Sam Smith has instant number one hit with emotional return to music

Sam Smith has released his new single.

The Oscar winning singer has had a three year hiatus from music, during which he even stopped Tweeting.

In The Lonely Hour, released in 2014, became the best-selling album of the year in the UK, while it sold more than any other British artist for two decades.

Now the gay singer has shared his return to music – and it’s gone straight in at number one on iTunes.

Taking to Facebook ahead of its release, he wrote: “‘Too Good At Goodbyes’. 8th September 2017. So excited for you to hear the new single… you all xx”

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Too Good At Goodbyes is a distinctly Sam Smith record, complete with a gospel choir for backing vocals.

Listen to the song in full here:

Last week he sent an email to fans to reveal news of the new work.

“First of all I want to say thank you,” he wrote.

“Thank you for being so patient and for letting me have the past year to really escape into my mind & write music so freely.

“I feel so rejuvenated and have so many stories I can’t wait to tell you.”

The British recording artist continued: “The wait is so nearly over. Something is coming very very very very soon.

“I am scared & excited at the same time. I’ve poured my soul & heart into this record.”

Smith was previously criticised for believing he was the first gay man to win an Oscar.