Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992) is an American singer, actress and executive producer. After appearing on the children's television 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 for four seasons from 2007 until 2012. Gomez has also starred in the films Another Cinderella Story (2008), Princess Protection Program (2009), Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009), Ramona and Beezus (2010), Monte Carlo (2011). Thereafter she focused on more mature roles in films 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 series 13 Reasons Why (2017–present) and 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, and produced top-thirty songs like "Naturally" and "Love You like a Love Song". In 2012, the band went on hiatus, and Gomez focused to work on her debut album as a solo Artist. The pop and danced 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 surprise released single "The Heart Wants What It Wants", which became her second top-ten entry.
After signing in late 2014 with Interscope Records, she released her second studio album Revival (2015). It became her second consecutive number-one album on the Billboard 200, with the hightest first week sales of her career, becoming well received by music critics, who praised the album's production and lyrical content. The first three singles, "Good for You" with ASAP Rocky, "Same Old Love", and "Hands to Myself" became all top ten entries on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached number one on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. It was her first album to achieve platinum status in the US. Since then she experimented with different sounds on the acclaimed singles "Bad Liar" and "Fetish" with Gucci Mane, and was featured on several successful collaborations including, "We Don't Talk Anymore" with Charlie Puth, "It Ain't Me" with Kygo, "Wolves" with Marshmello, "Taki Taki" with DJ Snake, “Anxiety” with Julia Michaels and “I Can’t Get Enough” with Benny Blanco.
In 2017, Billboard reported that 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 "Woman of the Year" in 2017. She was the most followed individual on Instagram before being surpassed by athlete Cristiano Ronaldo in October 2018. Gomez 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 for years and became a UNICEF ambassador at the age of seventeen.