2015 has been a crazy year for some celebrities, but for Selena Gomez? It has been one of her best years yet! The 23 year old singer had taken a step back from the industry in the last few years because of personal reasons, but since her revival this year, she has accomplished so much.
Late last year, Selena Gomez announced on Instagram that she was officially an Interscope artist after being with Hollywood Records for 6 years. In January 2015, she revealed during an interview that her new album Revival will contain around 15 songs and that she was very excited about it. She also said: “‘I think after four albums, I finally feel a little more like myself than I ever have. I have this confidence and I have a better understanding of what I’m talking about. This is now a point in my life where I have experienced friendships or relationships or travel or exploring, it’s really fun.”
In June, Selena announced that she was the newest ambassador for Pantene on Instagram. In the video of Selena getting introduced as Pantene’s new celebrity ambassador, she talked about the three things that she was most excited about. The three reasons were because she used Pantene her whole life, their message for women that strong is beautiful and what they represent is what she embodies, and because it’s fun. Selena’s first Pantene commercial aired two months later during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in August.
On August 26, Selena was the special guest on Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour. Taylor brought Selena out on stage and they sang a special duet of ‘Good For You’ from Selena’s album Revival. It was also the first time Selena performed the single on stage. After the performance, Selena tweeted out that she was grateful and that that night was very special to her.Selena celebrated her first No. 1 with “Good For You” on Billboard’s Pop Songs airplay chart in September. That was one of her biggest accomplishments this year because she admits that before the song went No. 1, she wasn’t exactly viewed as an artist. After it became No. 1, she called it a validation. She said: “It was the third song I heard while Interscope and I were getting to know each other. The demo was just a skeleton, but Justin and Julia bring this sexiness to everything they touch. She has a great way of seeing relationships. I know I wasn’t necessarily viewed as an artist, so this No. 1 is a validation.”
On October 1st, Selena announced that she was launching her Revival tour and that she will be touring next year in North America and then she will be heading overseas. ”I have a very exciting announcement: I am launching my Revival World Tour. I will be going through the US and Canada from May to July and then later in the year going overseas.” This will be her first time touring since she had to cancel her Star Dance tour back in 2013 because of personal reasons.
Also in October, Selena opened up to Billboard about her lupus diagnosis for the first time. She opened up about having to go through chemotherapy. She said: ”I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke. I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.’ I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
Selena released her most anticipated album Revival on October 9th. About two weeks after the release, it was announced that Selena scored her second No. 1 album with Revival on the Billboard 200 chart! According to Nielsen Music, Selena earned 117,000 sales in one week and 85,000 were in album sales.
Selena performed ”Hands to Myself” and ”Me & My Girls” at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion for the first time in November. After the performance aired on TV in early December, people were accusing her of lip syncing on Instagram, so she made a comment on a picture that was posted of her and said ”Yes, I f–king sing live.” The Victoria Secret models also made a video lip syncing to Selena’s ‘Hands to Myself’ with a little help from the singer herself. You can watch it here.
Because of how well Selena’s album Revival did, she was announced as the winner of the 2015 chart topper for the Billboard Women in Music awards in December. When accepting her award that was presented by Paul Rudd, Selena talked about how she still has so much to prove. She said: ”I want to thank everyone for supporting me for not just this record but for all the times that I wanted to create something special and stumbling along the way, figuring out what my sound was. I still have so much still to prove and work on, but I would not be here if I couldn’t do what I love without you guys.”
As you can see, 2015 has been an amazing year for Selena, but she also has a lot of things coming in 2016 too! She’s going on tour, staring in a lot of movies, and she’s also going to star in a new Netflix series called “13 Reasons Why”. Let’s hope Selena’s 2016 is just as great or maybe even better than what her 2015 was!