Selena Gomez born in July 22, 1992 is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and television producer. After appearing on the children’s series Barney & Friends (2002–2004), she received wider recognition for her portrayal of Alex Russo on the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place, which aired from 2007 until 2012.
Selena Gomez also starred in the following movies: Another Cinderella Story (2008), Princess Protection Program (2009), Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009), Ramona and Beezus (2010), and Monte Carlo (2011).
Thereafter, she focused on more mature roles in Spring Breakers (2012), Getaway (2013), The Fundamentals of Caring (2016), and The Dead Don’t Die (2019).
She voices the character of Mavis in the Hotel Transylvania film franchise, and serves as an executive producer of the Netflix television drama series 13 Reasons Why (2017–present) and the Netflix documentary series Living Undocumented (2019).
With her former band Selena Gomez & the Scene, she attained the gold certified top-ten albums Kiss & Tell (2009), A Year Without Rain (2010) and When the Sun Goes Down (2011) on the US Billboard 200.
In 2012, the band went on hiatus, and Gomez focused work on her debut album as a solo artist. The pop and dance influenced Stars Dance (2013) became her first number-one album on the Billboard 200, and included “Come & Get It”, which became her first top-ten entry on the US Billboard Hot 100.
To finish out her contract with Hollywood Records, she released the compilation album For You (2014). It included the single “The Heart Wants What It Wants”, which became her second top-ten entry.
After signing with Interscope Records in late 2014, she released her second studio album, Revival (2015). It became her second consecutive number-one regular album on the Billboard 200, with the highest first week sales of her career.
The album was well-received by music critics, who praised the album’s production and lyrical content and became Gomez first album to achieve platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The first three singles, “Good for You” with ASAP Rocky, “Same Old Love”, and “Hands to Myself”, all became top-ten entries on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached number one on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
Since then, she was featured on several collaborations, including “We Don’t Talk Anymore” with Charlie Puth, “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo, “Wolves” with Marshmello, and “Taki Taki” with DJ Snake. After a short absence from the music scene, Gomez returned with new music, including “Lose You to Love Me” from her third album “Rare”, which became her first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 2017, Billboard reported that Selena Gomez has sold over 7 million albums and 22 million singles worldwide. Gomez has earned numerous awards throughout her career, and was recognized as the Billboard Woman of the Year in 2017.
She has a large following on social media, and was at one time the most followed individual on Instagram, before being surpassed by athlete Cristiano Ronaldo and fellow singer Ariana Grande in 2018.
Selena Gomez’s other ventures include a clothing line, a handbag line, a fragrance line, and a production company named July Moonhead Productions. She has worked with various charitable organizations and became a UNICEF ambassador at the age of seventeen.
Selena Gomez’s Life and Career
2007–2012: Breakthrough with Disney and Selena Gomez & the Scene
In 2007 Gomez was given a recurring role on the popular Disney Channel series Hannah Montana, portraying pop star Mikayla. During this time, Gomez filmed pilot episodes for two potential Disney Channel series; the first, titled Arwin!, a spin-off of the Suite Life series, while the second titled Stevie Sanchez was a spin-off of the series Lizzie McGuire.
She later auditioned for a role in the Disney series Wizards of Waverly Place, ultimately winning the lead role of Alex Russo. Upon receiving the role, Gomez and her mother moved to Hollywood, Los Angeles, California; Lovato and her family also moved to Hollywood, hoping to achieve similar success to Gomez.
Wizards of Waverly Place saw Gomez portraying a teenage girl in a family of wizards who own a restaurant in New York. The series quickly became a hit for the network, propelling Gomez to more mainstream success.
The series received numerous nominations and awards. Gomez recorded the theme song for the series, titled “Everything is Not What It Seems”. Gomez later appeared in the music video for the song “Burnin’ Up”, which the Jonas Brothers had recorded and released.
While working on the second season of Wizards of Waverly Place, Gomez appeared on the Disney Channel special Studio DC: Almost Live alongside various other Disney stars. She contributed a cover of the song “Cruella de Vil” to the compilation album DisneyMania 6, later recorded the original song “Fly to Your Heart” for the soundtrack of the animated film Tinker Bell.
She had a leading role as an aspiring dancer Mary Santiago in the direct-to-video film Another Cinderella Story, a sequel to A Cinderella Story, starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray and the second installment of A Cinderella Story series.
