Breaking Down Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar” | Genius News

[JOSH:]Selena Gomez is back with a brand new
single “Bad Liar.” It’s her first solo single since her 2015
album ‘Revival’ and she premiered the lyrics exclusively on Genius a day before
its official release. “Bad Liar” is produced by Ian Kirkpatrick,
who’s known for his work on hits like Sage the Gemini’s “Now and Later” and Jason
Derulo’s “Want to Want Me.” And reunites Gomez with songwriters Justin
Tranter and Julia Michaels, who contributed extensively on her last album ‘Revival’ [JOSH] Of course, as Tranter and Michaels were working with Selena, they were also major contributors on Justin Bieber’s 2015 album ‘Purpose’ in particular his hit “Sorry,” which many people interpreted as an apology to, you guessed it, Selena When it comes to production, Selena has had a history of incorporating different genres into her sound On her 2013 album ‘Stars Dance’ the track
“Like a Champion” samples reggae artist Buju Banton’s 1994 song “Champion” And her latest single “Bad Liar” interpolates the rock band Talking Heads‘ 1977 classic “Psycho Killer” [JOSH] But Selena’s lyrical references on
the song go back way further than the 1970s. In fact, she takes it back to about 1200 BC [JOSH] Don’t worry, it’s Genius, we’ll break
that down. The Trojan War is thought to have occurred
way back in 1200, but the version we know was made famous in Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. And Gomez, Tranter and Michaels are right
– there was nothing subtle about it. Basically, the goddess of love Aphrodite made
a young Trojan Prince named Paris and the young Greek Queen Helen fall in love and run
away together. But Helen was married to the Greek King Meneleus,
and he was so pissed off that he sent over 1,000 ships to get her back and the Greeks
and Trojans ended up at war for 10 years. [JOSH] How’s that for a romantic gesture? Who knew Selena was a Greek mythology scholar? While there’s no word on where “Bad Liar”
will end up, or what epic poem Selena will reference next, fans are eagerly awaiting
Selena’s next album. Stay tuned for more Genius News

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