Sam Smith has teased their “special” collaboration with Latin pop star Anitta.
In are recent Harper’s BAZAAR interview, the now 31-year-old UK singer complimented the 30-year-old Brazilian chanteuse, stating “Anitta’s energy is amazing.” “We connected immediately, and it just made the collaboration feel so special that there was genuine friendship there,” adding that she had a “clear vision” for their duet.
Born Larissa de Macedo Machado, the songstress/actress recently left Warner Music after 11 years following her accusations that the record company was not properly promoting her ‘Envolver’ single.
Expressing her frustration on Instagram, she wrote “I asked the label to just do the simple job they were supposed to: promote my music,” admitting that she would’ve sold her organs to get out of the contract.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, she divulged in Portuguese and English: “My love, if I had a fine to pay, I would have already auctioned off my organs, no matter how expensive it was to get out. But unfortunately, it doesn’t [work that way].” “When you’re young and still don’t know much, you have to pay close attention to the things you sign… if not you can spend a lifetime paying for the mistake.”
Anitta bemoaned the fact that Warner used her photo and song to mark International Women’s Day in March, stating “Communication at Warner is so good that [they’re] posting me on a Happy women’s day looping post, even tho I had to go public to ask for the ‘woman respect’ that this date represents. (sic)”
Claiming that her record company said that ‘Envolver’ wouldn’t be a hit without getting a major artist featured on it, she added how the label’s post used the song “they said would never break without a feat cuz I wasn’t strong enough for that. (sic)”
Variety reported that the label had hoped ‘Envolver’ – which went viral on TikTok last year – would have the same success in the United States as it had in Latin American.
Following their professional split, in a subsequent joint statement, the label and artist said in April:
“After eleven years of successful partnership, we’ve agreed to go our separate ways.” “Anitta would like to thank the Warner Music team for all their support. And the Warner team wishes Anitta all the best in future.”
About her follow-up to 2022’s ‘Versions of Me,’ in a recent interview the Hispanic entertainer said “I got big enough for people to pay attention to what I’m doing, so it’s a good moment for me to drop this album [that’s] finally something I believe and something I think, ‘Okay, that is me.’ Now that I got this attention, I can really be myself.”
Since leaving Warner Music, Anitta has since signed to Republic Records.