|“||So when I stepped into music, I wanted to take that family factor and put it in my music. Having a band and having someone who is on the stage with you and can support you was my main goal. So I definitely wanted to have a band from the beginning and I'm lucky to have a good group of guys around me.||”|
– Selena in an interview with Alloy
Selena Gomez & the Scene is an American pop band from Hollywood, California, formed in 2008. Along with lead singer and founder Selena Gomez, the band consists of bassist Joey Clement, drummer Greg Garman, keyboardist Dane Forrest, and guitarist Drew Taubenfield. The band has released three studio albums, seven singles and nine music videos.
The band released their debut album, Kiss & Tell on September 29, 2009. The album debuted at number 9 on the US Billboard 200. In March 2010 the album was certified Gold by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The second single from the album, "Naturally", reached the top thirty in the US, and the top twenty in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and Germany. The song has also been certified Platinum in the US and Canada. As of 2012, the album has sold over 900,000 copies in the US.
Their second album, A Year Without Rain was released on September 17, 2010. Two singles were released from the album, "Round & Round" and "A Year Without Rain". The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number 4. It was also certified Gold by the RIAA in January 2011. As of 2012, the album has sold over 800,000 in the US.
Their third album, When the Sun Goes Down was released on June 28, 2011. The first single from the album is titled "Who Says", which debuted on March 8, 2011 on On Air with Ryan Seacrest and premiered its music video on March 11 on Disney Channel. The song was certified Platinum in the US. The second single from the album, "Love You Like a Love Song", was released on June 17, 2011 and was certified 2× Platinum in the US. The third and final single from the album is "Hit the Lights". As of 2012, the album has sold over 700,000 copies in the US.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, by June 2012, the band has sold over ten million digital copies of their discographic material just in the US, and over seven million records worldwide.
During an interview with Jocelyn Vena, of popped in late 2008, Selena Gomez said about her future music career that: "I'm going to be in a band. I'm not going to be a solo artist...I don't want my name attached to it. I will be singing..." Gomez later announced, via Twitter, that the band would be called The Scene. It is an "ironic jab" at the people who called the frontwoman "wannabe scene." Gomez has also stated that the band name, which was originally intended to be just "The Scene", became "Selena Gomez & the Scene" due to complications with Hollywood Records. Due to this, the band is sometimes incorrectly credited as just Selena Gomez. Gomez has said in several interviews (including one with Z100 New York) that the band was formed through a long, exhausting audition process. She said it was worth it, though, because she has a great band. However, not long after joining the band, keyboardist Nick Foxer left for unknown reasons, and was replaced by Dane Forrest. Ethan Roberts left to pursue his own career and was replaced by Drew Taubenfield. Gomez wished Roberts luck for his future careers.
2009-2010: Kiss & Tell and Live in Concert
Kiss & Tell is the group's debut studio album and was released on September 29, 2009 by Hollywood Records. Gomez worked with several writers and producers on the album including Gina Schock of the Go-Go's. Musically, the album has a combination of different styles, prominently rock, and dance elements. The album debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200. On March 5, 2010, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 units in the US.
Gomez confirmed that she co-wrote one song on the album entitled "I Won't Apologize". The lead single "Falling Down" was released on August 21, 2009. The music video premiered after the world premiere of Gomez' TV-movie Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie on August 28, 2009. It peaked at number 82 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 and at number 69 on the Canadian Hot 100. The second single from the album, "Naturally" was released on December 11, 2009 along with a music video for digital download. The music video was shot on November 14, 2009 and premiered on Disney Channel following the premiere of Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation on December 11, 2009. The single debuted at number 39 and later peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has peaked at number 18 on the Canadian Hot 100. It is the band's biggest hit to date and first top 40 hit beating out their first single "Falling Down" and also their first number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. "Naturally" had its highest peak in Hungary where it peaked at number 4 on the singles chart, becoming the band's first top five hit anywhere in the world. On July 15, 2010, the single was certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1,000,000 in the US.
The band promoted the album with the concert tour, Selena Gomez & the Scene: Live in Concert. Gomez and the rest of the band performed on various TV shows and at special events such as on season nine of Dancing with the Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest among other shows. Selena Gomez & the Scene along with Justin Bieber played at the 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and the band and Justin Bieber also co-headlined Popcon.
Selena Gomez & the Scene contributed to Disney's All Wrapped Up Vol. 2. The EP includes the band's cover of "Winter Wonderland" as well as Christmas covers by other successful artists. Their single "Falling Down" was featured on Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 12, along with songs by other popular artists. Jams 12 was officially released on March 30, 2010.
