Hit the Lights (Selena Gomez & the Scene song)

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"Hit the Lights"
Single by Selena Gomez & the Scene
from the album When the Sun Goes Down
Released January 20, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Dance[1]
Length 3:14
Label Hollywood
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Dreamlab
Selena Gomez & the Scene singles chronology
"Love You Like a Love Song"
(2011)
"Hit the Lights"
(2012)
Music video
"Hit The Lights" on YouTube

"Hit the Lights" is a song by American recording group Selena Gomez & the Scene, taken from their third studio album When the Sun Goes Down (2011). The song was written by Leah Haywood, Daniel James and Tony Nilsson, while production of the song was handled by Haywood and James under their production name Dreamlab. Musically, "Hit the Lights" is an up-tempo dance song. Lyrically, the song speaks about living in the moment and taking risks. An international remixes EP was released on January 20, 2012 for the song's single release. It officially impacted Top 40/Mainstream radio in the U.S. on April 10, 2012.[2] It was the third and final single from When the Sun Goes Down.

"Hit the Lights" was met with a positive reception from music critics, who praised its club feel. The song debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at number ninety-three. The music video for the song was released on November 16, 2011, and features Gomez and friends playing around in fields, partying at night and running around in the city.[3]

Background[edit]

"Hit the Lights" was written by Leah Haywood, Daniel James, and Tony Nilsson, while the production was helmed by Haywood and Daniel Pringle.[4] The song was recorded at Dreamlab Studios in Los Angeles, California while the mixing was done at MixStar Studios in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In an interview with Billboard magazine, Selena Gomez explained every track on the song's parent album. In describing "Hit the Lights" she commented that the song's lyrics spoke about things relatable to everyone, commenting "It's kind of one of those songs about living in the moment while keeping it a big huge summer dance track."[5]

Composition[edit]

"Hit the Lights" is an up-tempo dance song that runs for three minutes and fourteen seconds. The song is written in the key of G major and is set in time signature of common time with a moderately fast tempo of 132 beats per minute. Gomez's vocal range spans from the high-tone of D3 to the lower register of B4. The song has a basic sequence of Em–Csus2–Em–Gmaj7–Bm/F# as its chord progression.[1] The lyrics of "Hit the Lights" displays more "maturity" than the band's previous recordings. It is also musically different than the music of When the Sun Goes Down, with critics noting it as a song playable in dance clubs.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Tim Sendra of AllMusic praised her vocals on the song, commenting that she "comes on like a convincing disco diva on 'Hit the Lights'."[7] Blair Kelly of musicOMH followed in the praise of the song as a "massive club hit" but was mixed in noting that "in the surroundings of the rest of the album it doesn't make sense."[6]

Music video[edit]

Gomez started filming the video for "Hit the Lights" in late September 2011. The music video premiered on Vevo on November 16, 2011 and was directed by Philip Andelman. Five short teasers of the video were released from November 7, 2011 to November 9, 2011, with a Behind the Scenes video released on November 11, 2011.

The official music video is 3 minutes and 24 seconds long and begins with Gomez signing in front of a lime green background. 20 seconds into the video, Gomez, as well as her band members and a few other people are shown in a wheat field, attempting to keep several oversized balloons from touching the ground. Next, the group are wandering through a corn field and begin dancing and jumping, with Gomez singing the song's chorus. The group briefly appears in a pumpkin patch outside of the cornfield, throwing and smashing some pumpkins. Later, as the sun is beginning to set, the group sits on the back of a pickup truck, eating watermelon. The truck begins to issue a large amount of smoke.

As the second playing of the chorus begins, it is shown to be night, and the group are on a street in a neighborhood, where they are dancing while holding flashlights. The group proceeds to a house party. Shortly afterwards, the group are in a dark forest, where there are several disco balls hanging from trees. Gomez then appears surrounded by several pink balloons, wearing pink and yellow sunglasses, as well as in an empty and dark football field. A few people are shown jumping into a pool before returning to the dark street where they begin dancing with sparklers and fireworks go off around them. Finally, the group begins dancing and running through a brightly lit city, similar to Times Square as the song ends.

In February 2012, a video for the MD Remix was released via Gomez's official YouTube channel, but was removed due to copyright infringement. On April 19, 2012, a second version of the video was made available on VEVO with a few clips from the original version. (See external links)

Reception[edit]

Jeff Benjamin of Billboard magazine commented that "Gomez remains as innocently cute as ever with sunglasses too big for her face in the opening scene. In fact, the most controversial moment of the video comes when Selena and her posse smash a pumpkin to bits. Not a girl, definitely..... not yet a woman (she's still partying in a football stadium). Is Selena's own 'Slave 4 U' moment coming soon? From this video, it looks like the 19 year-old still has a little time before she shedding her squeaky clean image—if she plans to at all."[8] A writer from The Huffington Post took a liking to the song's music video, writing that it "captures the feeling of being young and carefree, and is all about having a good time with your friends. (And having fun in a pile of pink balloons.)"[9]

Live performances[edit]