Gomez recorded three songs for the soundtrack, and released one of them, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”, as a promotional single. Later that year, Gomez had the supporting role of Helga in the animated film Horton Hears a Who! The film was a commercial success, and went on to gross nearly $300 million worldwide.
At 16 years of age, Gomez was signed to a recording contract with the Hollywood Records label, which had already signed both “Cyrus and Lovato”.
Selena Gomez formed her own production company in 2008, which she called July Moon Productions. She partnered with XYZ Films for the project, giving Gomez the opportunity to option articles, hire writers and create talent packages to shop to studios.
Gomez was slated to release two films under the company. The first, titled What Boys Want, featured Gomez as a girl who could hear the thoughts of men. She later announced a film adaptation of the novel “Thirteen Reasons” Why, in which she was to play a young girl who commits suicide; ultimately, neither film was made, though Gomez would later executive produce a television adaptation of “Thirteen Reasons Why“.
Gomez continued to have mainstream success throughout the following year, appearing as Alex Russo in a crossover episode of the Disney series “The Suite Life on Deck”. She later made a guest appearance on the Disney series “Sonny With a Chance”, starring Lovato. She appeared in a remix of the Forever the Sickest Kids’s single “Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)”, released as a single in April of that year. Gomez, along with Lovato, starred in the Disney Channel film “Princess Protection Program”, which aired in June 2009.
The film was a critical success, and had a total of 8.5 million viewers during its premiere. For the film, Gomez and Lovato recorded the song “One and the Same”, which was later released as a promotional single.
She later provided the voice of Princess Selenia in the animated film “Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard”. On August 28, 2009, Gomez starred in “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie”, a television film based on the series.
The film premiered to an audience of 11.4 million viewers becoming cable’s No. 1 scripted telecast of 2009 and Disney Channel’s second most-viewed film premiere after “High School Musical 2”. The film won the series its second consecutive Emmy for “Outstanding Children’s Program” at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.
Hoping to achieve a successful crossover into music, Gomez formed the pop-rock band “Selena Gomez & the Scene” through her record deal with Hollywood Records. The name of the band is an “ironic jab” at the people who called Gomez a “wannabe scene”.
The group released their debut studio album in August 2009, which debuted at number nine on the “Billboard 200” albums chart in the United States, with first-week sales of 66,000 copies.
The album received a mixed reception, some critics praised the album for its “fun” nature, while others criticized Gomez for her vocal performance.
The lead single failed to have commercial success, however the second single was successful. With heavy promotion through Disney and performances, the song had success on radio and with sales.
In 2010, Gomez starred as one of the two female leads in Ramona and Beezus, a film adaption of the children’s novel series by Beverly Cleary. The film premiered on July 23, 2010, and it was met with generally positive reviews. Selena Gomez & the Scene released their second studio album A Year Without Rain that same year, which debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number 4 with sales of a little over 66,000.
The album received mixed to positive reviews where some noticed that Gomez’s vocals contained the Auto-Tune effect. The record’s two singles both achieved moderate success.
Having previously announced plans to launch a fashion line, Gomez launched Dream Out Loud in 2010. The collection consisted of, and featured, bohemian dresses, floral tops, jeans, skirts, jackets, scarves and hats, all of which were made from recycled or eco-friendly materials.
Selena Gomez stated, “With my line, I really want to give the customer options on how they can put their own looks together […] I want the pieces that can be easy to dress up or down, and the fabrics being eco-friendly and organic is super important […] Also, the tags will all have some of my inspirational quotes on them. I’m just looking to send a good message.”
To design the actual items, Gomez teamed up with designers Tony Melillo and Sandra Campos, both of whom had previously worked with big-name fashion houses.
Melillo and Campos teamed with New York-based Adjmi Apparel to manufacture the brand, which was formed by Adjmi CH Brands LLC, the holding company for the brand.
In 2011, Gomez starred in the film Monte Carlo. Her character Grace is a teenager “mistaken for a socialite while on a trip to Paris”. To prepare for the role, Gomez learned how to play polo and also took two weeks of vocal training to learn two different British accents.
She also began a relationship with Justin Bieber that year, which lasted until 2014. Before breaking up, they recorded an unreleased duet titled “Can’t Steal Our Love”. Gomez appeared in a cameo role in the film The Muppets and appeared in the Disney shows So Random! and PrankStars.
