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Selena Gomez’s New Album ‘Rare’ Is Her Final ‘Goodbye’ To Justin Bieber

Four tumultuous and headline-heavy years after the release of her last album, Selena Gomez wowed fans by dropping her striking new record, Rare, on Global Release Day. So far, it’s been touted as a vibrant ode to self-love and acceptance, embracing confidence in the face of strife and distress. Gomez herself has described the album as “the most honest music” she’s ever made, presenting it as a sort of diary of her past few years—and, needless to say, the internet is having a serious heyday in the face of this epic new new.

Kickstarting her entertainment career as Alex Russo on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, Gomez catalyzed her role as a solo pop artist with 2013’s Stars Dance, a record that met mixed reviews with its heavily electronic tone. Stars Dance was followed by 2015’s Revival, which explored the conflicts of Gomez’s personal life through a more sultry, mid-tempo sound, ultimately putting Gomez on the map as a pop artist with serious potential. And now, four years later, fans can revel in what many are calling Gomez’s best album yet: a deeply confessional record that chronicles the myriad of highly-publicized struggles Gomez has endured since the release of her sophomore album.

An example: the Billboard-Hot-100 topping single, “Lose You to Love Me,” was evidently written after Gomez returned from a stay in a mental health treatment center.

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The song seems to allude to the high-profile, on-again-off-again relationship shared by Gomez and Justin Bieber, even referencing the two-month period between their breakup in 2018 and the start of Bieber’s new romance with Hailey Baldwin. Collaborator Julia Michaels had allegedly begun the composition, eventually showing it to Gomez when she returned from treatment.

“When I walked in [the studio], it was literally just the piano and the chorus and a bit of the first verse and I just sat there,” Gomez explained. “And I tell people this, too, because it was also such a very raw moment. A, I had just gotten back, but B, we were in the bright daylight, and that’s not normally how you’re maybe talking about something like that.”

“Look at Her Now” shares a similar theme, chronicling a breakup (with Bieber or The Weeknd?) that led her to be “sad / but now she’s glad she dodged a bullet.” When describing this incredibly symphonic, catchy bop, Gomez said: “It’s about kind of redeeming yourself and making sure that you acknowledge that you kind of mess up and you go through your stuff but you can always come out of it just feeling like a boss.” This sentiment seems totally entwined in the effervescent, bouncy beat and the colorful aura of the music video, released back in October.

And in the titular song—which begins our journey through the album’s sequence of synth-heavy melodies and airy vocals—Gomez addresses a lover, telling them: “it feels like you don’t care / why don’t you recognize I’m so rare? / always there / you don’t do the same for me, that’s not fair.”

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Although the subject matter of these songs is rather heavy, steeped in vulnerability and raw emotion, the songs are composed with a clear lightness, a vibrancy embodied further by the luminescent rainbows threaded through the pixels of the accompanying music videos.

Beyond the breakup fodder, one might assume the song “Dance Again” to carry a certain darkness and intensity, as it refers to Gomez’s famous battle with lupus—a struggle that garnered much attention in 2017 when Gomez posted a photo following a kidney transplant made possible by her best friend, actress Francia Raisa. But even this track is layered with lively synth sounds, all merging to create a chewy, up-tempo track that urges the listener to move, to revel in Gomez’s gratitude to be able to dance after enduring so many mental and physical health challenges. And as we jump around, sharing Gomez’s excitement and celebrating her return to a confident, self-assured, and strong state, we hear her sing: “All the trauma’s in remission / no, I don’t need permission / feels so, feels so, feels so good to dance again.”

There has been an outpouring of support from fans all across social media, with people expressing their love of the new album—from the slightly more experimental sound, to the rawness and vulnerability of the lyrics.

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And Gomez has been making sure the album stays at the very top of people’s feeds, posting content that gives her followers a behind-the-scenes look at each new music video. As people continue to discover this delightful new release, we look forward to all the supplementary Rare content that’s sure to pop up in the meantime, rooting for Gomez’s progress all the while.

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Run Away From That Toxic Relationship with Dalex’s New Single “Feeling”

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Run Away From That Toxic Relationship with Dalex’s New Single “Feeling”

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Puerto Rican singer Dalex is back to his Latin R&B roots with “Feeling“, which is about leaving behind that relationship that made you question everything, including changing who you are to please the other person.

Produced by Dimelo Flow, “Feeling” not only does it get deep about leaving behind what no longer serves you, but it is also packed with punchlines like “Te olvide como El Chavo, sin querer queriendo“.

In our interview for Latido Music by mitú, Dalex talked to us about the feeling he wanted to convey with the song, singing about heartbreak instead of his usual songs that tend to be more intimate.

Watch out interview below:

In “Feeling,” Dalex wants to explore other sounds and try doing a more commercial record that more people can relate to.

The colorful music video was shot in Miami, directed by Adrián Arredondo for Wildhouse Pictures. Dalex and his love interest are seen riding around dirt bikes, which we later found out in the interview was one of his Top 5 Feelings.

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Dalex has a busy 2021 ahead, and “Feeling” is the first single from his upcoming album due this year. The Rich Music singer told us that he has a collab with Reggaetón heavy hitters Wisin & Yandel and Zion & Lennox on the way, as well as an American singer which for now he can’t reveal, but we can’t wait to find out.

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

CAMILA FALQUEZ

After the Equality Act was recently passed in the House, Selena Gomez is now telling the Senate to pass the bill that would give added federal protections to the LGBTQ+ community. The Mexican-American pop star also talked about her history with the gay community and how they helped support her music career.

The Equality Act would extend protections from the Civil Rights Act to the LGBTQ+ community.

The Equality Act was first introduced in 2015. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend protections against discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity when it came to employment, housing, education, and other public and federal accommodations. In 2019, the Senate under President Donald Trump refused to vote on the bill.

The Equality Act recently passed through the House and now Gomez wants the Senate to pass it as well.

In February, the Equality Act was reintroduced to the House of Representatives. The bill passed through the House for a second time on Feb. 25. In a recent interview with the Recording Academy, the institution that hosts the Grammy Awards, Gomez is telling the Senate to vote on the bill this time and pass it through.

“We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years, but we have so much further to go,” Gomez said about the progress of LGBTQ+ rights in the country. “The Senate must pass the Equality Act. It’s absurd that this is even being debated in 2021.”

Gomez says the gay community helped support her 2009 breakthrough hit “Naturally.”

While Gomez was promoting her Latin music EP Revelación, she also revisited a few of her past hits. In 2009, she launched her music career with her band The Scene. Later that year, Gomez got her first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her breakthrough smash “Naturally.” While talking about her relationship with the gay community, she says they were the first ones to show that song love.

“Earlier you mentioned my song ‘Naturally’ and I remember when it was released, it truly started getting played in the gay bars before anywhere else,” she said. “I would hear from older friends that they heard when they went out. I was so jealous that I was too young to be out and dancing to it with everyone. The LGBTQ+ community has been there for me and I don’t take them for granted.”

The Equality Act is waiting to be debated by the Senate. This is Gomez’s first time speaking in support of the bill. Last year, she launched the Black Equality Fund to support groups like the Movement for Black Lives.  In March, she also asked for the Senate to pass the People Act.

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