Selena Gomez Named to Time Magazine’s Time 100 List of the World’s Most Influential People

It’s a special Time for Selena Gomez

Time has revealed its Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, with the 28-year-old Mexican American singer/actress earning a spot.

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Gomez, one of nine Latino/as to make this year’s list, has been recognized for “unabashedly spreading her wings and influence into whatever lane her passions lead her,” writes America Ferrera in an essay about the artist.

“She has always been a great musician, but she’s also always been more than her music,” continues Ferrera. “In the past year, in addition to releasing her third No. 1 album, Rare, Selena got her own cooking show on HBO MaxSelena + Chef, and will star in and executive-produce the Hulu comedy series Only Murders in the Building. She launched her own beauty line, with which she’s pledged to raise $100 million over 10 years for mental-health services in underserved communities. She’s used her enormous social-media platform to encourage voting and to support Black Lives Matter.”

Additionally, Gomez has been an outspoken advocate for immigrant rights in the United States at a time when immigrants are fearing for their safety and ICE raids are becoming more commonplace. Last year, she executive-produced the Netflix docuseries Living Undocumented, and told the story of her own family’s emotional journey from Mexico to the U.S. in Time.

J Balvin has earned a spot on the Time 100…

The 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer has been nicknamed the Prince of Reggaeton, with his songs garnering streams of more than 42 billion.

This summer, Balvin, who has taken to social media to talk about his struggle with anxiety and mental health, partnered with Deepak Chopra to launch a free 21-day meditation experience.

“He’s opened up the doors for Latino artists everywhere by making the world hear and fall in love with our culture, our sounds and our spirit,” says pop star Camila Cabello in an essay about the man born as José Álvaro Osorio Balvín. “What I truly admire and love the most about José is that he is just himself. He’s himself to the world, he’s himself to his friends and his peers, and he’s got the kind of heart that makes him a person everyone is rooting for. When he wins, we all win.”

Anne Hidalgo has been named to the Time 100.

The 61-year-old French–Spanish politician, who has served as Mayor of Paris – is the first woman to hold the office – since 2014, is being recognized for being a leader in the movement to solve the global climate crisis.

“Even in the midst of confronting the global pandemic, Mayor Hidalgo has turned Paris into a shining example of how cities can lead the transition to cleaner, healthier and more prosperous societies,” writes former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. “She is transforming the city’s landscape to make it friendlier to pedestrians and bikers, cutting car traffic and making the air safer to breathe.”

Dr. Cecilia Martinez is also being recognized for her environmental work…

“As a leader in everything from international projects to grassroots organizing, Cecilia Martinez has dedicated her impressive career to a moral imperative: the pursuit of environmental justice and the inclusion of equity and justice in environmental policy,” writes U.S. Senator Cory Booker about the co-founder and executive director at the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED).

Bonnie Castillo, the 60-year-old Latina registered nurse and executive director of National Nurses United, has earned her spot on this year’s list for support of frontline health workers.

“She was among the first to call attention to the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) available to nurses across the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, and fought layoffs and pay cuts that nurses faced despite their vital frontline work,” writes civil rights activist and United Farm Workers of America co-founder Dolores Huerta. “Bonnie’s commitment to the labor movement and unions is unwavering; she states that unions are the foundation of a democratic society. Bonnie does not just work to heal patients; she works to heal society.” 

Felipe Neto has also made this year’s list…

The 32-year-old Brazilian social media star, who has 39 million YouTube subscribers and 12 million Twitter followers, is considered the most consequential digital influencer in Brazil and possibly in the world.

“A decade ago, from his family’s humble Rio de Janeiro home, he began creating content for YouTube and quickly found fame, a huge and loyal young audience, and lucrative endorsements,” writes Brazilian congressman David Miranda. “What has changed—radically—is how Neto uses his platform. His early notoriety was generated by standard fare for online adolescents: video games, celebrities and girls. But with the 2018 election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and the empowerment of his proto-fascist movement, Neto, risking his brand and safety, repurposed his popularity to become one of Bolsonaro’s most effective opponents.”

For the second year in a row, Jair Bolsonaro has been named to the Time 100.

“The story of Brazil’s year can be told in numbers: 137,000 lives lost to the coronavirus. The worst recession in 40 years. At least five ministers sacked or resigned from the Cabinet. More than 29,000 fires in the Amazon rain forest in August alone. One President whose stubborn skepticism about the pandemic and indifference to environmental despoliation has driven all these figures upward,” writes Time’s international editor. “Yet the number that really matters is 37—the percentage of Brazilian society that approved of Jair Bolsonaro in a late-August poll, the highest rating since he took office early last year. Despite a storm of corruption allegations, and one of the highest COVID-19 death tolls in the world, the right-wing firebrand remains popular with a large section of Brazilians.” 

