Today marks the music the 25th anniversary of the untimely passing of Tejano music sensation, Selena. Though she’s been gone for 25 years now, Selena’s legacy lives on through her music and her fans.
On March 31st, 1995, the singer was shot in the back by her former fan club manager Yolanda Saldivar. At the time of her death, Selena was only 23 but was already a phenomenon releasing four mega successful studio albums. In 1993, she also won a Grammy for her live album, Selena Live!, making her the first female Tejano artist to ever win the award.
Selena also had many other ventures aside from music. She was a mogul and a savvy business woman with a fashion empire in the making, working with fashion designer Martin Gomez to design and manufacture her own clothing line. The clothing line would later be put into her boutiques, Selena Etc.
Having successfully conquered the latin music market with four hit albums, Selena was determined to release a pop album in English to crossover and become a household name in America. In December 1994, Selena began working on her fifth studio album with songs titled “I Could Fall In Love”and “Dreaming Of You.”The last song she would ever record for her upcoming album was titled “God’s Child (Baila Conmigo).” The few songs Selena recorded for her fifth album were put together, along with some of her most famous hits and used on her album, Dreaming Of You, which was posthumously released on July 18th, 1995. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 175,000 copies on its first day, making it the first and only Spanish language/Tejano album to top the charts.
According to Complex, Selena’s plans to celebrate her life by putting together a massive concert in her memory. On Tuesday, the Quintanilla family company Q Productions announced the Selena XXV-Veinticinco Años concert, which will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Selena’s death. This one-day concert will take place on May 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The venue was home one of her biggest concerts where she wore her now iconic sequin purple jumpsuit.
“We are excited to bring this ultimate fan experience to honor and celebrate my sister, Selena,” CEO/president of Q Productions, Suzette Quintanilla, said in a statement to Billboard. “Over the past 25 years, her influence and relevance have only grown throughout generations. Through our father, Abraham Quintanilla, we were taught to persevere in the face of adversity and to work hard to accomplish our dreams. Those core values, along with her amazing talent and ability to connect with people has helped sustain Selena’s legacy and it is what makes her an impactful and an important role model 25 years later.”
Pitbull, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, A.B. Quintanilla III & Los Kumbia Allstarz, Becky G, Elida & Avante, Ruben Ramos, Pete Astudillo, Gilbert Velasquez, Ricardo Castillón, Ally Brooke, Isabel Marie, and The Lab have been tapped by Q Productions to honor Selena with performances at the concert. There will also be a laser tribute show to close out the concert.
Selena was regarded as the Queen of Tejano music. She and her brother, A.B. Quintanilla III—who produced most of her hits—helped usher this genre into the mainstream. “My family and I are excited to celebrate this special moment of her 25 year legacy in San Antonio, Texas with her fans around the world,” Quintanilla continued. “San Antonio and the Alamodome have always held a special place in our hearts and we’re honored that the city of San Antonio has welcomed us.”
The city echoes Quintanilla’s sentiments. In an official statement, San Antonio Mayor, Ron Nirenberg, said that the city is “committed” to having the Selena XXV-Veinticinco Años concert live up to the expectations. Tickets are already available at the Alamodome Box Office or via Ticketmaster. Visit www.selena25.com for performance schedules and other information on the concert.
Whether you’re a long time fan or have never heard of her, today is the perfect day to honor her legacy and listen to Selena’s music.