Sam Smith’s “Soothing, Heartfelt” New Ballad Samples “Donnie Darko”

"This is for all the lonely hearts out there on another Valentine’s Day."

Break out your bunny suit.

Sam Smith announced their new single, “To Die For,” will be released this Friday, February 14—Valentine’s Day.

“Releasing this song is going to be a wild one,” Smith wrote in a statement. “I feel like it’s from one of the deepest parts of me. I wrote this with Jimmy Napes and Stargate in LA during a time of self-discovery and heartbreak. This is for all the lonely hearts out there on another Valentine’s Day xx.”

According to Gay Times, the new track is a “soothing, heartfelt ballad” that begins with a sample from the 2001 cult film Donnie Darko, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal.

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“To Die For” is the fourth track released from Smith’s upcoming third studio album. The previous three singles were “Dancing With a Stranger,” “How Do You Sleep?,” and the cover of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.”

To celebrate the new song, a “To Die For” pop-up shop will be open February 12–14 in London’s Soho neighborhood. Smith will also perform on Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show.

We’re excited to hear Smith sample Donnie Darko, but can they finally explain the movie’s ending to us?

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