High quality Selena inspired duvet covers by independent artists and designers from around the world. Selena, although she already had major success in the Latin world was very sweet and humble, reserved and unaffected, it felt like I was talking to my little sister. Prometheus Global Media. In July, So Cal indie label Burger Records shut down after female fans and musicians accused some of bands of sexual misconduct. She said, "I just need to check with Keith to see where he's gonna need me again." Doctors at the Corpus Christi hospital tried to revive her, but she dead upon arrival. As the music world mourned, Selena's family, producers, and label grappled with what to do with the material she'd been able to record before her life was tragically cut short before a decision was made to release what they had. It felt like she was in the thick of it and our recording session was just another event she had to attend and get through this busy day; but after listening to the track she was about to lay her vocals onto, she stepped right up to the microphone and in no time was focused on the thing she does best. It was very comfortable. Is it time to put her brand and her spirit to rest? In one interview, she’s asked whether her husband ever got jealous because of the way she dressed, and why she doesn’t like it when people say she’s “sexy.” Selena says, simply, “I don’t think of myself that way.” She was a successful businesswoman at 23, defending herself in Spanish TV interviews while still learning the language and navigating her new fame. But I just left it up to her to say whatever felt natural. Regular price $14.99 She would have been an icon. Exposito: “Donde Quiera Que Estés” with Barrio Boyz was an excellent new jack swing fusion. The feeling of success was more like one of mourning and reflection. Hernandez: There is nothing more “American” than R&B and rock ‘n’ roll! Byrne: I had this song, and I sent her the multitrack tape (this was analog days) and there was a phone conversation. Brandi Carlile looks to family and the guiding lights around us all for ‘Onward’ song. On the morning of March 31, 1995, Selena met with Saldivar in her room at the Days Inn in Corpus Christi regarding discrepancies over the finances of Selena Etc. She was just a lovely, lovely person. It sold 175,000 copies on the first day alone in the U.S.—a record at the time for a female artist. And so, it's just one of those things. It wasn't fun. All in all every sign of a rush job by the label. And I said, "Oh my gosh, okay, great." Pérez: There were all these Selena projects happening and the movie was being made and scripted...Having to go through the meetings and sitting at tables with everybody while stories are being told, trying to find my escape was difficult...Try to imagine if you're having an okay day, you're able to...finally get out of the house for a minute. Review: Selena isn’t here to tell her story. It’s disappointing to see how many of Selena’s scenes focus on her appearance. Initially meant only for the documentary “Giving Voice,” the John Legend song ‘Never Break’ has become a source of solace and strength for those in pain. 25 years ago, Selena Quintanilla was on the precipice of superstardom. Thomas: I was actually in the studio mixing or working on her song when that went down. The success of Dreaming of You presages the arrival of several mainstream Latinx artists, becoming widely considered the starting point for that particular crossover. She said, "I'm gonna cook you guys a Mexican feast." And I was so upset, I just left and I actually didn't work the rest of that week. Fidel Martinez, audience engagement editor, once saw Selena perform a free concert in Reynosa, Tamaulipas in 1993. More than 25 years since her tragic death, the mythos of Tejana pop superstar Selena Quintanilla-Pérez remains as compelling as ever. Selena has sold over 65 million copies worldwide. That's what we did. Maybe different genres, but it would still have been Spanish music. And that starts a whole other conversation around this quote unquote Latin explosion because after that, and the sales that had, you know, the Ricky Martins and the JLos and Marc Anthonys, they—also the Tejano scene, where she came from—they all enjoyed this huge wave of what became known as Latin explosion. But excited at the same time because she realized that this was her moment, the dream that she always had. The unusual CBS TV station deal that scored one executive a $1-million golf membership. It just takes you out of whatever headspace you were in at that time. Photo: album cover. It is just crushing, thinking about how this song bookends the 1997 biopic, and almost tells the story of her entire life. [Wynonna] said, "Wait, are you the artist?" Created by Moisés Zamora. CBS bought a small Long Island TV station for $55 million. The fact that the music and the story keep getting passed down from generation to generation. Pérez: It blew up. “I’m so proud of myself and how far I’ve come,” rapper Kodak Black says on “Last Day In,” his first new song since Trump commuted his federal prison sentence. Her fear was it was going to take different kinds of musicians to be able to pull off all of the music that we had been hearing, that she was going to go in and start recording. Initially I was gonna end up doing the whole album, then my schedule got crazy. Photo: 479. Billboard. Thomas: There is no question in my mind, she would have been a massive superstar. And then on top of that, thinking ahead to having to go out and promote it and tour behind it, you know what I mean? Selena released six studio albums (one posthumous). This album was released soon after her death and became a hit around the world. I’m being a little facetious here, but one of her superpowers as an artist was how prophetic she was. Rapper Kodak Black celebrates postprison life since ‘Trump just freed me’. And he said, "Yeah, Selena's been killed." Get up to 50% off. A collection of texts, radio communications, quotes and scenes from the last hours of Kobe Bryant’s life before the fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas. But she wouldn't have abandoned where she came from. 