Behind the Studio Door
How Selena Gomez’s “Boyfriend” came to life

Behind the Studio Door
How Selena Gomez’s “Boyfriend” came to life

Behind the Studio Door
How Selena Gomez’s “Boyfriend” came to life

Selena Gomez "Boyfriend"

A playful hit about wanting (not needing) a relationship

It all started with a text message and a bass line.

Before a recording session toward the end of “Rare’s” production, songwriter Julia Michaels texted Selena Gomez and asked her what’s on her mind. She responded: “I don’t know, I wanna boyfriend.”

Just like that, a chorus was born.

A playful hit about wanting (not needing) a relationship

It all started with a text message and a bass line.

Before a recording session toward the end of “Rare’s” production, songwriter Julia Michaels texted Selena Gomez and asked her what’s on her mind. She responded: “I don’t know, I wanna boyfriend.”

Just like that, a chorus was born.

A playful hit about wanting (not needing) a relationship

It all started with a text message and a bass line.

Before a recording session toward the end of “Rare’s” production, songwriter Julia Michaels texted Selena Gomez and asked her what’s on her mind. She responded: “I don’t know, I wanna boyfriend.”

Just like that, a chorus was born.

in the music studio

“Julia came in the studio the next day like ‘that’s the song, that’s the hook,’” says Jon Wienner, one half of producer duo The Roommates.

“Everything just started kinda flowing,” songwriter Justin Tranter says.

The Roommates then played Julia a killer bass line they created with an iconic synth they just purchased. And before they knew it, that text message and bass line became a full-on chart topper.

“Julia came in the studio the next day like ‘that’s the song, that’s the hook,’” says Jon Wienner, one half of producer duo The Roommates.

“Everything just started kinda flowing,” songwriter Justin Tranter says.

The Roommates then played Julia a killer bass line they created with an iconic synth they just purchased. And before they knew it, that text message and bass line became a full-on chart topper.

“Julia came in the studio the next day like ‘that’s the song, that’s the hook,’” says Jon Wienner, one half of producer duo The Roommates.

“Everything just started kinda flowing,” songwriter Justin Tranter says.

The Roommates then played Julia a killer bass line they created with an iconic synth they just purchased. And before they knew it, that text message and bass line became a full-on chart topper.

in the music studio

“It’s just fun,” Selena Gomez says. “I wanted it to feel bouncy and loose.”

The production is deceptively simple. Powered by the bass line, the song shifts keys during the pre-chorus, allowing for a brief departure that makes the chorus hit even harder when it drops.

“It’s just fun,” Selena Gomez says. “I wanted it to feel bouncy and loose.”

The production is deceptively simple. Powered by the bass line, the song shifts keys during the pre-chorus, allowing for a brief departure that makes the chorus hit even harder when it drops.

“It’s just fun,” Selena Gomez says. “I wanted it to feel bouncy and loose.”

The production is deceptively simple. Powered by the bass line, the song shifts keys during the pre-chorus, allowing for a brief departure that makes the chorus hit even harder when it drops.

I’m in a place where i’m excited for the future.

I’m in a place where i’m excited for the future.

I’m in a place where i’m excited for the future.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

“When you come back to the chorus, it feels new,” says The Roommates’ Sam Homaee.

“Boyfriend” lives on the deluxe edition of Selena’s deeply personal album “Rare,” where it serves as an energetic moment of levity from the diary-like release. Justin describes the track as “The perfect little cherry on top of the ‘Rare’ era.”

“The album reached different levels of my emotional journey, so I feel like ‘Boyfriend’ was a way to step into the fun part,” Selena Gomez says. “I don’t think I’ll be singing as many sad songs as I used to.”

“When you come back to the chorus, it feels new,” says The Roommates’ Sam Homaee.

“Boyfriend” lives on the deluxe edition of Selena’s deeply personal album “Rare,” where it serves as an energetic moment of levity from the diary-like release. Justin describes the track as “The perfect little cherry on top of the ‘Rare’ era.”

“The album reached different levels of my emotional journey, so I feel like ‘Boyfriend’ was a way to step into the fun part,” Selena Gomez says. “I don’t think I’ll be singing as many sad songs as I used to.”

“When you come back to the chorus, it feels new,” says The Roommates’ Sam Homaee.

“Boyfriend” lives on the deluxe edition of Selena’s deeply personal album “Rare,” where it serves as an energetic moment of levity from the diary-like release. Justin describes the track as “The perfect little cherry on top of the ‘Rare’ era.”

“The album reached different levels of my emotional journey, so I feel like ‘Boyfriend’ was a way to step into the fun part,” Selena Gomez says. “I don’t think I’ll be singing as many sad songs as I used to.”

Selena Gomez casual

You’re feeling confident, you’re feeling sexy and you want to have somebody to play with and to love.

You’re feeling confident, you’re feeling sexy and you want to have somebody to play with and to love.

You’re feeling confident, you’re feeling sexy and you want to have somebody to play with and to love.

Julia Michaels

Julia Michaels

Julia Michaels

The track scores a 10 on the danceability scale, but it still feels like there’s a message here. A statement you’ve overcome your hardships and you’re open to having someone in your life, but you don’t need it. It seems less about actually wanting a boyfriend, but more about being healthy enough to enjoy the prospects.

The track scores a 10 on the danceability scale, but it still feels like there’s a message here. A statement you’ve overcome your hardships and you’re open to having someone in your life, but you don’t need it. It seems less about actually wanting a boyfriend, but more about being healthy enough to enjoy the prospects.

The track scores a 10 on the danceability scale, but it still feels like there’s a message here. A statement you’ve overcome your hardships and you’re open to having someone in your life, but you don’t need it. It seems less about actually wanting a boyfriend, but more about being healthy enough to enjoy the prospects.

“I’m in a place where I’m excited for the future. I’m open to that,” Selena Gomez says.

“I think there’s something really cool about being able to say that,” Julia Michaels adds. “You’re feeling confident, you’re feeling sexy and you want to have somebody to play with and to love.”

With Selena Gomez’s vocals, a catchy beat, and fun-but-empowering lyrics,“Boyfriend” was a guaranteed hit.

And to think — it all started with a text message and a bass line.

Watch Selena Gomez’ Beat x Beat on the making of her hit single “Boyfriend”

“I’m in a place where I’m excited for the future. I’m open to that,” Selena Gomez says.

“I think there’s something really cool about being able to say that,” Julia Michaels adds. “You’re feeling confident, you’re feeling sexy and you want to have somebody to play with and to love.”

With Selena Gomez’s vocals, a catchy beat, and fun-but-empowering lyrics,“Boyfriend” was a guaranteed hit.

And to think — it all started with a text message and a bass line.

Watch Selena Gomez’ Beat x Beat on the making of her hit single “Boyfriend”

“I’m in a place where I’m excited for the future. I’m open to that,” Selena Gomez says.

“I think there’s something really cool about being able to say that,” Julia Michaels adds. “You’re feeling confident, you’re feeling sexy and you want to have somebody to play with and to love.”

With Selena Gomez’s vocals, a catchy beat, and fun-but-empowering lyrics,“Boyfriend” was a guaranteed hit.

And to think — it all started with a text message and a bass line.

Watch Selena Gomez’ Beat x Beat on the making of her hit single “Boyfriend”