Sister Norma Pimentel is being heralded for her work with immigrants…

“Sister Pimentel has been on the front lines of mercy for three decades, supporting migrants who are seeking refuge in the U.S. along Texas’ border with Mexico. As executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, she directs efforts to provide shelter, food, sanctuary and comfort to people often treated as less than human. Her organization has housed and assisted well over 100,000 people at the border,” says former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro. “Her work has taken on greater importance in the era of Donald Trump, and for good reason. As he has acted with cruelty toward migrants, she has acted with compassion. As he has preyed on the vulnerable and sought rejection, she has preached community and acceptance. As he has promoted fear, she has taught love.

Gabriela Cámara is being recognized for being “more than a chef—she is a Renaissance woman on the front lines of our industry,” writes chef Jose Andres about the Mexican chef.

Through her visionary career, Camara has become one of Mexico’s leading culinary diplomats, both in spirit and in practice.

“Not only does she run two of the most iconic kitchens on the continent—Contramar in Mexico City and Cala in San Francisco—offering the very best of her cultural heritage, she is also an adviser to the Mexican President, showing by example how food can have an impact far beyond the walls of a restaurant kitchen,” continues Andres.

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Selena Gomez to Receive Arts Award During This Year’s Hispanic Heritage Awards

Selena Gomez is being recognized for representin’…

The 28-year-old Mexican American singer will receive the Arts Award during the 33rd Hispanic Heritage Awards, which will air on October 6 on PBS stations and streamed on PBS.org.

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At the same ceremony, Bad Bunny will receive the Vision Award, and actress Jessica Alba will receive the Business Award for her entrepreneurial and philanthropic activities.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, there won’t be a live ceremony. The PBS special will feature filmed performances from across the U.S. and Latin America.

The awards were created by the White House in 1987 and commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S.

Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, said in a statement that he is “thrilled to recognize Selena Gomez with the Arts Award for her impact on American and global culture through her music [and] movies but also for her courage as an advocate for mental health.”

In April of this year, Gomez revealed that she has bipolar disorder. She has discussed her condition in several interviews.

In his statement, Tijerino praised Gomez’s courage in opening up about her mental health challenges.

“There’s power in vulnerability and Selena has made it okay to talk about difficult issues we all deal with, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Selena is a role model for so many for so many reasons.”

Gomez has been a pop star for more than a decade, first as the leader of Selena Gomez & the Scene, and since 2013 as a solo artist. All three of her solo studio albums, Stars Dance, Revival and Rare, have reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

In November 2019, Lose You to Love Me” became her first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty to Raise $100 Million for Mental Health Services Through Rare Impact Fund

Selena Gomez is making an impact on her birthday…

The Mexican American singer/actress’ makeup company Rare Beauty launched the Rare Impact Fund on her 28th birthday on Wednesday. 

Selena Gomez

Through the fund, Gomez’s Rare Beauty plans to raise $100 million to provide mental health services to underserved communities.

Going forward with the mission-driven beauty brand’s very first sale, 1% of annual sales of Rare Beauty products in addition to funds raised by partners will benefit the fund, which plans to raise the $100 million goal over the next 10 years. 

After reaching its goal, the Rare Impact Fund will become one of the largest known funds supporting mental health from a corporate entity.

Rare Impact Fund

“I’m so grateful to be surrounded by a team that’s helped make the Rare Impact Fund a reality,” Gomez said in a press release. “Since the brand’s inception, we wanted to find a way to give back to our community and further support people who needed access to mental health services, which have had a profound impact on my life. Rare Beauty is focused on helping people feel more connected to one another and less alone in the world. The Rare Impact Fund will make a direct impact on many lives and, ultimately, make a difference in the world. I’m proud of the work we’ve begun to do with our partners to offer these services to anyone who needs support.”

Gomez founded Rare Beauty in Februarywith the self-affirming mission that “being rare is about being comfortable with yourself.” 

The title of the makeup line nods to Gomez’s third studio album Rare, which she released at the beginning of the year. The album debuted at No. 1on the Billboard 200.

“Our goal is ambitious. We want to raise $100 million for mental health in the next 10 years,” said Scott Friedman, CEO of Rare Beauty, in the release. “With the launch of the Rare Impact Fund, we will create one of the largest philanthropic efforts focused on mental health in the world. The funds will go toward increasing access to mental health services, particularly for underserved communities.” If you want more details about the Buttlane Pahrmacy blog, visit here.