Selena Gomez & the Scene released their third and final studio album that same year. The album received mixed reviews, with the album’s second single receiving a 4x Platinum certification from the RIAA. However, the album’s lead single and last single both achieved moderate success. It was announced on July 14, 2011, that Gomez had signed a license agreement with Adrenalina, an extreme sports and adventure-themed lifestyle brand, to develop, manufacture, and distribute the actress’s fragrance.
Chairman and C.E.O. of Adrenalina, Ilia Lekach, said, “We are incredibly enthused to be working with Ms. Gomez and will reveal more details pertaining to the fragrance as we get closer to the launch date.”The perfume was released in May 2012.
2012–2014: Stars Dance
Gomez starred in the animated film Hotel Transylvania (2012). The film premiered at the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival and was released on September 28, 2012. Gomez had a role in the controversial exploitation film Spring Breakers (2013), starring James Franco.
The film saw Gomez in a more mature role than her previous works, and reportedly led to Gomez having a “bit of a meltdown on set”.
In 2013, Stars Dance was released on July 23, It became her first album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, where it sold 97,000 copies in its first week. The album remained in the top ten in its second week, though declined down the chart in the following weeks.
Gomez released “Come & Get It” as the lead single from the album. The single became Gomez’s first top ten entry on the Billboard Hot 100. Another single from the album, “Slow Down”, peaked at number 27 in the Billboard charts.
Gomez incorporated choreography and dance routines into her promotional performances and music videos for the album, feeling inspired by artists such as Janet Jackson and Britney Spears.
As of September 2015, the album has sold 392,000 copies in the United States, making it her lowest selling studio album to date in the country. It remains her only studio effort to not receive a certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Gomez embarked on her Stars Dance Tour on August 14, 2013. After touring in North America and Europe, the tour was set to continue throughout 2014, though Gomez cancelled the Australian and Asian leg of the tour in December 2013, claiming that she would be taking a hiatus to spend time with her family.
In January 2014, it was reported that Gomez had spent two weeks at Dawn at The Meadows, which is a treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona that specializes in treating addiction and trauma in young people. Her representative stated that she had spent time there “voluntarily […] but not for substance abuse”.
Gomez confirmed in 2015 that she had been diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, lupus, and that she had cancelled the tour and entered rehab to undergo chemotherapy. Gomez appeared in the film Behaving Badly (2014) with Dylan McDermott and Nat Wolff. The project, filmed prior to Gomez’s stint in rehab, was released in August 2014 to a generally negative critical and commercial reception.
Even the author of the original autobiographical novel, has disavowed the film. She later appeared in the film Rudderless (2014), the directorial debut of William H. Macy. The independent film received a mixed reception from critics.
In April of that year, it was reported that Gomez had fired her mother and stepfather as her managers; the two had managed Gomez since her career began. Gomez later signed with the WME and Brillstein companies to manage her career.
The news of Gomez’s new management also fueled rumors that her recording contract with Hollywood Records was ending, and that Gomez was searching for a new label. Gomez surprise released her new single “The Heart Wants What It Wants” (2014) on November 6, and confirmed after months of speculation that she would be releasing a compilation album as a means of finishing out her contract with Hollywood Records.
The single went on to become her second top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and sold over one million copies in the United States. Gomez released her first solo compilation album, For You (2014), on November 24. The album received minimal promotion and failed to achieve much commercial success, selling 35,506 equivalent album units in the United States during its first week of release, and entered the Billboard 200 at number twenty-four. Gomez officially signed a recording contract with Interscope Records in December 2014.
2015–2016: Revival and Personal struggles
While working on her second studio album, Gomez collaborated with Zedd for his single “I Want You to Know”, released as the lead single from his second album on February 23, 2015
The single became Gomez’s fourth top twenty entry on the Billboard Hot 100, and received a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Selena Gomez became the face of haircare brand Pantene in 2015. Gomez released “Good for You” (2015) as the lead single from her second studio album on June 22, 2015; the single features rapper ASAP Rocky. The song sold 179,000 copies in its first week of release alone, and went on to become her first top five single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
The single became her first to top the Mainstream Top 40 chart. In August 2015, Gomez appeared in the documentary Unity among many other actors and actresses. She reprised the role of Mavis in Hotel Transylvania 2, which was released on September 25; the film was met with a positive critical and commercial reception upon its release.
