Dreaming of You (album)

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Dreaming of You
Inside a portrait, a bewildered woman is posing. The cropped picture is illustrating a sad story.
Studio album / Compilation album by Selena
Released July 18, 1995
Recorded 1994–95
Genre Pop, R&B, Tejano, Latin pop, Mexican music
Length 49:14
Language English, Spanish
Label EMI, EMI Latin
Producer Keith Thomas, Guy Roche, Rhett Lawrence, Arto Lindsay, Susan Rogers, David Byrne, A.B. Quintanilla III, José Hernàndez
Selena chronology
Las Reinas Del Pueblo
(1995)
Dreaming of You
(1995)
Exitos y Recuerdos
(1996)
Singles from Dreaming of You
  1. "I Could Fall in Love"
    Released: June 26, 1995
  2. "Tú Sólo Tú"
    Released: June 26, 1995
  3. "Dreaming of You"
    Released: August 14, 1995
  4. "Techno Cumbia"
    Released: August 14, 1995
  5. "I'm Getting Used To You"
    Released: November 26, 1995
  6. "El Toro Relajo"
    Released: December 24, 1995

Dreaming of You is the sixth and final studio album by American recording artist Selena, released posthumously on July 18, 1995, by EMI Records and EMI Latin. After her 1993 album Selena Live! was released, Selena became the first Tejano singer to win a Grammy Award. It attracted media attention which led Selena to sign a crossover deal with SBK Records—a subsidiary of EMI Records—the same year. Recording sessions for the album began in December 1994 after the release of Amor Prohibido, which spawned four number one singles that dominated Latin charts, prompting EMI to begin Selena's crossover album, believing she had reached her peak in the Spanish-speaking market.

By March 1995, Selena had recorded six R&B and pop ballad songs for the album[1][2] (not counting her three initial demo songs), four of which saw an immediate release in the final product, with additional recording sessions scheduled for late March and early April with Thomas (at his recording studio) and with her father at his recording studio Q-Productions. An R&B and pop album, Dreaming of You has a diverse musical style that incorporates a mixture of Latin genres such as Tejano, Latin pop and Mexican music, as well as Dance and ballad elements. Upon release the album received a generally favorable response from music critics; many complemented the mixture of genres while others said it made the album incomprehensible to the listener.[3]

On its release date, Dreaming of You sold 175,000 copies in the United States, a then-record for a female pop singer.[4] The album sold 331,000 copies its first week, debuting atop the Billboard 200, and remained at the top of the Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts for nine consecutive months. As of 2003, it is the largest-selling album to debut at number one on the Latin charts.[5] Through Dreaming of You, Selena became the first solo artist to debut a posthumous album at number one in the United States and becoming one of the best-selling Latin albums in the United States. As of 2010, Dreaming of You has sold four million copies in the United States, and had sold two million copies in Mexico as of 2008.

Background[edit]

Jose Behar of newly formed label EMI Latin Records, together with the new head of Sony Music Latin, watched Selena perform at the 1989 Tejano Music Awards.[6] Behar was searching for new Latin acts and wanted to sign Selena to EMI's Capitol Records, while Sony Music Latin was offering twice Capitol's sum to Selena's father and manager, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr.[6][7] Behar thought that he had discovered the "next Gloria Estefan" but his superior called Behar illogical since he had been in South Texas less than a week. Abraham chose EMI Latin's offer because of the potential for a crossover album, and he wanted his children to be the first artists to sign with the company.[6][7]

Development[edit]

Before Selena signed her first major contract with EMI Latin in 1989, Behar and Stephen Finfer requested a crossover album for Selena.[8][9] She recorded "Only Love", "Is It the Beat?", and "Where Did the Feeling Go?" for the heads of EMI's pop division.[10] Behar's request for a crossover album was denied and Selena was told that she needed a bigger fan base to sell such an album. Behar thought that EMI Records and the public did not believe that a Mexican American woman could have "crossover potential".[7] By 1993, Selena won several accolades including a Grammy Award for Selena Live! (1993), signed a sponsorship tour with Coca-Cola, dominated the Latin music charts, and expanded the Tejano Music Movement across the United States.[11][12][13][14]

