Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez. Photo by C. Flanigan / Getty Images

Birth and Early Acting Career

Selena Gomez was born July 22, 1992 in Texas of half Mexican-American descent. She was named in honor of the famed Tejano singer Selena. Her parents divorced when she was five and thereafter she was raised primarily by her mother. Selena Gomez began her acting career at the age of seven on the children's show Barney and Friends. In 2004 she was signed by the Disney Channel after a nationwide talent scouting campaign.

Selena Gomez Stars In 'Wizards Of Waverly Place'

After guest appearances on Hannah Montana and The Suite Life Of Zack and Cody and roles in two pilots for shows that were not picked up, Selena Gomez was signed to a lead role on the Disney Channel show Wizards Of Waverly Place. She began appearing in TV movies as well and became popular enough to be touted by some as "the next Miley Cyrus."

Wizards Of Waverly Place ran from 2007 to 2012, became a hit and earned three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Program. The final episode became the most watched series finale in Disney Channel history. The show's soundtrack album including four songs by Selena Gomez hit the top 25 on the US album chart.

Selena Gomez and the Scene

Selena Gomez hit the pop singles chart with a remake of the 70s pop classic "Magic" by the group Pilot in the summer of 2008. It was included on the Wizards of Waverly Place soundtrack album.

In 2009 she formed her own pop band Selena Gomez and the Scene and they released their debut album a year later in 2009. It included the hit singles "Falling Down" and "Naturally." The latter broke into the top 30 of the pop chart and became the group's first #1 dance hit.

Top Hits By Selena Gomez and the Scene


  • "Naturally" - #29
  • "Round & Round" - #24
  • "A Year Without Rain" - #35


  • "Who Says" - #21
  • "Love You Like a Love Song" - #22

'A Year Without Rain'

In addition to her singing and acting success, Selena Gomez also participated in a range of philanthropic activities. In 2009, at the age of 17, she became the youngest ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. A Year Without Rain, the second album from Selena Gomez and the Scene, was released just a year after their first and it debuted in the top 5 on the album chart. It included the top 40 pop hits "Round & Round" and the title song "A Year Without Rain." Both continued the group's success on the dance chart with "A Year Without Rain" hitting #1 and "Round & Round" reaching #2.

'When the Sun Goes Down'

Selena Gomez began making headlines in early 2011 for a romance blossoming with fellow teen pop star Justin Bieber. By 2013 they had gone through a well publicized breakup. In 2010 Selena Gomez confirmed that the fourth season of The Wizards of Waverly Place starting in the fall would be its last. In March 2011, just six months after the release of A Year Without Rain, Selena Gomez and the Scene released the single "Who Says.". The third studio album from the group, When the Sun Goes Down, was set to hit stores in June 2011.

Solo Star

In 2012 Selena Gomez announced that she was taking a break from her music career and placed Selena Gomez and the Scene on indefinite hiatus. By October 2012, Selena Gomez announced that she was working on recording new material. The single "Come & Get It" was released in April 2013 as the first song from an upcoming debut solo album. It became her first top 10 pop success and her biggest hit yet. The album Stars Dance debuted at #1 when released in July 2013. 

While working on a second solo album, Selena Gomez released the Zedd collaboration "I Want You To Know." It was a top 20 pop success. "Good For You," the first single from her second solo album, was released in June 2015 and became her first top 5 pop hit. It was followed by a #1 debut for the album Revival and two more top 10 hits "Same Old Love" and "Hands To Myself." 

Top Hits By Selena Gomez Solo


  • "Come & Get It - #6
  • "Slow Down" - #27


  • "The Heart Wants What It Wants" - "#6


  • "Good For You" - #5
  • "Same Old Love" - #5


  • "Hands To Myself" - #7