Sam Smith suing former record label over unreleased music

The star was signed to Flipbook Music before making it big

Sam Smith is reportedly suing his former record label over unreleased music.

The singer was signed to Flipbook Music before he became famous, with whom he recorded two albums that were never released.

In 2016, the label was alleged to be planning to put out the first of those two records, ‘Diva Boy’, and shared a single from the album in ‘Momentarily Mine’. However, they did not gain Smith’s permission to do so.

“Sam has worked tirelessly on his pop star image, pouring his heart and soul into two official albums he is proud of,” a source told The Sun. “Now he fears he will become a laughing stock if these tracks see the light of day.”

The source continued to describe the songs as “cheesy” and said Smith had left Flipbook because he “had no artistic control”. “[He] left on bad terms when he refused to let the tracks be released, realising they did not represent him as an artist,” they said. “That was in 2008, but Flipbook isn’t backing down and Sam is doing everything in his power to block the release.”

Smith released his second album ‘The Thrill Of It All‘ last year, scoring his second UK Number One album with the release. In 2016, he won an Oscar for ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, which was used as the theme tune for James Bond film Spectre.

Recently, the singer joined up with Logic for a new version of ‘Pray’, which featured on ‘The Thrill Of It All’. Smith wrote on Twitter: “I am so excited for you to hear this new version of one of my favourite tracks on the album. It was an absolute pleasure to collaborate with Logic to create this, such an incredible artist.”