It was then that EMI Latin said Selena should release a crossover album because she had reached her peak in the Spanish-language market and wanted to launch her career as an American solo pop artist.[6][7] Selena was signed to EMI's SBK Records in November 1993 in Los Angeles.[15][16] Selena's new deal was front-page news on Billboard magazine.[17][18] Selena said that the album would be released in 1994,[7] though following the release of Amor Prohibido in March 1994 she said that the crossover album was still being developed.[7][19] Four of its number one singles dominated the Latin charts in the United States, becoming the first artist to do so.[20][21][22] During a dinner in a Thai restaurant in 1994, Selena was flustered about pressure from the media regarding the album. She said that she had told numerous news crews that the album was about to be released, but she had yet recorded any songs for it.[7] Behar subsequently told the chairman of EMI Records, Charles Koppelman,[23] that Selena and her band Los Dinos would leave EMI and find a record company willing to record an English-language album for Selena. Behar had lied to the chairman to force the crossover album to begin.[7] EMI relented and the recording sessions started.[7] Selena said she felt intimidated by the recording deal because the situation was new to her and that only a few people had believed she would achieve success in the pop world.[18]

Production[edit]

Selena began recording "I Could Fall in Love", the first song for her crossover album, in December 1994.[24] Recording sessions for the album took place at several recording studios during 1994 and 1995, including: her father's Q-Productions studio in Corpus Christi; The Bennett House in Franklin, Tennessee; Bananaboat Studio in Burbank, California; Oakshire Recorders in Los Angeles; Conway Studios in Hollywood; Clinton Studios in Clinton, New York; and Levosia Entertainment in Hollywood.[24] Thirteen tracks in total were scheduled to be recorded exclusively for the album; in the subsequent sessions leading up until and including March 1995, Selena recorded five additional tracks,[1][2] four of which were: "Captive Heart", "I'm Getting Used to You", "Dreaming of You" and an uptempo RnB cover of "A Boy Like That" for the various artists tribute album The Songs of West Side Story. A.B Quintanilla recalls "Dreaming of You" being the sole song Selena selected for the album. "Is It the Beat?", "Where Did the Feeling Go?", "Only Love" and the Full Force remix version of "Missing My Baby" were also considered for inclusion in the album. Producers and songwriters Keith Thomas, Trey Lorenz, Mark Goldenberg, Kit Hain, Guy Roche, Donna Delorey, Diane Warren, Rhett Lawrence, David Byrne, Franne Golde, Tom Snow, Full Force, Brian "Red" Moore, A.B. Quintanilla III, Barrio Boyzz, K.C. Porter, Felipe Bernmejo, Jose Hernandez and Felipe Valdes Leal collaborated with Selena on the album.[24] Dreaming of You was the first album that Selena's family did not produce. They had decided to step down prior to the recording sessions to allow professional pop producers to work with Selena.[6] Selena felt that this decision was forced on them partly with commercial success in mind.[7]

Selena was scheduled to record "Oh No (I'll Never Fall in Love Again)" on the morning of March 31, 1995, but was killed the same day by Yolanda Saldivar, her friend and former manager of her Selena Etc. boutiques. Saldivar shot the singer in the back while she was trying to leave Salvadir's motel room.[25] One of the composers, Thomas, who wrote "I Could Fall In Love", never finished his second song intended for Selena and revealed the song's fate when he made an appearance on the A&E series Biography.[6] Amy Grant[26] and Vanessa Williams[27] were both writing songs for Selena's album, but did not finish any lyrics because of Selena's death. In 2008, freestyle singer Brenda K. Starr, said that she was supposed to guest on two unrecorded songs slanted for Dreaming of You.[28] According to Jose Behar Dreaming of You was projected to be released in September or October 1995.[29] Several other tracks which had been set aside for Selena to record were also shelved before being given to other artists.

