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Recording and release[edit]

After the unexpected success of "Good for You" on the charts, Gomez asked her label to delay the album's mixing to work with its songwriters Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter to write more songs with her since she "became super obsessed with Justin and Julia" and "felt like we created magic. I felt like Julia was me and I was Julia."[1] Michaels also commented: "I think Selena is a lot like Justin and I, in the way that…when you find something that you feel connected to, and it’s real and it’s honest, you don’t let it go. You see where it can lead you."[2]

Her label authorized and they worked for four days in other three songs and two of them made the record: "Hands to Myself" and "Me & the Rhythm,"[1] with the latter being the last song to be recorded for Revival,[3] as well as one of her favorite songs on the record.[4][5] A snippet of the track was first teased along with the official artwork on September 26, 2015.[6] The cover art depicts Gomez "looking at herself in the mirror as she wears a black bondage-style bra."[4] Later, the song was fully released as the album's first and only promotional single on October 2, 2015,[7] followed by the album's two singles, "Good for You" and "Same Old Love".[4][8][9] During her Today concert, Gomez performed the song on a medley with previous hit "Come & Get It".[10]

New recording and release[edit]

After the unexpected success of "Good for You" on music charts worldwide, Gomez requested the album's mixing be delayed in order to write more songs with "Good for You" songwriters Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. She based her decision off Michaels' ability to understand and channel Gomez's thoughts and feelings into music, saying she "became super obsessed with Justin and Julia" and "felt like [they] created magic."[1] Elaborating further on their partnership, Michaels said: "I think Selena is a lot like Justin and I, in the way that…when you find something that you feel connected to, and it’s real and it’s honest, you don’t let it go. You see where it can lead you."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Feeney, Nolan (September 30, 2015). "Selena Gomez on Her New Album and Media Scrutiny: ‘I Just Don’t Care About the Noise Anymore’". Time. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ Kawashima, Dave (November 16, 2015). "Young Pop Songwriter Julia Michaels Co-Writes Big Hits For Justin Bieber And Selena Gomez". Songwriter Universe. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ Mastrogiannis, Nicole (October 22, 2015). "INTERVIEW: Selena Gomez Reveals The Meaning Of Songs On 'Revival' | Track By Track". iHeart Radio. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Adams, Chanel (October 2, 2015). "Selena Gomez On New Song 'Me & The Rhythm,' New Album And The Single Life". Inquisitr. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ Hiramine, Brie (October 12, 2015). "LISTEN: Selena Gomez Releases "Me & The Rhythm"". J-14. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ Kritselis, Alex (September 28, 2015). "Selena Gomez's "Me & The Rhythm" Preview Proves Her New Album Is Going To Be Very Diverse — LISTEN". Bustle. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ Daley, Megan (October 2, 2015). "Selena Gomez releases 'Me & The Rhythm' - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ Navarro, Andrea (October 6, 2015). "Selena Gomez Casually Drops a New Single and Announces a World Tour in the Same Night". Teen Vogue. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ Ashagre, Aggi (October 2, 2015). "Selena Gomez Shares 'Me & The Rhythm' From 'Revival'". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ Lindner, Emilee (October 12, 2015). "Watch Selena Gomez Be The ‘Boss’ In ‘Today’ Show Performance". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  11. ^ Kawashima, Dave (November 16, 2015). "Young Pop Songwriter Julia Michaels Co-Writes Big Hits For Justin Bieber And Selena Gomez". Songwriter Universe. Retrieved February 8, 2016.