SINGLE REVIEW: Selena Gomez – Boyfriend

Selena Gomez kicked off the year by releasing her highly anticipated third studio album ‘Rare’ which was a candid reflection of all of the hurt that she has gone through and the life lessons she’s learnt along the way. 

With the current COVID-19 pandemic taking over the world Gomez decided to release some bonus tracks to encourage people to disconnect and dance through the pain, as well as raise some much needed funds for health care relief. 

With ‘She’, ‘Souvenir’ and the recently released ‘Feel Me’ featuring on the new deluxe edition of the album, it is the accompanying single ‘Boyfriend’ which has got people talking. 

The playful track hears her proclaiming that she wants a boyfriend and wants to feel that warm connection but also knows deep down that she doesn’t need anyone to be truly happy. It’s an anthem about not settling for just anyone. 

“I want a boyfriend but I just keep hitting dead ends. Try to take a shortcut, but I get cut again and again” she sings during the trap influenced rhythmic hook. 

However the song’s production immediately stands out for all the wrong reasons. When the beat comes into fruition during the opening verse, the direct comparisons to Kanye West’s ‘Fade’ are un hide-able. The beat is exactly the same and just slightly higher pitched. But not by much. 

A lot of artists are frequently inspired by other artists so this wouldn’t be a bigger issue if she wasn’t best friends with Taylor Swift…. Lord knows we are all up to date with that beef. 

When you put the comparisons aside, this is a really fun and playful track for Gomez that is instantly catchy and likeable, but the truth is I can’t stop thinking about Kanye West’s ‘Fade’ when I listen to it.