'Dreaming Of You' Set Is Bittersweet Hit For Late EMI Star
As Selena's bilingual,
posthumous set, "Dreaming Of You," makes its historic
debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week, the Latino singing
idol seems bound for the crossover stardom for which she longed.Released
jointly by EMI Latin and EMI Records on July 18, "Dreaming
Of You" has already achieved two unprecedented chart achievements.
It is the first album recorded mostly in Spanish to debut at No.
1 on The Billboard 200, and it is the first by a Latino artist
to accomplish that feat. Moreover, Selena, whose full name was
Selena Quintanilla Perez, follows
Santana and Los Lobos to become only the third artist of primarily
Hispanic descent to climb to the top of the chart in the rock
You" also is No. 1 on The Billboard Latin 50, joining five
other titles by Selena that have remained entrenched in the top
10 of the chart since she was shot March 31 by an ex-employee
(Billboard, April 15). "Dreaming Of You" supplanted
Selena's long-running platinum
smash "Amor Prohibido" in the top spot on that chart.According
to SoundScan, in its first week "Dreaming Of You" sold
331,000 units, the second-highest weekly sales tally this year
after Michael Jackson's two-record, set "HIStory," which
rang up 391,000 units. Though EMI shipped nearly 2 million units
of the album on July 18, retailers almost immediately began asking
for reorders, prompting EMI to press an additional 500,000 copies.
With retailers throughout
the U.S. scrambling to replenish stock, many store executives
say that Anglo customers are buying "Dreaming Of You."Debra
Villalobos, Latin music buyer at the 347-unit Wherehouse Entertainment
web in Torrance, Calif., says she is surprised by the
interest of Anglo buyers in the record."I had some stores
run out of the album that I didn't think would run out, because
they normally don't sell Latin product at all," says Villalobos.
Like other retailers, Villalobos reports that cassette sales are
outpacing CD sales, thus far.
Its retail success
assured, "Dreaming Of You" is now beginning to heat
up at radio, as well. Two of the album's tracks-"Tu Solo
Tu" and "I Could Fall In Love"-are No. 1 and No.
3, respectively, on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.
"I Could Fall
In Love" is the second most-played record at KISS-FM Los
Angeles. Station music director Tracy Austin says that the top
40 oufset was rotating Selena's former Latino chart-topper, "Fotos
Y Recuerdos," before adding "I Could Fall In Love."
"We've been getting
a lot of requests," says Austin. "The Anglo section
of the community seems to like this song. It seems to be a mass-appeal
In addition, "I
Could Fall In Love" is breaking in Kansas City, Mo., Oklahoma
City, Miami, and Boston, where WXKS-FM PD John Ivey says that
"after the first play we had tons of requests. It sounds
like a No. 1 record to me."
at EMI Records and EMI Latin are elated with the out-of-the-box
prosperity of "Dreaming Of You." However, both the president/CEO
of EMI Records, Davitt Sigerson, and the president of EMI Latin,
Jose Behar, stress the long-range influence that Selena will have
on the market as opposed to the expanding sales potential of "Dreaming
"This is a crossover
dream that may be realized not just by Selena, but also for a
whole new wave of artists," says Sigerson, noting that Spanish-language
albums by Gloria Estefan and Linda Ronstadt have helped "soften
up America's linguistic chauvinism. This is one more piece of
says Behar, "was to create a retrospective package that would
enable her fans to appreciate the music that made her popular,
as well as introduce them to new Spanish- and English language
music that would have taken her into the future."
The 13-song set features
four English-language songs that were to be included on Selena's
English-language debut, two new Spanish-language tracks, and a
Spanish/English duet with David Byrne. Rounding out the balance
of the record are several of Selena's No. 1 Latin hits, including
a reggae cover of "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom."
Among the noted producers,
songwriters, and recording artists who appear on the album are
Keith Thomas, who wrote the leadoff single, "I Could Fall
In Love"; Diane Warren, Franne Golde, Tom Snow, and Full
Force; Selena's brother, producer/songwriter A.B. Quintanilla
III; the Barrio Boyzz, mariachi producer Jose Hernandez and K.C.
Porter, keynote speaker at
BiUboard's recent International Latin Music Conference. Highly
regarded designer Margo Chase produced the artwork for the album
jacket and merchandising materials.
In May, People magazine published a 76-page commemorative issue
on Selena that sold more than 600,000 copies. One month later,
People ran another high-profile story on Selena, as did Good Housekeeping
magazine. Throughout June and July, numerous networks and cable
channels broadcast stories about Selena.
Adam Sexton, VP international,
EMI Records, says that "Dreaming Of You" will be released
Aug. 14 in Germany, with most of the rest of Europe putting out
the record later in the month or in September. Similarly, Japan
and other Asian countries are set to ship the record within the
next two months.
however, could again come under the microscope in the not-so-distant
future. Under current negotiation is a forthcoming biopic of Selena,
scheduled for release in 1996. In addition, notes Behar, there
is still enough previously unreleased material recorded
by Selena to make another album or two.
"Given the way
the public has embraced this record, it all indicates that maybe
next year there will be a followup album, as well as a soundtrack,"
Selena told her `Tell your story'
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Jurors
who convicted her of murdering Tejano star Selena had already
made up their minds before being presented the case, Yolanda Saldivar
said in a TV interview.
"But I don't blame
them because Selena doesn't want me to be upset," Saldivar
In her first interview
since being convicted of killing the Grammy Award-winning singer,
Saldivar said Selena came to her in a dream and told her to tell
"I know -- my
God and Selena are with me -- it was an accident," Saldivar
said Tuesday night from the Nueces County Jail, where she's awaiting
transfer to a Texas prison to serve out her life sentence.
The interview was broadcast
on the Spanish-language network Univision during a special, prime-time
edition of the newsmagazine "Primer Impacto."
Interviewer Maria Celeste
Arraras said Saldivar was not paid for the interview and no restrictions
were placed on the questions.
The convicted murderer
told Arraras that her lawyers had restricted her from discussing
the killing before the trial. But she was speaking now because
Selena told her, "Tell your story, tell my story. She told
me plainly, `Mother, don't stay quiet anymore.'"
When Arraras pointed
out that Saldivar wasn't the singer's mother, she responded that
they had that kind of relationship. Now that Selena is dead, Saldivar
said, her life is over as well.
"There is no happiness,
there is no laughter, there is no harmony," Saldivar said.
"I cannot accept that she is no longer here. I will never
Saldivar, who was convicted
three weeks ago of murdering Selena and given a life prison sentence,
did not testify during the trial. Her attorneys contended that
the gun went off accidentally when Selena was shot in the back
in a Corpus Christi motel room on March 31.
Saldivar stuck by that
story Tuesday night. She explained that a tearful Selena came
to her motel to discuss their business relationship and begged
Saldivar not to leave.
Prosecutors and Selena's
family contended Saldivar, 35, deliberately shot the singer because
she was about to be fired for embezzling $30,000.
But Saldivar said she
picked up the gun, put it to her own head, and ordered the 23-year-old
singer to leave. She said she waved the gun after Selena refused,
and that it accidentally went off as she was gesturing.
Saldivar also denied
embezzling from the superstar. "I never stole a penny from
my daughter," she said.
"When I am ready
to reveal the entire truth, I will come with proof in my hand
and say, `This is what was going on.' My God, Selena and my family