Selena Gomez’s new album is filled with Rare talent

Isabelle Kitay, Staff Writer

On Jan. 10, Selena Gomez thrilled her fans when she finally released her new album, Rare.
This studio album is Selena’s third, after 2013’s Stars Dance and 2015’s Revival. It has been almost five
years since her last studio album came out. However, she has left supporters excited and awaiting this
new album for months. Selena brings a great start of music to the new decade with the release of Rare.
She has worked a long way to become the popular and well-known artist she has become today.
“Selena is such an inspiring artist, and I always enjoy listening to her music,” said sophomore
Sadie Mandel.
Born on July 22, 1992 in Texas, Selena began her performing career from a young age of nine,
first acting in Barney and Friends. Throughout the 2000s, she had small parts in various Disney TV
series, such as The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Hannah Montana. However, her big television
debut was in 2007, when she was cast as the star of Wizards of Waverly Place, which successfully ran
for five years. Her last main acting performances were Disney’s 2009 Princess Protection Program, and
in the same year, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie. As Selena entered into her older teenage
years, she began to focus more on her music.
“Selena Gomez was a big part of my childhood, between her popular songs and Disney shows I
loved to watch,” said sophomore Jae Longaro.
Selena’s music career mostly began in 2008, when she recorded a cover for “Cruella de Vil” for
Disney’s DisneyMania 6. Along with this, she recorded songs for Another Cinderella Story and Princess
Protection Program. In late 2008, Selena signed her first record contract with Hollywood Records. With
the company, she worked on her first debut album, Kiss and Tell which was released in 2009. Selena
took multiple acting roles before her studio album Stars Dance came out in 2013.
After a short break, Selena returned to popularity again in 2015 with her new album Revival.
This album featured chart topper songs, such as “Good For You” and Fetish. In 2017, acclaimed tracks
such as “Bad Liar” and “It Ain’t Me” (a collaboration with Kygo) were released by Selena. In the same
year she and Marshmello came out with “Wolves”, another popular hit. Selena’s songs quickly made it
from Disney to Billboard Top 100 and many radio stations.
In 2018, Selena released “Back to You” for the TV series Thirteen Reasons Why. Now, she has
finally released new songs for Rare, which will bring her new songs again to the Billboards.
“I’m really excited for Selena’s new music. She is such a talented artist and I can’t wait to listen to
the rest of her album,” said sophomore Ili Pecullan.
Selena has taken off in a career of being a pop singer, and her newest songs will continue that
genre. “Lose You to Love Me”, a single in Rare released by Selena on Oct. 23, has already become
extremely popular. This song became Selena’s first number one hit single in the United States.
According to an article from Forbes, “fans have been begging for new music from the actress and
pop star… ‘Lose You to Love Me,’ shot straight to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in just its second frame on the
Selena has done a good job of getting fans hyped up for this album, by creating appealing
Instagram posts and exposing bits of Rare’s music.
“I sound like such a nerd, but I cannot wait for this to come out,” said Selena in an interview with
Some other singles released in Rare are “Dance Again”, “Ring”, “Vulnerable”, and more. Rare
provides a great start for music to the new year, and we will see where Selena is able to successfully go
with these new hits.