Selena Gomez -- whose perfectly styled hair during last night’s (August 30) MTV Video Music Awards was the true star of Taylor Swift's red carpet squad -- is gearing up to release the follow-up LP to her 2013 album Stars Dance. And that means long, detailed interviews about everything from the album's musical content to her deepest insecurities. Amazing!

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Selena opened up about the music on her forthcoming album, Revival, which is due out in October. She said, "I’ve lived such a public life that I understand that I’m under a microscope. That has taken me into so many different phases. It’s made me depressed and it’s made me happy and it’s made me grateful and humble—but [I’ve learned] it’s okay to let down my walls with my music, to feel sexy and good.”

Selena expanded on the creative process for the album, saying she worked with collaborators Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons, Hitboy and Rock Mafia, and they all hung out for a week in Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta. She said, "We stayed in a house together like one big family. We’d wake up in our bathing suits, go to the beach and then the studio for hours. I wanted to feel the songs and be weird and have a change of environment.”

According to Selena, Revival touches on the type of pop music she grew up listening to and that feeling of familiarity she remembers so well: “I grew up with Britney and NSYNC and Janet and all those people. I would buy the copy, read the thank yous, and I felt like I knew them. Christina [Aguilera]’s Stripped was one of my favorites. What I loved about Revival is that it felt like there was a fluid story.”

She also touched on one of her major insecurities — her speaking voice: “I was always insecure with my speaking voice because it’s so low. I never felt like it was feminine-sounding. I didn’t know it would be such an asset to who I am now, though. It adds a cool, personal quality. It’s exciting.”

Revival is due out on October 9.

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