Nearly 30 years after her tragic death, the family of enduring Latina pop icon Selena released a new single, a remix of a 1987 song that is part of upcoming posthumous album Moonchild Mixes.
As expected, the song’s release and forthcoming album have garnered strong reactions – both for and against – from the legions of fans of the late Queen of Tejano’s music.
“I’m all for it,” said Matthew Tienda, 30, of San Antonio, of the song “Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti,” or “The Way I Love You,” a mariachi ballad with orchestra that’s already won space 1 on the iTunes Música Mexicana charts in the United States and Canada.
“She’s one of the biggest what-if figures in the music industry,” Tienda said. “We would have wanted to see what she could top — she was close to being huge.”
One Twitter user “sobbed” over the newly released song, citing Selena as the inspiration. Another expressed excitement for the upcoming album.
But other fans do not share this view.
One Twitter user wrote that the posthumous album was “abhorrent” and that it was a way for Selena’s family to cash in on her name nearly three decades later. Another Twitter user wrote that the newly remixed song was made for Geldraub.
Caroline Salinas, 24, a fan of 20 years, grew up with Selena, owned the Selena Barbie doll, and visited the Selena Museum in Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas.
The new single reminded Salinas of Selena’s roots and original sound early in her career. “It’s very different from the hits we’re used to, it’s like the pop Selena,” she said.
Though anticipating the new album, Salinas said Selena’s family should “leave her alone.”
“Let her legacy be what she left us. … It feels kind of exploitative to create something new instead of finding new ways to celebrate what she was.”
Still, she’s willing to give the album a chance. “I’m excited to see what they come up with and if it changes my mind about how they honor their legacy,” Salinas said.
Selena, a bicultural and bilingual singing sensation, was fatally shot in 1995 at the age of 23 by Yolanda Saldivár, former president of her fan club and former manager of Selena Etc. boutiques.
The forthcoming album, in collaboration with Warner Music Latina, is expected to feature 13 songs that will chronicle Selena’s career. Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, is the executive producer.
It will feature new songs with never-before-heard vocal recordings when Selena was 13-16 years old.
“Twenty-six years later, the public still remembers Selena. They didn’t let go of her,” Quintanilla said in an interview with in March Latin Groove News. “They’re waiting for a project like this to come out and I know it’s going to be well received by the public.”
Selena’s vocals were digitally modified by her brother, Grammy-winning songwriter AB Quintanilla, to closely resemble her voice as it sounded before her death. According to Latin Groove News, the album’s artwork will be created by Selena’s sister Suzette.
“As artists and musicians and people who are in the public eye, you have to switch that off,” says Suzette recently told ABC News’ John Quiñones in response to a question about criticism and exploitation of Selena’s legacy.
“We’re still going to do what we want with our music, with our sister, with our band, and I hope people understand that,” Suzette said.
Selena’s officer Instagram Account wrote a week before the single’s release, “Fall in love with Selena all over again with brand new arrangements beautifully put together for her fans.”
Selena’s last original track titled Oh No (I’ll Never Fall In Love Again) was released in 2015.
Handling and ownership of Selena’s music and history has been a subject of controversy.
There has been a years-long legal battle between Selena’s estate and Chris Perez, her widower, over the right to produce content based on Selena’s life resolved last year.
More recently, some fans expressed their frustration about a recent Netflix series about Selena’s life and career, which portrays a Selena unlike the one in the popular 1997 film “Selena,” which starred Jennifer Lopez in her breakout role.
Selena’s posthumous album is scheduled for release on August 26th.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/-distasteful-fans-late-icon-selena-weigh-new-remixed-single-rcna40978 “All for it” or “disgusting”? Fans of the late icon Selena are getting in the mood for a new remixed single.