A movie, a series, and now a new album — Selena is undoubtedly still alive. According to her father, Abraham Quintanilla, a new album from the Queen of Tejano will be released next April.
The album will feature 13 songs that are new arrangements by A.B. Quintanilla, her brother, Quintanilla said in an interview with Latin Groove News. The songs are part of the Q Productions catalog.
The first song on the new album is one that Selena recorded when she was 13, which her brother has digitally updated to make her voice sound like it did just before her death. Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister, will be in charge of the album’s art design.
“Selena has been gone 26 years now. … What amazes me, and Suzette, my family, A.B., is 26 years later the public still remembers Selena. They haven’t let go of her. They’re waiting for a project like this to come out, and I know it will be well received by the public,” Quintanilla said in the interview.
Selena is virtually and literally immortal in the collective Latin unconscious.
A native of Texas, the young singer broke gender barriers in the music industry, being one of the first women to perform Tejano music, and becoming one of its leading exponents.
In the late 1980s, Selena won the Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of The Year and received the honor for nine consecutive years.
Hits such as “Como la Flor” or “Amor Prohibido” are today infallible in Latin playlists.
However, her career was interrupted when she was only 23 years old when she was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar, her friend and former manager of her chain of stores, Selena Etc.
Since then, Selena has become a legend, frozen in her youth and eternal in Latin American culture.
In fact, her 1997 biopic gave a then-unknown Jennifer Lopez a chance to break into the industry. Exactly 23 years later, Netflix released “Selena; The Series,” shedding light on even more details of the famous singer’s life.
Now, her new album will undoubtedly be a hit that will add to the 18 million records already sold and will allow fans to hear Selena’s voice again in unreleased songs.
“I said right after she passed away that I was going to try to keep her memory alive through her music, and we have done that,” her father said. “Twenty-six years later, Selena is very present in today’s music world.”