The band has performed "Hit the Lights" on the We Own the Night Tour, and it is the second song performed after the Dave Audé remix version of "A Year Without Rain" and before "Summer's Not Hot". During the performance, Gomez wears a gold dress and her movements are improvised.[10] On July 24, 2011, the band performed the song "Hit the Lights" at the O.C. Fair.[citation needed] On the day of the MTV Europe Music Awards, Gomez performed "Hit the Lights" in a bedazzled purple jumpsuit with her band.[citation needed] Selena also performed this song on December 31, 2011 in New York for NYE in NYC 2011 along with "Love You Like a Love Song".[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Hit the Lights" – 3:14
  • Remixes EP
  1. "Hit the Lights" – 3:14
  2. "Hit the Lights" (MD's Radio Mix) – 3:06
  3. "Hit the Lights" (MD's Remix) – 6:05
  4. "Hit the Lights" (Azzido da Bass Radio Mix) – 3:07
  5. "Hit the Lights" (Azzido da Bass Extended Mix) – 4:03
  6. "Hit the Lights" (Azzido da Bass Club Mix) – 4:59
  • Dave Audé Radio Remix – Single
  1. "Hit the Lights" (Dave Audé Radio Remix) – 3:26
  • Dave Audé Club Remix – Single
  1. "Hit the Lights" (Dave Audé Club Remix) – 6:13
  • Dave Audé Dub Remix – Single
  1. "Hit the Lights" (Dave Audé Dub Remix) – 5:59

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording and mixing
Personnel
  • Vocals – Selena Gomez
  • Production – Dreamlab
  • Songwriting – Leah Haywood, Daniel James, Tony Nilsson
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Engineering – John Hanes, Phil Seaford

Credits adapted from the liner notes of When the Sun Goes Down, Hollywood Records.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Single: Group Won
2014 Vevo Certified 100.000.000 Views Pending [11]

Chart performance[edit]

"Hit the Lights" first charted in Belgium at number fifty-four on the Ultratip Flanders chart. The next week, the song climbed to number twenty-nine. The song also debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at number ninety-three on the week ending December 3, 2011. It has sold 500,000 copies in the US as of July 2013.[12]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

List of release dates with formats and record labels
Country Date Format Label
Netherlands[20] January 20, 2012 Digital Remixes EP Hollywood Records
Switzerland[21]
France[22] January 23, 2012
Finland[23]
Luxembourg[24]
Portugal[25]
Singapore[26]
Belgium[27]
Germany[28] January 27, 2012
Austria[29]
Canada[30] January 31, 2012
United States[2] April 10, 2012 Top 40/Mainstream radio Hollywood Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Selena Gomez & the Scene - Hit the Lights - Digital Sheet Music". Music Notes.com. Alfred Publishing Company. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.allaccess.com/top40-mainstream/future-releases
  3. ^ Selena Gomez Official (February 16, 2012). "Selena Gomez - Hit The Lights Remix". YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b When the Sun Goes Down (album). Selena Gomez & the Scene. United States: Hollywood. 2011. 
  5. ^ Staff, Billboard. "Selena Gomez Talks 'When the Sun Goes Down': Video Track-By-Track". Billboard Magazine. Billboard. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Kelly, Blair. "Selena Gomez & The Scene - When The Sun Goes Down". musicOMH. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  7. ^ Sendra, Tim. "When the Sun Goes Down – Selena Gomez & the Scene". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Benjamin, Jeff. "Selena Gomez As Hipster: Watch Her 'Hit The Lights' Video". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Gregoire, Carolyn (November 16, 2011). "Selena Gomez: 'Hit the Lights' Music Video Premieres Today". The Huffington Post (TheHuffingtonPost.com). Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  10. ^ Video on YouTube
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c2ahBlTPz0.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ a b Gary, Trust. "Ask Billboard: Why Do Some Songs Fade Out And Others End Cold?". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Selena Gomez & The Scene – Hit the Lights" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  14. ^ "Selena Gomez & The Scene Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Selena Gomez & The Scene.
  15. ^ "Russian Chart - Hit The Lights". Archived from the original on 2012-09-06. 
  16. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201149 into search.
  17. ^ "Selena Gomez & The Scene Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Selena Gomez & The Scene.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Selena Gomez & The Scene – Hit the Lights". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ "RIAA Adds Digital Streams To Historic Gold Awards". Recording Industry Association of America. May 9, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ http://nl.7digital.com/artist/selena-gomez-and-the-scene-1/release/hit-the-lights
  21. ^ http://de-ch.7digital.com/artist/selena-gomez-and-the-scene-1/release/hit-the-lights
  22. ^ http://fr.7digital.com/artist/selena-gomez-and-the-scene-1/release/hit-the-lights
  23. ^ http://fi.7digital.com/artist/selena-gomez-and-the-scene-1/release/hit-the-lights
  24. ^ http://lu.7digital.com/artist/selena-gomez-and-the-scene-1/release/hit-the-lights
  25. ^ http://pt.7digital.com/artist/selena-gomez-and-the-scene-1/release/hit-the-lights
  26. ^ http://sg.7digital.com/artist/selena-gomez-and-the-scene-1/release/hit-the-lights
  27. ^ http://fr-be.7digital.com/artist/selena-gomez-and-the-scene-1/release/hit-the-lights
  28. ^ http://de.7digital.com/artist/selena-gomez-and-the-scene-1/release/hit-the-lights
  29. ^ http://at.7digital.com/artist/selena-gomez-and-the-scene-1/release/hit-the-lights
  30. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/hit-the-lights-remixes-ep/id496910052

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