Selena Gomez on the cover of next week’s issue of Billboard, which hits stands on Monday. ‘Selena is one of our top priorities. She made a fantastic album, with great depth & several hit singles. Everything is moving ahead as planned. She sees the world as her audience, an audience that goes 12 to 35 or 45. But she’s conscious of where she came from, and of not wanting to abandon them.
In the last two years she’s gone from a novice to someone who stands for some thing. Her song selection is about messages. What’s important is that people have learned to respect Selena as the artist we think she is.
Not just the consumers, but the industry and the gatekeepers.. People want to work with her. People believe she can be big. But the stars have to align. Those stars have not aligned for others.’ On being a singer and actor: ‘It’s obviously an important phase in my career, and personally. The good news is I have been juggling acting and signing for two-and-a-half to three years.
But I have to start over in some areas. It’s interesting to start taking risks, to grow up through my music.’ Career you’d want to emulate? ‘[Shia LaBeouf]. He did it really well. He’s talented and doing wonderful things. Everybody has their own vision of how they want things to play out. I hope to make a record in Spanish.
I don’t do anything that’s not organic.’I have a love-hate relationship with the Internet. I don’t like it in general, it’s vicious. But it’s also incredible I can connect with fans, because I love to hear their feedback and let them know about my life.’ ‘She’s become a style icon with the tweens and teens. Classy but sassy.’