Selena Gomez, Coming Through

Move over, Miley, there’s a new teen queen in town: Not only did Selena Gomez rule the airwaves on Friday night when her Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie scored the highest rating of any cable TV show this year, but she also premiered the video for her first single, “Falling Down,” in front of an already-captive audience.

Directed by Chris Dooley (he’s worked with Jewel and the Scissor Sisters), the stylized vid mimics a concert with the Disney star rocking out with her band, The Scene, on a circular stage while a projection of patterns swirl around in the background. According to the 17-year-old, the catchy pop song is “basically about Hollywood and what people think about it; and essentially how plastic it is sometimes.”

It’s a brutal world that the petite Texan-Mexicana seems to be dealing with just fine. Her upcoming album, Kiss and Tell, drops on September 29 and she can’t wait. “The fact that I can say I have a record is a dream come true,” she recently wrote on her MySpace page.

Ahhh, it seems like just yesterday that a seven-year-old Selena was running around with Demi Lovato on Barney & Friends. Here she is now:


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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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