As Miley Cyrus continues to raise eyebrows — and sell gobs of tickets to her Dec. 18 Jingle Ball gig — keep a chaste eye on fellow former Disney poplet Selena Gomez.
Yes, she starred in racy teen romp Spring Breakers. Yes, she dated Justin Bieber right when boyfriend was breaking bad. But the 21-year-old Gomez refuses to go full-naughty for the tabloids, even as she's hyping both a new LP, the chart-topping Stars Dance, and a new tour, which comes to Tampa on Wednesday.
Instead of tongue-wagging and twerking, Gomez buddies with haloed pal Taylor Swift. Her Instagram account is full of fan shots — not boudoir ones. What she does in her private time is anyone's guess, and isn't that a curious modern phenomenon?
What we know about her is what we hear on the radio: Who Says, Love You Like a Love Song, Come & Get It — all tasty pop confections, all relatively clean, all smash hits. Kudos to Selena for playing the game — and winning the game — via her own rules.
Selena Gomez performs 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $26-$66. (813) 301-2500.
Sean Daly, Times pop music critic