Song of the Day #4,223: ‘Camouflage’ – Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez just released a new album, Rare, that I played once in the background the day it came out. It’s receiving some of the best reviews of her career, and I owe it another listen.

In the meantime, here’s a track from Gomez’s 2015 album Revival, which I like very much.

Following this album, Gomez suffered from physical and mental health issues tied to lupus. She checked herself into rehab to treat her depression and anxiety attacks.

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Song of the Day #4,158: ‘Lose You To Love Me’ – Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez makes her first appearance in Billboard’s Top Ten in two and a half years with a minor key ballad in the same whispery vein as her well-received 2015 album Revival.

‘Lose You To Love Me’ is pretty enough, but I’m surprised that it has become Gomez’s highest-charting song. She has never climbed higher than #5 before now, yet this track made it all the way to #1. It held the top spot for one week before dropping to #5 on this week’s chart.

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Song of the Day #3,477: ‘Bad Liar’ – Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez taps into the acting chops she honed during her years on Wizards of Waverly Place for her ‘Bad Liar’ video.

Gomez plays four roles here, including a high school student, the girl’s mother and father, and a female gym teacher. This thing has a plot worthy of a telenovela: the girl has a crush on the gym teacher, with whom her father is having an affair seemingly with her mother’s knowledge.

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Song of the Day #3,446: ‘Whiplash’ – Selena Gomez & The Scene

An interesting pairing this weekend by the Randon iTunes Fairy. Selena Gomez is another pop artist, like Ariana Grande, who has released an excellent album in recent years that I wouldn’t have appreciated back in the day.

In Gomez’s case, it was 2015’s Revival, which very effectively launched the sexy new phase of her career. Several tracks on her good pal Taylor Swift’s new album borrowed the sound and feel of that record. Selena did it first, and better.

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Song of the Day #3,222: ‘Rise’ – Selena Gomez

‘Rise,’ the final track on Selena Gomez’s quite-good 2015 album Revival, commits one of my cardinal musical skins — the spoken-word interlude.

It serves as a bookend to the album’s opening moments, also spoken by Gomez, so I see what they were going for. But I can’t think of a song by anyone, ever, where that has worked for me.

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Song of the Day #2,804: ‘Hands to Myself- ‘ Selena Gomez

selena-gomez-revival-preview-250x250Rounding out the best Billboard recap yet is Selena Gomez with the third hit from her excellent 2015 album Revival. ‘Hands to Myself’ follows ‘Good For You’ and ‘Same Old Love’ up the charts, solidifying Gomez’s transformation into an adult pop star.

‘Hands to Myself’ is a simple, sexy track that sounds to me like Robyn sounding like Prince. It’s exotic but spare, like the rest of Revival.

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Song of the Day #2,731: ‘Kill Em With Kindness’ – Selena Gomez

selena-gomez-revival-preview-250x250Best Songs of 2015 – #11
‘Kill Em With Kindness’ – Selena Gomez

2015 was another strong year for women. Six of my top ten albums are by female artists, including records in the pop and punk genres that I normally avoid.

One of those solid albums is Revival, Selena Gomez’s “comeback” record (to the extent that a 23-year-old can be in need of a comeback). This is her second solo album (she released three others leading a band called The Scene, though those records rested on her shoulders as well).

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