Because of the reactions to Selena's death, EMI Latin decided to release four of the six English-language songs Selena had recorded exclusively during the 1994-1995 sessions for her crossover album;[30] alongside some of her most popular Tejano songs and Spanish ranchera tracks Selena recorded for the soundtrack to the film Don Juan DeMarco. The remix version of "Missing My Baby" was also included alongside the English songs, however "Is It the Beat?", "Where Did the Feeling Go?", "Only Love" and "A Boy Like That" were not. A.B has said that at the time, his father had the idea of subtly remixing five of Selena's past hit songs; he did so in a manner like the band performed live, although "Techno Cumbia" and "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" received the heaviest revamp for the album. At the same time, EMI contacted the Barrio Boyzz to re-record their verses on "Donde Quiera Que Estés" in English, while Selena's Spanish verses were retained. The new version was retitled "Wherever You Are". "Siempre Hace Frio" was pulled from the album for unknown reasons, although it and "Only Love" saw a release in the remix album "Siempre Selena".[31] "Only Love" saw another appearance in the soundtrack to the 1997 biographical film "Selena" alongside "A Boy Like That", "Where Did the Feeling Go?" and a club remixed version of "Is It the Beat?". The additional English song which had been recorded had not been mixed down in time for the deadline, and remains unreleased.[1][2]

Music[edit]

"Dreaming of You" was written by Franne Golde and Tom Snow, and features piano and guitar as its musical foundation. The single became Selena's signauture song and most recognizable recordings by American music fans as with "I Could Fall in Love".

"I Could Fall in Love" incorporates elements of soft rock, pop, R&B and soul and was written by Keith Thomas. The recording became a popular wedding song after its release in the 1990s.

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The first half of the album comprises R&B and pop ballads, while the rest of the production contains Latin-themed influences that profiles Selena's music career.[32][33] Mary Talbot of the Daily News praised Selena's emotive enunciation and said she displayed "lushly" and "soft, velvety" vocals and dipping into "playful, growly vocalizations."[32] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Selena had a teardrop voice that would have been favored among lovesick teenagers, but that her non-Hispanic producers and songwriters produced "greeting-card sentiments and [Paula] Abdul-lite melodies" that "exorcis[ed] any ethnic flavor." Browne said that Selena "evokes lust and passion" and analyzed that it is absent in her English-language recordings.[34]

Parry Gettelman of the Orlando Sentinel said the recordings meant for Selena's crossover album were targeted at fans of Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Gettelman wrote that Selena "is a more captivating singer than any of them" and believed that her "rich, sweet alto has more tonal colors and emotional range." but said the album "is utterly forgettable pap."[35] The Boca Raton News said Selena emulated the "worst characteristics" of Abdul and Dion.[36] Stephen Erlewine of AllMusic wrote that producers Keith Thomas and Guy Roche envisioned Selena as a dance-pop diva, similar to Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.[37] Mario Tarradell of the Dallas Morning News wrote that the album gave fans a viewing of "breathy, love-struck vocal performances", and that it imitates [Amy] Grant or [Paula] Abdul."[38]

Songs[edit]

"I Could Fall in Love" features an electronic piano, violin, flute,[39] bass drum, keyboards, a flamenco guitar,[40] Spanish guitar, and synthesizers.[41] Tarradell said "I Could Fall in Love" was an indirect response to Abraham, who forced Selena and Chris Pérez to end their relationship solely because Pérez was a rocker. Tarradell said that the lyrics, "I know it's not right but I guess I should try to do what I should do." were directed towards Abraham, reflecting Selena's wish to become an independent woman.[42] The song's composition and style are similar to those of "Dreaming of You",[43] with a narrator who is emotionally weak but understands what she wants (forever enduring love) which is universally impossible.[44] According to Ed Morales, editor of Vibe magazine, "Captive Heart" is reminiscent of 1980s Evelyn "Champagne" King,[45] while the Daily Vault said that Selena exerted an excessive amount of esophagus in the song, giving her a "one-way ticket to voice destruction."[46]

The remix version of "Techno Cumbia" was mixed by Selena's brother, A.B. Quintanilla III, and included as a b-side track for "Dreaming of You".

