Selena Overview

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995), best known mononymously Mononymous person as Selena, was a Mexican American singer who has been called "The Queen of Tejano music Honorific nicknames in po***r music ". The youngest child of a Mexican Mexico -American couple, Selena released her first album at the age of twelve. She won Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1987 Tejano Music Awards and landed a recording contract with EMI a few years later. Her fame grew throughout the early 1990s, especially in Spanish Spanish language -speaking countries.

Selena attained further notability in North America after she was murdered at the age of 23 by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan club. On April 12, 1995, two weeks after her death, George W. Bush, governor of Texas list of Governors of Texas at the time, declared her birthday "Selena Day" in Texas. Warner Bros. produced Selena Selena (film) , a film based on her life starring Jennifer Lopez in 1997. Selena's life was also the basis of the musical Selena Forever starring Veronica Vazquez as Selena. As of June 2006, Selena was commemorated with a museum and a bronze bronze sculpture life-sized statue (Mirador de la Flor in Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas , Texas), which are visited by hundreds of fans each week.

Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, to a Mexican father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and a Mexican-American mother, Marcella Ofelia Samora, and was raised as a Jehovah's Witness.
Selena did well in school, but as she grew more po***r as a musical performer, the travel demands of her performance schedule began to interfere with her education. Her father pulled her out of school altogether when she was in eighth grade. She continued her education on the road; at age seventeen she earned a high school diploma from The American School of Correspondence in Chicago, Illinois. Selena released her third album, Alpha Alpha (Selena album) , in 1986.At the 1987 Tejano Music Awards, Selena won Best Female Vocalist (and dominated the award for the next seven years). In 1988, she released two albums, Preciosa and Dulce Amor. In 1989, José Behar, the former head of the Sony Latin Music division, signed Selena with Capitol/EMI, a record company he founded. He later said that he signed Selena because he thought he had discovered the next Gloria Estefan. On April 2, 1992, Selena and Pérez were married in Nueces County, Texas, and Selena added her new husband's surname to her own.

In 1990, Selena released another album, Ven Conmigo, written by her main songwriter and brother Abraham Quintanilla, III A.B. Quintanilla . This recording was the first Tejano album recorded by a female artist to achieve gold status. Around the same time, a registered nurse and fan named Yolanda Saldívar approached Selena's father with the idea of starting a fan club. Her wish was granted and she became the club's president; later she became the manager of Selena's clothing boutiques. Songs from that album, such as "Como La Flor", helped make Selena a star. Her 1993 Selena Live! album won a Grammy award for Best Mexican-American Performance.

Selena released her next album, Amor Prohibido, in 1994. The album was nominated for another Grammy award for Mexican-American Album of the Year Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album . She began designing and manufacturing a clothing line in 1994 and opened two boutiques called Selena Etc., one in Corpus Christi and the other in San Antonio San Antonio, Texas . Both were equipped with in-house beauty salons. Hispanic Business magazine reported that the singer earned over five million dollars from these boutiques. Selena also made appearances alongside Erik Estrada in a Latin soap opera titled Dos Mujeres, Un Camino. Selena scheduled her English album for release in the summer of 1995. Afraid that her fans would think she was turning her back on them, she was working on a new Tejano album as well. Meanwhile, she planned to open two more boutiques including one in Monterrey, Mexico.In early 1995, the Quintanillas discovered that Yolanda Saldívar, the president of Selena's fan club (Texas-section) and the manager of her boutiques, was embezzling embezzlement money from the fan club and decided to fire Termination of employment her. Soon after the fallout, Selena agreed to meet Saldívar in a Days Inn hotel in Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas on the morning of March 31, 1995 to retrieve paperwork for tax purposes. At the hotel, Selena demanded the missing financial papers. Saldívar delayed the handover by claiming she had been raped in Mexico. Saldívar returned to the motel where Selena again demanded the missing financial papers.

