Selena Gomez is making a bold change from her Disney pop music sound and turning more toward the electronic dance spectrum of music in her new album “Stars Dance” to be released July 23.
The recently turned 21-year-old singer/actress is releasing her debut solo album under Hollywood Records. Her last three studio albums were with her band Selena Gomez and The Scene. This time she’s going at it all by herself.
Gomez is moving away from the bubble gum pop music that we’ve all come to know her by and getting a little more mature with her sound, perhaps shedding her Wizards image once and for all. With “Stars Dance,” she officially made the shift toward electronic dance music (EDM) and what she calls “baby dubstep.”
Selena sheds her Disney image for a more mature sound
There does seem to be an EDM feel to some of Gomez’s new songs. Her single “Slow Down,” which she performed at this years Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, is an example.
The “Come and Get It” singer is apparently a huge fan of music producer Skillrex, who just so happened to have scored her most recent movie, “Spring Breakers.” She was influenced by his music when she recorded her new album “Stars Dance.”
She explained to ContactMusic:
”Skrillex scored the [soundtrack] and he was incredible – he did such a good job. I call my record, like, a baby dubstep, because Skrillex is obviously the best.”
The EDM in ‘Stars Dance’
“Come and Get It” — Ah yes, the first single released from the album with those cool sounding Indian vocals as the intro. It’s already popular on the radio and Gomez performed it at the Billboard Music Awards. Aside from the Indian influences, the dance beat has EDM elements.
“Slow Down” — This is a fun dance song, very energetic and clearly influenced by EDM. The chorus and the hook is really where you feel the most dubstep. This song is about relationships and about not rushing into things. The idea of the song is when a song you like is about to end hit rewind and play it again. It was produced by none other than The Cataracs, L.A’s indie-pop group behind the hit “Like a G6.”
“B.E.A.T” — This is by far the most EDM influenced song of the album. Gomez’s voice even sounds robotic in how she sings the hook. Not sensing any deep meaning, it’s just a fun dance song that DJs can mix into their playlists.
The rest of Selena Gomez’s new album follows the same formula. It’s either a song about relationships, which if you listen long enough will discover some connection to the Biebs, or it’s a party song — simple as that. It still has her pop flare to it, but the EDM definitely present in the album.
The meaning behind the songs
It’s no surprise that as soon as Selena Gomez released her first single “Come and Get It” there were people trying to connect every line and phrase back to her past relationship with Justin Bieber.
Gomez’s new album does talk about relationships — none of the songs specifically single out Bieber. The lyrics to “Slow Down” speaks of taking a relationship slow and not rushing into anything. “Save The Day” is a carepe diem/ seize-the-moment kind of song. The lyrics to “Write Your Name” might as well be called “Man The Eff Up.”
And the infamous leak of “Love Will Remember” — a ballad about Gomez’s breakup with the Biebs — was picked apart as soon as everyone heard the opening, which sounds like a voicemail recording of Bieber calling Gomez his “princess” and about how much he loves her.
This song also touches on how love seems to stick around despite arguments and doubts — sounds like a love conquers all scenario.
Gomez told InStyle:
“That’s the most personal track on the record, for sure,” she said. “I think it’s a sweet way of releasing it. It’s not an aggressive approach to what people are probably expecting… I’m sure he’ll love it too.”
Listen to her Selena Gomez’s new album on this playlist
Tell us what you think of Selena Gomez’s new album “Stars Dance.” Does it lean more on the pop music side or ‘baby dubstep’? And let us know if you find any other Bieber allusion!
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