During an onslaught of interviews to promote her new record Revival, Gomez's biggest gripe was people view her more as a tabloid sensation and Internet icon than an artist. She said in recent weeks her record is a symbolic rebirth after immense scrutiny she endured from her relationship with ex Justin Bieber and her body all while secretly dealing with Lupus.
“I’m so tired of feeling like I’m being pulled down by something,” she said of peoples' judgement. “'Revival' is the first song on the album, and the first lines are, “I feel like I’ve awakened—the chains around me are finally breaking."
It's her salvation, and well-deserved. Billboard announced her latest studio effort debuted atop the charts at No. 1, moving 117,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.
This marks Gomez's second No. 1 album, but more importantly... gives people a solid reason to focus on her music rather than her relationship (or lack thereof) with Justin Bieber.
Then again, their song together that just dropped on Saturday certainly doesn't help. Regardless, no one can take away her latest feat. Not even Bieber.