Selena Gomez released her second studio album, Revival, on October 9, 2015. The album was met with a positive reaction from critics, who praised the album’s production and lyrical content. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 117,000 equivalent album units.
This remains Gomez’s highest first week sales to date. “Same Old Love” was released as the album’s second single, and went on to top the Mainstream Top 40 chart. The single peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, tying with “Good for You” as her highest charting effort. “Hands to Myself” was the album’s third single, which became her third consecutive number one on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
This made Gomez one of only six female artists to have three singles from the same album top the chart. Gomez had a cameo role in the film The Big Short, which was released on December 11 by Paramount Pictures. She was the musical guest on the January 23, 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live, with host Ronda Rousey.
Gomez embarked on her worldwide Revival Tour (2016) on May 6. Gomez claimed that the tour would focus solely on her as an artist and would feature less choreography and fewer effects than her previous tour.
After touring in North America, Asia and Oceania, she cancelled the European and South America leg of the tour in August 2016 due to anxiety, panic attacks and depression caused by her lupus. Gomez had a supporting role in the comedy film Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising; she portrayed the president of a Phi Lambda sorority.
Her collaboration with Charlie Puth, “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (2016), reached the top ten in the United States. Also in 2016, Gomez starred in the drama film The Fundamentals of Caring, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 29, was released on Netflix on June 24, and had a mixed critical reception.
She also starred in In Dubious Battle with James Franco; the film was released on September 3, 2016. Gomez has begun working on her third studio album while touring, and added a new song titled “Feel Me” to the setlist of her Revival Tour. The song leaked online nine months after the first performance. The album, which currently has no title or release date, will be her second release through Interscope Records.
Gomez and Canadian singer Tory Lanez were featured on “Trust Nobody”, the second single from Norwegian DJ Cashmere Cat debut studio album 9. The song was released in September 2016.
Following the cancellation of her tour, Gomez rechecked into rehab to focus on her mental health and was noticeably absent from social media. She made her first public appearance at the 2016 American Music Awards, where she was nominated for two awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Artist of the Year. She further went on to win the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.
2017– Present: 13 Reasons Why, standalone singles and Rare
On February 4, 2017, she posted a snippet of a new song on her Instagram story. Five days later, Norwegian DJ Kygo posted a snippet of his collaboration with Gomez. Gomez and Kygo confirmed the single titled “It Ain’t Me” via their social media accounts a week later, which was released on February 16. The song reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Gomez serves as executive producer for the series adaptation of the novel Thirteen Reasons Why. She shared the first trailer of the show on January 25, 2017, and the show premiered on Netflix on March 31, 2017.
Besides the project, Gomez has been working in new music with producers “The Futuristics, Jonas Jeberg, Ryan Tedder and songwriters Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and Jacob Kasher”.
On May 5, 2017 Gomez launched a countdown on her official website which led to May 18. Many websites speculated about the release of a new single. On May 11, it was confirmed the release of the single “Bad Liar” as the countdown result. On May 18, it was premiered alongside its first music video, which was available for streaming only through Spotify.
A second music video was released on YouTube the next month which also teased the follow-up single “Fetish”, released on July 13, 2017. In August 2017, Gomez was cast in A Rainy Day in New York, a film directed by Woody Allen for Amazon Studios. Gomez announced she would be donating her salary from the film to the Time’s Up initiative.
On October 19, 2017, Gomez and EDM producer Marshmello announced that they would be collaborating on a new track titled “Wolves”, which was released on October 25.
On May 10, 2018, Gomez released a new single from the 13 Reasons Why Season 2 Soundtrack, titled “Back to You”. She once again voiced the character Mavis, in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which was released in July 2018.
On July 13, 2018, Los Angeles prosecutors announced that a New Jersey woman had been charged with hacking into email accounts belonging to Gomez posting online images and other material she found there.
Gomez, alongside Ozuna and Cardi B were featured in DJ Snake’s song “Taki Taki”. The song was released in September 2018. Gomez was featured on Benny Blanco’s song “I Can’t Get Enough”, alongside Tainy and J Balvin, which was released in February 2019. In 2019, she appeared in Jim Jarmusch’s film The Dead Don’t Die.
