Unreleased single review: “Sad Serenade” by Selena Gomez

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One of the most beloved songs off of her debut solo album “Stars Dance,” “Sad Serenade” is an unreleased song that many have wondered why Selena Gomez didn’t include it. So I thought that it was time this #MemoriesCureMondays to review this song that is I believe is a missed opportunity for a single. It’s time to reminisce about our own Sad Serenade with what never was.

“Sad Serenade” follows the EDM/europop style that is pretty much present throughout “Stars Dance.” The arrangement of the song is something that is rather addictive. The beat is catchy and just makes you want to dance. This contradicts the lyrics, which takes more of a sadder nature. The song is about relationship that ended badly. The progression in throughout the song is great. It’s builds up to the chorus and then let’s loose. The lyrics are classic pop lyrics that will get stuck in your head for days. It’s the most upbeat heartbreak song. The vocals on the song are the best because you can feel how vulnerable Selena is in the song. It’s the most open and honest song that Seleners did for “Stars Dance,” which was pretty much what Selena’s ode to hating Justin Bieber.

The song itself is a Selena classic that really should have been on the album. It could have easily replaced one of the tracks that wasn’t that great because this song is addicting to listen to. It’s sheer pop perfection, something that you would have to wait to hear from Selena until years later. It just one of those song that never gets old. It’s been four years since the song was “leaked” and I still listen to it. It’s just something about the song that makes it so good.

No one is really sure why it didn’t make the cut. Selena Gomez never let us know nor actually acknowledge the existence of the song, I don’t think the SoundCloud below is her  actually hers. It’s a shame because it’s the best song off of “Stars Dance” which is ironic because it didn’t make it. Don’t get me wrong, the album is a classic with a lot of jams. They just don’t match up to what “Sad Serenade” could have been. Can you picture an acoustic version or a live version of it?

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Rating: 5 out of 5

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Demi vs Selena: The Battle of the Magic Kingdom

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It’s time to go to war! In the Pop Project Arena, we are going to find out who is the true Princess of the Magic Kingdom. Two former best friends and co-stars are going to square off. It’s Demi Lovato vs Selena Gomez! Will Demi give Selena a “Heart Attack” or will Selena “Hit the Lights” on Demi? It’s time to find out.

This battle will be a four five round battle, with each round being an album. Based on US album sales, the one with the best sales will be declared victorious. In the event of a tie, we will go to overall single sales. Let’s get this bad boy started. (Note: While “Stars Dance” is considered to Selena’s début album as a solo artist, we are considering the three album with “Selena Gomez & The Scene” as apart of her solo discography.)

 

Round 1: Kiss & Tell vs Don’t Forget

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Demi’s début album was released on September 28, 2008 and reached to number two on the Billboard 200 charts. It spawned three singles including the iconic single of the same name. The record managed to sell 534,000 in the United States and be certified Gold.

Selena Gomez and the Scene released their début “Kiss & Tell” a year after Demi on September 29,2009. The album spawned two singles and managed to sell 922,000 in the United States. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 9 and went Gold.

Round 2: A Year Without Rain vs Here We Go Again

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Little less than a year after the release of “Don’t Forgot,” Demi gave us “Here We Go Again” on July 21, 2009 and it gave Demi her first, and so far only, number one album on the Billboard 200 charts. The album spawned only two singles with the best-selling one being “Here We Go Again,” and that one reached number 15. It also sold 496,000 in the US.

Almost one year later, SG&TS released “A Year Without Rain” on September 21, 2010 and reached the number four spot on the Billboard 200. The album sold 812,000 and managed to go Gold.  It also spawned two singles that got mediocre success.

Round 3: When The Sun Goes Down vs Unbroken

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After a two year hiatus to get her life back on track, Demi released “Unbroken” on September 20,2011 and it’s her least charting album,as it reached number four on the Billboard 200, but did give her more sales than “Here We Go Again with sales for “Unbroken” being 500,178 originally. When updated as of February 2017, it went down to 492,000. It still manage to keep Demi swimming in Gold records while only have two singles.

“When The Sun Goes Down” was released on June 28,2011. It spawned three singles that help send the album to Gold and to the number three spot on the Billboard 200. It also sold 694,ooo in the US, which is the lowest SG&TS sales. The group took split after this album, which allowed Selena to go solo.

Round 4: Stars Dance vs Demi

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“Demi,” was released two years after “Unbroken” on May 10, 2013.  The album reached number three on the charts and still gave Demi that Gold she’s had for the last three albums. It also had four singles for the album. The album sold 463,000, which was Demi’s lowest. Fun Fact: the album is certified Diamond in Brazil and she is the only Disney-star ever to have a Diamond album.

