Next week Selena Quintanilla fans will get an updated version of her top hits. The Queen of Tejano Music passed away in 1995 but on April 3 Capitol EMI Latin Records and Q Productions will release “Enamorada de Ti,” a remixed album featuring some of today’s top artists.
The album features nine songs remixed with contemporary artists. Among them are “Ya No” with the Carlos Santana Band and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” remixed with Selena Gomez and other duets with Cristian Castro, Don Omar and Juan Magán. Last month, an updated version of the “Amor Prohibido” was released with Samuel “Samo” Parra of the Mexican band Camila. In addition, Selena’s widower Chris Perez recently published his book. “To Selena, With Love.”
Best remembered for her top singles, “Como La Flor” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” the Grammy-winning Tejano pop singer’s tunes continue to be played on Spanish-language radio. Her success and subsequent music awards earned her the title of Queen of Tejano music. In 1987, Selena was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards. During her career she earned 14 top-ten singles in the Latin song category and seven number one hits. In Feb. 26, 1995 when Selena made her 3rd and final Houston Astrodome appearance, she attracted a crowd of 61,041, one of the largest audiences to fill the facility at the time.
Before the advent of social media and the power of internet, she sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. Her English-language album, “Dreaming of You,” was released posthumously in July 1995 with 175,000 copies purchased in one day. As a result, Selena became among the earliest Hispanic singers to have an album debut at number one.
It’s been 17 years since the 23-year-old singer/songwriter was shot by the president of her fan club on March 31, 1995 in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. Since then a 1997 a biographical movie “Selena” launched Jennifer Lopez’ acting career in a film receiving mostly favorable reviews and in June 2006 Selena was commemorated with a life-sized bronze statue named Mirador de la Flor in Corpus Christi. Her music continues to be played on Spanish-language radio and visits to her online videos of her concerts and greatest hits attract millions of visitors on YouTube.
To listen to some songs from “Enamorada de Ti” visit the La Voz Facebook page.