Fans Choose Sam Smith’s ‘Unholy’ Featuring Kim Petras as This Week’s Favorite New Music
Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (Sept. 23) on Billboard, choosing the devilish team-up as their favorite new music release of the past week.
“Unholy,” which will be featured on Smith’s upcoming album, beat out new music by Lil Nas X (“Star Walkin'”), GloRilla featuring Cardi B (“Tomorrow 2”), Joshua Bassett (Sad Songs in a Hotel Room), Kelsea Ballerini (Subject to Change), and others.
“Unholy” is the latest single off of Smith’s forthcoming, yet-to-be-announced fourth studio album, which they told Billboard in an August cover story would be their “first non-heartbreak album,” and mark a new, more optimistic sound for them. They said that joy is dangerous for them and many queer people. “We are all masters of our pain, and it’s actually quite courageous to step into the queer joy all
Produced by Smith, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Blake Slatkin, Cirkut, Omer Fedi and Jimmy Napes, the new song marks a significant departure for Smith, with the almost-sinister-sounding bass complemented even further by a pounding club beat. Smith belts out the chorus to the bass-heavy chorus, “Mummy don’t know daddy’s getting hot/ At body shop/ Doing some unholy.”
Trailing behind “Unholy” on the fan-voted poll was Lil Nas X’s new song “Star Walkin’,” the official anthem for the ongoing League of Legends World Championship, with 21% of the vote. Placing third was the “other” category with nearly 14% of the vote, followed by GloRilla’s “Tomorrow 2” featuring Cardi B, with 8% of the vote.
Below are the final results from this week’s music release poll.
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