Sam Smith teases new pop-driven album

In a recent sit-down with the "Zach Sang Show," the "Stay With Me" vocalist shared details about their upcoming new album.

After teasing the project on social media, Smith shared details about the long-awaited follow-up to their 2017 "The Thrill of It All."

The British singer confirmed that the album will include fewer ballads than their previous two studio efforts, featuring pop singles in the vein of "How Do You Sleep" and the Normani-assisted "Dancing With a Stranger."

"I feel like I have recently shown a side of me which I normally keep to myself or for my family and friends. I showed everyone it and everyone loved it. It's almost given me permission to kinda do what I've always dreamed of doing but I was always scared to do, which is pop music," they explained.

Smith also revealed that their 2018 collaboration with Calvin Harris, "Promises," gave them the incentive to create new music material.

"I just naturally started getting back into the studio and started to write. I caught this wind and started riding this wave and I haven't stopped writing since," Smith continued.

Details about Smith's forthcoming third studio album are still scarce to this date, although the musician hinted that the record will arrive sometime next year.

Ahead of the album release, Smith recently collaborated with American actress Renée Zellweger for a rendition of Judy Garland's "Get Happy."

The star-dubbed duet appears on the soundtrack to Rupert Goold's new biopic, "Judy," dedicated to showbiz legend Judy Garland.

Last month, Smith took to Instagram to let fans know that they were publicly changing pronouns to "they/their" as the vocalist identifies as non-binary and genderqueer.

"After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I'm so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I've been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but f**k it!," they wrote.