Wondering how Selena Gomez's buzzed-about turn in "Spring Breakers" -- in which the former Disney Channel starlet disrupts her good-girl image to the squelchy strains of a soundtrack by dubstep prince Skrillex -- might affect her music?
Wonder no more: Gomez's new single "Come & Get It," originally due to premiere Monday morning on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM (102.7) show, leaked online early Saturday. In response Gomez posted a cellphone video on her Twitter feed in which she directed her 14 million followers to listen to the song at Seacrest's website, which promptly crashed.
But it's the Internet, folks -- the interested among you won't have to search long to hear it.
Co-written by Ester Dean and produced by Stargate, "Come & Get It" -- the lead track from a studio album reportedly due out this summer -- is indeed a harder-edged proposition than Gomez's earlier songs, with fuzzed-out synth licks laid over a vaguely Indian-accented groove.
"This love will be the death of me, but I know I'll die happily," she sings, tapping into the dramatic end-of-days vibe we've heard lately from Britney Spears in "Till the World Ends" and Kesha in "Die Young." In the chorus Gomez even does the stuttered-vocal thing so associated with pop's libertine-in-chief, Rihanna.
So far Pop & Hiss can't say the tune lives up to "Love You Like a Love Song," Gomez's slyly excellent 2011 hit. But get back to us in a couple of months, after Top 40 radio has drilled "Come & Get It" deep into our brains. By then we might have come around.