She has revived! Selena Gomez released her highly anticipated album Revival on October 9th, 2015.
Produced with Interscope Records, Gomez has said that this album was influenced by Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera. The album itself can be described as what Gomez is known for, pop, with twists of EDM, modern R&B, hip hop, dancehall reggae, and latin music.
The singer, actress, and fashion designer released this album with a title to correlate with her return to the spotlight. She stated in an interview with Refinery29, "The year wasn't just me trying to transition in my career -- it was my whole life. I had to reconfigure everything."
At the end of 2013, Gomez took a break from the spotlight. During the time of the young starlet's break, she dealt privately with serious medical problems but was speculated to be in rehab by several tabloid news reports. She had a lot to say about these false ideas in a recent interview with Billboard. She is done with internet trolls and the paparazzi talking about her situation as if they know about it at all:
I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke, I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.
On the day of the album release, Gomez hosted a live listening party on Twitter. This included her posting a short video talking about the meaning and process behind each song. The songstress deemed the opening track, "Revivial," one of the most important songs on the entire album when talking about it during the live listening party.
A personal favorite of mine from the album is "Sober," which was released online a couple of days before the album's release. This song is one of the more intimate songs on Revival. On the Twitter video, she described the message about "how sometimes you just have to go through painful things without numbing the experience. It's very complicated, but it's also something that I think makes you stronger." In an interview with Time she elaborated:
‘Sober’ is one of my favorite songs, but it’s not even about one specific person. ‘Sober’ came from me and Chloe [Angelides], one of the writers, when we were sitting in a hall and talking about social awkwardness. I would hang out with people and they would drink and they’re so fun, then the next day it would be weird. I actually left that night and Chloe ended up writing ‘Sober.'
Though tracks like "Sober" and "Nobody" give you the feeling of sadness, there is also growth throughout the songs. The track "Me & The Rhythm" gives you the ok to dance on your own and be happy about it. "Body Heat" is a song that was recorded in Mexico with Hit-Boy. She states that it was "inspired by the culture" and expressed it was important for her have a song on the album that represented that side of her. "Kill Em With Kindness" and "Survivors" are two more upbeat, dance-friendly songs of triumph.
Selena Gomez takes you on the journey of growth that she had gone on. "It's my time to butterfly" is a lyric from the album-titled track which gives you the idea that she is new, ready to be free with no one to hold her back.
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