Sam Smith’s new single, “Unholy,” featuring Kim Petras, has quickly attained Platinum certification in a year when only 14 singles have achieved the honor.
The news comes as “Unholy” ascends to the No.1 position on the Mediabase Top 40 Airplay chart. Released by Capitol Records on September 22, the track, which is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, is the first and only pop collaboration of 2022 to be certified Platinum and the third collaboration across all genres to reach this milestone.
“Unholy” topped the Billboard Hot 100 and spent four weeks at No.1 on the UK Official Singles Chart. It is certified Silver in the UK. The song, which is from Sam’s fourth studio album, Gloria, spent 29 consecutive days at No.1 on the Global Spotify chart and also topped the Apple and Shazam worldwide tallies. Combined global streams of “Unholy” are approaching one billion.
Sam produced “Unholy” in Jamaica alongside ILYA (Max Martin, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez), Blake Slatkin (Lizzo, 24K Golden), Cirkut (Nikki Minaj, The Weeknd), Omer Fendi (Lil Nas X, The Kid Laroi), and long-time collaborator Jimmy Napes. Sam’s new album, Gloria, will be released on January 27, 2023.
Billboard observed, “‘Unholy’…not only unites two of the most prominent artists in the past decade of queer pop music, but does so without sonic reservation…a grinding, amorous new single.” Rolling Stone said, “Girls, gays, theys: this one is for you.” V Magazine praised the track as “blazing, wild, feral.” NYLON noted, “Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ hedonistic club banger is finally here – and it is criminally catchy.”
A four-time Grammy winner, Sam also holds two Guinness World Records–for the most consecutive weeks in the U.K Top 10 Album Chart (for their 2014 debut, In The Lonely Hour), and for having the first James Bond Theme to reach No.1 on the U.K. charts (for the Oscar and Golden Globe winning “Writing’s on the Wall”).
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