Selena Gomez’s fourth studio album is ready for the recording studio. Speaking with “Only Murders in the Building” cocreator John Hoffman and Anthony D’Alessandro of Deadline’s “Crew Call” podcast on May 23, Gomez revealed that her full-time return to television — including her role on the comedic murder-mystery series and her hosting gig on HBO Max’s “Selena + Chef” — hasn’t stopped her from creating new music. “I just finished season four of my cooking show and I am in LA working on my album now,” she said, confirming that “S4,” a follow-up to her 2020 album, “Rare,” is officially on its way.
On July 6, Gomez teased fans by sharing a TikTok video of herself in the recording studio. “New,” she captioned it.
“I’m so used to writing sad-girl songs because I’m good at that, but I’m ready to have some fun, and I think people are going to like it.”
On Dec. 5, Gomez also made an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where she confirmed fan speculation about her upcoming album. “Mm-hmm, that’s accurate. Finally,” she replied when Fallon asked if her “My Mind & Me” single was an indication of new music to come. “I’m so used to writing sad-girl songs because I’m good at that, but I’m ready to have some fun, and I think people are going to like it.” Gomez also revealed that she’s been hard at work in the studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
News of Gomez’s upcoming album comes one year after the singer hinted at “retiring” from music to give herself an opportunity to pursue other passions. “I think there are a lot of people who enjoy my music, and for that I’m so thankful, for that I keep going, but I think the next time I do an album it’ll be different,” Gomez said in her Vogue 2021 cover story. “I want to give it one last try before I maybe retire music.”
The new album will be Gomez’s first solo release since her 2021 Spanish EP, “Revelación.” In August 2020, the singer also released an “Ice Cream” collab with K-pop giant Blackpink. She followed the sweet single with “999,” a 2021 collab with Camilo, and “Let Somebody Go,” a 2022 collab with Coldplay. With so many great musical partnerships under her belt, we fully expect some badass artists to land features on the new album.
During the “Crew Call” interview, D’Alessandro also questioned whether Gomez would consider a singing scene in “Only Murders in the Building,” to which the star replied, “I want to be kind of careful. I love being Mabel and I love that she’s an extension of me but she isn’t necessarily me. Sometimes my worry — not to say that I’m opposed to it in any way, shape, or form — is that it might turn into a pop-star thing, and that’s clearly not me. [But] I’m not opposed.”
Find out more about Gomez’s new album ahead.