Review: “Lose You to Love Me” by Selena Gomez

By Julia Carnevale

I am a firm believer that there is a right time for everything. I think Selena Gomez is too. She finally released the lead single, “Lose You to Love Me” of her highly anticipated upcoming album on October 23, 2019. Although she has released “droplets” during the dry period between her albums like “Wolves,” and collaborations like “Taki Taki,” this is the first time in four years, we have seen Selena at her most vulnerable, true self.

“Lose You to Love Me” recently debuted at number 15 on Billboard, which is Selena’s second highest debut since “Good For You.” Many fans are expecting “Lose You to Love Me” to be Selena’s first number one. The single is doing incredibly well for a ballad in the streaming era. I think this is in part due to the anticipation and excitement surrounding Selena’s come back and also because the lyrics have allowed Selena to say what needed to be said.

My favorite lyrics from the single are “sang off-key in my chorus, cause it wasn’t yours.” As a fan myself, I sense a double meaning. Selena is first commenting on the toxicity of a relationship. When it came time for her to cultivate herself and her talents, she simply could not, hence her singing off-key in her own chorus, because it wasn’t the other person’s who she gave all her time and energy to. I also think this line is a jab at those who have negatively compared her singing to other woman in the industry. After she sings this line about her chorus being off-key, a new beautiful chorus of solely Selena’s vocals follows. The black and white music video encapsulates her every emotion. Selena has not only grown personally in these four years, but also musically.

Rating: 5 Q-Tips


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