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Hands To Myself
Selena Gomez - Hands to Myself single cover
Featured Artist(s) Selena Gomez
Album Revival
Released January 26, 2016
Recorded 2014-2015
Genre Pop
Format Digital Download
Length 3:20
Writer(s) Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, Robin Fredriksson, Matias Larsson, Max Martin
Producer(s) Mattman & Robin, Max Martin

Hands To Myself is a song recorded by Selena Gomez for her sophomore album as a single artist, Revival. This song was very praised by music critics thanks to it's brilliant production, lyrics and Selena's versatile vocal perfomance. On December 21th, 2015, it's music video was released on Apple Music. On January 20th, 2016, it was released as a single and the music video was uploaded on Vevo and Youtube.

Writing and production

The second last song recorded for Selena Gomez's second studio album, Revival (2015), "Hands to Myself" was described by Gomez as "a beautiful accident" and "probably the best song on the album". Following the success of the album's lead single "Good for You" which Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter co-wrote, Gomez decided to collaborate for an additional four days with Michaels and Tranter despite her label's instructions for the album to be mixed at the time. Before the sessions began, Gomez felt that she had already addressed her desired themes for Revival, but wanted additional material that would be fresh from a female perspective.[1]

Critical reception

Reviews

"Hands to Myself" was praised by music critics. Dave Hanratty from Drowned in Sound deemed it a "laser-focused sugar rush".[2] Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone praised the song's fun and flirty sound, writing, "Her brand of sexiness has a coy, subtle quality that never tries too hard".[3] Sal Cinquemani, writer for Slant Magazine, said Gomez's vocal performance made the track interesting, describing it as smartly indebted to that of Robyn; "success is a pretty girl who knows how to play her cards," he concluded.[4] Jamieson Cox of the The Verge commented: "She's a piece of the puzzle rather than a figure at the forefront, and her bigger moments are made to look more impressive by the gulf between them and her hushed, clipped verses. The result is something that sounds like an upper-case version of the xx, and it's a great look for Selena. Smart writing always wins."[5] USA Today critic Elysa Gardner commended Gomez's "sense of poise and reserve" on the song which she highlighted as "lithe".[6]

Accolades

Publication List Rank
Complex The Best Songs of 2015[7] 50
Rolling Stone Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2015[8] 15
Spin The 101 Best Songs of 2015[9] 92
The Arizona Republic 30 Best Songs of 2015[10] 30
The Fader The 107 Best Songs of 2015[11] 103


Music video

The accompanying music video for "Hands to Myself" was directed by Alek Keshishian and filmed in Hollywood Hills, California.[12] Christopher Mason of Wilhelmina Models plays Gomez's love interest in the music video.[13] Gomez and Keshishian had met a number of times socially before, though "Hands to Myself" marked their first time working together. Gomez recruited Keshishian inspired by his work on Madonna's 1991 documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare. Keshishian explained: "I always like to find a different way of seeing a celebrity. [And] Selena's head was in the same place." He felt it was important to incorporate attention to detail for visuals such as Gomez wearing an engagement ring to depict her as a stalker thinking she is married to Mason, and Mason's extravagant closet to portray him as rich and successful. Gomez wore lingerie from the Emporio Armani underwear collection. Regarding the filming, Keshishian mentioned: "We would be lighting with a stand-in and then [Gomez] would come in and it would be a completely live shot with her. She's so good at it."[14]

Selena Gomez - Hands To Myself03:48

Selena Gomez - Hands To Myself

Gomez partnered with Beats Electronics for the "Hands to Myself" music video, promoting their Beats Pill portable speaker. She shared a 30-second preview clip of the music video on Facebook on December 7, 2015. The clip which heavily features the Beats Pill tied in as Beats Electronics' commercial for the product. On December 17, 2015, Gomez posted two image teasers on Instagram and then a second preview clip the following day. The music video premiered as an Apple Music exclusive on December 21, 2015.[15] It was released on Vevo on January 20, 2016.[16]

Charts

Chart (2016) Peak

position

Australia (ARIA) 13
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 37
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 18
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 28
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 5
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard) 45
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 10
Denmark (Tracklisten) 22
France (SNEP) 118
Germany (Official German Charts) 62
Ireland (IRMA) 59
Italy (FIMI) 47
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 32
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 5
Norway (VG-lista) 18
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 66
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 20
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 70
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 7
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard) 37
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 15
US Rhythmic (Billboard) 37

Certifications

Region Certification Sales/shipments
New Zealand (RMNZ)[18] Gold 7,500*
^shipments figures based on certification alonexunspecified figures based on certification alone

Lyrics

[Verse 1:]
Can't keep my hands to myself
No matter how hard I'm trying to
I want you all to myself
Your metaphorical gin and juice

So come on, give me a taste
Of what it's like to be next to you
Won't let one drop go to waste
Your metaphorical gin and juice

[Pre-chorus:]
Oh, 'cause all of the downs and the uppers
Keep making love to each other
And I'm trying, trying, I'm trying, trying
All of the downs and the uppers
Keep making love to each other
And I'm trying, trying, I'm trying

But I...

[Chorus 2x:]
Can't keep my hands to myself
My hands to myself

[Verse 2:]
The doctors say you're no good
But people say what they wanna say
And you should know if I could
I'd breathe you in every single day

[Pre-chorus:]
Oh, 'cause all of the downs and the uppers
Keep making love to each other
And I'm trying, trying, I'm trying, trying
All of the downs and the uppers
Keep making love to each other
And I'm trying, trying, I'm trying

But I...

[Chorus 2x:]
Can't keep my hands to myself
My hands to myself

[Bridge:]
Can't keep my hands to myself
I want it all, no, nothing else
Can't keep my hands to myself
Give me your all and nothing else
Oh, I, I want it all
I want it all
I want it all, ooh

Can't keep my hands to myself
I mean, I could but why would I want to?

My hands to myself
Can't keep my hands to myself
My hands to myself
Can't keep, keep my hands to myself

I want it all, no, nothing else
Can't keep my hands to myself
Give me your all and nothing else
Can't keep my hands to myself

Trivia

  • Hands To Myself was the last song recorded for the album while Me & The Rhythm was the first.

References

  1. http://time.com/4053719/selena-gomez-revival-interview/
  2. http://drownedinsound.com/releases/19064/reviews/4149483
  3. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/selena-gomez-revival-20151015
  4. http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/review/selena-gomez-revival
  5. http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/16/9554251/this-is-your-next-jam-verge-playlist-chairlift-kelela
  6. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2015/10/09/album-of-the-week-selena-gomez-revival/73476420/
  7. http://www.complex.com/music/2015/12/best-songs-of-2015/
  8. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rob-sheffields-top-25-songs-of-2015-20151221
  9. http://www.spin.com/2015/11/the-101-best-songs-of-2015/
  10. http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/12/01/year-in-review-best-songs-2015/76380684/
  11. http://www.thefader.com/2015/12/08/best-songs-of-2015-list
  12. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-selena-gomezs-seductive-hands-to-myself-video-20151221
  13. http://www.ibtimes.com/selena-gomez-shares-photo-male-model-christopher-mason-he-star-her-hands-myself-video-2230976
  14. http://www.ew.com/article/2015/12/22/selena-gomez-hands-to-myself-video-madonna
  15. http://www.spin.com/2015/12/selena-gomez-hands-to-myself-video-apple-music/
  16. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/go-behind-the-scenes-of-selena-gomezs-hands-to-myself-video-20160120
  17. http://www.billboard.com/artist/278617/Selena+Gomez/chart?f=379
  18. http://nztop40.co.nz/chart/singles?chart=4193

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