Selena Gomez: Commercial Success And More Steps Towards Serious Acting
After playing slightly against type (she was still the “good girl” in a group of bikini-clad robbers) in this spring’s Spring Breakers, Selena went back to music, dropping The Scene and releasing her most successful album to date. Yes, lead single “Come & Get It” created some controversy when Selena opted to perform the song at the MTV Movie Awards wearing a bindi, but by the time her fourth album, Stars Dance, was released in July, all was forgiven. Stars Dance scored Selena her very first No. 1 album, and “Come & Get It” was showered in love at the MTV Video Music Awards, taking home Best Pop Video.
If Miley puts it all out there, Selena still plays it safe, hovering the line between sexy dream girl and adorable girl next door with harmless pop that does the trick–and works within her vocal constraints–but doesn’t necessarily reinvent the genre. Charming interviews reveal her abundant maturity, and the diversity of her upcoming projects shows how much faith Hollywood is beginning to have in her mass appeal. Did we mention now seems about as good a time as ever to be distancing herself from Justin Bieber? Next she can be seen in Getaway alongside Ethan Hawke, a costar who may or may not have tutored her in Gen X culture. Marketing yourself to all age groups, are we? Well done.