THE RETURN OF SELENA GOMEZ
March 11, 2020
On January 10, 2020 singer Selena Gomez released her new album Rare. This is Gomez’s third studio album and first project she’s released since taking a year long hiatus to focus on health problems. After Gomez released her second album, Revival, she stepped out of the music scene to treat her depression and anxiety at a rehab facility, but she was hiding her critical health issues from the press. According to Vulture, “Gomez has fought a battle with Lupus that led to intensive therapy, and kidney transplant surgery, and cruel internet speculation about flucuations in her weight.” Through all her public struggles Gomez tried to stay active in her career, and even realeased a few singles. Gomez then took her fans by surprise when career started back up.
On October 23, 2019 Gomez released her first single off her new album titled “Lose You To Love Me.” The new single gained attention instantly, fans related to the lyrics and loved the sound. The song’s lyrics follow Gomez on a journey of self discovery as she learns that she might need to lose the one she loves to truly love herself. The single brought Gomez back on to the charts, as the single garnered success. Acccording to Billboard, “Over 10 years of appearing on the Billboard Hot 100, Selena Gomez earns her first No. 1 on the chart”. This was only the start of Gomez’s rise back to fame.
After the success of the single, “Lose You To Love Me,” Gomez began to step back into the public eye. She began to post on Instagram again and also began to do more interviews, and Gomez even began to drop more hints about a new album being released soon. On December 12, 2019 Gomez took to Instagram to officially announce that her new album Rare would be released on January 10, 2020. Not only did she share the album name but the tracklist and the album artwork. Gomez did not release anymore singles on the album but continued to promote Rare on every platform she could.
Rare was released on all streaming services and was available for purchase and critics immediately began issuing reviews. According to Rolling Stone “The album’s Number One debut was mostly driven by sales with close to 50,000 album sales” in the album’s second week. The album was the rise back to the limelight that Gomez was looking for. The tracklist includes songs such as “Rare”, “Look At Her Now”, and “Vulnerable.” Rare is quite different from Gomez’s last albums, Stars Dance and Revival. Rare is more electronic while being being quite a vulnerable record. Gomez used her past struggles as influences for most of the songs on the album. Rare is a huge step forward for Gomez as she steps out of her long hiatus ready to announce her return to the music scene.