Rare Beauty also created the Rare Beauty Mental Health Council, which brings mental health experts from universities, organizations and companies together to guide the company’s strategy. 

Members of the Rare Beauty Mental Health Council include: Permission to Feel author Dr. Marc Brackett of the Yale Center for Emotional IntelligenceDr. Scott L. Rauch of McLean HospitalDr. Jane Delgado of the National Alliance for Hispanic HealthSad Girls Club CEO/founder Elyse FoxNAMI National Director of Strategic Partnerships Katrina Gay; singer-songwriter Justin TranterTeen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Peoples WagnerThe Happiness Project author Gretchen RubinSephora Vice President of Merchandising, Makeup Jennifer Cohen; and YouTube‘s Global Social Impact Marketing Director Kit Hayes.

Back in April, Gomez spoke candidly about her bipolar diagnosis with Miley Cyrus on her Bright Minded Instagram Live series and explained how she found out at McLean Hospital, a psychiatric hospital outside Boston, where she also won the 2019 McClean Award last September for her mental health advocacy.

“Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in… America, McClean Hospital, and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar,” Gomez told Cyrus. “And so when I got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it.”

Selena Gomez Curates Special “Cooking Together” Playlist for Spotify

Selena Gomez is hoping to answer your wildest streams…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress is among the artists forming part of Spotify’s new suite of celebrity-curated playlists in their “Listening Together” collection under the titles Together and ICYMI.

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The playlists and podcasts are intended to “bring a sense of connection and comfort to listeners when they need it most,” according to a statement from Spotify. 

The playlists feature lists pulled together by Gomez (Cooking Together), Dolly Parton (At Home Together), Normani (Working Out Together), Lil Yachty(Gaming Together) and Kiana Ledé(Meditating Together).

The playlists and podcasts from celebs, artists, podcasters and influencers will refresh weekly, allowing them to “share in users’ favorite at-home interests, past times and passions… based on the most popular home-based activities like cooking, cleaning, workouts & wellness, gaming and more.”

Gomez’s Cooking Together roster features several of her own songs (“Boyfriend,” “Vulnerable,” “Rare” and “Ring“), as well as songs by Fleetwood Mac (“Gypsy“), Kacey Musgraves (“Lonely Weekend“), Saint Jhn (“God Bless the Internet“), Parton (“He’s Alive“), Surfaces (“Sunday Best“) and Harry Styles(“Adore You“) and Kid CudiTaylor SwiftLauryn Hill,Amy WinehouseRoddy RicchClairo and The Weeknd.

Parton will help kick off the At Homeplaylist this week, which includes her own “Shine,” as well as tracks from Brandi Carlile (“Carried Me With You“), Avicii (“Wake Me Up“), Maggie Rogers, (“Light On“), Journey, (Don’t Stop Believin’“), Demi Lovato (“Skyscraper“), Lauren Diagle, (“You Say“) and Ashley McBryde (“Hang in There Girl“), as well as songs by Celine DionThe TemptationsKelsea BalleriniDermot Kennedyand Avril Lavigne.

Yachty’s Gaming Together pulls together seven songs from Solange, as well as a number of songs from Pink Floyd, and Lake Street Drive (“Mistakes“), Unknown Mortal Orchestra (“Hunnybee“), The Art of Noise (“Moments in Love“), Gorillaz (“Dare“), the La’sAriel PinkCautous Clay and Felix Da Housecat.

Normani’s gonna make you sweat with Working Out Together, featuring hits from Diplo (“New Shapes“), Mark Ronson (“Why Hide“), Kendrick Lamar (“Love.”), Snoh Aalegra (“Here Now“), Drake (“Signs“), Calum Scott (“Dancing on My Own“), as well as Crowded HouseCharlotte Day WilsonJess GlynneHushedRihannaBonga and Trevor Hall.

The ICYMI playlists include DJ sets from D-Nice‘s “Club Quarantine” and songs played during the super-popular “Verzuz” DJ battles.

Selena Gomez Releases Stripped-Down Unplugged Version of Single “Rare”

Selena Gomezis stripping things down…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has released a new unplugged performance of “Rare,” the title track from her recent chart-topping album.

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The song, recorded live from the Village Studio, finds Gomez accompanied only by a sparsely strummed acoustic guitar and a single female backup singer, giving a new emotional spin to the lead track from the album, which dropped in January. 

The unadorned take on “Rare” is in stark contrast to the more visually stunning official video, which she says in a pop-up version of the clip was shot in nature after she found inspiration during her philanthropic trip to Kenya with the WEorganization. 

The live clip opens with Gomez rehearsing and joking around with her crew before diving into the introspective lyrics. 

