Two soulful Brit crooners on the rise
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A strange thing happened in early June in the middle of the Billboard Hot 100: three massive British hits, each with vocals from the same young singer, lined up like dominoes at No. 29 to No. 31. The songs were “Latch” by Disclosure, “La La La” by Naughty Boy and “Stay With Me,” all performed by Sam Smith, a 22-year-old native of rural England known for his dramatic pronunciation and rich voice. Smith will release his full-length debut, In the Lonely Hour, on June 17; the album caps off a meteoric ascent that has led critics to dub him the male Adele.