Selena told Saldivar that she just couldn't be trusted anymore. At 11:49 am, Yolanda drew a gun from her purse, pointing it at Selena. As the singer turned and left the room, Saldívar shot her once in the back. Critically wounded, Selena ran towards the lobby to get help. She collapsed on the floor as the clerk called 911, with Saldívar chasing her, calling her a bitch. Before collapsing to the floor, Selena named Saldívar as her assailant and gave the room number where she had been shot. After an ambulance and the police arrived on the scene, Selena was transported to a local hospital. She died there from loss of blood at 1:05 p.m., two weeks before her 24th birthday.Selena's death had widespread impacts. Major networks interrupted their regular programming to break the news; Tom Brokaw referred to Selena as "The Mexican Madonna Madonna (entertainer) ". Numerous vigils and memorials were held in her honor, and radio stations in Texas played her music non-stop. After a disorderly conduct arrest warrant was issued in his name, Stern later made an on-air apology, in Spanish, for his comments. Two weeks after her death, on April 12, George W. Bush, then Governor of Texas, declared Selena's birthday April 16 as "Selena Day" in Texas.

That summer, Selena's album Dreaming of You Dreaming of You (album) , a combination of Spanish-language songs and new English-language tracks, debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 Billboard 200 , making her the first Hispanic singer to accomplish this feat and the second highest debut after Michael Jackson's HIStory. Songs such as "I Could Fall in Love" and "Dreaming of You Dreaming of You (Selena song) " were played widely by mainstream English-language radio, with the latter reaching #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 Billboard Hot 100 . Meanwhile, "I Could Fall in Love", while ineligible for the Hot 100 at the time, reached #12 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and the top 10 on the Adult Contemporary Chart Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks . David Byrne has paid homage to Selena on his past tours with Tosca Strings by performing their duo God's Child. "Dreaming of You" was certified three times Platinum music recording sales certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In October 1995, a Houston Houston, Texas jury convicted Saldívar of first degree murder and sentenced her to life in prison, with the possibility of parole in thirty years. The gun used to kill Selena was later destroyed and the pieces thrown into Corpus Christi Bay.Jennifer Lopez played Selena in a film about her life Selena (film) . Directed by Gregory Nava, the biopic opened with mostly positive reviews. Over 20,000 people auditioned for the leading role in the movie. The film stirred some controversy in the Mexican-American community, since Lopez is Puerto Rican-American and played the role of a singer of Mexican descent. But Selena's fans supported the movie, and Lopez's acting in the film helped elevate her career. Although Lopez succeeded as a pop star a few years later, Selena's voice was dubbed in for all the songs in the movie. For her role, Lopez was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Reliant Stadium in Houston hosted a tribute concert, Selena ¡VIVE!, on April 7, 2005. Held a week after the 10th anniversary of her death, over 65,000 fans attended the concert, which featured high-profile artists including Gloria Estefan, Pepe Aguilar, Thalía, Paulina Rubio, Ana Barbara, Alejandra Guzmán, Ana Gabriel, and Fey Fey (singer) . The artists performed renditions of Selena's music, as did her brother, A.B. Quintanilla, who performed with his band Kumbia Kings backed with footage of Selena singing "Baila Esta Cumbia". Broadcast live on the Univision network, Selena ¡VIVE! is the highest-rated and most-viewed Spanish-language show in American television Television in the United States history. The show, which lasted over three hours, scored a 35.9 Nielsen household rating Nielsen ratings .

The American Bank Center in Corpus Christi named their 2,526-seat concert auditorium, Selena Auditorium, in her memory.;Independent Studio albums
*Selena Y Los Dinos Mis Primeras Grabaciones (1984)
*The New Girl in Town (1985)
*Alpha Alpha (Selena album) (1986)
*Munequito De Trapo Muñequito de Trapo (1987)
*And The Winner Is... And the Winner Is... (1987)
*Preciosa Preciosa (album) (1988)
*Dulce Amor (1988)

;Studio albums
*Selena Selena (album) (1989)
*Ven Conmigo (1990)
*Entre A Mi Mundo Entre a Mi Mundo (1992)
*Live! Selena Live! (1993)
*Amor Prohibido (1994)
*Dreaming of You Dreaming of You (album) (1995)


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