Selena Lives

31 Mar

We’ve all seen and heard anything and everything related to Selena and her death. There is no question she will be remembered for even more years to come. Nobody in the Spanish language music scene is even close to the talent or charisma that Selena had. Shakira? She’s basically trying to sell CDs by taking off her clothes. J Lo? Non-existent if Selena hadn’t died and completely talentless in the musical aspect. La Trevi, Pau, y La Guzman? Nope. Trevi has issues and has some seriously depressing songs, Pau can’t sing, and La Guzman isn’t as versatile as Saint Selena.

Selena was a singer-songwriter, choreographer, fashion designer, sponsor for Coca Cola, collaborator, charismatic performer and had one heck of a down to earth personality.  Selena was our Michael Jackson with her unique dance moves, outfits and distinct voice and personality. Even the team that Selena surrounded herself with was extremely talented. It is rare to hear a CD like “Amor Prohibido” that blended love struck cumbias with boleros, tejano,  a cover by The Pretenders, merengue style cumbia, a techno infused rapping cumbia, corrido style  love songs, Spanish style trumpets with cumbias, and straight forward rock and roll 80’s style jams all in one CD. The team does it SO well that the listener barely notices the changing genres within the same CD. Pure genius. And look at her previous work: a blend of tejano, tex mex, mariachi and did she really just do a tejano version of Rocio Durcal’s “Costumbres”? gasp! (sarcasm). Oh and good luck trying to sing “La Llamada”  as well. That has got to be one of the hardest Selena songs to sing. Just ask Olga Tañon when she tried to sing this song during the 10 year Selena Tribute.

Selena broke language barriers, shattered music records, attendance records, and created the pathway for the English “crossover” artists of the late 90’s. Little known fact: Ricky Martin’s music team had been working for over 2 years to prepare him for his 1998 crossover. Guess who made it on the radio 3 years before Ricky? Yup. Selena. She would have done this regardless of her death because Selena’s fanbase was enormous plus the world could no longer ignore los Latinos. Think about it: LA riots, Prop 187, the death of 2pac and Biggie, NAFTA, EZLN, the decline of the peso, and the Chupacabras all took place right before or after Selena’s death. The Latino market could no longer be ignored. Selena would have crossed over dead or alive. I mean 60,000 people attended her funeral. Think about it from a business point of view.

I put together a few facts on Selena that I have been wanting to compile for a while:

Selena is the only Latin and FEMALE artist ever to place 5 consecutive albums is Billboard 200 top Selling albums in the U.S. and UK. This has only been accomplished by Elvis, The Beatles, and Garth Brooks.

Selena was named by Billboard Magazine as the Best Selling Latin Artist of the Decade (90’s), selling approx 18,000,000 albums.

Selena’s album Dreaming of You, a combination of Spanish-language songs and new English-language tracks, debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, making her the first Hispanic singer to accomplish this feat and the second highest debut after Michael Jackson‘s HIStory.

Selena was named the fastest selling female artist in history back in 1995, when her albums “Dreaming Of You” sold well over 175,000 copies it’s first day.

Selena broke Mariah Carey’s sales record. Selena’s “Dreaming Of You” sold in one day, what Mariah’s CD sold in one week.

Selena, was the first Latin artist to chart a Latin album (at least 50% Spanish) at #1 on the Billboard 200 Pop Charts.

The 3 – Disc “Anthology” sold 500,000 copies its first two weeks.  Selena spent more weeks at number 1 on Billboard Top 50 Latin charts than any other artist. ‘Amor Prohibido’ was number 1 for 78 weeks, which beats Gloria Estefan’s 58 weeks.

Selena was the first Tejano artist ever to win a Grammy Award.

Selena was named “Female Artist of The Year” for 9 years in a row, at the Tejano Music Awards.

60,000 people attended her funeral

Madonna was reportedly the sole Anglo star to send her condolences. (yay!)

Selena once drove a black BMW but it was stolen and dumped into the ocean only to be replaced by Selena’s legendary red Porsche Targa.

Selena loved to shop at Wal-Mart and Pay Less Shoes Source.

Selena had 5 dogs and a python

Selena once filled the middle of Oreo Cookies with Mint Toothpaste, to play a joke on a fellow singer, but her father ate it.

Selena was on the TV Novella “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino”

Selena had been accepted to the Louisiana State University.

The People Tribute Issue to Selena sold 1,000,000 copies it’s day of release, spawning People En Espanol.

Selena was in the 1999 Book Of World Records in the category of Most Dominating Musical Artist.

Here’s a video of Selena:

Facts taken from http://www.selenaforever.com/Selena/Selena_Facts.html and wikipedia.com

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