The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez
“The Heart Wants What It Wants” is a mid-tempo pop song, describing a common situation for a young woman, prisoner in an unhappy relationship, yet unable to give up to the man she loves. Selena Gomez is the voice of all women experiencing this case, proving in the end of the video that leaving behind any regret is a better solution than continuing an unclear relationship.
The debut of the video is a sad monologue about the evolution of the relationship, including moments when the artist seems to effectively cry. During the video itself, Selena Gomez helplessly cries, showing the pain any woman feels forcing herself to pretend the man she loves would change for the sake of their relationship.
“The Heart Wants What It Wants” displays the struggle of a woman determined to preserve her relationship with any cost. She is hurt by her boyfriend behavior’s, yet she finds the strength to get ready for the party that she has to attend, in order to fulfill her social status. She confidently dresses and smiles to the people greeting her. When her boyfriend seems to be interested by a woman, she keeps calm, although she is offended by this gesture.
She decides to leave the party at sunrise, after he has reviewed in her mind all good and unhappy moments spent together. The moment when sun appears on the horizon is the symbol of a new chapter in her life, that she is determined to write alone, without her boyfriend, as the end of the video shows a smiling Selena Gomez.
“The Heart Wants What It Wants” promotes the upcoming greatest hits album that will be released by Selena Gomez at the end of November 2014. The song was released on 6 November 2014, being written and produced by David Jost, Antonina Armato and Tim Jones, who previously created for Selena Gomez, as well for Miley Cyrus, Sheena Easton, Chris Brown and Demi Lovato.
The video promoting “The Heart Wants What It Wants” was also released on 6 November 2014, being created by British director Dawn Shadforth, mostly known for the suite of videos accompanying Kylie Minogue’s hits such as “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”, “In Your Eyes” or “Chocolate”. Selena Gomez’s boyfriend was performed by actor Shiloh Fernandez, director choosing to display their story in a sober black and white background, displaying the sorrow in the artist’s soul.