‘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.
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.
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.
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.
Rounding 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.
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).
Sure, Fetty Wap is still inexplicably lingering in the top ten, and the two Drake songs are forgettable, but just about every other song I’ve featured is solid. We’ve had another hit from Taylor Swift’s unstoppable 1989, a listenable Justin Bieber track, touching songs by R. City and Ed Sheeran, a fun discovery in Elle King and an unexpected blast from Macklemore.