While Selena Gomez's time as a Wizard of Waverly Place has been done for quite some time, the singer is still tied to Disney in one major way: her record label is Hollywood Records, which, as we all know, is owned by the Mouse House.
But that could all change. Sources "close" to the star report that Selena's contract with Hollywood Records is up at the end of this year, and she's seriously shopping around for a new label. (By the way, this comes on the heels of reports that she has fired her parents as her managers.)
This leaves a sour taste in my mouth. While it's always important for artists to grow, most artists are smart enough to stay loyal to the labels that made them stars unless there are major creative issues. By all accounts, Hollywood Records has always let Selena do what she wants, and Stars Dance proves her label is hardly holding her back from the sexed-up image she seems to desperate to obtain.
So the first thing Selena should do in her post-Disney music career is go back to Disney. Hollywood Records spares to expense in promoting its most popular artists, whereas most other labels have habits of letting even the biggest names slip through the crack. (Avril Lavigne, Shakira, and Colbie Caillat say hi.)
The second thing she needs to do is stop copying other artists. She claims Britney is her biggest influence, records an excessive amount of Katy and Rihanna rejects, and comes off as a J. Lo wannabe. The pop stars who find the most success and longevity are the ones who craft a specific public image for themselves, for better or worse. I love Selena, but there's hardly anything special about her.
Instead of continuing down this road of "tribal" dance music, Selena should record something reminiscent of "Breathless" by the Corrs. The early 2000s jam is so perfectly suited for Selena's voice, it's not even funny.
Finally, the last thing Selena should do with her music career is to make it her only career. No more acting. Thanks!