Demos That Did It Better

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Thanks to hackers and YouTube, pop fans are now able to listen to a slew of unfinished demo material that was probably never meant for public consumption.  It’s great (for us…not the artists).  Sometimes, a demo ends up being way more awesome than the finished product.  Sometimes, a demo never sees the light of day and it’s a massive injustice!  Check out a list of some of my favorite demos and unreleased jams after the jump. Continue reading

Review: Selena Gomez – “Stars Dance”

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Selena Gomez’s first solo studio album (well, technically – that Selena Gomez & “the Scene” thing was really more of a gimmick) “Stars Dance” is a surprisingly diverse, totally enjoyable dance pop album.  The production is fresh, the hooks are tight, and Selena’s voice is…well, passable. Continue reading

New Music: Selena Gomez – “Sad Serenade” & “Save the Day”

 

Selena Gomez’s new album, “Stars Dance” doesn’t come out until July 23rd, but two songs from the project hit the net this week: “Sad Serenade” and the demo for upcoming album track “Save the Day.”

“Sad Serenade,” which didn’t make the final cut for “Stars Dance,” is cute, but it doesn’t fit with the more mature, sexy image that Selena has been trying (and mostly succeeding) to portray this era.  Check out “Sad Serenade” via YouTube above.

“Save the Day,” on the other hand, is a global smash waiting to happen.  The demo, sung by singer-songwriter Livvi Franc (of “Now I’m That Bitch” fame), is full of energy and hummable hooks.  It would be a strong follow-up to lead single “Come & Get It.” Check out the demo for “Save the Day” via YouTube below.

Video: Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It”

The much-anticipated music video for Selena Gomez’s smash, “Come & Get It” premiered this evening, and apparently I need to be laying down in big flowery fields more often because it feels effing GOOD.  When she’s not writhing around on the ground in ecstasy, Selena can be found swirling her dress, canoodling with a mysterious stubbly man, and looking like a stiff, awkward mummy while performing some very light choreo.

Okay, that was mean.  We all know that Selena isn’t much of a dancer and she does nothing to challenge that notion here, but actually the Anthony Mandler directed visual for “Come & Get It” is kind of perfect.  It’s just a series of extremely colorful glamour shots.  And Selena looks gorgeous.  What else does this song need?

New Music: Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It”

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People are going to start to think this is a Selena Gomez fan blog.

The lead single from the Disney princess’s new album leaked yesterday afternoon, just a couple days shy of its scheduled On Air with Ryan Seacrest premiere.  Luckily, Hollywood Records moved quickly and put the song up for purchase on iTunes almost immediately.  It was good damage control, but NOTHING could stop the 11-year old Justin Bieber stans of the world from spreading download links on Twitter like it was their JOB.  Illegal downloads: the SWEETEST revenge! Continue reading

Music News: Selena’s new single produced by Stargate

Music News: Selena's new music produced by Stargate

If this random Twitter user is to be believed, Selena Gomez’s new single “Come & Get It” is produced by Norwegian duo Stargate and written by Ester Dean.  Stargate and Ester have been making hits together for a minute (Rihanna’s “Rude Boy,” “What’s My Name?,” “S&M,” “Where Have You Been,” and Katy’s “Firework”), so if this is true…

New Music: Selena Gomez – “Rule the World”

A new Selena Gomez song titled, “Rule the World” leaked on Twitter this evening.  It’s a pretty straight-forward dance number with pounding drums and Coldplay-esque synths .  It sounds like another Rock Mafia production to me (“Naturally,” “Love You Like a Love Song”), but not much is known about the song at this point.  I would like it more if those big-build ups actually built up to something, but it’s OK.

Stream “Rule the World” above and let me know what you think in the comments!