Almost two months after dropping her debut single, “De Una Vez”, Texan singer Selena Gomez released her first Spanish EP this week, titled ‘Revelacion’.
With the fanfare of a new album drop having to be avoided due to the ongoing pandemic, Gomez celebrated the launch with a video posted to her Instagram story, thanking fans for listening and happily commemorating the release.
“I hope you guys like the album and have so much fun with it, because obviously I’ve been wanting to do this for so, so long. And I’m just so grateful,” she shared with a smile. “So I hope you guys like it, and let me know what you think, but I’m just so happy!”
The songs on the new EP include, “De Una Vez,” “Buscando Amor,” “Baila Conmigo,” “Damelo To’,” “Vicio,” “Adios” and “Selfish Love.”
“This new music is a labor of love for all of my Latin fans,” Gomez shared in a statement released by her team when her album dropped. “Whether you speak Spanish or not I hope you can feel the emotion and passion. For me, that is the beauty of Latin music.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new album had to be recorded entirely remotely. It features seven tracks, including collaborations with Rauw Alejandro, Myke Towers and DJ Snake.
Gomez has consistently spoken publicly about her desire to embrace her heritage in new music and enlisted popular Latin creators to help create her vision, teaming up with Grammy-winning produce Tainy, as well as Albert Hype, Jota Rosa and NEON16. The duo of Los Perez – Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez – were enlisted to direct the music video for the single “De Una Vez”.
Speculation has been rife among Gomez fans for a while over the potential release of Spanish-language music and reaction to it now that it is here has been mainly positive. This venture marks Gomez’s first song in Spanish since 2018’s “Taki Taki” and her first solo Spanish project since 2014’s “Mas” from her album For You.
“This has been something I’ve wanted to do for 10 years, working on a Spanish project, because I’m so, so proud of my heritage, and just genuinely felt like I wanted this to happen,” Gomez previously told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “And it happened, and I feel like it’s the perfect timing. Just with all the division in the world, there’s something about Latin music that globally just makes people feel things, you know?”
“What’s funny, is I actually think I sing better in Spanish,” she continued. “That was something I discovered. It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for. Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited… I just hope that people understand how much I put my heart into this, and how amazing I feel about it.”
Gomez shocked fans this month after revealing the struggles she has been facing with her music career and the doubts she had been experiencing. The former actress also indicated that this latest project may be her last foray into music as she has found it difficult to deal with some of the criticism aimed at her.
Speaking with Vogue, Gomez explained, “I’ve had moments where I’ve been like, ‘What’s the point? Why do I keep doing this?'”
“’Lose You to Love Me’ I felt was the best song I’ve ever released, and for some people it still wasn’t enough,” she said. “I think there are a lot of people who enjoy my music, and for that I’m so thankful, for that I keep going, but I think the next time I do an album it’ll be different.”
“I want to give it one last try before I maybe retire music,” Gomez said.
Fellow pop star Cardi B took to social media to express her support for Gomez, saying she believes Gomez still has a long way to go in her career and even offering to help her become more ‘edgy’.
“I don’t think Selena should retire. She makes good music & her fans love her,” Cardi tweeted. “I think she needs one more Era. A edgy one that no one ever seen her as. I would love to give her some ideas.”
“I like Selena tho. I defend her cause she is such a sweetheart in person,” she explained in a follow-up post. “Us celebs get picked apart all the time but she is just to sweet to go thru that.”
“If she wants to leave, leave cause you want too not cause of these f**kers,” she added, referring to critics.