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#Teenalysis: Selena Gomez’s “Heart Wants What It Wants”

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It’s been quite a long while since Selena Gomez released any new music so the new single she dropped on November 6 was a pleasant surprise.

Selena’s last release was her Stars Dance album which came out on the 23rd of July last year. She’s obviously come back bigger and better because I think this is the best of her that we have ever heard.

She pulled a Beyonce and dropped The Rock Mafia-produced slow jam complete with a sultry, emotion filled video with little warning last Thursday.

The song shot straight to number two on iTunes. (Only One Direction ‘s latest “Ready To Run” could block it from the top spot).

Pretty impressive for a raw ballad about a destructive relationship but it got off to an even better start on American radio.

According to Mediabase, “The Heart Wants What It Wants” reportedly reached an audience of 10.061 million people on its first day at radio.
To put things into perspective, Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball” was heard by six million folks on debut. The Justin Bieber – referencing anthem also racked up five million+ YouTube views in its first 24 hours.

As much of a fan as I am, I would be the first to admit that she has never exactly blown us away with her vocal abilities but she really comes through on this track. She also manages to make you believe the raw emotion of the song, too.

The bed’s getting cold and you’re not here
The future that we hold is so unclear
But I’m not alive until you call
And I’ll bet the odds against it all
Save your advice ’cause I won’t hear
You might be right but I don’t care
There’s a million reasons why I should give you up
But the heart wants what it wants

She sings in the chorus with key vocal raises and choices that sound half between a cry and anger. I ought to mention that the track itself has a catchy melody and sadly relatable message.

The title of Gomez’s song is a line we’ve heard several times. While it originates from an 1862 Emily Dickinson letter (“The Heart wants what it wants – or else it does not care,” she wrote, explaining to someone why she penned poetry), its reuse by Woody Allen is perhaps even more
memorable. Interviewed in 2001 about his recently exposed relationship with girlfriend Mia Farrow’s daughter Soon-Yi0, he told Time magazine, “The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic to those things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that’s that.”

The 22 year old singer has always been extremely tight lipped about her relationship with The Biebs so her decision to release this “tell-all” song to the public must have been a giant leap for her.

Gomez planned to release the new song and its video three times before, but admits that it’s now come at the right time.

“It’s the perfect way to end a chapter in a way,” she said Thursday. “This is what I’ll say about every single person that has judged me for every decision that I’ve made, for every person, [and] heart that is being judged for something they’ve done, and now I just want to release it. I want to keep going and I want to work on things and have all the focus just be on what I love and have fun, and new music, and a new chapter in my life. I’m excited.”

“The Heart Wants What It Wants” sold 102,000 copies in its first week and debuted at No. 6 on the Digital Songs chart and at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

This song is off Selena’s greatest hits album “For You” , which completes her stint at Hollywood Records and drops November 24.

I think we can definitely chalk this one up as a win for the now grown up Gomez as she continues to shed her Disney image.

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