Selena Gomez’s new song “Good For You” signifies a distinct shift in her musical career. Gone are the frothy candy-pop whistles of tracks like “Slow Down” and “Come & Get It,” and what’s left is something harder, grittier, and a tad naughty. (Just watch her new steamy video, and you’ll get it.)
However, that’s not to say the pop star doesn’t still love the bubblegum treats from her Disney-fied days. When we caught up with Selena last week and mentioned her catalog favorites, she spoke fondly of “Who Says,” 2011’s self-empowerment anthem with an equally as moving video.
“I will always sing [“Who Says”] I think for the rest of my life. I just will,” she said. “Because the meaning behind that and what it’s done for so many girls is just the best feeling in the world.”
The track also helped Selena get through her own moody (and perhaps Justin Bieber-influenced) adolescent years.
“I recorded it when I was 16,” she said. “I did the video and I was like, ’I ’wanna wipe all my makeup off in the video and show people that it’s, like, OK to be yourself.’ It’s like my teen angst.”
If “Who Says” was her teen emotions, then “Good For You” (and her forthcoming LP) will be all about the trials and tribulations of your early 20s.
“[’Good For You’] set the tone for the entire record,” Selena said. “[The album] is not even necessarily about one thing specific. It’s about kindness or dealing with people, relationships, everyday stuff. It’s kind of the past two years for me and how I can kind of grasp what my thing is. What separates me from other artists.”
For Selena, there’s a lot riding on the new material, which explains why it’s taken her more than two years to share it. “I really spent time with myself, knowing that this was ’gonna be one of the most important — if not the most important — albums of my career to date because of how much I want to prove with it.”
No word yet on an official album release date, but are you excited for new Selena music?