Sam Smith

Contributed photo -- Pop singer Sam Smith.

Pop singer-songwriter Sam Smith is slated to headline the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on July 17, 2018. Tickets went on sale to the general public Oct. 12 via Ticketmaster, following various presales the previous day.

Prices start at $32 plus service charges, and range up to $547 for a front-row "hospitality package" seat.

Each ticket purchased online for Smith's 37-date North American tour will include a digital copy of his forthcoming sophomore album, "The Thrill of It All." The album will be released on Nov. 3.

He performed the album's first single, "Too Good At Goodbyes," during his turn as the "Saturday Night Live" musical guest on Oct. 7.

The British-born Smith's 2014 debut album, "In the Lonely Hour," became a global smash thanks to the hit singles "Stay With Me" -- which won Grammy awards as record and song of the year -- "Lay Me Down," "Money On My Mind" and "I'm Not the Only One."

Smith has joined an ever-growing list of major concerts in New Orleans for 2018. Whether next year will shape up to be as busy as the record-breaking 2017 concert season remains to be seen, but it's off to a good start.

In addition to Smith, other acts on the Smoothie King Center's docket for 2018 include Katy Perry on Jan. 5 and country-pop star Shania Twain on June 10. Country singer Justin Moore is headed to the UNO Lakefront Arena on March 25, after postponing a show that was originally scheduled for last weekend.

And on Oct. 31, 2018, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is slated to become the first-ever solo artist to headline the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Sheeran announced over the weekend that he had injured his arms in a bicycle accident. The injuries may affect several upcoming shows, he said; as he generally performs alone with an acoustic guitar and a series of pedal-activated samplers, functioning arms are crucial to his show. But with more than a year to go until his date with the Superdome, he should be fine come next Halloween.

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Keith Spera writes about music, culture and his kids.