As some of you who have met me may know, I don’t exactly fit in this demographic.
I let youtube guide me through some of these artists’ works and I give a quickie analysis below…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij_0p_6qTss&spfreload=10 158M views
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkqsqWcdih4&spfreload=10 153M views
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zfzka5VwRc&spfreload=10 179M views
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AByfaYcOm4A&spfreload=10 287M views
Selena Gomez is singing about angst. “There’s a million reasons why I should give you up”.
Strong, sweet melody over beats. I’m hearing 84 BPM 4/4 time (lots of you people are better at this than me, so please feel free to correct me).
Chorus: The heart hears what it wants. Repeat. Fairly neutral. Cool.
The *hook* is the last line of the chorus.
a-a, a-a, a-a-a a ants
Instead of being melodic, the last line of the chorus goes “digital”. The same note sung in a digital/staccato manner, on a vowel. 1/16th notes? Triplets-y?
When I write the 1st verse lyric out as pure English phrases, I get insanely long lines…
You’ve got me sipping on something I can’t compare to nothing I’ve ever known.
I’m hoping that after this fever I’ll survive.
I know I’m acting a bit crazy strung out, a little bit hazy.
Hand over heart, I’m praying that I’m going to make it out alive.
The first line is chopped up into 3 musical phrases (I think). SOMEthing, NOthing, KNOWN.
I’m hearing 3 musical phrases in the 2nd line. HOping, FEver, surVIVE.
(This 2nd line is front-heavy, it comes in early, I think).
Then 3 musical phrases again. (Or is that 2?)
Then 4 musical phrases?
Next is the pre-chorus. It lifts (a few semitones?), and stays there.
Then, the chorus drops down in pitch, the heart wants what it wa a-a a-a a-a-a nts. Repeat.
Damn that heart. It’s sinister…
[I know someone who would hand out a healthy spanking for this kind of mis-match of lyrical phrasing vs. musical phrasing. It’s novel-sounding, but, it *could* have been better. It’s not that difficult to fix lyrical phrasing, e.g.
You’ve got me sipping on something.
I can’t compare this to anything.
This is like nothing I’ve ever known.
Or something like that :-].
Demi Lovato is about singing big notes and runs. American Idol territory.