Selena: Memory of Life (Part 2)

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As Selena's popularity increased and additional requirements were placed on the band [such as travel], Abraham removed Selena from the eighth grade, immediately causing unfounded criticism. Some people accuse him of violating child labor laws, while others warn that he is destroying his children. Critics mistakenly predict that "they will be surrounded by alcohol and drugs" and "it will have an impact on them."from


Despite the skeptics, Selena has not been affected. She continues to have fun and likes to sing. She kept her down-to-earth personality and refused to scorn anyone, believing that "if you treat people well, it will [and will eventually come back]."from

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  At the same time, she also followed her studies and received a G.E.D. correspondence school from Chicago17.

As Selena grew into a star, her brother A.B. III was becoming an accomplished songwriter and producer, initially to give his youngest sister a quality original material that the band lacked. One of his first songs, "Dame Un Beso", has had some success. Soon, A.B. III replaced his father as the main songwriter of the band. In addition, another band member, Ricky Vela, also assisted in music creation.

When the band's second album, "Alpha," was released, it brought her first musical honor to Selena. She won the "Female Singer of the Year" award at the 1987 West Texas Hispanic Music Awards and KFLZ Awards Ceremony, and was named "Singer of the Year" and "Best Performer of the Year" at the Tejano Music Awards. This recognition introduced Selena to two influential people: Rick Trevino, founder of the Tejano Music Awards, and Johnny Canales, one of Spain's top TV shows. Their efforts brought much-needed publicity to Selena and expanded the vision of “Selena Y Los Dinos”.

In 1988, two other albums, "Preciosa" and "Dulce Amor", were released, which made Selena gain more recognition. The album sold more than 20,000, and Selena's name began to spread outside of Texas. Not surprisingly, Selena was the finalist of the 1988 "Female Singer of the Year" and "Terco Corazon" and A.B. III was nominated for the "Best Single of the Year" and "The Song of the Year" at the Tejano Music Awards.

Despite the growing popularity of Selina, the lifestyle of Quintanillas has not changed much. They continue to live on beans and hamburgers and share almost everything. As a result, they wrote "Nobody Knows" on the top of the band's bus, "Big Bertha"'s front windshield.

However, when Selena was signed in 1989 by Jose Behar, former head of Sony Latin Music and the founder of Capitol / EMI Latin Label, their fate changed dramatically. When Behar and his friend Mario Ruiz became contractors, EMI Mexico President participated in the 1989 Tejano Music Awards, looking for new talent and discovering Selena. According to Jose Behar, the events are as follows:

"…when we saw her, we stood behind the auditorium. Mario and I looked at each other, 'wow. This is very special.'"

"…I said, 'It's fun. Women won't sell on the Tejano market.'They really don't. But I said to myself,'this is what I am doing Looking for cross-cutting behavior.[4]

Later, Behar believed that he had found the next Gloria Estefan, a popular and successful cross-border Latin artist who went to the backstage and met with his father and signed up with Selena. At the time, Behar never imagined how many records Selena would eventually sell.

Although she signed with Capitol / EMI Latin, she won the "Female Singer of the Year" award at the Tejano Music Awards in 1989 and 1990, and also won the "Female Artist of the Year" in the 1990 Tejano Music Awards, Selena The first few new releases are a little better than before. However, in 1991, when she partnered with Alvaro Torres of Buenos Aires, she made another breakthrough. Their video soared to the top spot on the Billboard Latin Tracks Chart, giving Selena a national exposure. Barrio Boyzz, who appeared with Donde Quiero Que Estes, a very popular Latin band, further enhances Selena's rising status, enabling her to enter the international market with her singles "La Carcacha" and "Como La Flor" Latin market.

Johnny Canales then helped Selena become a celebrity in Mexico, played a leading role in the Mexican soap opera, and refused because of his passionate scene. Although Selena is determined to be big, she does not intend to sacrifice her own principles. She values ​​her appeal to a wide audience, including young children and grandparents.

