Gomez first signed with Hollywood Records in 2008, and formed her band Selena Gomez & the Scene the following year. The group released three studio albums together, all of which were commercially successful and spawned multiple hit singles. Gomez announced the group would take a hiatus in 2012, as she would be focusing on her acting career. Despite this, Gomez later began working on both a Spanish album and her solo debut album; the Spanish album went unreleased. Gomez released her debut album, Stars Dance, in 2013. Following the cancellation of the planned third single from Stars Dance, rumors began circulating that Gomez would be parting ways with Hollywood Records.
Rumors of Gomez releasing a greatest hits album began circulating as early as July 2014. Early reports claimed that Gomez planned to release the album to fulfill her contract with Hollywood Records, which required Gomez to release one more album through the label. Gomez later fired her parents as her managers, signing with the WME and Brillstein companies. This decision fueled the rumors of Gomez leaving her label, and speculation began to arise that she was in talks with Interscope Records. The album was confirmed on October 17, when it appeared on Universal Music Group's official website as an upcoming release. The site revealed the album's release date, and confirmed two new songs would appear on the compilation album. Despite this, neither Gomez or her label confirmed the release of the album. The track listing for the album was revealed on October 31, when Amazon.com in France temporarily posted the album on their site. Gomez appeared on On Air with Ryan Seacrest to debut the lead single, "The Heart Wants What It Wants", and officially announced that For You was available for pre-order through digital retailers. Gomez hoped that the release of the single and subsequent album would provide her with a "clean slate" going into 2015.
- The Heart Wants What It Wants
- Come & Get It
- Love You Like a Love Song
- Tell Me Something I Don't Know
- Who Says
- My Dilemma 2.0
- Round & Round
- Forget Forever (ST£FAN Remix)
- Slow Down
- A Year Without Rain (Dave Audé Radio Remix)
- Naturally (Dave Audé Radio Remix)
- Más ("More" Spanish version)
- Bidi Bidi Bom Bom
- Falling Down
- Do It
- Austin Mahone, a good friend of Selena's, said at the 2014 Grammys that Selena showed him some of her new music (presumably from this album). He commented, saying "it's awesome".