The Crown: Selena Gomez Owns Summer ’17
Even with all the big chart toppers that have been released so far this year, Summer ’17 seems to belong to Selena Gomez both musically & in her personal life. Although there has been no official word on a follow up album to 2015’s “Revival” which spawned hits like “Good For You,” “Same Old Love,” and “Hands to Myself” , she has been on fire with 2 songs currently in the Hot 100: her dreamy Kygo collab, “It Ain’t Me,” and the Talking Heads-sampling “Bad Liar”
And now for potentially number 3 with the ultra sexy “Fetish” Ft. Gucci Mane. In The steamy track Gomez sings lyrics like, “Reaching your limit / Say you’re reaching your limit / Going over your limit / But I know you can’t quit it / Something about me / Got you hooked on my body / Take you over and under and twisted up like origami.” To push it over the top she released I guess like a cross between a lyric video/and a music video with the visual of a 3 minute close-up of her lips as she sing the lyrics with all the sex appeal you can imagine. She then teased fan’s with little promo clips via social media before releasing the full Video on July 26th, Watch Below:
In an interview with EW last year, the singer hinted that she had plenty of new music in the works. “I’m in rehearsals during the day and in the studio at night,” she said. “You hit those points in your life where you’re super inspired. There are waves: Even when I recorded Revival, I took a two-month break because nothing was coming to me. But right now I’m running with it… I’m going in all different directions and feeling it out.”
In an interview with Carson Daly in June, Selena revealed where her head is at music wise. “I’ve been in the studio for a year. So, I can technically say I have an album, but I don’t know where I want to go with it because of how different everything sounds.”
She continued, “I’m not just saying that because I feel like, ‘Oh, that’s exciting!’ Every song I’m setting up to be a single is just completely separate from each other and I love that. So, I don’t know where it’s gonna go, but I can say I have an album because it’s a lot of music.”
Fans of the brunette beauty had a massive freak out a few weeks ago when it was reported that Selena had recorded a duet with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. Although the tune, which is allegedly titled “Can’t Steal Our Love,” hasn’t been leaked, people everywhere still remain hopeful that Jelena will someday reunite.
Excerpts From Article In Life & Style Magazine
Bad Liar” was written by Selena Gomez, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, and Ian Kirkpatrick, the latter of whom also produced the song. Its initial inspiration came from the American band Talking Heads who Gomez and Michaels are fans of. During a session with Gomez and Tranter, Michaels suggested that they should write a song over the bassline of the band’s 1977 single “Psycho Killer“, specifically interpolating band member Tina Weymouth‘s riff. The minimal bassline from the song was used as a starting point for “Bad Liar” from which its topline melody developed. In an interview for Variety magazine, Tranter recalled that it was “one of those magical moments where the song just comes together very quickly and felt so good.” Warner/Chappell Music executive Greg Sowder played “Bad Liar” to Talking Heads member David Byrne who liked the track and Gomez’s vocal performance, and along with Weymouth and Chris Frantz granted permission for it to sample “Psycho Killer”.
Bad Liar”, described as a “slow-build pop rock tune”, begins with a steady beat built around rhythm and an uneven bassline from “Psycho Killer”. The production is otherwise sparse and textured, featuring percussive snaps and handclaps. Unlike with Gomez’s previous single “It Ain’t Me” which made use of reverberation and pitch contouring, her voice is restrained and emphasized on “Bad Liar” by being mixed to limit and contain it. Her vocals are multitracked to emphasize urgency. With several lines in the song being acrostic and syllable-reliant, Gomez uses a spoken-sung cadence. The track is written in verse–chorus form, although it features both a pre-chorus and a post-chorus.
The lyrics find Gomez narrating events of avoiding to admit her feelings for a new love interest, but later conceding that the difficulty of it makes her a “Bad Liar”. Upon release, “Bad Liar” was misinterpreted as a break-up song, prompting co-writer Justin Tranter to explain in a post on Twitter, “You got some of the lyrics wrong, and it’s actually about trying to hide magic feelings for someone new, but not being able to.”
Gomez first teased the single’s release on Twitter on May 3, 2017, sharing a link to her website where fans could sign up for updates though a mailing list. On May 5, 2017, a countdown to the release was launched on the website. “Bad Liar” was made available to be pre-saved on Spotify on May 16, 2017. The song’s official lyrics were premiered on lyrics website Genius the following day. The singer also shared a short snippet of “Bad Liar” which received over 4.2 million views on Instagram in one day. The single was released to digital and streaming outlets at midnight EST on May 18, 2017.
Gomez worked with Canadian photographer Petra Collins for the single’s promotional artwork. On May 11, 2017, the singer began sharing a series of images on social media featuring the song’s title and lyrics written in lipstick across a bathroom mirror. The following day, Gomez posted the cover art for “Bad Liar” on Twitter. It features the song’s title written in red lipstick across Gomez’s one thigh as she lays on a bed of rocks in a periwinkle babydoll embroidered with flowers and butterflies. Maria Ward of Vogue magazine named Gomez’s babydoll “the look of the summer”, complimenting its embroidery and “easy, breezy style”. An alternative cover art was shared by the singer on Instagram on May 17, 2017, showing her laying down wearing a small gauze bandage, and a yellow fall-risk hospital wristband given to patients who are at risk of falling due to lack of balance and weak muscles. According to Collins, the image was shot straight after Gomez came from hospital for a lupus treatment. Alex Frank of Pitchfork suggested that it referenced tabloid reaction to the singer’s time in rehabilitation. Alex Kazemi of V magazine found the artwork powerful and vulnerable, regarding it as the most controversial imagery of a female singer since Fiona Apple‘s music video for “Criminal” (1997).
No only has Selena Gomez been in the headlines for her new music but as usual her personal life is in the spotlight as it’s now official that she and the Weeknd are a couple.
Despite having dated for several months and appeared on the 2017 Met Gala together to show the world they were finally ‘official’, we can imagine Selena Gomez was pretty chuffed when she realized her boyfriend recently ‘liked’ a fan video of her with a seriously complimentary caption when a fan of the 24-year-old posted a clip of the singer meeting fans, wearing a plunge-neck back jumpsuit, with the captioned, ‘She looks hot’ – a sentiment her beau clearly agreed with.