The past year has proven to be a monumental one for the multi-talented Selena Gomez. Aside from celebrating her 21st birthday, Gomez expanded her work to include several feature films—a total of four were released within the last year, and two more are still in post-production. As if that wasn’t enough, the young actress also recorded and released her first solo album, and is now traveling Europe in the midst of a major headlining world tour.
As Gomez wraps up her final week of concerts across the Atlantic, American fans are anxiously awaiting her return for the only U.S. dates on the Stars Dance Tour 2013. The final leg kicks off in Fairfax, Va., on Oct. 10, and through the end of November, the former Disney star will travel to over 30 cities, including Boston (Oct. 12), Nashville (Oct. 25), her hometown of Dallas (Nov. 3), Las Vegas (Nov. 9), and Chicago (Nov. 22). The trek is scheduled to wrap up on the night before Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.
Along for the ride are openers Emblem3 and Christina Grimmie, both of which are on the rise career-wise. Comprised of brothers Keaton and Wesley Stromberg and friend Drew Chadwick, Emblem3 emerged thanks to exposure from Simon Cowell’s “X Factor,” while Grimmie’s social media following has been a major contributing factor to her growing success.
The international tour takes its name from Gomez’s first full-length solo album, “Stars Dance.” Released on July 19, the record eventually peaked at the top of the Billboard 200. “Come and Get It,” the album’s lead single, remained a massive summer hit after its release in April, going on to earn double-Platinum certification. Currently, the album’s second single, “Slow Down,” is poised to snag the top position on the Dance/Club Play chart for the coming week. This upcoming No. 1 position will add to the five previous singles Gomez launched to the top of the competitive Billboard chart.
“Stars Dance” might be Gomez’s first solo album, but it isn’t her first time making waves on the Billboard charts. While enjoying success on the Disney Channel show “The Wizards of Waverly Place,” the young actress signed to Disney’s Hollywood Records with her band Selena Gomez and the Scene. In its active period from 2009-2011, the group released three albums—all of which peaked within the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and have been certified Gold in the U.S.
Still, Gomez’s solo work remains her most successful to date, earning her the highest-charting single and album of her career. The music video for “Come and Get It” also won Best Pop Video at the 2013 MTV VMAs, allowing Gomez to take home her first ever “Moonman” statue. The Texas native also took home three Teen Choice Awards this year, marking the first she has won for music instead of acting.