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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 Miss you selena hi
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What a great voice. Selena
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How I miss this wonderful ,great singer. She reminds me of my happy childhood. Miss you always Selena.
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rip selena !!! to day is been 20 years with out you !!!
and your voice is still alive and will be for ever !!!!
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She is the queen of texana and she always be and she well be missed and and her music well always be played for years and yeas . ^_^
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Today is the day she died!
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Te extrano
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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I miss yooooooooou
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I it's Amyah you is so so cute
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gigid78
Every time one of SELENA'S songs come on I never skip it
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gigid78
I MISS YOOOOOOOOOOU SELENA PEREZ
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la mejor cancion de ella SI UNA VEZ
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sergiopina78
Love Selena . She will always be number one !
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Such beautiful singer
I will never forget you SELENA ����
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I can't believe selena death omg
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Yes im over 40yrs old, and had to wipe my tear away. But must continue living. If you look at my music im a little weird but I have loved all sorts of music, jazz, rock, tejano, etc my list is huge. Like every singer thats been up there and made it big but gone I wipe my tears for you. Lets all pray together. R.i.p Selena. Missed but not forgotten... . One super Angel....
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To Selena's family and friends and fan's my heart pour's out to you. May god bless us all and may we continue living. To all Selena's Fan's love you. El amor es mucho.... ;) O:-)
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No matter if it been 20 years or 100 yeara we will sill have I in are hearts
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R.i.p to selena she is always in my hear I miss her years run downy face each time I see her pica and hear her songs R.I.P to selena.the amazing singer.
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She always be on ours hearth ❤️
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R.I.P tue quro selena
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I love you Selena.
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barteejc
Rip. I'm a lil girl talking to yaw. I got the movie selena it so sad
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decemberdrea m 4 7
Love Selena. and all her music
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I love Selena r.i.p. The beautiful selena
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zabsws.86
Me pregunto ci mi am or ce acuerda d esta cancion? Ace 16 años q ce la dedique
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Love you Selina
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audreabellar d
R.I.P Selena your never forgotten
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Me too I love you rip
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krisbarajas
Marisa z I love you selena
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R. I. P Selena❤
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samanthar575
LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!
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Rip selena
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Salena I love you


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Love u!!
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diaber2010
ase 20 años que te nos fuiste y sigues en nustro corazon selena ❤️ selena por siempre
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Rip Selena we will all remember you :( your amazing
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imontano1
Selena♡
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Always!!
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Love Selena!!!
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Te amo Selena we all miss u
Your the best Latina girl singer that I've ever heard in my life you will always be #1 to us. Rest in Peace Selena <3
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We miss u Selena all your fans like me and fans of u and u will still in our harts with us all the time and it sad when u died and I now when people sing yr songs I now u read them and u where super super famouse and I am your number one fan and sow do the others of your fans and that fat girl that killed u she would go down to the dealve sow we will miss u forever and yr fans to R.I.P :(
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rojas167
Always on my ❤️
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Our beautiful Selena I'm sure you know how much we love you and miss you! Your a LEGEND and will forever live!! We love you SELENA QUINTANILLA PEREZ❤️
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Te amo Selena! R. I. P
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WE MISS YU SELENA!!!!!! !
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I really miss her I can't watch selena with Jennifer Lopez in it because when I watch it how she died it made me cry a lot of times
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RIP remember. Her all this years what past when she died and her family. To we miss her like y'all do for is she is a legend for us and her fans keep calm and love and miss Selena
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