Boyfriend (Selena Gomez song)

"Boyfriend" is a song by American singer Selena Gomez, included on the deluxe edition of her third studio album Rare (2020). The song was released as the album’s fourth single on April 9, 2020.

"Boyfriend"
Single by Selena Gomez
from the album Rare (Deluxe)
ReleasedApril 9, 2020 (2020-04-09)
RecordedNovember 19, 2019[1]
Genre
Length2:41
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)The Roommates
Selena Gomez singles chronology
"Rare"
(2020)
"Boyfriend"
(2020)
"Past Life"
(2020)
Music video
"Boyfriend" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

"Boyfriend" was written by Selena Gomez, Julia Michaels, The Roommates, and Justin Tranter.[2] Gomez first revealed the song in an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on January 14, 2020, where she said it was an unreleased song from Rare.[3] She later announced the song would appear on the deluxe edition of Rare on April 6, 2020.[4] The next day she teased the song's lyrics "There's a difference between a want and a need. Some nights I just want more than me" on social media.[5] She wrote about the song's background saying:

Many of you know how excited I have been to release a song called 'Boyfriend.' It's a lighthearted song about falling down and getting back up time and time again in love, but also knowing that you don't need anyone other than yourself to be happy. We wrote it long before our current crisis, but in the context of today, I want to be clear that a boyfriend is nowhere near the top of my list of priorities. Just like the rest of the world, I'm praying for safety, unity and recovery during this pandemic.[6]

CompositionEdit

The song features a house beat[7] and an electropop pre-chorus.[8] In terms of music notation, "Boyfriend" was composed using 4
4
common time
, with a tempo of 92 beats per minute.[9] Gomez's vocal range spans from the low note G3 to the high note of E5.[9]

Music videosEdit

The official music video premiered on YouTube on April 10, 2020. It features Gomez meeting boys in choosing who will be her new lover, but she realizes the boys are not sincere. Hence, Gomez uses magic perfume that transforms the boys into frogs and then puts them into a small cage and takes the boys who are turned into frogs with her to the car.[10] It was directed by Matty Peacock.[11] The video was nominated for Best Art Direction at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.[12]

Doll versionEdit

A doll music video for the song, directed by a fan, was released on April 29, 2020.[13]

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[14]

  • Selena Gomez – vocals, songwriting
  • The Roommates – production, vocal production, percussion
  • Julia Michaels – songwriting, backing vocals
  • Justin Tranter – songwriting
  • Jon Wienner – songwriting, recording, studio personnel
  • Sam Homaee – songwriting, synthesizer
  • Bart Schoudel – vocal production
  • Will Quinnell – assistant mastering engineer, studio personnel
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering, studio personnel
  • Miles Comaskey – mix engineer, studio personnel
  • Tony Maserati – mixing, studio personnel

ChartsEdit

Chart performance for "Boyfriend"
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[15] 54
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[16] 60
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[17] 41
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[18] 15
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[19] 66
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[20] 59
Estonia (Eesti Ekspress)[21] 36
France (SNEP)[22] 159
Germany (Official German Charts)[23] 86
Greece (IFPI)[24] 29
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[25] 19
Ireland (IRMA)[26] 35
Lithuania (AGATA)[27] 22
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tipparade)[28] 17
Netherlands (Single Tip)[29] 7
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[30] 1
Portugal (AFP)[31] 68
Scotland (OCC)[32] 60
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[33] 38
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[34] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[35] 63
UK Singles (OCC)[36] 55
US Billboard Hot 100[37] 59

Release historyEdit

Release dates and formats for "Boyfriend"
Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various April 9, 2020 Interscope [38]
Australia April 13, 2020 Contemporary hit radio Universal [39]
United Kingdom April 17, 2020 Interscope [40]
Italy May 1, 2020 Universal [41]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bailey, Alyssa (April 10, 2020). "Selena Gomez's 'Boyfriend' Music Video Is Like The Bachelorette With A Dark Twist". Elle. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  2. ^ Rowley, Glenn (April 10, 2020). "Selena Gomez's New Song 'Boyfriend' Was Born From a Text Message". Billboard. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  3. ^ The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (January 14, 2020). "Selena Gomez Reacts to Wizards of Waverly Place Theme Inspiring Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy"". YouTube. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  4. ^ @selenagomez (April 6, 2020). "The deluxe version of Rare, featuring 'Boyfriend,' 'She' and 'Souvenir,' is out April 9th. You can presave it now and learn more about how to donate to the PLUS1 COVID-19 Fund in at the link in my bio. 🌹" (Tweet). Retrieved April 9, 2020 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ @selenagomez (April 7, 2020). "There's a difference between a want and a need. Some nights I just want more than me" (Tweet). Retrieved April 9, 2020 – via Twitter.
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