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Sam Smith, 'In the Lonely Hour,' (June 17th)

Sam Smith
Courtesy Capitol Records

Smith, 21, has been having a breakout run. The Londoner sang on Disclosure's U.K. hit "Latch," topped the U.K. charts with "La La La" and even got Twitter love from Adele. Smith goes all in on somber elegance on his debut, mixing dance beats with elements of gospel, soul, classic pop and even country. Five songs were Adele-ishly inspired by Smith's unrequited love for one person. "But there's songs about other things – like one-night stands," he says. "I deal with all the different aspects of loneliness."

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