In September 2019, it was announced that Gomez is the executive producer of the Netflix docuseries Living Undocumented, which follows eight undocumented families in America. The series, consisting of six episodes, premiered on October 2, 2019. On October 23, 2019, Gomez released “Lose You to Love Me” as the lead single from her third studio album Rare, which will be released January 10, 2020.
On October 24, she surprise-released the second single, “Look at Her Now”. “Lose You to Love Me” became Gomez’s first chart topping single in the United States, surging from number 15 to the top on the issue dated November 9, 2019.Later that month, Gomez will appear as a voice actress in the film Dolittle, directed by Stephen Gaghan.
Selena Gomez’s Artistry
Gomez is a soprano with a 3 octave range, she’s described as a pop singer and songwriter, showcasing the genre in form of dance-pop and incorporating Electronic Dance Music (EDM) into her sound. As her career has been progressing, she has been experimenting with a large number of music genres.
While her debut album with The Scene was inspired in electronic rock and pop rock, her following records with the band opted for a dance-pop sound. A Year Without Rain noted synth-pop characteristics and When the Sun Goes Down went into a more electropop and electro-disco-influenced musical direction.
Her debut solo record Stars Dance was rooted in the EDM-pop genre, and Gomez herself described it as “baby dubstep”, featuring elements from multiple genres as electronic, disco, techno or dancehall. Her songs “The Heart Wants What It Wants” and “Good for You” have been described as “minimalistic” and “grown-up”, transitioning her sound into adult pop.
Early in her music career, Gomez cited Bruno Mars as an influence, for “his style of music, his style in general, the way he performs, the way he carries himself”. Gomez also named Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Rihanna as influences.
Gomez has stated that she finds English singer Cheryl Cole as a significant influence to her artistry, “She made me feel better, I just love her music and I think she’s a really nice person. She’s been through a lot, but she carries herself with a lot of class and I love that.”
Gomez’s debut solo album Stars Dance (2013) was prominently influenced by Spears, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, and American electronic producer Skrillex. Her second album, Revival (2015), was mainly influenced by Christina Aguilera’s album Stripped (2002) and singer Janet Jackson.
Selena Gomez’s Endorsements
In 2009, Gomez was part of Sears’s back-to-school fashion campaign and was featured in television commercials. She hosted the “Sears Arrive Air Band Casting Call” to select five winners for the first-ever “Sears Air Band” to perform at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. She also became the spokesperson for Borden Milk and was featured in campaign’s print ads and television commercials.
From 2010 to 2014, Gomez released her own clothing line, Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez, through retailer Kmart. In 2012, she released a self-titled fragrance, Selena Gomez by Selena Gomez.
It was also announced that she would partner with the cellphone brand, Case-Mate, as part of its upcoming “Right Case, Right Occasion” marketing campaign. In 2013, she released her second fragrance, Vivamore by Selena Gomez. She also created her own collection of nail polish colors for Nicole by OPI.
From 2013 to 2015, Gomez was a spokesperson and partner for Neo by Adidas. In 2015, Gomez signed $3 million endorsement deal with Pantene.
In 2016, Gomez appeared in a fashion campaign for luxury brand Louis Vuitton. Gomez also appeared in ads for Coca-Cola’s “Share a Coke” campaign, and she appeared in advertisements for the campaign and lyrics from two of her songs will be featured on packages of Coca-Cola products nationwide.
In 2017, Gomez confirmed that she was partnering with Coach, Inc, beginning with their fall line. She has a limited-edition collection of handbags called the “Selena Grace” that she designed in collaboration with luxury brand Coach, Inc.
On March 29, 2018, Gomez released photos from her partnership with Coach on her Instagram account. The photos featured a black and brown Coach bag and the numbers “3 29 ‘98”, referencing a date 20 years before.
She also partnered with the athletic brand, Puma, as brand ambassador appearing in campaigns, including the Phenom Lux sneakers that was released in March 2018.
Also in 2018, it was reported Gomez was earning $800,000 for each sponsored Instagram post.
In October 2008, Gomez participated in St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital “Runway For Life” benefit. That same month, Gomez was named UNICEF’s spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign, which encouraged children to raise money on Halloween to help children around the world. She said that she was “extremely excited” to “encourage other kids to make a difference in the world”.