Wearing tights, low-cut corsets and shiny clothing is her limit. Unlike many others, Selena does not need to give up her morality to gain a reputation. Her natural talent is enough. In addition, when Johnny Canales compared Selena to all popular pop stars such as Madonna, Whitney Houston and Jenny Jackson, he declared, "I will say [Selina] like those people. The same, but better. Those people never sang Tejano. She can do what they did, but they have a hard time doing what she did."from


During this time, the Los Dinos band continued to expand, bringing her the happiest moment to Selena. Pete Astudillo was a native and talented artist in Laredo, Texas, and joined in 1989. He and Selena continue to perform popular duets such as "Yo Te Amo" and "Amame, Quiereme".from

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  Therefore, the two men were twice named "The Best Vocal Duo of the Year" in the Tejano Music Awards.

The second great addition was Chris Perez, who briefly joined the Los Angeles dinosaurs in 1988, left to try after a year, and then returned in 1990. Chris is a talented guitarist who eventually became Selena's husband. They got married on April 2, 1992.

Although Selena's father initially opposed marriage, he soon regarded Chris as a "son."from

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  After that, Selena and Chris shared a nearby house, her parents lived in a house next door and her brother A.B. III and his wife and children in another. There are nine dogs between the three houses, five of which belong to Selena, an avid animal lover. Later, they bought another piece of land and planned to build a bigger house, start a family, and run a small farm. Before her death, Selena had chosen furniture.

As Selena began her career, she released two popular albums, “Ven Conmigo”, which included the popular song “Baila Esta Cumbia” in 1990 and the popular songs “La Carcacha” and “Como La Flor” launched in 1992. The great success of these "Entre A Mi Mundo" albums has transformed Selena from "unknown" to "star". Then, the programs of Selena, La Mafia and Emilia Navaira, held at the Houston Summit in the summer of 1991, attracted more than 9,000 participants. Next up was the 1993 “Selena Live”, the young singer won her first Grammy Award and three Tejano Awards, opening the door to mainstream pop music.

After four years of experimentation, Jim Bejar took advantage of Selena's soaring popularity and sales, and finally convinced the EMI's popular department to give her the opportunity she had always dreamed of. Before 1993, Behar faced repeated setbacks and every time a key executive left the company, he had to start over. As an EMI executive, artist and repertoire Nancy Brennan concluded, “All he [Behar] once talked about is Selena. He is like a record-breaking record,” Selena, Selena… …'"from


Brennan met Selena at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, and saw the popular EMI artist Jon Secada. There, Selena’s opening left a deep impression. By December 1993, Selena had been signed by EMI's SBK subsidiary and began her crossover album, which took a year and a half to find the right songs and the tedious efforts of the producer.

The success of the 1994 "Amor Prohibido" has also increased cross-delay since Selena was asked to appear everywhere. Nancy Brennan told a story like this when she was forced to postpone the recording session: "This is the first time I've made an artist's debut album that was too busy to record for me. How can you tell others, &# 39; No, I don't want you to play Astrodome for 60,000 people; I hope you can work for your record. Everyone wants her."from


The "Amor Prohibido" album includes four #1 Latin singles [the main song "Amor Prohibido" "No Me Queda Mas", "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" and "Fotos Y Recuerdos"] launched Selena's greatest one to date year. When "Amor Prohibido" "out, it quickly replaced Gloria Estefan's "Mi Tierra", ranked first on Billboard's Latin Tracks Charts, and even made the top 200 on Billboard's pop charts. At the Tejano Music Awards At the awards ceremony, he won 6 awards and more than 45,000 people attended the awards ceremony – "Annual Actress", "Annual Female Singer", "Annual Orchestral Album", "Best Album of the Year", "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" , "The Song of the Year", "Techno Cumbia", the song of the annual Crossover. "Selena sold more than 400,000 copies less than a year after his death.

Selena also realized two dreams in 1994. First, she opened a boutique/salon called "Selena Etc" in Corpus Christi. In childhood, Selena has always dreamed of designing costumes and jewelry. Second, she played the role of “Don Juan DeMarco,” which was released in early 1995 and starred by Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp, and provided the potential to lead to greater and possibly leadership roles. The agent is Selena's recent dream.