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The series has one season available on Netflix. Selena: The Series covers the life of the late Selena Quintanilla, so how does Netflix's narrative compare to the true story? Thomas: When we were recording the record, I left [the Spanish section] up to her. Reyes-Velarde, born three weeks after Selena’s death, knew the singer best from Jennifer Lopez’s portrayal in the 1997 biopic, “Selena.”, “After so many tributes in TV and film,” says Reyes-Velarde, “I wondered from a young age: Why were we still talking about Selena?”. He is a proud Tejano who will fight anyone who disparages flour tortillas. She did this in Spanish — dabbling in cumbia, Tejano, corridos and mariachi, and injecting them with electronic and pop elements. Hernandez: Although I welcome the efforts intended to introduce new generations to her music and her persona, there has to be a respite at some point, no? To me that group includes Americanized, or acculturated first and second-generation children of immigrants — the people most identified as her core audience today. Hernandez: I know people have been making fun of the wigs, but that’s how hair looked in the late ’80s and early ’90s — don’t be fooled! Your source for entertainment news, celebrities, celeb news, and celebrity gossip. She was in the process of recording her first English-language album when she was shot by her fan-club president and died soon after. "Selena: The Series" follows Selena Quintanilla's rise to fame. Some call it a doona. Janelle Monáe and H.E.R. That it wasn't going to be that difficult, that she was actually going to enjoy it. And it was sad, you know, but we did not end up going with that and then the record came out and the rest is history. I was busy doing that thing. I hope I never have to do that again. Are there no other Chicana artists who can appeal to a broad range of audiences? I just went out to the farm and just couldn't believe what I was seeing. Exposito: In both the 1997 movie and the 2020 show, we see how much Selena — like many Latinos born and/or raised in the U.S. — struggled with living in the liminal space between American and Mexican cultures. I think that she she would have always been doing it in one form or another. Warren, writer of "I'm Getting Used to You": [Brennan] had talked to me about her, and I heard her sing. Becky G is the first that comes to mind, but can anyone come close to Selena? HOUCHRON CAPTION (04/01/2005) SECLAVIBRA COLOR: 1994. So for her, it was just another step up in the direction where she dreamed of going. When you listen to the audio liner notes that accompany the record on Spotify, it’s clear that “Dreaming of You” was her song, she really loved it, and recorded it with a fullness of conviction and devotion that shines through. Here's Selena Quintanilla's first album cover. A UCLA graduate, she is originally from Duarte, Calif., and is a native Spanish speaker. Hernandez: It’s a perfect song. Selena flies to Nashville to begin working with Thomas first. Hernandez: I know this album is referred to as the crossover, but listening to it again makes me ask: “crossover” for who? Roche: I have to say, although I was aware of the success of the album, I felt very disconnected and avoided any news about Selena and the loss. Find Selena discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. I don't think she ever thought about leaving the Tejano music behind or Latin music behind. But the series left me craving another retelling of her story, without the family controlling the narrative. Counties will make the final call, however. Saldivar was later found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Martinez: I think it’s hilarious when her brother, A.B. Suzy Exposito is a music reporter at the Los Angeles Times. I’m triste. Thomas: She was so, so sweet and kind and gracious. Despite the ease with which she and her new collaborators got on, there were nerves on Selena's end. Selena the character definitely feels like a peg in an ensemble and not the lead; it would have been more accurate to call the show “The Quintanillas.” Having said that, there are some truly moving moments in the series, and the majority of the writers in the room were women. Crucially, the first nine episodes only cover the first 20 years of the subject's life, which means that Selena part 2 will focus on Selena's evolution into a Tejano superstar before her tragic 1995 death. And Selena said, "Of course." "Amor Prohibido," Selena. Titled “Dreaming of You,” the album would become Selena’s last; it was released on July 18, 1995, almost four months after she was shot dead by her fan club president, Yolanda Saldívar. Now she’s taking her boldly feminist pop to the mainstream. Janelle Monáe was moved by “All In: The Fight