporter of the British crooner.

Opening up to Duran, Smith admitted he's not quite able to fully comprehend the level of fame he's achieved – but expects he might be able to later in life.

"I just find it really hard to just take in everything that’s happened," Smith said. "If I sit down and I think about it all, it freaks me out. So I’m just trying to concentrate on the music and one day, I think when I’m 60, and I’m in the house with my kids, having a cigarette and a glass of wine – I think maybe it’ll hit me -- what’s happened. But it doesn’t right now and I think it’s a good thing. I think it would freak me out if I really thought about it."

Smith also shared what long-running rock icon Elton John told him about career longevity.

"Elton John said to me a few months ago how important live music is and how I’ve got to really concentrate and focus on that and it really is one of the biggest aims of my life right now when it comes to music," Smith shared. "I just want to get better and better and better and [my band helps] me so much, I’m learning every day."

One song that does give him trouble on stage, though, is his Oscar-winning tune "Writing's On the Wall."

"When I sing that, it actually hurts. I’ve got to grab my balls to sing it," Smith laughed, pointing out that put him in an awkward spot while performing it at the 2016 Academy Awards: "When you're singing that in front of Tom Hardy, it's just not cool. I wanted to look sexy in front of him, and I didn’t."

Smith's concert and chat with Elvis Duran will video stream on and broadcast across iHeartRadio’s CHR in and Hot AC stations on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. local time.


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