“Baby, you’ve been so distant from me lately/ And lately/ Don’t even wanna call you baby/ Saw us getting older/ Burning toast in the toaster/ My ambitions were too high,” she sings.

This is the second treat from Gomez in the last two weeks.

She released the single “Feel Me” on digital platforms last week, a fan-favorite song she played on her 2016 Revivaltour. It was only available on a Rarevinyl sold at Target.

Selena Gomez Releases Fan-Favorite Single “Feel Me”

It’s an ‘all the feelz’ moment for Selena Gomez

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has officially released “Feel Me,” a fan-favorite staple during her 2016 Revival tour.

Selena Gomez

“Feel Me,” Gomez’s anthem about an ex regretting his loss, is now available on digital platforms for the first time.

“Won’t be caught up in the middle/ Of your highs and your lows/ Baby, ‘long as you’re not with me/ You’ll always be alone,” she sultrily croons in the tune before the sparkling chorus: “Every time your lips touch another/ I want you to feel me.”

Before Friday, “Feel Me” was only available on the Rare vinyl sold at Target

In a fan Q&A Gomez held on Twitterto celebrate her recent album’s release back in January, she answered a question asking if the tune would ever see the light of day. 

“That song was from when I was in a different place and doesn’t fit with where I am right now,” she responded.

But Gomez has apparently had a change of heart to her fans’ delight.

NCAA’s ‘March Madness’ Promo Features Selena Gomez’s “Dance Again” Track

Selena Gomezis feelin’ the March Madness

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress is giving at assist to the NCAA by offering her party-ready song “Dance Again” for a new promo for the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament.

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“I kick-start the rhythm,” she sings before segueing right into the chorus of the single from her chart-topping new album Rare. “Feels so, feels so, feels so good to dance again.”

The clip, which Gomez shared on social media over the weekend, intersperses her dance moves with celebratory game footage ahead of the 2020 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, which begins on March 17.

Selena Gomez Shares Making Of Clip for “Rare” Music Video

It’s a rarelook into Selena Gomez’s creative world…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress is giving fans a behind the scenes look at the making of the “ethereal, iridescent universe” created for her “Rare” music video.

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Gomez uploaded a clip from the video’s set on YouTubeon Monday.

“I am so glad that it worked out the way that it did,” Gomez, who released her album of the same name on January 10, said of the single’s release. “It’s such an important song, but I’m so glad I released ‘Lose You to Love Me; and ‘Look at Her Now‘ because it was more of a parting. This is the first moment into this era for me, personally and for the music.”

There may be more footage to come beyond the three-minute glimpse behind the “Rare” video shoot: Gomez wrapped the clip by saying, “I guess this is it, guys, for the first one. I’ll see you the next video.

Selena Gomez’s “Rare” Album Debuts at No. 1 on Australia’s ARIA Charts

The third time’s the charm for Selena Gomezin a land Down Under…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress’third solo album, Rare, becomes her first chart-topping album on Australia’s ARIA Charts.

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It’s Gomez’s fifth album to appear on the ARIA Charts (3 solo, 2 as Selena & the Scene). It’s her third successive Top 10 album after Stars Dance(HP-8, July 2013) and Revival(HP-3, October 2015).

Three singles from the album have charted so far, with the album’s title track debuting at No.23 this week, while it was preceded by “Lose You to Love Me” (HP-2, TW-20) and “Look at Her Now” (HP-29, TW-84).

Selena Gomez’s “Rare” Aiming for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

Selena Gomez may be rare-in’ to the top of the charts… 

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress’ new studio album Rare is aiming for a possible No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. 

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Gomez’s latest effort, which was released on January 10 via Interscope Records, may launch atop the tally dated January 25 with between 110,000 to 130,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending January 16.

Rareis Gomez’s first album since 2015’s Revival, which bowed at No. 1 with 117,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data

It marked her second leader, following 2013’s Stars Dance.

Rare was led by the songs “Lose You to Love Me” and “Look at Her Now.” The former became her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, vaulting 15-1 on the list dated November 9, 2019. On the current Hot 100, the track sits at No. 10. Meanwhile, on the latest Pop Songs airplay chart, which ranks the most played songs at top 40-formatted radio stations, “Lose You to Love Me” rises 3-2.

Meanwhile, the current No. 1 champ, Roddy Ricch’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, has a chance of holding on to the top slot for a third nonconsecutive week. As of January 14, prognosticators indicate the rapper’s album could tally upwards of 110,000 units — or more. The album is riding high thanks in large part to its single “The Box.” 

The Billboard 200chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).