for Democracy” so contributed a song when asked. All that just kind of played through my mind as I'm sitting there finishing up the song. Despite being in a Tejano band, Selena modeled herself after R&B stars like Jody Watley, Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson. 96 (45). Previously he worked as politics editor for Mitu, as a social storytelling producer for Fusion Media Group and content curator and managing editor for Break Media. The family, A.B. Selena, played by Christian Serratos, is shown learning Spanish from cassette tapes to woo the Mexican music industry. Daniel Hernandez covers culture in Southern California, with an emphasis on media, identity, the Internet, books and food. Fidel Martinez is an audience engagement editor at the Los Angeles Times, focusing on sports. A tough year — and tough film themes — bring beauty by way of the music. So it made perfect sense for Selena to segue into pop and R&B. I remember having dinner with her and, of course, I was myself. And she was like, so embarrassed. Martinez: Any retelling of Selena’s story is bound to be flawed, if only for the fact that the Quintanilla family was involved in the production of the Netflix series. Alejandra Reyes-Velarde is a Metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times. And I had just written "I'm Getting Used to You." The band start work on their first album with EMI. Shop for Vinyl, CDs and more from Selena Y Los Dinos at the Discogs Marketplace. Warren: I think Selena would've been the biggest Latin female artist of all time. But even during recording the vocal, I would do my own Spanish, whatever it was I was doing, and she would just get so tickled over that. The women who brought down Burger Records. So she was nervous about that. Thomas: I'll go to Kroger or Publix or somewhere and I hear this song playing and it takes me back to that day, every time. And, again, what she stands for. To the point to where I just would ask to not even have that vocal going on, you know, just pop it in here and there so I knew where I was in the song. Selena - Enamorada De Ti. In light of the new series, four Latinx contributors at The Times revisited the album, as well as their own memories of Selena. We’re all “dreaming of” Selena. That Abraham and Co. would sign off on a story that offered nuance and depth at the risk of taking Selena down from the altar they’ve built, and we’ve all worshipped at? That was a tough one. “Growing up, I’d hear the same story every March, as if it were a holiday,” says Times Metro reporter Alejandra Reyes-Velarde. But Nancy came in town with Selena and we played a lot, played them several songs and "I Could Fall in Love" was one of them...There's this Spanish speaking part in the middle of the song, and I did the demo. Her original song Oscar contender “Carried Me With You” is a country-pop road song, with driving drums and a big chorus. H.E.R. How do we feel about this assessment of the show? [Laughs]. What were people expecting? Once you hear a song in the studio, you'll never hear it that good again, you know? The Wide Shot brings you news, analysis and insights on everything from streaming wars to production — and what it all means for the future. We saw how much she wanted this in the Netflix series — her dad pushing EMI Latin to let Los Dinos put out an English album. Hernandez: I think Lorraine is spot on. I think at the same time we were talking about going out and doing some kind of tribute tour. You know, because who knows what I was saying. I said, "What?!" Looking back on it now and reliving that, I know that she was calling me because she was really proud of her performance on that song. • "Regional Mexican Albums > December 2, 1989". Selena is the debut studio album by American Tejano singer Selena, released on October 17, After starting a band with his children, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. became the group's manager and began promoting it. Specifically "I Could Fall in Love" with Keith Thomas producing it. And on July 18, 1995, Dreaming of You was shared with the world. During her short life singer-songwriter Selena Quintilla had a spectacularly successful career as a singer, actress and fashion designer making her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American personalities of the 20th century. The first season of the series only covers Selena Quintanilla's early days in the music industry; much of what occurs on the show happens before AB Quintanilla … And I know she did love it, you know, and she did give it her all and I think it comes across when you hear the song, for sure. The conceit of that soundtrack was that all the music came from Brooklyn—and given that Brooklyn has a huge Latin population, that is somewhat feasible. With "I Could Fall in Love" under her belt, she begins work on the rest of the tracks—including one with David Byrne of Talking Heads fame intended for inclusion in the film Don Juan DeMarco, in which she made a cameo—over a busy few weeks in March. Her forte was tejano (Tex-mex) music, a genre enormously popular in … Asian American voice cast takes viewers on parallel journeys of recovery from loss and grief, a theme close to the filmmakers after death of screenwriter. It wasn't her style. And she saw Selena in the kitchen cooking and she just assumed that she was our chef at the studio. 