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Birth nameSelena Quintanilla
Also known asSelena
GenresTejano, Mexican cumbia, Ranchera, Latin pop, Spanish pop, R&B, Pop
OccupationSinger-songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer, model, designer
Years active1982 1995
LabelsFreddie Records, Cara Records, GP Productions, EMI Latin, Q-Productions, SBK Records
Associated actsSelena y Los Dinos, A.B. Quintanilla, Chris Pérez

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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 March 31, 1995), often known 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. 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 was criticized by Tejano fans and record companies for being a female lead-singer in a male-dominated genre, she was even booed off stage while food was thrown at her, in one of her concerts. Selena had to face male opposition and traditional barriers in the Latin music world. 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.

In 1990, Selena's album Ven Conmigo became the first Tejano album by a female vocalist to be certified gold. Her following album Entre a Mi Mundo (1992), which included one of her signature songs "Como La Flor" helped Selena to crossover into Mexico. In 1993, Selena won her first Grammy Award in the category "Best Mexican-American Album" for Selena Live!. EMI Latin signed Selena to SBK Records for a crossover attempt. While preparations stalled, Selena released Amor Prohibido (1994), which was nominated for a Grammy Award. The album remained as the "biggest selling Latin album of all time", being certified double platinum by the RIAA. Around the same time, Selena helped build and operate her own clothing line and boutiques Selena Etc. She had hired Yolanda Saldívar to manage the boutiques, due to her successful work with the fan club, that she founded. Selena possessed a mezzo-soprano and was highly praised by music critics. Selena also had outfits that accented her physical attributes. She was also not afraid to wear costumes or outfits that she liked. Selena's fan base, were people who were "shut-off" from the rest of the world, and were minorities. Selena was credited for giving them a voice, and power to do anything that they set their mind to.

Selena was murdered at the age of 23 by Saldívar. Selena's death reactions were compared to those of Elvis Presley and John Lennon. 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 family and former band, Los Dinos, held a tribute concert in dedication of Selena. The concert was held live on Univision entitled Selena ¡VIVE! which achieved a 35.9 household rating. The concert became the highest rated and most viewed Spanish-language television special ever in the history of American television. The special was also the number one program regardless of language among adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco while tying for first place in New York, beating that night's episode of Fox's American Idol. In June 2006, Selena was commemorated with a museum and a bronze life-sized statue (Mirador de la Flor in Corpus Christi, Texas), which are visited by hundreds of fans each week.

Selena is regarded as one of the most widely known Mexican-American vocal artists and most popular Latin artist in the United States. Selena entered Billboard's "International Latin Music Hall of Fame" in 1995. Selena's posthumous-crossover album Dreaming of You debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, it sold more than 330,000 units in its first week, making her the first Latin singer to accomplish this feat. To date, Selena has sold over 21 million copies in the United States and continues to impact music charts worldwide.

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