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Selena

The tragic shooting death of Tejano singer Selena spawned a reaction within the Latino community that can be compared to the reactions to the deaths of Elvis Presley and John Lennon. An enormously popular singer in Latino communities across North America, her music crossed cultural boundaries to touch the lives of young and old alike. A flamboyant, sexy stage performer sometimes hailed as the Latina Madonna, Selena was nonetheless considered a role model for off-stage she was family oriented, active in anti-drug campaigns and AIDS awareness programs.

She was born Selena Quintanilla to Mexican-American parents in Lake Jackson, TX. Before her birth, her father Abraham had been a member of los Dinos. When Selena began performing at the age of ten, her father became her manager and los Dinos became her backing band. In 1983, she made her recording debut after appearing on the popular radio show of L.A. deejay Johnnie Canales. While Selena grew up understanding Spanish, English was her first language. Her first records were recorded in Spanish, and she sang the words phonetically. After her music began to catch on, she began learning Spanish formally and by the time of her death, she was fluent in the language.

In 1987, she was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards. Two years later she signed with EMI Latin and in 1990, she and los Dinos released their eponymous debut album. Later that year she released a singles compilation, Personal Best, and she also released Ven Conmigo. In 1991 the title track of the latter became the first Tejano record to go gold. Selena also released two more albums, including one of cumbia music, Baila Esta Cumbia that year. Selena married Los Dinos' lead guitarist Chris Perez in April of 1992. Other group members included her brother, Abraham Quintanilla, III, who played bass and penned many of her songs, and her sister Suzette, the drummer. She won her first Grammy in 1993 for Best Mexican American Performance for her album Selena Live. That same year, she released an album of love songs, Quiero, and she also opened Selena Etc, a clothing manufacturing business. In 1994, she made her feature-film debut in Don Juan DeMarco, in which she played a singer. Later that year, she and her band embarked upon a tour of New York, L.A., Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Amor Prohibido was released in 1994; the record's title track won a Grammy and went gold. In 1995, Selena began preparing to make her breakthrough into the American pop mainstream.

In the spring of that year she was working on her first English-language album, when she went to a motel room in Corpus Christi, TX, to fire 34-year-old Yolanda Saldivar, the woman who managed Selena's boutique in San Antonio, and the founder of the Selena fan club. A few days before the confrontation, Selena's father had unearthed paperwork proving that Saldivar had been embezzling from the fan club. Saldivar and Selena argued and as the singer left, she was shot in the back. Selena didn't die right away and managed to stagger into the lobby where she named Saldivar as the killer. An hour later, Selena died in a local hospital.

It was a death that rocked the entire Latino music industry. Saldivar was convicted for the murder of Selena in November, 1995 and sentenced to at least 30 years in prison.

A special service was held in the Los Angeles Coliseum where she was to give a concert. Less than a month later, Texas governor George W. Bush declared April 16, "Selena Day," in her honor. Dreaming of You, her final album, was released posthumously in the early summer. It became the first Tejano album to reach number one in America and was double platinum by the end of the year. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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I love this song so much it reminds me of my boyfriend so much:) at night I'll actually will stay up and I'll think of him and I'll also dream him:) Te amo
Mi amor
R.I.P Selena
Rest easy babygurl
we miss u selena
Te extrallamos selena bonita voz talentosa
Amo esta cancion
Te Amo mi PRINCIPE AZUL❤❤❤
I cried when i saw The part Selena got shoot
Guys Selena Live in our heart and she stil the
The diva so thre' s a reason to remember her
Selena is the best and she is in my heart I♥U Selena u r the best
I love this song its my favorite song of Selena,this song reminds me a lot of my ex boyfriend from High School I love him a lot and miss him a lot the good thing is that he is my friend right now (:
n3rdy4life
Rest in peace beautiful ❤❤❤❤
SELENA ��������
Still number one's Mexican American female singer!!!!!
Selena siempre será la diva ¡TKM Selena!!!
Por q tenias q ser TU!!
@Melissa Dominguez Liam Payne lover.. well that's worse than!
Im 25 yrs old I still remember sitting on the couch watching tv and next thing me & family hear is selena was killed I cryed til I couldn't cry and cryed to sleep but there songs of hers that are apart of my life that I cant get rid of so she forever be apart of my life and familys life she spoke to be in her misicr and helped others by her music she was one beautiful women and was a idol to all and is missed dearly from millions shes was a rolmodel to all women and young gils love u selean
R.I.P Selena , your gone but never forgotten���
love you selena
I love u selena
Dreaming of you
Rip I love you I was 12 year old when you died I have you in my heart ��
Rest in peace love u Selena gone but not forgotten u are my idol
Rest In Peace Selena u will always be remember ❤️❤️
Love this song Jennifer Lopez did a good job in the movie and I wish the best to the Qintanilla family
She's not gonna be released in 10 years His Babe she is gonna be realeased this year 2015 everybody knows that duhh
Yolanda should've got death penalty for killing her ���� love u Selena
I love that song��
So everybody is commenting on Selena....bu t is nobody worried that the lady who shot her is gonna be released from prison in 10 years???!!!? ? ?
I will & us will always remember selena R.I.P selena we will always remember selena no matter what
I will always love selena and think about her it's sad how she die . I love her songs if selena was still alive she will be the best mexican singer!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! '
I love selena always will ������������
I love selena
RIP
Mucho Amor Simpre Selena. Xoxo.
Miss you GONE BUT not forgotten luv u
g_fshs9
She died from extreme amounts of blood loss. It was told that she would be alive today, though her parents and their faith as Jehovah's witnesses, don't believe in blood transfusions .
RIP: Selena. You were a great person, performer, and awesome role model. You will be remembered always.
foxytay12905
One of a kind my childhood would not have been the same without your music love you so very much I drive by and see you every time I go downtown Corpus Christi Selena Lives On In Our Hearts!!!
Selena why did the old woman kill you I will be your fan forever.
Always and forever live Selena
❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
anaisraygoza 0 5
She was my all time favorite Mexican singer and I ❤️ Her and her movie.it made me cry ������������ so much I LOVE U SELENA FOREVER RIP
She was a very good young lady and woman if we're need of something if she had she would help out. She is great missed and good friend. Very sweet girl too every body. We love u Selena always in our minds.
She was beautiful and so unique. SELENA FOREVER
***
ramiro_reyes
She Was One Of My Favorite Singers
Como tu no ay otra que cante tan bien
I love u selena and u will always be a legacy ❤️������
U are so pretty
I love her so much ❤����
She was lovely and beautiful selena forever...
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