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[Slow Down] is basically about having that moment—that one night that you don't want to end.

– Selena Gomez talks about "Slow Down"[1]

"Slow Down" is the second single from American recording artist and actress Selena Gomez from her debut studio album Stars Dance. The song was premiered and released for digital download with the album's iTunes pre-order on June 3, 2013. It was released as a radio single on August 13, 2013.[2]

The song was produced by The Cataracs and David Kuncio, and infuses EDM elements in its instrumentation. Lyrically, the song speaks of slowing down time and living in one, magical moment on the dance floor.

Background

On June 3, 2013, during a live chat on her YouTube channel, Gomez revealed that her debut solo studio album would be titled Stars Dance, and also revealed the album's track listing and cover art.[3] During the same chat, the singer announced she would release "Slow Down" as the second single from the album, after "Come & Get It", and that fans would be able to download the song right after pre-ordering the album on iTunes. On August 13, the song was sent to mainstream radio in the United States, while a digital remixes EP was released the following week on Amazon.com. On September 6, a digital EP with "Lover in Me", "I Like It That Way" and the Cosmic Dawn remix of "Come & Get It" as b-sides, was released through iTunes in some countries including Brazil, Norway, and Vietnam. The EP will be released in the United Kingdom on December 8.

The song was written by Lindy Robbins, Julia Michaels, Niles Hollowell-Dhar, David Kuncio and Freddy Wexler and was produced by both Hollowell-Dhar, under the production team pseudonym The Cataracs, and Dave Kuncio.  "Slow Down" is a high-octane, uptempo dance-pop and EDM song, that has been described as "wobbly club thumper" by Robert Copsey of Digital Spy. It features a dubstep pre-chorus, funk guitars, a four on the floor beat, and a spoken word outro. Lyrically, the song speaks of not wanting a night to end, with Gomez singing, "Can we take it nice and slow, slow / Break it down and drop it low, low / Cause I just wanna party all night in the neon lights 'til you can't let me go." It is written in the key of C# minor. Gomez's vocals span from the low note of B3 to the high note of C♯5.

Music video

The music video was recorded on 25th and 26th of May 2013 in Paris, France. The music video was released on July 20, 2013.[4]

Gallery

Live performances

  1. Gomez performed "Slow Down" at the MuchMusic Headquarters on May 30, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.[5]
  2. She performed the song at the 103.3 Macy birthday bash.[6]
  3. She performed the song at the Macy 4th of July special event.[7]
  4. She performed the song on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on July 24, 2013.
  5. She performed the song on Good Morning America and Live with Kelly and Michael on July 26, 2013.
  6. "Slow Down" was also performed in the Stars Dance Tour in all tour events.
  7. She performed the song on Surprise, Surprise on September 20, 2013.
  8. She performed the song in The View on October 17, 2013.
  9. She performed the song in The Late Show with David Letterman on October 17, 2013.
  10. She performed the song on The X Factor on November 14, 2013.
  11. She performed the song at Z100's Jingle Ball on December 13, 2013.

Trivia

  • Gomez has stated numerous times that this track is her favorite from the Stars Dance album.

Lyrics

Now that I have captured your attention
I wanna steal you for a rhythm intervention
Mr. TSA, I'm ready for inspection
Show me how you make a first impression

Oh, oh
Can we take it nice and slow, slow?
Break it down and drop it low, low
'Cause I just wanna party all night in the neon lights
'Til you can't let me go

I just wanna feel your body right next to mine
All night long, baby, slow down the song
And when it's coming closer to the end, hit rewind
All night long, baby, slow down the song
Yeah, baby, slow down the song
Yeah, baby, slow down the song

If you want me, I'm accepting applications
So long as we keep this record on rotation
You know I'm good with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
Breathe me in, breathe me out
So amazing

Oh, oh
Can we take it nice and slow, slow?
Break it down and drop it low, low
Cause I just wanna party all night in the neon lights
'Til you can't let me go

I just wanna feel your body right next to mine
All night long, baby, slow down the song
And when it's coming closer to the end, hit rewind
All night long, baby, slow down the song
Yeah, baby, slow down the song
Yeah, baby, slow down the song

(Breathe me in, breathe me out)
The music's got me going
(Breathe me in, breathe me out)
No stopping 'til the morning
(Breathe me in, breathe me out)
You know I'm ready for it, for it, for it, yeah
(Breathe me in, breathe me out)
The music's got me going
(Breathe me in, breathe me out)
No stopping 'til the morning
(Breathe me in, breathe me out)
You know I'm ready for it, for it, for it, yeah

It's The Cataracts

I just wanna feel your body right next to mine
All night long, baby, slow down the song
And when it's coming closer to the end, hit rewind
All night long, baby, slow down the song
Yeah, baby, slow down the song
Yeah, baby, slow down the song

How do I do it?
It's The Cataracs
Ha ha ha


Gallery

References

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