Music You Should Know - Knowing You're Worth It

Sam Smith and Kelly Clarkson said they're DONE with toxic relationships


Sam Smith - Too Good at Goodbyes

 Sam Smith says don't be fooled by this song, he's singing from experience.  He says "Too Good at Goodbyes" was inspired by something that actually happened to him.    He told Amazon in a behind-the-scenes podcast exactly what inspired this song:

"I’ll be very open about it — it’s about a relationship I was in in 2016. I basically got dumped about three times. And on the third time that everything ended, I had got so good at walking out the door that I kind of knew what to do, and I had a tick box in front of me of all the things I would do to get over this person."

He said he realized he was getting very good at getting dumped, which sparked the idea he should write a song about it.  He said the song is "very sad" but also "really truthful" about how he deals with a broken heart.

 So, it's awesome that we're not only getting brand new Sam Smith music after a 4 year dry spell, we now have a better idea of who he is and what he experienced during his time off.  His entire album will be very candid about his life and his feelings.  He says this song is more empowering than sad, but he felt like he had to make this confession.




Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft

 Kelly Clarkson's new song is also a bit about a bad breakup that she also went through, but with her old record label she says she was "forced into" post Idol.  She actually called it an "arranged marriage."  She says RCA stripped her of any say of what she wanted to do with her career, which was sing soul music, and forced her to make pop hits.  She even touched upon the worst moment of her career, when she had to work with Dr. Luke on "My Life Would Suck Without You." 


Now that's she moved onto a new contract after fulfilling her time with RCA, she says her new label, Atlantic Records, gives her the creative freedom she desperately craved. She says her new album, The Meaning of Life, isn't a total 180 from what fans are used to, though.  She told Entertainment Weekly:

"While it is still pop, it’s way more soulful. [It's] a record that fans have been asking me to make for years."

And, if you watched Kelly on American Idol, you know what kind of things she can really do with her voice.  Like when she sang Aretha's and Etta James' "At Last," fans went NUTS.  But, RCA kept forcing her to do tween bop and watered down her voice to make it more marketable.

 However, she says she never would have been able to make The Meaning of Life when she just started out. 

“This isn’t a record I could have made at the age of 20This is a record you make when you’ve lived.”

And, after hearing Love so Soft, you know she's ready to introduce us to who she REALLY is!