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"I'm Getting Used to You", an uptempo R&B number,[32] contains Selena's "girlish" vocals under David Morales' "zesty disco/house flavor" and makes use of percussive Latin pop sounds.[47] Tarradell said "I'm Getting Used to You" features New Jill Swing—an R&B genre that Tarradell said was originally popularized by American musicians Mary J. Blige and Jade.[38] The bilingual duet with David Byrne on "God's Child (Baila Conmigo)" features influences of flamenco and Middle-Eastern music and uses a guitar, harmonium, bass, marimba and percussion which allows Selena to be a "passionate, unforgettable singer." Gettelman said Byrne's "tightly wound voice" and Selena's "sultry vocals" are "strangely moving."[35][38] Talbot however, said Selena's voice is "oddly faint" in the duet.[32] The title track, a pop ballad,[48] exhibits Selena's "girlish [and] easy-going delivery". Larry Flick of Billboard magazine wrote that its idealistic lyrics have an "affecting poignancy that will not be lost on AC [radio]." During its midpoint break, Selena sings "sweet nothings" in Spanish.[49]

The two Spanish-language tracks, "Tú Sólo Tú" and "El Toro Relajo" features Mexican folk and ranchera influences.[50][51] Talbot wrote that the two tracks are the "most poignant and artful pieces" and that Selena's voice was "tortured and tequila-stained" while the songs' lyrics reflect unrequited love.[32] The "dreamy ballad" "Missing My Baby" is built on hooks that recall Diana Ross's "Missing You" and the Beach Boys' "Good to My Baby".[52][53] The tracks "Amor Prohibido", "Techno Cumbia" and "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" were taken from Selena's 1994 album Amor Prohibido.[54] The Barrio Boyzz re-recorded their vocals for their 1994 single "Donde Quiera Que Estes", which was transformed into a bilingual duet with Selena, although Selena's vocals remained intact.[32] "Como La Flor" was taken from Selena's 1992 album Entre a Mi Mundo.[32]

Release[edit]

Dreaming of You was scheduled to be released in 1995; in an interview on January 20 that year, Selena said it was still being developed.[55] Jose Behar of EMI Latin said that promotion "will be on the superstar scale" and that "[we] didn't put this marketing campaign behind it because there was a tragedy. We put this marketing campaign behind it because we believed that this was going to be a huge album because of the music. This is a record that we're going to work over the next 10 months."[29] EMI Records and EMI Latin earmarked $500,000 to complete Dreaming of You.[56] In Texas and Mexico, bootleggers sold counterfeited copies of Dreaming of You; one in Corpus Christi, Texas, unknowingly approached Selena's father.[57][58][59] EMI Records and EMI Latin jointly released Dreaming of You on July 18, 1995 in the U.S.[60] The Japanese edition of the album contained "Sukiyaki" as a bonus track. Fans in Dallas and Corpus Christi began lining up to purchase the album hours before stores were due to open.[61][62] Stores across Austin were sold out of Dreaming of You within minutes of the release,[57] even though Austin stores limited purchases to two copies per customer.[57] EMI Latin was inundated with orders of 500,000 units from retail stores, such as Abdelsayed's Counterfeit Factory, who were unable to fill their back-orders.[63] US chain Musicland sold 23,000 copies in twenty-four hours, exceeding Michael Jackson's HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995) which had sold 17,000 copies. Musicland's telephone lines were inundated by fans calling a month in advance to order the album.[64] 140,000 units of Dreaming of You were shipped in its first week of release in Mexico.[56] Requests for reorders were issued in Monterrey, Guadalajara and Tijuana, Mexico.[56] The album was released in Germany on August 14, while elsewhere in Europe and in Japan it was released that September.[56] EMI Records reported that the delay in releasing the album outside the U.S. was their fear of the main focus on Selena's death rather than her music.[56]

Chart performance[edit]

