Times are a-changin' for Selena Gomez!
While her past singles saw the teen star dabble in catchy rock-pop, dreamy EDM and Top 40 synth-pop, Gomez is heading into full dance mode, if a leaked new track called "Rule the World" is any indication.
On the club banger the singer-actress croons over a pulsing, four-on-the-floor beat. The track builds to a huge dance breakdown section—a la Rihanna’s “We Found Love”—as Gomez belts, “Our love was made to rule the world / You came and broke the perfect girl.” Is she cooing about her ex Justin Bieber? Definitely maybe.
Time will tell if Selena's music is indeed taking a drastic turn, but her acting career is certainly heading in a new direction with Harmony Korine's new film Spring Breakers. Gomez recently chatted with The New York Times—which described the film as "a druggy, violent, hypersexualized tale of innocence squashed"—to discuss the huge transition.
“Creatively, this is where I wanted to go,” she said. She added that the innocent image pushed by Disney drew her to more controversial roles. “Disney is a machine, and I’m grateful for it," she explained. "But I feel like being part of that environment made me crave the reaction from other projects even more.”
Is Gomez worried about backlash from her fans? "I think they’re not giving my fans enough credit,” she said, suggesting they’re ready to see her more mature side.
Spring Breakers hits theaters next Friday.