With Selena's upcoming release of the album "Dreaming of You", her extensive fame and exciting needs, a $1 million record contract, the Grammy Award, and the support of Coca-Cola and her own clothing line sponsors, It seems that Selena's meteor career will only rise even higher. At this time, Selena was named "one of the most successful Latin artists in the world" by the "Hispanic Business" magazine.

In February 1995, the Astrodome concert sold in the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Arena and more than 61,000 people were the largest in the history of the Astrodome, reinforcing this belief. Ironically, almost propheticly, when Selena was asked to guess her future in an interview in July 1994, she said modestly: "I just hope to be alive, hope to sing, later, maybe 10 years ago, I hope to have that family."from


Four years ago, Yolanda Saldivar, a self-proclaimed "the biggest Selena fan," entered Selena's life after insisting on creating a fan club in her name. Although Abraham initially refused, when Yolanda agreed to "non-profit" and donate the remaining proceeds to charity, he eventually gave in. In the end, when Selena appointed her operations manager to handle sales, customer relationships and the financial status of “Selena Etc.”, Yolanda's relationship with Quintanillas deepened.

At that time, no one saw the dark obsession of Sardivar. In addition, no one knew that Yolanda failed to pay $5,300 in student loans, left her nursing work in a suspicious situation, and was rejected by a famous young Tejano singer Shelly Lares to form a “Shelly Lares Fan Club”. She was accused of stealing $9,200 from a dermatologist she had worked for.

However, by the beginning of 1995, Abraham Quintanilla began receiving complaints from upset fans who reported that they did not receive Selena parcels, including T-shirts, baseball caps, cassettes/CDs, and autographed posters for which they had paid their dues. . The money in boutiques is also beginning to drain. As their suspicions grew, Quintanillas conducted a survey and found that Yolanda had written four checks, including $3,000 from a fan club book. Then Selena's father was angry at Yolanda, who claimed that she could explain everything for a while. Later, Saldivar purchased a .38 caliber gun.

However, despite increasing evidence, Selena sent Yolanda to Mexico to help open the “Selena Etc”. Monterrey's boutique. I hope they can keep friends after the confrontation, and Selena is willing to give Saldivar the opportunity she has requested – "to prove her innocence and find the missing documents."

Then in Mexico, Yolanda called Selena hysterically to report that the car containing the documents was stolen and she was raped. However, Yolanda refused to receive medical care when he returned to Corpus Christi. Instead, she asked Selena to meet her at the Day's Inn in Corpus Christi. When Selena and her husband arrived, Yolanda failed to produce any documents.

Later, Yolanda called Selena around midnight on March 31, 1995, claiming that she had internal bleeding caused by rape. In a telephone conversation, Saldivar asked Selena to return alone, she did it in the morning.

There, Selena drove Yolanda to the hospital, where she took back her rape story. Later, Selena drove her back to the motel, where they all argued that Selena had fired her and planned to return the Faberge Egg ring, funded by all boutique staff, who was misled into believing that Yolanda generously gave her gift.

After hearing the quarrel and gunshots, a maid who cleaned the nearby room looked out the window and saw Selena clutching her chest. When she escaped from Yolanda, she screamed for help, and Yolanda grabbed with her right hand. 38 , aim and shoot again.

When Selena walked to the hall, she fell to the ground and her wounds bleed a lot. Although the front desk clerk came to the door and called the 911 ambulance, it was too late. Although blood transfusions and electric shocks briefly restarted her heart, efforts to restore Selena did not help. She was declared dead at 1:05 pm. After that, thousands of people passed Selena's open coffin and expressed their last respect when her body was in a state.

Today, after nearly 12 years of her death, Selena’s legacy still exists. Despite this tragedy, Selena turned the cross into the mainstream and was an idol still in the spirit. Selena's warm, generous and indelible beauty reminders are all around Corpus Christi. Mirador de la Flor is located on the Gulf Coast, and the museum dedicated to her career is just a few miles from the hotel. Every year thousands of people visit the tombs of Selena, the Mirador de la Flor and the Selena Museum. Selena souvenirs are still very popular, and rare signatures sometimes cost more than $1,000. If the US Postal Service finally issues a stamp to commemorate Selena's lasting legacy, her fame and popularity will remain the same.


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