The ruminating visual finds both singers alone in a modern, sparsely-furnished house. Shown separately, the longing, lonely expression in each artist’s eyes conveys the feeling in the angst-ridden lyrics “I don’t wanna be alone tonight/It’s pretty clear that I’m not over you/I’m still thinking ‘bout the things you do …”
Former Fifth Harmony member Normani dances throughout the video and “ghosts” of former lovers appear around both singers as they consider moving forward by going out and dancing with someone new to cure their lovelorn ache.
“Dancing With a Stranger” notably marks the first release of new music from Sam Smith since the release of his sophomore album, The Thrill of It All. The track dropped on Jan. 11 and peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart and inside the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart here in the U.S. The music video was preceded by a lyric video, which premiered just ahead of the single.
Normani is currently opening for Ariana Grande on the Sweetener World Tour, which includes a May. 6 stop at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California on May 6. (Tickets). She has worked with multiple artists in launching her solo career, including Khalid on a single called “Love Lies” which is featured on the “Love, Simon” soundtrack. She also produced a two-track EP, Normani X Calvin Harris, which Calvin Harris produced. It was released last fall.
Multiple BRIT and Grammy Award winner Sam Smith is slated to perform at the 2019 BRIT Awards. He is also nominated for British Male Solo Artist this year. Grab tickets to see the 2019 BRIT Awards live on Feb. 20 at The O2 in London from AXS (Tickets).
Watch Sam Smith and Normani’s video for “Dancing With a Stranger” above.