On April 16, Selena Day, admirers will play their favourite Selena songs in remembrance of the Tejano singer’s immense impact on music. Despite being fatally shot by the president of her fan club in 1995, the 23-year-old was credited with bringing Latin music to the forefront of popular culture and was one of the best-selling female artists in Latin music history. Her work encompassed multiple musical genres, and many young people who were not even alive during her active years cite her as one of their greatest musical influences. “Billboard” magazine named Selena the “Greatest of All Time Latin Artist” in October 2020, and the American Music Association named her album “Dreaming of You” the finest Latin album of all time in late March 2021. So let’s commemorate Selena today with Latin music and celebrations of her life!
The background of Selena Day
Selena was born in Texas on April 16, 1971, and her family soon noticed that she had excellent pitch and rhythm. According to them, she was the lead vocalist of her family’s band Selena Y Los Dinos by the age of 10; her sister Suzette played the drums and her brother Abraham played the bass.
Selena recorded her first LP in 1984 and played only Tejano music, despite her desire to perform in the English language. Selena won the Female Vocalist of the Year award in 1987 and for the subsequent nine years, after being discovered by the proprietor of the Tejano music awards. She genuinely broke down barriers by becoming a wildly popular Latina woman in the male-dominated Tejano music genre. By 1988, she had released five more successful albums.
Selena is also remembered for things other than her music. The singer debuted emblematic fashion choices, including rhinestone belts and ruffled shirts, which earned her the moniker “Mexican Madonna” and continue to influence fashion and makeup lines today.
Selena was shot by the president of her own fan club at a Days Inn in her birthplace of Corpus Christi on March 31, 1995. The woman who shot Selena had also managed her boutiques, which sold Selena merchandise, apparel, and offered full-service hair and nail salons. She had been embezzling funds and murdered the singer when required to produce financial documents.
Not even two weeks after her untimely demise, George W. Bush, then-Governor of Texas, proclaimed April 16, Selena’s birthday, to be Selena Day in Texas. She has received awards, statues, and even a Selena museum in Corpus Christi since then. Her posthumously-released album “Dreaming of You” sold more than 175,000 copies on the day of its release, and “Selena” has become one of the most popular names for baby females. Selena remains one of the most celebrated Latina singers and a significant influence in Tejano music and culture, despite her passing occurring decades ago.
5 STUNNING SELENA FACTS
Selena rarely composed her own tracks, but when she did, she included elements of Latin pop, R&B, country, disco, and techno pop.
Selena, who was influenced by artists such as Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Paula Abdul, was frequently referred to as the “Mexican Madonna” due to her fashion sense and dance movements.
The Selena Museum is dedicated to the Queen of Tejano Music in her birthplace of Corpus Christi, Texas. It is filled with memorabilia, including her theatrical costumes and Faberge eggs.
While Selena has been taught in classrooms across the country, some PhD candidates have devoted a portion of their careers to analysing her legacy.
Even though her enduringly popular compositions were in Spanish, the Texas-born singer’s first language was English; she learned Spanish specifically for her music.
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