Back to You (Selena Gomez song)

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"Back to You"
Selena Gomez - Back to You (Artwork).jpg
Single by Selena Gomez
from the album 13 Reasons Why: Season 2 (Music from the Original TV Series)
ReleasedMay 10, 2018 (2018-05-10)
FormatDigital download
Genre
Length3:27
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)
  • Amy Allen
  • Parrish Warrington
  • Diederik Van Elsas
  • Micah Premnath
  • Selena Gomez
Producer(s)
Selena Gomez singles chronology
"Wolves"
(2017)
"Back to You"
(2018)
"Taki Taki"
(2018)
Music video
"Back to You" on YouTube

"Back to You" is a song recorded by American singer Selena Gomez. It was written by Amy Allen, Parrish Warrington, Diederik Van Elsas, Micah Premnath, and Gomez. The production was handled by Trackside and Ian Kirkparick. The track was released on May 10, 2018, as the lead single from the soundtrack of the second season of Netflix's original series 13 Reasons Why, a series adaptation of the eponymous book.[1]

Commercially, the song reached the top 5 in Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore and Slovakia; the top 10 in Belgium, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal and Scotland; as well as the top 20 in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. In the US, the song also became Gomez's 15th consecutive top 40 entry on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 18.

Release[edit]

Before its official announcement, the song was registered in ASCAP and teased by various US radio stations such as 104.7 KISS FM.[2] Gomez finally confirmed the release through social media on May 1, as well as its inclusion on the soundtrack of the second season of the Netflix's original series 13 Reasons Why, in which she takes part as an executive producer.[3] The song premiered on May 10 in Zane Lowe's Apple Music radio show Beats 1 as the release day's "World Record". She was also interviewed by Lowe and confirmed that her third solo studio album was being completed.[4][5]

Composition[edit]

"Back to You" was written by Amy Allen, Parrish Warrington, Diederik Van Elsas, Micah Premnath, and Selena Gomez. The production was handled by Trackside and Ian Kirkpatrick, the latter also working on Gomez's previous single "Bad Liar".[5] The track has been described as an emotional[5][6] acoustic midtempo[7] with country influences,[6] being also called a "dance-pop anthem"[5][6] and electropop[1] ballad.[7] Gomez said that it was a "very special record" and that she wanted it to be "a beautiful message in a really complicated way but really fun".[7]

The song is performed in the key of F major with a tempo of 102 beats per minute in 4/4 time and follows a chord progression of Dm–B–F. Gomez’ vocals span two octaves, from C3 to C5.[8]

Music video[edit]

A lyric video with scenes of the second season of 13 Reasons Why was released on May 10, 2018.[9]

Release and synopsis[edit]

The official music video was directed by Scott Cudmore.[10] The imagery for the music video is inspired from the 1965 French New Wave film Pierrot le Fou. The music video starts at a party with Gomez, dressed in a vintage feather-trimmed green sequined high-neck dress, locking eyes with a sharply suited man (Andrey Kupchenko), and they steal a convertible and end up frolicking in a bucolic pasture. Gomez wears an ensemble fit for the French countryside: a vintage white skirt and a sleeveless orange-and-yellow crop top. and take Gomez’s twist on iconic ’60s French-girl style as some summer style inspiration.[11]

Nevertheless, Gomez's video, is saturated with Godard's quintessential filmmaking quirks: fragmented editing; characters breaking the fourth wall; melodramatic dialogue; a garish, primary color-focused palette; and cartoonish neorealism. Cinemaphiles will immediately notice parallels, as the music video's opening visual directly mirrors the famous party scene in "Pierrot le Fou," both doused in deep, ever-changing colors. The inane dialogue from side characters serves to highlight the shallow, bourgeois lifestyle that Pierrot wants to escape from. The two find they are wanted and burn their car to destroy the evidence. The video returns to the party from the start and despite everything, Gomez cycles back, locks eyes with a sharply dressed man and asks: "Do you want to steal a car?".[12]

Accolades[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result Ref
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Song Won [13]
People's Choice Awards The Song Of 2018 Nominated
The Music Video of 2018 Nominated

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[14]
  1. "Back to You" – 3:30
  1. "Back to You" (Riton and Kah-Lo Remix) – 3:27
  • Joey Pecoraro Remix[16]
  1. "Back to You" (Joey Pecoraro Remix) – 3:46
  1. "Back to You" (Anki Remix) – 4:41

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[17]

  • Selena Gomez – vocals, songwriter
  • Amy Allen – songwriter
  • Parrish Warrington – songwriter
  • Diederik Van Elsas – songwriter
  • Micah Premnath – songwriter
  • Trackside – producers
  • Ian Kirkpatrick – producer
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering engineer, studio personnel
  • Tony Maserati – mixer, studio personnel

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[75] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[76] Gold 20,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[77] Platinum 40,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[78] Gold 45,000^
Italy (FIMI)[79] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[80] Gold 15,000*
Sweden (GLF)[81] Platinum 8,000,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[82] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[83] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various May 10, 2018 Digital download Original Interscope [14]
United States May 15, 2018 Contemporary hit radio [84]
Various August 10, 2018 Digital download Remixes [15][16]

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