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Selena Gomez Revival Tour Setlist Preview Interview

The world tour kicks off May 6

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Selena Gomez’s Revival album marked several firsts in the 23-year-old’s career. It was the first album she released outside of the Disney-owned Hollywood Records where she got her start. It was also the first time she served as executive producer on her own album, racking up more songwriting writing credits than ever before. Not surprisingly, Gomez is more attached to her new music than her previous work. “I haven’t toured for two years, and there’s such a difference when you perform music that you created,” she tells EW in late April. “Singing songs that represent everything I am is just the best feeling in the world.”

But as the singer prepares to kick off her Revival Tour this Friday in Las Vegas, she knows she can’t ignore her older material, including the albums she released as Selena Gomez & the Scene. “I have a pretty healthy perspective on what my past music was,” she says of juggling hits from her teenage years as well as new ones, like last summer’s simmering “Good for You.” For the new issue of EW, on newsstands this Friday, Gomez previews what she will and won’t perform on her new tour—and what she won’t leave home without.

“Hands to Myself”

“For all of my songs, I’ve got my full band, and everybody is just bringing a different flavor to everything that we’ve done. All the songs have their own charms to them. None of it really sounds like the record. ‘Hands to Myself’ definitely changed the most.”

“Good For You”

“We had to speed it up; it was a little slower. We added more support with a guitar [in] the middle to pick up the pace. But it sounds beautiful.”

“Come & Get It”

“I love Stargate more than anything, but it’s very difficult for me to perform live. It’s not my song. To me, it sounds like a Rihanna reject. I’m currently in the middle of figuring out what it’s going to sound like. I’m working with Stargate on the new album—they did ‘Same Old Love’ with me—and we’ve created such an awesome relationship. That was just in the beginning. I was so young. I was wanting a hit: ‘I don’t know if I need a hit, but maybe I do so people can respect me?’ I’m grateful what [‘Come & Get It’] did for me, so it’d be stupid not to acknowledge it.”

“Who Says”

“That song [makes me] cry to this day because I know what it did for me when I was 16 singing that song to kids on their dads’ shoulders. That’s when I recognized I had influence on a generation: ‘Who says you’re not perfect? Who says you’re not beautiful? Who says you’re not worth it?’”

“The Heart Wants What It Wants”

“There are things that I can’t do. I won’t be performing this on this tour because I don’t want to. It’s like when you smell a scent and it takes you back to a place that maybe wasn’t the best place. That stuff is a little bit more difficult.”

“Love You Like a Love Song”

“That was produced by Rock Mafia, who I’ve known since I was 14. They produced the first single I ever released, which was ‘Tell Me Something I Don’t Know’ for a TV movie I did. They’ve been with me forever. They know my tone and they know where I can go. [‘Love You Like a Love Song’] was the first time I felt like it was my sound. When you hear it, it’s my song. That was such a great moment for me. We did an even cooler version for the tour. There’s nothing that brings me more joy than to go back and visit that.”

Selena’s Tour Essentials

Here’s what the singer won’t hit the road without:

Chicken pot pie

“[On my tour rider] I used to have chicken pot pie, Hot Cheetos, Gatorade, Red Bull if I needed a pep in my step. But nope, I can’t do that. I’ve got to be a little more conscious. My trainer won’t let me eat [junk] but I can still have my pot pies. Just not every day.”

Candles

“I just try to make my home everywhere I go as much as I possibly can. I love traveling and touring, but I have to bring the little things that make me feel at home.”

My laptop

“I connect it to any TV. I love having my movies, my library, my stuff. I always bring my laptop.”

A diffuser

“I’ll put peppermint or lavender and let that go throughout the night as I sleep. It’s really helped.”