When the Sun Goes Down (Selena Gomez & the Scene album)

When the Sun Goes Down is the third studio album by American band Selena Gomez & the Scene, first released on June 28, 2011 by Hollywood Records. The first single from the album, “Who Says” was released on March 14, 2011.


The album’s lead single, “Who Says”, was co-written and produced by Emanuel Kiriakou, Priscilla Hamilton, and was released on March 14, 2011. The song has been met with generally positive reviews from most music critics, with many praising its theme of self-empowerment[3][4] and Bill Lamb of About.com even called the band “the most consistent Disney pop hitmaker in recent years.”[5] The song proved moderately successful, debuting at number twenty-four and so far peaking at number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and has gone on to sell over 884,000 copies in the United States.[6] “Who Says” also reached number seventeen in Canada and fifteen in New Zealand, becoming the band’s highest charting single on those countries.[7][8] The song also managed to peak inside the top fifty in Germany[9] and Ireland[10] and appeared on the main charts in the United Kingdom,[11] Belgium,[8] Australia,[12] and Austria.[8] On June 17, “Love You Like a Love Song”, the album’s official second single, was released,[13] debuting at number seventy-two and so far peaking at number sixty-six on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s official music video was released on June 23, 2011.

Promotional singles

In preparation for the albums release, the bands record label decided to release two buzz singles. On June 7, 2011, iTunes released a couple promotional tracks from the album. Beginning with “Bang Bang Bang”, which peaked ninety-four in the Billboard Hot 100,[14] followed by “Dices”, the Spanish version of “Who Says”.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. “Love You Like a Love Song”   Antonina Armato, Tim James, Adam Schmalholz Rock Mafia 3:08
2. “Bang Bang Bang”   Selena Gomez[22][23], Toby Gad, Meleni Smith, Priscilla Renea Gad 3:15
3. “Who Says”   Emanuel Kiriakou, Priscila Hamilton Kiriakou 3:15
4. “We Own the Night” (featuring Pixie Lott) Gad, Lott Gad 3:48
5. “Hit the Lights”   Leah Haywood, Daniel James, Tony Nilsson Dreamlab 3:15
6. “Whiplash”   Greg Kurstin, Nicole Morier, Britney Spears Kurstin 3:40
7. “When the Sun Goes Down”   Gomez, Joey Clement, Steve Sulikowski,Stefan Abingdon Abingdon 3:16
8. “My Dilemma”   Armato, James, Karaoglu Rock Mafia 3:10
9. “That’s More Like It”   Josh Alexander, Billy Steinberg, Katy Perry Alexander, Steinberg 3:09
10. “Outlaw”   Gomez, Armato, James, Thomas Armato Sturges Rock Mafia 3:22
11. “Middle of Nowhere”   Espen Lind, Amund Bjorklund, Sandy Wilhelm, Carmen Michelle Key Sandy Vee, Espionage 3:27
12. “Dices” (“Who Says” – Spanish version) Kiriakou, Hamilton; Edgar Cortazar, Mark Portmann Kiriakou 3:17
Total length:


Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[15]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[16]
OK! (positive)[17]
PopCrush (positive)[18]
About.com 4.5/5 stars[19]

So far, the album has been met with positive reception. Mikael Wood from ‘Entertainment Weekly writes, “[Gomez] sounds fully invested in tart electro-disco ditties like “Bang Bang Bang,” and “top-shelf collaborators don’t hurt — see: the grinding “Whiplash,” co-penned by one Britney Spears.””[20] Bill Lamb from About.comcommented, “It is all wrapped up in smart pop melodies, electropop flourishes, and winning emotional engagement. This is Selena Gomez’s best vocal album yet.




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