Sam Smith: Saturday Night Live is the thing that broke me in America, but I was very scared, and I actually begged my team and my label to not do it when we got the call. I thought it would have more impact if I had a song out and on the radio. But I was so wrong. I had a story all of a sudden, and I was on people's iPods in the space of a week.
Steve Barnett: SNL was a brave booking, because it was 11 weeks before the album. There was also a lot of belief from iTunes. We had their support on an unusual plan for a new artist, where there were great tracks and each had video content. If you had one without the other, it wouldn't have been as dramatic. We're just at the beginning of our second single. This album is going to live into the next holiday season.
Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here!
Smith: I'm striving to be a career artist. I want to look back and pat myself on the back after four albums, not one.
2014's No. 1's: J Balvin & Farruko | Idina Menzel & the 'Frozen' Soundtrack | Tove Lo, Kiesza, & Nick Jonas | Taylor Swift | Barbra Streisand | Weird Al Yankovic | Ed Sheeran & Charli XCX | Nicki Minaj | 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack | Enrique Iglesias | Kacey Musgraves | Santana | Sam Smith | Iggy Azalea | Jason Derulo | Meghan Trainor, Nico & Vinz