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Sam Smith's 'Delusional Moment' That Led to 'Too Good At Goodbyes'

Sam Smith is really good at making really sad songs. For Billboard's series, "How It Went Down," the British singer broke down his latest single, "Too Good At Goodbyes," from his forthcoming album, The Thrill of it All.

The song came about from a "delusional moment" Smith had after being dumped. "I put an armor up after that happened because it was the first time I had been in that situation with someone romantically," he explains. "I felt a little bit more prepared for the heartbreak and that period when something awful happens."

"Too Good At Goodbyes" was conceived right in the middle of writing The Thrill of it All, which Smith says was "influenced by throwback R&B" throughout the creative process. Originally, the gospel choir featured on the track was going to be only his vocals. "This song -- more than any other song on my album -- really came to life when we made it terms of the band and the choir and the re-vocals," Smith admits. The song was initially "really pop," but switching out Smith's solo vocal for the choir added in that extra something.

"I wanted you to hear the crackle of the tape and the soulfulness of it," he says.

Find out more about the story behind "Too Good At Goodbyes" in the video above.