Singles Roundup: Week of Oct. 28
Selena Gomez - “Lose You to Love Me”
Selena Gomez is back with a new single “Lose You to Love Me,” and fans are excited to see her in her element. The public is unsure whether this song could be referring to her break up with ex Justin Bieber, but it does seem to be a coincidence.
The lyrics have a deep meaning and the emotion is present in her voice. The song starts off slow and keeps the same tempo throughout. As she sings, her voice is surrounded with the beautiful piano playing in the background. Some of her thoughtful lyrics catch the attention of the listener, including “I needed to lose you to find me,” or “I needed to hate you to love me.”
This song can be a song that many can relate to, especially in times of a breakup. It gives similar vibes to her hit “The Heart Wants What It Wants.”
Fans are speculating that Gomez will be dropping her third album, but she has not spoken about anything other than her new single. Only time will tell if an album is the on the way. —Emily Mugno
Selena Gomez - “Look at Her Now”
Selena Gomez chose not to drop just one, but two singles to make her comeback into the music world. She released, “Look at Her Now,” an upbeat dance song with an electric essence to it. She also released a music video with the song, full of color and creativity.
The song talks about the way a relationship starts and the way it ends; it talks about the greatness of the relationship, but how it all goes sour at one point. The other single she released, “Lose You to Love Me,” was more of a somber song, but has a similar message to “Look at Her Now.”
Instead, Gomez found a different approach to make “Look at Her Now,” a fun song for people to vibe to. It was refreshing to see Gomez release two songs that are on completely different spectrums, showing her versatility. She has fans on their toes to see what she’ll do next. — Emily Mugno
The 1975 - “Frail State of Mind”
“Frail State of Mind” is the third single released for The 1975’s upcoming album “Notes on a Conditional Form.” This is all coming off the back of what was the band’s most celebrated album, 2018’s “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.”
Musically, “Frail State of Mind” has not wandered far from the electropop sound The 1975 is known for. The song features spacy and somber electronic instrumentals that is highlighted by a quick shuffling drum beat.
The song, written by lead singer Matty Healy, was inspired by an anxiety attack that Healy had. The lyrics are very well written. Healy does a good job channeling the extreme feelings felt by such an event, as well as the depressive behavior that can follow.
Healy’s soft and nervous sound takes a bit to get accustomed to but certainly fits the track. Although this song does not match up with the best tracks from “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships,” “Frail State of Mind” is a good indicator that The 1975 is not stopping its run of quality work. —Jim Krueger
Kesha ft. Big Freedia - “Raising Hell”
Kesha made her big comeback in 2017 with a powerful anthem, “Praying,” about overcoming the turmoil she experienced throughout her career. Previously, she was known as one of the party animals in the music industry, though the singer denounced her previous alias as being a persona created by her abusive music producer. The singer’s stripped album “Rainbow” became a favorite among many, even those who aren’t pop fans.
However, Kesha believes “Rainbow” was just a reawakening for her as she transitions back into the party pop sound she was known for with the release of her new single “Raising Hell.” In September, the singer tweeted that new music was on the way.
Although “Raising Hell” might not be the strong ballad fans were hoping for after the massive success “Praying” received, it’s certainly a powerful song given the context behind it. Kesha shed her old appearance because she felt it was too closely associated with a dark past.
The singer, howeverm uses the song as a comeback to announce that she feels safe acting like a party girl again. The song laces in some religious references which could be a tie to “Praying,” though it does have a prominent theme of finding trouble.
In the close of the song, Kesha says “Take this as your holy validation. You don't need to hide your celebratin'. This is our salvation.” Clearly her new album, set to drop in January, is meant to be her salvation and revival. —Jade Campos
Jim Krueger is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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