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Hi Exhale! In a little over a week (or exactly a week depending on where you live), the Netflix Original show Selena: The Series will be releasing worldwide. The show will cover the Tejano superstar's painstaking but ultimately successful rise to fame in nine episodes with Christian Serratos playing the legend herself. As Exhale's resident expert for all things Selena Quintanilla related, I wanted to create a thread where we can discuss the series once it's released. In the meantime, I'm curious on what everyone thinks of the series. What are you thoughts on it? Will you be tuning in and ugly crying, Exhale?
When Selena Quintanilla was tragically murdered on March 31st, 1995, she had recorded seven songs -with only five of which being usable- for her fifth studio album, slated to be her English language crossover record. However, both her family and label understood the importance of this album; not just to Selena herself, but for the fans, both those who had been listening to her for years and the ones who had yet to discover her discography. With what little material Selena had left behind for the new album, as well as songs recorded years prior, EMI Records, EMI Latin, and the Quintanilla family released Dreaming of You on July 18th, 1995. Dreaming of You would go on to be an undeniably major success and propelled Selena’s fame to even greater heights. Dreaming of You’s history goes back to 1989 when a then eighteen year old Selena was signing with EMI Latin. Her father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., thought it best to sign with EMI Latin with the intent of his daughter being able to record an English language album. For the time being though, the Quintanillas’ hopes were dashed as Selena was denied her crossover album with the issue being that Selena needed to strengthen her fanbase first. Being the optimist she was, Selena threw herself into her music and went to work on her self-titled debut album. She ultimately met her label’s requirement within five years. Following her Grammy win for Selena Live! in 1993, she signed with EMI subsidiary SBK Records in November of that year. Selena confessed to feeling guilty in 1994, as she had told interviewers that her English language album was expecting to release soon despite her not having recorded a single track for it. At this, Jose Behar, head of EMI Latin, demanded that Selena be given her crossover album, going as far as to lie and say that Selena would leave the label if she was not allowed to record it. Once EMI relented, the recording process began, albeit incredibly differently than Selena was used to. For one, she would no longer be performing under the name Selena Y Los Dinos. Instead, Selena would be singing alone without being backed by her band of family and friends. The Quintanilla family felt it would be best if Selena worked with professional pop music producers and chose to take a step back. A.B Quintanilla III, Selena’s brother and principal songwriter and producer of her music, was given a choice of who should produce her next release. In the end, Quintanilla III picked Keith Thomas. In December of 1994, Selena and Quintanilla III flew to Nashville, Tennessee, where Thomas had crafted the song “I Could Fall In Love”, though the song wasn’t complete. Selena and her husband, Chris Perez, returned on March 24th, 1995, to finish the recording. When “Dreaming of You” was recorded on March 5th, 1995, at the family owned recording studio Q-Productions, Selena was suffering from a bout of bronchitis. Though the singer originally declined to perform that day, her father encouraged her to simply try as producers from Los Angeles had flown in to watch her record the track. The first take was used as the final take due to the producer’s liking her sound - bronchitis and all. Fan favorites “Captive Heart” and “I’m Getting Used To You” were recorded afterwards. The last track Selena was ever able to officially record was “God’s Child (Baila Conmigo)”, a duet with Talking Heads’ lead singer, David Byrne. The day of her death, Selena was scheduled to record the song “Oh No (I’ll Never Fall In Love Again)”, as well as “Are You Ready To Be Loved?” on an unspecified date. Only low quality rehearsal recordings exist of these songs. Though the album was intended to release sometime during September and October of 1995, the album was given a much earlier release following March 31st. With the album only having five complete songs to it’s name, the label scrambled to fill the remaining slots. Quintanilla III decided to remix some of her earlier hits, including “Missing My Baby”, “Amor Prohibido”, “Techno Cumbia”, “Como La Flor”, and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom”. A previously unreleased cover of Pedro Infante’s “Tú Solo Tú” and “El Toro Relajo”, a cover recorded for the film Don Juan DeMarco, were both included as well. The Barrio Boyzz, who had recorded the duet “Donde Quiera Que Estés” with Selena, was asked to record a bilingual version with the English translation “Wherever You Are”. Tracks “I Could Fall In Love” and “Tú Sólo Tú” were released simultaneously as the first and second promotional singles on June 26th. “I Could Fall In Love” peaked at number eight on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart and at number one on the U.S. Latin Pop Songs chart, with “Tú Sólo Tú” occupying the second place on the latter chart. “Techno Cumbia”, “El Toro Relajo”, and “I’m Getting Used To You”, were also given the single treatment, however, the lead single, “Dreaming of You”, fared much better. The title track peaked at twenty-two on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 and sold 25,000 copies in its first week. Upon it’s July release, Dreaming of You sold 175,000 copies on it’s first day alone, a then record for a female artist. It topped the U.S. Billboard 200, making it the first primarily Spanish language album to do so. As of January 2015, Dreaming of You has sold over five million copies worldwide and remains the best selling Latin album of all time in the U.S. It acquired many awards and accolades, including Album of the Year at the 1996 Tejano Music Awards and Female Pop Album of the Year at the 3rd Annual Billboard Latin Music Awards. It has now been twenty-five years since that historic day has come and gone, and the album is just as important now as it was then. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to Selena, take this day to commemorate not only Dreaming of You, but Selena’s discography and life as a whole. Dreaming of You is the dying wish of an insanely talented individual on the cusp of her crossover album, and though granted posthumously, her wish came true. RIP La Reina and happy birthday to Dreaming of You. Here is Dreaming of You track by track on a playlist, as well as the rehearsal tapes of “Oh No” and “Are You Ready To Be Loved?”
Someone disrespected Selena’s statue (El Mirado de la Flor) And I’m Angry! He can have any political views he wants but please don’t involve an icon like Selena. Selena never involved politics into anything she gave us and he has no right to do this. Not to mention, he’s a Latino! I’m embarrassed AF. Selena’s dad also commented on this. Full article HERE (Article links the guy’s Facebook account) Also, This isn’t the first time the statue is disrespected. What are your thoughts? He was also interviewed. This is what he had to say.
Unless I'm bringing her up, for the most part, I don't hear this Queen being talked about on Exhale. Because of that, I want to educate people who know nothing about her and draw in the fans who do. Here we can discuss her music, her life, and pretty much everything to do with the Queen of Tejano. To start this thread off, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite songs by her. I'm Getting Used To You was one of the last songs Selena ever recorded for her posthumously released album, Dreaming Of You. It was the fourth single released and peaked at number 7 on Billboards Bubbling Under Singles chart. Lyrically, the song depicts someone not only falling in love with someone else, but getting used to that feeling and their significant other. Selena's voice is fantastic on this song, especially the last 30 seconds. I adore the cumbia/island feel the instrumentation has. This song, La Llamada, and No Debes Jugar are some of my personal favorites by her. Anyways... let's discuss Selenas!