It was released as the second single from the album internationally. The song was released for digital download on June 17, and serviced to mainstream radios on August 17, in the United States, through Hollywood Records.
It was written by Antonina Armato and Tim James while both receive production credits under the stage-name Rock Mafia. The song, according to Gomez, was meant to sound different from her previous material, achieving a "high fashion" sound.
The lyrics deal with a love relationship in its primary stage. It stands as the band's most successful single in the United States, lasting the longest on the chart, selling more than two million copies and earning a penta-platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA.
The song peaked at number one in Russia, inside the top ten in Hungary, Mexico and Slovakia, and earned gold certifications in Australia and Swedenand a platinum one in Norway.
It features Gomez performing I love you like 1 2 3 song at a Japanese karaoke bar while scenes of the band performing in different settings are intercut through the video. The video received controversy for the use of paint, later proven to be non-toxic, on the horse, pointed out by American singer Pink.
Despite the use of non-toxic paint and supervision by the Humane Societythe scenes with the horses were removed in the final edit.
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A month after the release of " Who Says ", there was already talk of a release of a new single, to be called "Love You like a Song", a rumor that arose when the provisional name of the third studio album was still Otherside. Hammons and Ross Hogarth were signed as the song's engineerswhile Adam Comstock serves as the second engineer. Brooke Adams performed background vocals with Armato and James.
Tim Pierce contributed guitars. The song was then digitally edited by James and Nigel Lundemo.
In an interview with BillboardGomez described as a "one of those tracks that's addictive because it's kind of repetitive in the best way. It's one of those songs that you can't get out of your head. It's basically talking about how crazy you are about someone whenever it's the beginning.
It's the honeymoon stage if you will. The song is set in common time and moves through a moderate tempohaving a time signature of beats per minute. Gomez's vocals range from a low register of E 3 to a high register of C 5.
Lyrically, "Love You like a Love Song" is about a relationship in its honeymoon phase. Kitty Empire of The Guardian commented the song "combines a lyrical weariness beyond her years with some acrylic pump action". The song received generally mixed reviews from music critics, who criticized its lyrics and Gomez's monotone vocals. John Bergstrom of PopMatters expressed a mixed opinion about the song, writing it "benefits from a great title, and the squishy Eurodisco rhythm is credible, catchy and even sultry.
But it's all undone by a stuttering, Max Headroom non-chorus. Victoria Meng of TheCelebrityCafe, in her review of the single, found faults with the lyrics and the production.
In the United States, it debuted on the Billboard Hot on the week ending July 9, at number The song also earned the band their second highest charting single, behind "Who Says", and their longest running single on the Hot at 38 weeks. It also made 1 in both Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. That's how I feel when I'm in love.
It begins with the singer at a Japanese karaoke bar,  watching a man sing the band's previous single " Naturally " off-key before he wanders off stage, a scene criticized for being similar to the opening scene of Maroon 5 's video for their single " Sunday Morning ". Gomez, who wears a golden disco -style dress, I love you like 1 2 3 is called to the stage, where she starts to sing the song. As the first line begins, the karaoke machine begins projecting various images of the band in different settings.
The first set features Gomez wearing a long black dress with poker-straight hair on a violet-sanded beach. In the chorus, many TV screens show images of Gomez in drag looking similar to s icon Max Headroom.
During the second verse of the song, Gomez and the pianist are in a heavenly cloud-scape, both dressed in a style inspired by the film Amadeus. She then glances at a TV screen displaying the next scene. Donning s dress, Gomez rides in the passenger seat of a convertible car driven by a greaserplayed by actor Charan Andreas on a Tron -esque computer grid in outer space. The song's breakdown takes place in a large field of fuchsia wheat.
In the video's conclusion, The Scene comes into the bar to watch their lead singer finish her song, as the men from the fantasy sequences are shown to be in the audience as well. Gomez then bows to applause from the small audience. The beach was filmed in Malibu, California.
In a May interview with Victoria Rodriguez of Seventeenactor Timothy Granaderoswho portrays the character of Monty in the Gomez-produced Netflix drama 13 Reasons Whyconfirmed he played the purple-masked mariachi band member, who plays the Yamaha WX5 wind controller, in the video.
Before the official release of the music video, a leaked photo from the set of Gomez, the hippie, and two pink-colored horses drew controversy during production.
Although the horses were colored using a nontoxic water-soluble vegetable powder, when singer and PETA supporter Pink saw the photo, she assumed the horses had been colored traditionally using toxic paints or dyes. On her arrival to the video's set, Gomez was reportedly surprised to see the horses were physically colorized, having assumed their color would be added in post-production.
Gomez performed the song on Good Morning America on June 17, The song has also been performed I love you like 1 2 3 the UK program Daybreak on July 8, Gomez and her band performed the song at their first headlining tour We Own the Night Tour.
InNaya Rivera performed the song as her character Santana Lopez in the third-season episode " Prom-asaurus " of the television series Glee. The song was featured in the dance video game, Just Dance 4.
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