The tireless hard-work put
Selena on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 sales chart for the
first time with Entre a Mi Mundo, her 1992 release which
peaked at 97. The album landed at number 1 on the Regional
Mexican Album chart and number 4 on the Top Latin Album
chart. The recording has sold more than 6 million copies
The album included Como
La Flor, which would become the singer’s signature song.
Capitalizing on the
singer’s growing success, her record label, EMI Latin released
Selena Live!, which won Best Mexican/American Album
during the 36th Grammy Awards and has sold more than
one million copies in the U.S.
was Selena’s best-selling studio album before her
crossover attempt, Dreaming of You. The early March 1994
release featured the title track, Amor Prohibido, and
Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, which both became smash hits for the
Tejana star who was now at the top of her game. The album also
featured the enduring hits Fotos y Recuerdos, No Me Querda
Más, and Techno Cumbia, which were all written by
The album peaked at number
29 on the U.S. Billboard Chart, and number 1 on the
Top Latin and Regional Mexican Album charts. Initially,
Amor Prohibido sold 2.5 million copies in the U.S., but has
since sold more than 20 million worldwide.
It all came to an end on
March 31, 1995 when Selena was murdered by Yolanda Saldivar,
a friend and former manager for the singer’s boutiques and
president of her fan club. Saldivar is still in a Texas prison.
The album Selena was
working on at the time, Dreaming of You, was released
four months later and debuted at number one on the U.S.
Billboard chart. The album, which has sold more than 35 million
copies to date, and featured six singles, including the title
track, I Could Fall in Love With You, I’m Getting Used
to You, Techno Cumbia, El Toro Relajo and Tu Solo
Her legacy was part of the
tribute to her by the brilliant and talented diva, Yvonne
Ramos-Ybarra of Grupo Fuego, at the 2014 MidWest
LatinoFest that occurred last Saturday at Promenade Park in
Toledo. Yvonne was the headliner, following the acts of Los
Mariachis Locos of Toledo, Bachata Flow of North
Carolina, and Radio Free Honduras of Chicago.
See the La Prensa article on page 2 in this issue of La Prensa,
written by Kevin Milliken.