HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — Selena Quintanilla, the “Queen of Tejano,” was gunned down by the president of her fan club 26 years ago on March 31.
The Grammy Award-winning singer’s mark on popular culture has loomed large and continues on.
Marketed as her first English-language album, “Dreaming of You” was released in July 1995 after her death and sold more than 2.9 million copies in the United States. Worldwide, sales are estimated at 5 million.
It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and sold 175,000 units the first day it was released, then a record for a female vocalist.
It stayed atop the Latin music charts for nine months. She recorded four studio albums before “Dreaming of You.”
Last year, Netflix released a series on Selena’s life. It is currently streaming as “Selena: The Series.”
The show was executive produced by several of Selena’s family members and stars 30-year-old actress Christian Serratos as Selena. The show premiered in December.
Jennifer Lopez had her breakout role as Selena in the 1997 biographical film, “Selena,” and a star on the Hollywood walk of fame in 2017 was put in place in honor of Selena.
Yolanda Saldivar was convicted of Selena’s murder and is currently serving a life sentence. She is eligible for parole in 2025.