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“The Heart Wants What It Wants” by Selena Gomez

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    “The Heart Wants What It Wants” by Selena Gomez (official video) is a trip hop song.

    Song Title: The Heart Wants What It Wants (official video)
    Artist: Selena Gomez
    Album: For You
    Genre: pop, trip hop, adult pop
    Composer: Copyright © 2014 Selena Gomez, Antonina Armato, David Jost, Tim James
    Lead Vocals: Selena Gomez
    Director: Dawn Shadforth
    Producer: Rock Mafia
    Recorded: 2014
    Released: 6 November 2014
    Format: digital download
    Label: Hollywood Records
    Number of listens: 19296

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “The Heart Wants What It Wants” is a song by American recording artist Selena Gomez from her upcoming first greatest hits album For You (2014). It was released on November 6, 2014 by Hollywood Records as the lead single from the record. It was written and produced by Antonina Armato and Tim James, who collectively form the production duo Rock Mafia; additional songwriting was provided by David Jost and Gomez herself.[1][2] A mid-tempo pop track, “The Heart Wants What It Wants” discusses the turbulence of Gomez’s highly-publicized relationship with Canadian singer Justin Bieber.[3] Its accompanying music video was premiered on November 6, 2014, alongside the premiere of the song itself.

Background and release

    Gomez said about the song, “And it’s also a step for me knowing like, ‘Ok, this is what I’m about to say, and I need to say it when I’m ready’ […] And I think after this year, it’s the perfect way to end the year, it’s the perfect way to end a chapter in a way. It’s like, 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 judge for something they’ve done, and now I just want to release it.”[6] In its first day on radio, the song had a listening audience of 10.061 million.

Critical reception

    Lucas Villa of AXS favorably compared “The Heart Wants What it Wants” to the music of Lana Del Rey for Gomez’s use of “hip-hop beats, guitar and distorted Emile Haynie-styled yelps” alongside her “darkest” lyrics yet. He further wrote that the song “stands as a heartbreaking revelation in her five-year-old songbook, one that’s vulnerably beautiful and unapologetically honest.”

Live performances

    Gomez will perform her single at the American Music Awards of 2014 for the first time.

Music video

    Gomez stated in an interview with Ryan Seacrest on 102.7 KIIS FM during the world premiere of “The Heart Wants What It Wants”, and the music video was filmed in black and white and directed by Dawn Shadforth. The video received over nine million views in its first 24 hours. Actor Shiloh Fernandez appears in the music video as Gomez’s love interest. [7] International Business Times called this video emotionally charged.

Chart performance

    “The Heart Wants What It Wants” sold 102,000 copies in four days and debuted at No. 6 on the Digital Songs chart[11] and at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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