This sultry mid-tempo melody is about the journey of discovery that Gomez went through turning into a young woman. In an interview with Elvis Duran on Z100’s morning show she said: “I think that this song represents the confidence that I truly have inside of me, and I think it’s the vulnerable side that I’ve expressed, but it’s also the combination of just feeling myself.” When Gomez was asked about the song came about in an interview with Radio.com, she replied: “When I got ‘Good For You,’ it was just the melody. We didn’t know what we wanted the sound to be like. Some of the melodies are very soft, so it could have been a little more pop but I didn’t want the production to take away from the vocal. I’m a huge fan of hip-hop, urban that’s just my taste. I think that’s my natural direction. When I was recording the whole album, everything I was writing or recording was all mid-tempo. I was drawn to that, I guess. I think now more than ever I’m comfortable and confident going into the studio knowing what my vision is.” Selena worked with rapper A SAP who features in the song, in an interview with Elvis Duran, Selena explained that putting feature artist collaboration on the song was an organic process, she said: “When I recorded the song, there was no feature. I don’t even think there was a plan for a feature. I recorded the track, I responded to it so much that I had the entire team who wrote the song come to Mexico and finish the album with me because it was the perfect way and the perfect tone that’s set for this next chapter for me. And then once it was done, I could not help but want somebody on it. And I’m obsessed with A$SAP Rocky’s new album. So I slipped it to him and next thing you know he responded really well.”
Selene said that ‘Good For You’ is actually one of the first songs she recorded for the record, and It was stunning, it was a piece that was just everything she feels a woman should embody, but not in the obvious way. She vibed with it, and the track only took about 45 minutes because she just did it all the way through and didn’t want to stop in between. Selena wanted to feel the whole song as a whole, and they were there, and it was just a beautiful start to the album.
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Songwriter/s: Julia Michaels – Justin Tranter – Nick Monson – Selena Gomez – Nolan Lambroza – Rakim A. Mayers – Hector Delgado
Label: Interscope – Polydor
Chart Rankings: In the US, the topped the Mainstream Top 40 charts, peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 4 on the US Rhythmic Charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Triple Platinum for sales over 1.6 million copies. In the UK, it peaked at number 23 on the Official Charts Company, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Gold for sales over 400, 000 copies. ‘Good for You’ topped the charts in Greece and reached the top 10 in several countries including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Norway and Slovakia. It was certified Double Platinum in Australia, Canada, and Sweden, Platinum in Denmark, Italy and Poland and Gold in Mexico, New Zealand and Spain.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Selena Marie Gomez was 23 years old and Rakim Mayers aka A SAP Rocky was 27 years old when this song was released.
Cover Versions: Sofia Karlberg – Andie Case – William Singe – Lainie – Eli Lieb – Chris Collins – Cayte Lee – Bri Heart – Macy Kate – Alex Aiono – Mia Rose – Sarah Close – Josh Levi – Holly Henry – Veela – Sofia Karlberg – other Youtuber covered this song.