In August 2009, a 17-year-old Gomez became the youngest UNICEF ambassador at the time, passing fellow songstress “Hayley Westenra”, who was 18 when she was chosen. Actress “Millie Bobby Brown” later became the youngest UNICEF ambassador at 14-year-old.
In her first official field mission, Gomez traveled to Ghana on September 4, 2009 for a week to witness first-hand the stark conditions of vulnerable children that lack vital necessities including clean water, nourishment, education and healthcare.
Gomez explained, during an interview with Associated Press correspondents, that she wanted to use her star power to bring awareness to Ghana: “That’s why I feel very honored to have a voice that kids listen to and take into consideration […] I had people on my tour asking me where IS Ghana, and they Googled it […] and because I went there, they now know where Ghana is. So it’s pretty incredible.”
Gomez said, of her role as ambassador, that “Every day 25,000 children die from preventable causes. I stand with UNICEF in the belief that we can change that number from 25,000 to zero. I know we can achieve this because every moment, UNICEF is on the ground providing children with the lifesaving assistance needed to ensure zero becomes a reality.”
Gomez was named spokesperson for UNICEF’s 2009 Trick-or-Treat campaign, for the second year in a row. Gomez, who raised over $700,000 for the charity in 2008, stated that she hopes to be able to raise 1million dollars in 2009. Gomez participated in a celebrity auction and hosted a live web cast series on Facebook in support of the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign.
Selena Gomez returned as the UNICEF spokesperson for the 60th anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign in 2010. In celebration of the organization’s 60th anniversary, Gomez and her team, The Scene, held a benefit concert donating all proceeds to the campaign.
In February 2011, Gomez traveled to Chile to witness and meet with the families of UNICEF’s supported program, “Programa Puente”, which helped families better understand, and developed skills to deal effectively with, early childhood education, development, and other issues related to raising children.
From her field trip experience, Gomez said, “UNICEF is helping Chilean families get out of poverty, prevent violence within the home and promote education. To witness first hand these families’ struggles, and also their hope and perseverance, was truly inspiring.”
In March 2011, Gomez participated in the UNICEF Tap Project’s “Celebrity Tap Pack” limited-edition, custom-made water bottles which featured tap water from the homes of each celebrity advocate, in order to raise funds and increase profile for the clean water and sanitation programs. She was also featured in videos that promoted the campaign.
Other charity work
Gomez was involved in the UR Votes Count campaign which encouraged teenagers to learn more about 2008 presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.
Gomez became the ambassador of DoSomething.org after being involved with the charity Island Dog, which helped dogs in Puerto Rico.
She began her involvement while filming Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie in Puerto Rico. Gomez is also involved with the charity RAISE Hope For Congo, an initiative of the Enough Project, which helps raise awareness about conflict minerals and violence against Congolese women.
From 2009 to 2012, Gomez was involved in “Disney’s Friends for Change”, an organization which promoted “environmentally-friendly behavior”, and she appeared in its public service announcements. Gomez, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, and the Jonas Brothers, as the ad hoc musical team “Disney’s Friends For Change”, recorded the charity single “Send It On”, all of whose proceeds were accepted into the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 20.
In April 2012, Gomez was named ambassador to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. The year before, Gomez made an appearance at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia during a Ryan Seacrest Foundation broadcast from the hospital’s multimedia center.
She was also a spokesperson for State Farm Insurance and appeared in numerous television commercials, which aired on the Disney Channel, to raise awareness of being a safe driver.
Gomez attended the WE Day California event in Los Angeles in 2018 and 2019. During the 2018 event, Gomez introduced Nellie Mainor, a young fan who had a rare kidney disease. Her participation in WE Day 2019 was her first appearance after an extended break from the spotlight.
Gomez has released three studio albums, one EP, and one compilation album in her solo career.
Gomez was the lead singer of the former band Selena Gomez & the Scene, which released three studio albums and one remix album.
- Stars Dance (2013)
- Revival (2015)
- Rare (2020)
Selena Gomez & the Scene albums
- Kiss & Tell (2009)
- A Year Without Rain (2010)
- When the Sun Goes Down (2011)
- Stars Dance Tour (2013–2014)
- Revival Tour (2016)
Selena Gomez & the Scene tours
- Live in Concert (2009–2010)
- A Year Without Rain Tour (2010–2011)
- We Own the Night Tour (2011–2012)
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