Sam Smith’s ‘Drowning Shadows’ is somehow his ‘saddest song yet’

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Thought it couldn’t get much bleaker than “I’m Not the Only One,” “Lay Me Down” and “Stay With Me”? Well, you ain’t heard nothing yet. Sorrowful chanteur Sam Smith released his newest single Monday, and he promises that it’s both “the saddest song I’ve ever written and probably the least radio-friendly song I’ve ever written.”

Great endorsement! Smith described the song to Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe, who had the honor of debuting “Drowning Shadows” — yes, that’s really what it’s called. The multiple Grammy winner also explained that this track was actually written before the song that made him a household name, “Stay With Me” — and that it was inspired by long cab rides. Read more…

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Whovians Lament Matt Smith’s Exit From ‘Doctor Who’

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Bow ties are cool, but goodbyes are not

Matt Smith, who stars as the Eleventh Doctor on BBC’s popular sci-fi series Doctor Who, is leaving the show.

BBC announced on Saturday that Smith will depart at “the end of this year” after appearing in Doctor Who‘s fiftieth anniversary special on Nov. 23.

Smith began his tenure as the Eleventh Doctor — that is, the eleventh incarnation of the alien protagonist — in 2010. He was the first actor to be nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award in the role

“It’s been an honor to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one.’ But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls,” Smith said in a statement Read more…

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