Selena Gomez

  • Dance, pop singer born in Grand Prairie Texas in 1992.
  • Gomez’s mother was a stage actress. Her mother was 16 when Selena was born, and was a single mom at 21. Her mother worked multiple jobs, and her grandparents helped care for Selena. She became interested in entertainment while watching her mother prepare for roles, and she started auditioning for children’s parts in productions. She was chosen to appear in Barney & Friends in 2002, and she appeared in 14 episodes. She won cameo roles in several films and TV shows over the next 4 years. Her breakthrough in entertainment occurred in 2007, when she won a role on Disney’s Hannah Montana, and later, on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place. 
  • She recorded the theme song for Wizards of Waverly Place, and recorded songs for the soundtracks for Disney films, and had roles in the films Another Cinderella Story and Horton Hears A Who. When she was 16, she signed to a recording contract, and continued to perform in film and TV productions, primarily with Disney.
  • Through her record deal, she formed the group Selena Gomez & The Scene, and their debut album, Kiss and Tell, was released in 2009. Two more albums were released over the next 2 years – A Year Without Rain and When The Sun Goes Down. The albums had moderate success – top 10 in the Billboard 200 album chart, with 5 singles in the top 40 – though thanks to download sales and frequent streaming plays, 6 songs were certified platinum, with Naturally and Love You Like a Love Song going 4x platinum.
  • In 2012, Gomez announced that she was taking a break from music, and she focused on a film work. By the end of that year, she announced that she would return to music as a solo artist, and in 2013, she released her debut solo studio album, Stars Dance. The first single from the record, Come & Get It, peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and is unique in its use of Indian music combined with electropop.
  • A compilation album was released in 2014 that included a new song, The Heart Wants What It Wants. The song reached #6 on the Hot 100, and is a bit more R&B compared to her earlier work, still incorporating electropop.
  • Her most recent studio album, Revival, was released in 2015. Three songs reached the top 10 and were certified platinum – Good For You (3x platinum), Same Old Love (2x platinum) and Hands To Myself. These songs are typical 10s pop music, with lots of electronic/synth effects, finger click beats, and strong vocals.
  • From 2015 to today, Gomez has had success in collaborations with DJ artists in the Electronic Dance Music space (It Ain’t Me – with Kygo; I Want You To Know – with Zedd) and with other pop starts (We Don’t Talk Anymore – with Charlie Puth) were all top 20 songs that have been certified platinum.
  • Gomez is working on the third studio album, and 3 singles have already been released in 2017 – Bad Liar, Fetish (featuring Gucci Mane) and Wolves (with Marshmello). Bad Liar was chosen by Billboard magazine as the best song of any artist in 2017.
  • She has lupus, and in 2017 she received a kidney transplant.
  • At 25, Selena Gomez has had a tremendous amount of success in her young life. Let’s hope her health – physical and mental – allows her to continue to enjoy it. Here is the video to the song Bad Liar – a clever song and video, with flash backs to 1978. Gomez plays 4 different roles in the video – the creepy 1978 teacher with the mustache and glasses kinda looks like I did back then. That’s Gomez dressed as the teacher in the video.

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