Selena Gomez’s Stars Dance Ices Her 21st Birthday Cake

'There's not any way I'd rather spend my birthday,' Gomez tells MTV News of her b-day bash and album release.

Selena Gomez not only turned 21 recently, but she also dropped her new album, Stars Dance , on Tuesday (July 23). And in a lot of ways, this release celebrates her growth as a pop artist, but also as a woman.

“It’s not something just wanting to make a statement. It’s just kind of acknowledging the fact that I’m turning 21 and that I am becoming a woman,” Selena told MTV News. “And, it’s beautiful for me to kind of apply that to my music.”

The album, full of pulsing dance tracks and more mature lyrical content about love, got its kick-start earlier this year with her grown-up declaration, “Come & Get It.” She hopes that the rest of the album “will stand on its own.”

“I got to push myself,” she added. “I don’t want to stay in one place. So I really am happy with how it’s kind of turned out.”

Since Gomez gave her fans the gift of new music this week, the big question just might be what she got for her birthday.

Well, tacos.

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