Selena (Mexican-American cumbia tejano singer)

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Full Name: Selena Quintanilla

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Legal name: Selena Quintanilla-Pérez


Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995), known simply as Selena, was an American singer-songwriter. She was named the "top Latin artist of the '90s" and "Best selling Latin artist of the decade" by Billboard for her fourteen top-ten singles in the Top Latin Songs chart, including seven number-one hits. Selena had the most successful Latin singles of 1994 and 1995, "Amor Prohibido" and "No Me Queda Más". She was called "The Queen of Tejano music" and the Mexican equivalent of Madonna. Selena released her first album, Selena y Los Dinos, 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-speaking countries, and she had begun recording in English as well.

Selena was murdered at the age of 23 on March 31, 1995 by Yolanda Saldívar, the former president of her fan club. On April 12, 1995, two weeks after her death, George W. Bush, governor of Texas at the time, declared her birthday "Selena Day" in Texas. Warner Bros. produced Selena, 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. In June 2006 Selena was commemorated with a life-sized bronze statue (Mirador de la Flor) in Corpus Christi, Texas, and a Selena museum opened there. She has sold over 90 million albums worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She is the 3rd best selling Latin artist of all time, just behind Shakira in 2nd place and Gloria Estefan in 1st place, She is also the only female artist to have five albums on the US Billboard 200 at the same time. The Albany, NY Times Union named her one of "100 Coolest Americans in History".

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Year Title Rating Releases
1990 Ven Conmigo 1
1993 Live 1
1994 Amor Prohibido 4.5 2
1995 Dreaming of You 5 4
1996 Siempre Selena 1
1996 Exitos y Recuerdos 1
2002 Ones 1
2002 Amor Prohibido 1
2002 Dreaming of You 1
2002 Ven Conmigo 1
2003 Selena's Greatest Hits 1
2004 Momentos intimos 1
2011 10 Great Songs 1
2012 Enamorada de ti 1
Amor Prohibido 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1993 Mis Mejores Canciones: 17 Super Exitos Compilation 1
1994 12 Super Éxitos Compilation 5 1
1998 Anthology Compilation 1
1999 All My Hits: Todos Mis Exitos Compilation 1
2000 All My Hits (Todos Mis Exitos) Volume 2 Compilation 1
2001 Y Sus Inicios, Volumen 1 Compilation 1
2005 Remembered Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2001 Live, The Last Concert Live 1
2005 Unforgettable: The Studio Album Live 1


Year Title Rating Releases
I Could Fall in Love 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Rating Releases
1992 Entre a mi mundo 1

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