The album was released on July 19, 2013, by Hollywood Records. Gomez began planning the project in 2012, at which time she announced that her band Selena Gomez & the Scene would be taking an indefinite hiatus, and continued work into 2013. She has cited artists such as Britney Spears and Skrillex as influences on the record, which stylistically features EDM and electropop music.
Upon its release, Stars Dance received generally mixed reviews from music critics. While some complimented both Gomez’s maturing image and the album’s content both lyrically and vocally, the album was criticized for its electronic-heavy and somewhat “generic” production. It is her first album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200.
The album sold 97,000 copies in its first week of release in the country, making it her highest selling debut at the time. This was later surpassed by her second studio effort, Revival (2015), which sold 117,000 units in its first week.
The album’s lead single, “Come & Get It” featured heavy electronic and worldbeat themes, became Gomez’s first top 10 entry in the United States, and entered the top ten in countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada, among others.
Recently Selena Gomez has been nominated for the Teen Choice Awards 2018 in four categories:
- Female Hottie
- Summer Song
- Summer Female Artist
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