Selena’s solo debut album “Stars Dance” was released on July 19, 2013. It was her first album to reach number one in the Billboard 200. The album is also her fast-selling album yet, which led Selena to sell 392,000 in the US. It also spawned two singles and went Gold…in Canada.

While after four rounds, Selena is up 3-1. In order to find a winner….wait! We can’t forget about the newest releases!!!!

Round 5: Revival vs Confident

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Demi’s latest album “Confident” was released in October 16, 2015. The album reached to 2 on the Billboard 200. It got Demi her first Grammy nomination in 2017 (YAY Demi!!!). “Confident” also gave Demi two singles in the Hot 100 and one hitting number 2 in the Bubbling under Hot 100 singles.

“Revival” was released in October 9,2015. The album is her second album to become number 1 on the Billboard 200. Three of the singles made the top ten of the Hot 100, with the last single “Kill Em with Kindness” breaking the top 50.

Now, that we have all the albums set up. Let’s compare and figure out who will rule the kingdom.

Let’s tally up the money…..

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While we already knew that Selena ultimately sold more album than Demi, the overall total sales in the US helped prove that fact. Now if we were to go by how each album did on the charts, then Demi would definitely win that race. It’s safe to assume that Selena sold the most albums because of the popularity of her TV show, movies. Demi did popular TV shows and movies, they just weren’t as popular as Selena’s was.  So here’s Selena kissing you haters goodbye….

…because she’s now the reigning Princess QUEEN of the Magic Kingdom. Bye Felicia.

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Top 5ive: Selena Gomez

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Top 5ive is back! And we are coming back with the Top 5ive singles of the beautiful and talented Selena Gomez. Now, this is covering her singles when she had that band.  So without further ado, here is the Top 5ive of Selena Gomez.

 

5. Falling Down

The first official single of Selena’s  musical career. Off Her and The Scene’s first album “Kiss & Tell,” the song is pretty much about getting made fun by the media. It became a kind of hate song that a scorn lover can you to “stick it to that son of a bitch.” Overall, the song is very very catchy and is one of the favorite of SG&TS (I’m pretty sure I just made that Abbreviation up).

 

4. Come and Get It

It’s the single that we heard over and over and over that kicked off Selena’s solo career with a bang. The song showed that our little Selena is going to change up her musical style for something more…electropop. It’s a playful serenade to a lover that when he is ready, to “come and get it.”  “Come & Get It” sent Selena up the charts and peaked everyones interest about what her solo album will sound like.

 

3. Love You Like a Love Song

If you thought hearing “Come & Get it” was bad, then you must not remember when we couldn’t walk anywhere without hearing this song or repeat-eat-eat-eat-eat.  It’s literally the most successful single of Selena’s career, both with the Scene and as a solo artist. I’m not going to explain the lyrics to you because the title just says it all and we’ve all had it stuck in our head like a bad head cold.

 

2. Who Says

The most meaningful of singles, “Who Says” was a song that told people to not care if you are perfect because you are wonderful just the way you are. The song tugs on your heart strings. The song is pretty much the anthem to being beautiful “Just the way you is.”

 

1. The Heart Wants What It Wants

This is the realist of really deep songs that Selena has ever done. It’s probably one of the best ones, even if it was on a crappy greatest hits album. It’s literally a song about dating Justin Bieber. You know that he’s a bad boy and you don’t want to date him, but you can’t help but date him because “The Heart Wants What It Wants.”  Yeah, it’s that kind of song. But overall, it’s an amazing song.

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Selena wants us to know about Zedd

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Selena Gomez is back and this time, she is teaming up with the German hunk that has stolen her heart Zedd (I cannot guarantee if I will not refer to Zedd as Lord Zedd). They decided that they will take their love and produce a love baby in the form of the song “I Want You to Know.” And we decided to review the single for you, that way you can save your eardrums if the song is bad: If you want to take the leap with us, here the song:

The song itself is a catchy song. It describes the love that Zedd and Selena has (or at least I like to think so).   Now the song itself is an okay song. It isn’t like Selena’s previous album Stars Dance but at the same time it’s better than the crap she threw at us on the Greatest Hits album (minus The Heart Wants What it Wants and My Dilemma 2.0). I expect it to be one of those songs that will grow over you in time but it’s not anything that I thought it would be. I had low expectations on it. While Zedd is a powerhouse when it comes to producing and releasing singles, it just felt like it was a demo. The best part was the beats at the end. I think it was mainly because of the person singing it.

While Selena has grown into a decent singer, she still doesn’t have a voice like some of the artist that Zedd has worked with. The song will be a bit better if there was a different sing that gave it a little more to it.

Overall, the song is an okay song. It’s not spectacular nor is it horrible. It’s just okay.

 

Rating: 3.5 Harpers out of 5