2010-2011: A Year Without Rain
The band's second studio album, A Year Without Rain was released on September 17, 2010. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number 4, with sales of a little over 66,000, barely beating out Kiss & Tell. The album continues the dance-pop/electropop/indie style of the group's hit single "Naturally". "I think we wanted to do something a little fun. We wanted to do a techno vibe, " said lead singer Selena Gomez. Gomez said in an interview with Z100 New York that it would feature some songs that did not make it onto the first album and that the rest of the band would be much more included on it. In an interview with MTV, Gomez said, "I'm really proud of this record, it's very different, and kind of shows [our] growth a little bit in music... I think if anything the lyrics are more powerful, in a way. "
The record's first single, "Round & Round", premiered on June 18, 2010. The accompanying music video, which was filmed in Budapest, premiered two days later. The single was released on June 22, 2010."Round & Round" charted in the top sixty in Austria, and Germany, and appeared on the Belgian Flanders tip chart, as well as charting in Slovakia. The song has been certified Gold in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of 500,000 copies. It debuted at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 76 on the Canadian Hot 100. It also debuted at number 15 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart and at number 47 in the UK. The album's second single and title track "A Year Without Rain" was released on September 7, 2010. The music video premiered on September 3, 2010, after the world premiere of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Selena & the Scene have performed "Round & Round" live on America's Got Talent, Blue Peter, Daybreak, and MTV's The Seven; "Round & Round" and "A Year Without Rain" live on Good Morning America; and "A Year Without Rain" live on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Lopez Tonight. On October 27, the band played an acoustic set for charity (UNICEF). They were also part of the Jingle Ball tour during December. The Spanish version of "A Year Without Rain" ("Un Año Sin Ver Llover") was released three months after the English version.
On July 13, Selena Gomez & the Scene's song "Live Like There's No Tomorrow" was released as a single from the movie Ramona and Beezus. The song is also a track on A Year Without Rain. In 2011, the band performed "A Year Without Rain" and won Favorite Breakout Artist on the Peoples Choice Awards, against Justin Bieber.
2011-2012: When the Sun Goes Down, breakthrough, and We Own the Night Tour
On February 15, 2011, Hollywood Records confirmed that a new album was in the works. The album was initially titled Otherside. It was later changed to When the Sun Goes Down, and was released on June 28, 2011. The album's lead single "Who Says" had its world premiere on On Air with Ryan Seacrest on March 8. The accompanying music video, which was directed by Chris Applebaum, premiered on VEVO March 11. The song has also been certified platinum in the US.
On March 23, 2011, Hollywood Records announced the We Own the Night Tour. The summer tour will promote the upcoming album and begins July 24, 2011. Gomez announced in an interview that the second single from the album will be "Love You Like a Love Song". It was released on June 17, 2011. On May 28, Gomez announced on her official Twitter that one of the songs from the album, "Bang Bang Bang" would be released as part of an iTunes album countdown on June 7, 2011. A snippet of "Bang Bang Bang" was also played exclusively on the American Top 40 when Gomez guest hosted the countdown on June 4, 2011. The album was released on June 28, 2011. In August 2011, at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards, the band performed "Love You Like a Love Song". The band also won Choice Group, Choice Single for "Who Says", and Choice Love Song for "Love You Like a Love Song". "Love You Like a Love Song" was platinum in U. S. according to the RIAA On November 7, 2011 Selena Gomez put the official lyric video for "Hit the Lights", and five teasers for the upcoming 'Hit the Lights' music video which was broadcasted on November 16, 2011. On May 8, 2012, the band's song "Love You Like A Love Song" was featured on the 'Prom-asauraus' episode of Glee.
On March 23, 2011, Hollywood Records announced through a press release that Selena Gomez & the Scene would be touring in the United States during the summer of 2011. The first show confirmed was at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, Calif, while sales started on April 2, 2011. "I am so excited to see my incredible fans on tour," Gomez said in a statement, that confirmed the tour name as We Own the Night Tour. "We're working on a great production and set lists including some surprise covers. I want to make sure everyone has a fun time."
2012-present: Band hiatus
In January 2012, Selena Gomez announced that she would put her music career on hold and would not release a new album in 2012. This was later reaffirmed as Gomez announced on her Facebook page that she was taking a break from music in order to focus on her acting career, writing "My band and I are going our separate ways for a while. This year is all about films and acting and I want my band to play music wherever with whoever. We will be back but, it will be a good while."
On July 22, 2012, Selena Gomez & the Scene won "Choice Music: Group" for third time in a row at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. Selena went on with her career and released two studio albums, Stars Dance (2013) and Revival (2015).
- Selena Gomez – lead vocals (2009–present)
- Greg Garman – drums, backing vocals (2009–present)
- Joey Clement – bass guitar, backing vocals (2009–present)
- Drew Taubenfeld – lead guitar, backing vocals (2012–present)
- Dane Forrest – keyboards, backing vocals (2009–present)
- Nick Foxer – keyboards, backing vocals (2009)
- Ethan Roberts – lead guitar, backing vocals (2009–2012)
- Lindsay Harper - backing vocals (2010–present)
- Katelyn Clampett – backing vocals (2011–present)
- Ashleigh Haney – backing vocals (2011)
- Christina Grimmie – backing vocals (2010)