Can you tell the difference between Demi and Selena? No, really. If you heard them on the radio do they sound different? Maybe. Maybe not. Both girls, according to a recent article in The Atlantic, have been manufactured through a “network of major-label handlers, producers, and writers who collaborate on chart-beating double entendres about sex.”
Makes sense. Both started off on Barney and Friends and then went on to star in separate Disney shows. After that, it was time to make real-post-Disney-money. Now, at 23 years old, they’re at the top of music charts worldwide and at the helm of legit endorsement deals.
So what sets them apart? Could be their path from toothy-giggly-girls to sex-bomb, independent women. The article notes how Lovato has clawed her way through mental-health issues for years to become a #confident woman…a hashtag dropped in every other picture of her IG feed. Gomez on the other hand, she’s only recently had to deal with overcoming public body-shaming and experiencing her #revival. Both these buzzwords have become the title of their latest albums, coincidentally dropped within a week of each other and after a “well-timed” Instagram follow that seemingly signaled their friendship was back on track.
Lovato’s Confident is a straight proclamation of her new found confidence (she really wants you to know she is confident). It’s bold and loud with uber high pitches. It will make you dance, or at least sway side to side. Her latest single “Cool for the Summer” is a nod to the one and only Snoop Dogg, arguably making it a bit more digestible.
Gomez’s album is the opposite…she has more “chill” after all. Known for her “subtle” voice — a nice way of saying her range is lacking — her new album pays homage in some ways to Janet Jackson, but judging from the lyrics in her “Hands to Myself” single, we won’t call her an equal just yet.
Do these differences matter in the end? Probably not. As long as their Instagram game stays strong and we can watch as they date, love and join the killer squads, we’re all good.
To read a complete and thorough review on the singers’ latest pop albums, and the juicy details behind the making of them, by Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic, click here.
What do you think of Selena Gomez’s and Demi Lovato’s new albums?