Love You Like A Love Song by Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez & the Scene released their video for “Love You Like A Love Song” on June 23, 2011. The directors of this video are Geremy Jasper and Georgie Greville, who have previously worked with Florence & The Machine and Goldfrapp. Gomez has been quoted as saying that this video was “one of the craziest that [she’s] ever done.” The beach scenes were filmed in Malibu, California.
The video begins with one of the band members singing “Naturally,” another one of the band’s singles, very poorly at a karaoke club. The audience, who is not pleased with his performance, begins to listen to Selena Gomez sing and images of a hippie man and Gomez are projected on the screen with a purple background. One common theme throughout all of the images that are projected are that they are very surreal; they are unlike a typical everyday scene that one would have with her lover. For example, the viewer sees the purple sky morphing into different shapes and Gomez hula hooping. The next scene shows Gomez dressed in drag, with black hair, a suit, and sunglasses, and this clip is continually projected as a background throughout the music video.
Later, she is seen dressed as Marie Antoinette, as she sits upon a purple piano and sings. Following that, a green screen is used in order to have Gomez and a greaser drive in a car with the galaxies behind them and striped flooring. Her look in this particular scene is very retro, as she dons cat-eye shaped sunglasses. During the bridge, Gomez and four men in a mariachi band are seen in a purple field. As they hit the piñata, Gomez continues to sing as the band plays in the background. As the video comes to a close, it cuts back to the karaoke club where the audience applauds Gomez.
There was some backlash surrounding the video from the Humane Society and another singer named Pink, who criticized the video’s use of paint on the horses. However, this speculation was all based on a photo and it was later revealed that the horses were painted with non-toxic vegetable powder. Nevertheless, this scene was cut from the final video.