Sam Smith performed “Too Good At Goodbyes” and “Pray” on “SNL.” Both songs are off his latest album, The Thrill Of It All.
This is the second time Smith has been the musical guest on “SNL.” He made his debut on the sketch comedy program in 2014 when Louis C.K. was the host. When he first appeared, Smith performed his mega-hit “Stay With Me.” And for his second song, he sang, “Lay Me Down.”
Smith released the single “Pray” on Friday. He tweeted shortly afterwards, “I hope you love ‘Pray’, I hope it becomes your friend in those deep dark nights of confusion & loneliness. Love you all so much.” Within the first 24 hours of its release, the audio for the single was listened to more than 3 million times on YouTube.
It’s been three years since Smith has released an album, and now he set to drop his second record on November 2. In between, he recorded “Writing’s On The Wall” for the James Bond film Spectre and even took home the Best Original Song at the 2016 Oscars.
In the music video for “Too Good At Goodbyes,” which was filmed in Newcastle upon Tyne in Northeast England, Smith is seen singing the track interspersed with video of different couples, both gay and straight, emotionally saying goodbye to one another for various different reasons. To date, the music video, which came out only two weeks ago, has been viewed more than 80 million times. The single hit number five on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. It also reached 15 on the Adult Contemporary, 13 on the Adult Top 40, and 16 on the Mainstream Top 40 charts.
See both performances below.