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Reyes-Velarde: I’m fascinated by just how present Selena has been throughout the lives of millennials like me who were born after her death. And then all of a sudden, you hear that intro drum riff to "I Could Fall in Love" and the song starts. Martinez: The thread running through the album is Selena’s willingness to experiment with different genres and largely succeeding at it. How Johnny Canales, the Mexican American Dick Clark, helped make Selena a star. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Sadly, the movie decided not to use the song. Quickly, a list of bold names began to come together to work on the album in some capacity: writer/producer Keith Thomas, who'd helped craft hits for Amy Grant and Vanessa Williams (including the latter's "Save the Best for Last"); producer Guy Roche, who would go on to work with Brandy and Christina Aguilera; and the incomparable songwriter Diane Warren. You go, "I want this girl to win big time.". I mean, who knows? “Selena: The Series” turns the focus to the men behind her — creating a self-serving, controlled narrative that fails to illuminate the late singer herself. A terrible tragedy. The song featured such notable songs as Besitos, Contigo Quiero Estar and Sukiyaki (a cover of Kyu Sakamoto's 1963 hit). By age 9, Selena was performing at Papagayo’s, the Mexican restaurant her family owned. And I literally had a pain in the heart when he said that. And she was like, "Are you sure?" I just feel like I know that she would have she accomplished everything that she wanted to in life because she just had that ability to connect with people and that's what it was about...She was a magnet and you can see that just in the shows that she did and the conversations you would have with her. It was an exciting day for her because I think that's when I started sensing her feeling at ease with the process. I'm like, yeah, "I'm working on this thing with your dad." Reyes-Velarde: Before watching the Netflix series, I would have said yes, it’s time to take a break from Selena. [Quintanilla, her brother] came with her and her husband came with her...She came in and we hit it off actually. Pérez: The way I remember it is when we would be working on songs before going into the studio during recording, she'd pop in and out. Though her career was cut tragically short, she arguably became the single most important figure in the growth of … The group EMI Latin detested the album cover and called it "the worst they've ever gotten." Check out the hottest fashion, photos, movies and TV shows! Upon hearing of Selena’s death in 1995, staff writer Daniel Hernandez mourned with classmates in his San Diego high school, while music reporter Suzy Exposito, then 5 years old, began learning Selena’s songs from the radio. Pérez: I remember "Dreaming of You"—and I've said this story a couple of times in interviews, I think, where that song did mean a lot. Despite the pressures and the new faces, a pro's a pro. Pérez: The dream was always to end up making the, quote unquote, English album. Only a handful of these songs were originally recorded before she was murdered, and it’s really hard to say what Selena singing in English would actually look like from this small, albeit great sample. The youngest of a musical family—and former frontwoman of family band Selena y Los Dinos—she'd achieved a commercial success with LPs like Entre a Mi Mundo and Amor Prohibido that helped put the genre on the "mainstream" map. I think the industry, and the culture at large, should ask themselves why “new Selenas” haven’t emerged in the last quarter-century. Selena still leaned on mariachi and cumbia sounds, so in a sense, this “crossover album” is really for the legions of English-speaking American listeners who were poised to become her next wave of biggest fans. Thomas, writer/producer of "I Could Fall in Love": I got a video of her when they submitted to see if I wanted to work with her and, you know, I watched it and there was something compelling about her in this video. So many interviewers used to comment on her appearance and Selena was obviously not into it. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. Its singles are played everywhere. In honor of Dreaming of You's 25th anniversary, E! News an inside look at the making of the legendary LP. She was consistently on the pulse of what was happening, not just in Tejano or Anglo-American music. I mean, to say it would be a bummer would be an understatement. The album featured five new English-language songs—including the smash hit title track and the equally iconic "I Could Fall in Love"—while a smattering of previously released tracks, sung mostly in Spanish, were included to help flesh out the track list. The tape came back with her vocal on it and I was knocked out—it lifted the song to another level. To me this song is a reminder that she broke many barriers for women in music. I just try to write a great song, you know? 480. Thomas: It took me a minute to be able to get back to it just because I'm sitting there listening to her voice and then I'm thinking of all the things that we did and all the belly laughs we had together when she was there. Channeling Harley Quinn and Lil’ Kim, Ashnikko won the internet. Whether or not you love her music, she remains such a huge part of Mexican American, and by extension, Latinx culture. Every time. Titled “Dreaming of You,” the album would become Selena’s last; it was released on July 18, 1995, almost four months after she was shot dead by her fan club president, Yolanda Saldívar. She