Sam Smith & Mary J. Blige Sing This Summer's Crooner Anthem

In a recent interview with Refinery29, budding electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso said that pop music is the new rock 'n' roll: It spills into every genre. Whether that be dance music, hip-hop, or R&B, pop has its fingers in almost every sonic pie. And, UK wunderkind Sam Smith is fronting pop's soul train.
After Disclosure, another UK export, featured him on "Latch," Smith's voice was heralded as the Second Coming of Adele. His runaway single "Stay With Me," an ode to the one-night stand, has held a steady spot atop the charts, making Smith's forthcoming debut album, In The Lonely Hour, one of the summer's most anticipated releases. And, when you consider what else is coming (Sia, La Roux), Smith's contribution will be the much-needed soul this summer needs.
Advertisement
On Monday, Smith debuted a new, live version of "Stay With Me" featuring Mary J. Blige. Blige takes the second verse and riffs all over it. Together, she and Smith make a song that's goes down smooth like expensive Scotch, but without the potential of a hangover. Unless, of course, said hangover is Sam Smith-fueled, in which case, bring it on.

More from Music

The Ronettes had it all wrong. The best part of breaking up is not the making up. That rarely happens, and when it does, it often leads to more breaking up...
The Canadian singer's new video suggests that there's a whole new Weeknd in store
Solange took a page out Beyoncé's book with last week's cryptic social media posts. Now, she's made good on what we maybe-kind-of thought she was promising...
Alice Tan Ridley's powerful voice is finally getting some time in the spotlight. After years of singing in New York City subway stations to support her ...
Mariah Carey is basically the definition of a diva. Miley Cyrus, on the other hand, refuses to even walk the red carpet because "people are starving." So...
Don’t lie. You’ve definitely spent a night in dancing to “Call Me Maybe” while cleaning your room. Or, at least, to Taylor Swift. Nothing has as much power...
Halloween traditions may come and go, but a hauntingly epic playlist lasts forever. Whether you’re going as your favorite Game of Thrones character, ...
There's a time in every young singer's life when a very important decision must be made: to record a country collaboration, or not to record a country ...
Drake just released his short film "Please Forgive Me," and there's something missing. The 23-minute video appeared on Apple Music early Monday morning...
Whether you think he's a rap god or a rapping jackass, you can't deny that Lil Wayne has a way with words. How, exactly, you describe that "way" is ...
You might know Emily Blunt as the actress who is starring in The Girl on the Train and the live-action Mary Poppins movie. But at one point, people had a...
Yesterday, Demi Lovato took the stage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City with one particular message in mind. Before her performance, she ...
surprise number 1 @mileycyrus @billyidol #iheartfestival A video posted by Ryan Seacrest (@ryanseacrest) on Sep 23, 2016 at 8:24pm PDT Miley Cyrus...
Is anything better than plugging in your headphones, firing up your music app of choice, and jamming out to that brand-new song you're obsessed with? Don...