Monday, April 15, 2013

Selena Gomez Channels Britney, Rihanna at MTV Movie Awards with 'Come and Get It'

Selena Gomez performed her new single "Come & Get It" at the MTV Movie "Awards" last night and it was rather nice to see something musical on MTV for a change. I'm happy that everyone seems to be jumping on the Gomez bandwagon but I wonder where they all were when her surprising, excellent third album, When the Sun Goes Down, arrived, led by its brilliant single "Love You Like a Love Song," which if I'd ever posted my list you'd know was my pick for the best pop song of 2011. Selena Gomez has struck me as purveyor of remarkably adult dance pop since "A Year Without Rain," and it's also interesting to hear people now beginning to comment that she's sounding more "adult."

In short, I got Selena Gomez before it was cool.

Her performance for MTV was supposedly inspired by Britney Spears' iconic snake-wielding VMAs performance of "I'm a Slave 4 U" in 2001, although I think it was just as inspired by the vaguely South Asian beat of her Stargate/Ester Dean (yawn)-produced tune (the yawn for the songwriting team, not the song, which was originally offered to Rihanna). She sings live, and while her people could do a bit more with a pre-recorded track on the chorus, it goes pretty nicely, especially on the verses, when she gets to do her Catherine Zeta Jones-y sultry alto thing she does so well. I don't need her to sing hard on the bridge...sweetie, leave the histrionics to Demi Lovato. Your job is to coolly sing your siren song from way over there and vanish before we reach you.

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