records a track with the dude from the Talking Heads, an artist whose other notable collaborators include Brian Eno. And I didn't really think too much about it. Martinez: It’s really hard to think of this album as anything other than an unfinished masterpiece, one which makes the listener fill out the missing part of its canvas with their own interpretation of who Selena was and what her legacy is. As the Queen of Tejano, a traditionally male-dominated genre of music born in Texas by combining Mexican-Spanish vocal traditions and Czech and German dance, she'd risen to fame over the course of four solo Spanish-language studio albums. There is even a really bad misspelling on the intro to the 20 year series. So we pared down, then I was going to do half the album. I’ve seen worse, kitschier versions of the ’80s in many television shows, and this one is expertly done. The next day, we go to the studio and she had been working things out in her head. By 1995, she and her label were hungry for more and work began on an English-language crossover album that would no doubt catapult her into the upper echelons of fame. I can look back on the 25 years of everything that she still represents, and that she's become an icon and the music [stands] the test of time and etc, etc—'m proud of everything that she's accomplished. Some call it a duvet. It was the first majority Spanish-language album to debut at the top of the Billboard 200; it would also become the best-selling album in Latin music for the next two decades. Reyes-Velarde: The show is basically about the Quintanilla men… and somehow still bears Selena’s name. The action by state officials means restaurants and gyms could soon reopen outdoor services. And Netflix’s new series fails to give her a voice. It's my belief that the spotlight that got shone on Selena, and her music and everything, it played a huge part in all that stuff. There have been 23 posthumous compilations, box sets, live albums and soundtracks released since Selena’s death — the latest being the music from the Netflix series. I want to see a show about all of that. So to be around the voice at that particular time was f--king—it was really painful. AB and Rick do the music, with AB pushing himself for fear that the record label will keep Selena but drop the band if the album does poorly. I thought, "This would be such a great song for her." Hernandez is also the former editor of L.A. Taco and began his career as a Metro reporter at The Times at the age of 21. create two songs that call out for social justice. 50+ videos Play all Mix - Selena Quintanilla - Tu Solo Tu (Cover) YouTube Selena - No Me Queda Mas (Official Music Video) - Duration: 4:12. “The Johnny Canales Show” was a mainstay of Spanish-language TV in America, launching the careers of countless Tejano, conjunto and norteño music stars. Profile: Born April 16, 1971 - Died March 31, 1995 Selena was a Tejano singing sensation and Grammy winner. She sang beautifully and did the song justice, unaffected by her heritage of a different tongue or working with people she did not know, It was wonderful. ALBUMS OR CDs CD cover for SELENA AMOR PROHIBIDO. That same year, her first album was released on EMI Latin called simply Selena. So you go through that just to get out and you're having an OK day and you end up somewhere and maybe you're sitting down with a couple of friends and having a beer or something to eat. I mean, can you imagine? Entertainment Television, LLC A Division of NBCUniversal. Martinez: Yes — but only if this moratorium on obvious cash grabs is extended to the likes of the Beatles, Elvis, Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. And I remember she goes, "Oh, I love you!" I remember she recorded that one in Corpus [Christi, Tx., her hometown]...and I didn't get to be there when she was tracking it because I was doing something, I was working on another project at a time [for] her father...She called, and she...really wanted me to go over and check it out, the song. Howard Shore, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and Terence Blanchard: These film composers took the sting out of the year’s pain. I was in the studio plenty of times with her, her with me. The same year, she also became a spokesperson for Coca Cola. You know, because at the time is that was the whole other process because the houses were surrounded by people. Dreaming of You remains the best-selling Latin album in the world. And so she goes, "Hey, would you mind cooking for us too, if I go buy groceries?" “My mom would say, ‘On March 31, 1995, I was chatting with friends in my hometown when a radio announcer somberly broke the news of Selena’s murder’.”. HOUCHRON CAPTION (03/26/2000): Amor Prohibido. He is a former correspondent and editor in Mexico, where among other things he reported from inside El Chapo’s escape tunnel and on Mexico’s arts scenes. And that was the last time really that we all played together…I think that was the last time that we all actually played together. She wasn't insulted at all. And everybody kept warning me, "You know, you can't swear around Selena. And I don't speak Spanish. Selena was the debut album for Selena Y Los Dinos, released on October 17, 1989, under the newly formed CAPITOL/EMI Latin label, a subsidary division of CAPITOL/EMI Records. And just listen to that dancehall influence in the 1995 remix of “Techno Cumbia” — Selena was already on that reggaetón tip! 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