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Kiss & Tell
Studio album by Selena Gomez & the Scene
Released September 29, 2009 (2009-09-29)
(see release history)
Recorded December 2008 – July 2009
Genre Electronic pop-rock
Length 42:20
Label Hollywood
Selena Gomez & the Scene chronology
Kiss & Tell
A Year Without Rain
Singles from Kiss & Tell
  1. "Falling Down"
    Released: August 25, 2009
  2. "Naturally"
    Released: December 11, 2009


In July 2008, Gomez announced that she had signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records.[1] She revealed to MTV News her desire to create a band as opposed to having a solo career, saying that she did not want her name attached to the project.[2] Gomez held auditions to find members for the band in Burbank, California.[3] Greg Garman was selected as the band's drummer,[4] Joey Clement played bass guitar,[5] and Dane Forrest and Nick Foxer played the keyboard, with Foxer also providing background vocals. Foxer departed the band the following year for unknown reasons.[6] Ethan Robers both played guitar and provided background vocals.[7] Gomez announced the band's name to be Selena Gomez & the Scene in August 2009, claiming "I named my band the Scene because a lot of people are making fun of me calling me a 'wannabe scene,' so I thought I would poke fun [at] that. If you can't beat 'em join 'em!"[8] The group worked on the project for more than a year, with over one-hundred songs being considered for the album.[9] Gomez later stated she went through so many tracks to ensure that both she and her fans could relate to the material.[10]



While recording the album, Gomez began to learn how to play the guitar and drums; she later began to learn how to play the piano and take vocal lessons.[8] She stated she hoped to "make people dance" with the music on the album.[12] Gomez wrote a song titled "I'm Sorry" for the album, reportedly inspired by her relationship with Nick Jonas.[13] Gomez claimed it would be the first song recorded for the album, and would be the only ballad featured; it ultimately was not included on the album.[13] She also recorded a song titled "Beautifully Disturbed", which she revealed in May 2009.[14] On the song, Gomez said "It’s definitely a song that’s close to me because it’s a nickname I was given and it’s very sweet. It means that sometimes I can be negative like every person can be, but you've got to find the beauty in that."[15] The song was not included on the album's final track listing.[14] Gomez worked extensively with Ted Bruner on the album, whom she claimed produced "the core" of the record.[16] Gomez worked with The Go-Go's member Gina Schock on numerous songs, four of which were included on the album.[17] She worked with Rock Mafia on the song "Naturally", the first of many collaborations between the three.[18] "Falling Down" featured writing and production credits from Bruner and Schock, along with Trey Vittetoe.[19]

"I Won't Apologize" was co-written by Gomez, and is her only writing credit on the album.[20] During a live performance, Gomez said "I wrote this song because I feel like a lot of people tend to change themselves for – let’s be honest – a boy; and that’s what I did; and I never make that mistake again now. I’m sorry, I’m not what you wanted me to be, but I’m not gonna apologize for who I am."[21] She later cited the song as her favorite on the album.[22] "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" was originally released as a promotional single by Gomez in 2008, with Rock Mafia remixing the song for its appearance on Kiss & Tell.[23] Gomez cited herself as a "huge" fan of Canadian singer Fefe Dobson, and later included a cover of her song "As a Blonde" on the record.[24] Gomez cited "Crush" as one of her favorite songs on the album.[25] "Falling Down" and "Stop & Erase" were the first two songs to be added to the album.[26]


Kiss & Tell is an electronic pop-rock album,[27] primarily drawing from the genres of pop rock, power pop, New Wave and pop.[28][29]




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