The recording sold 175,000 copies its day of release in the U.S.—a then-record for a female vocalist—and sold 331,000 copies its first week.[65][66] Selena became the third female artist in history to sell over 300,000 units in one week, after Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.[67] It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, displacing Hootie & the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View from the top spot. Dreaming of You debuted atop the Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts, knocking her Amor Prohibido (1994) and the Gipsy Kings' Best of album, respectively. John Lannert of Billboard said the album would remain atop the Latin charts until the next Selena recording was released.[56] Dreaming of You helped Selena to become the first solo artist to debut a posthumous album at number one.[56] It also became the first EMI Latin recording to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.[56] The recording was among the top ten best-selling debuts for a musician, and was the best-selling debut by a female artist.[3] Dreaming of You became the first album by a Hispanic act to debut and peak at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.[68][69][70] While the recording became the largest-selling album to debut at number one on Billboard '​s Latin charts, and since 2003, this record was yet to be broken.[71] According to Behar, Dreaming of You exceeded 400,000 copies its first week; he said the figures Nielsen SoundScan provided were not based on small, specialized music shops.[72][73] In July 1995, Dreaming of You joined five of Selena's studio albums on the Billboard 200 chart simultaneously, making Selena the first female artist to do so.[74] Dreaming of You sold half a million copies in Texas.[75] Some Texas retailers criticized sale figures for their state as Dreaming of You had sold poorly at their music stores.[29]

By December 1995, Dreaming of You sold two million copies in the U.S. and was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of two million copies.[3][68] Within ten months of its release, Dreaming of You was nearing triple-platinum status, and was certified 35 times platinum (Latin field) by the RIAA, for shipping more than 3.5 million copies in the U.S. alone.[76][77] According to Billboard magazine, Dreaming of You displaced Julio Iglesias first English-language record, 1100 Bel Air Place (1984), as the largest-selling Latin album.[78] Two years after Selena's murder, Dreaming of You and Siempre Selena (1996) occupied the third and fourth slots respectively on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.[79] Dreaming of You became the second-fastest-selling album by a female artist, behind Janet Jackson's janet. (1993) which had then sold 350,000 copies.[65][80][81] In Canada, the album peaked at number 16 on the RPM Top Albums Chart and was certified gold, denoting shipments of 50,000 units.[82] A percentage of the proceeds from the album's sales was donated to the EMI Records Group's "Selena Scholarship Fund".[83][84] Dreaming of You sold 420,500 copies between 1997 and 1999,[85] and sold 190,000 units in 1997 alone.[86] The biopic Selena (1997) contributed to a 65% increase of sales for Dreaming of You for that year.[87] As of 2010, the recording had sold four million copies in the U.S. and has since been one of the best-selling Latin albums in the U.S.[88]

Singles[edit]

Six tracks from the album—"I Could Fall in Love"/"Tú Sólo Tú" on June 26, 1995, "Dreaming of You"/"Techno Cumbia", "El Toro Relajo" and "I'm Getting Used to You"—were released as singles. EMI Latin's Sigerson said "I Could Fall in Love" may sell more copies than the album itself, and decided not to issue the single as a commercial release.[89] Therefore it was not eligible for the Billboard Hot 100 chart[90][91] and it peaked at number eight on the U.S. Hot 100 Airplay chart,[92] number one on Latin Pop Airplay chart[93] and the RPM Canadian Adult Contemporary chart for two consecutive weeks.[94] While its b-side track "Tú Sólo Tú" charted at number one on the Hot Latin Tracks chart for eight consecutive weeks.[95] "I Could Fall in Love" remained the highest charting English song on the Hot Latin Tracks—where it peaked at number two—for two years until Celine Dion's 1998 single "My Heart Will Go On" surpassed it and peaked at number one.[96] Selena became the first artist to place both a Spanish and English-language song in the top ten of the Hot Latin Tracks chart.[97]

"Dreaming of You" was released commercially[49] and peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[98] It peaked at number 16 on the Hot Single Sales chart,[99] number 33 on the Adult Top 40 chart,[100] and at number nine on the Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.[101] "Dreaming of You" won a BMI Millionaire Awards for over two million airplays in the U.S.[102] As of 2005, "Dreaming of You" has sold over 254,000 digital copies in the U.S.[103] "Dreaming of You" was EMI Records' top selling digital download from 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005.[104] It peaked at number 21 on Billboard's Hot Ringtones chart.[105] The remix version found on Dreaming of You peaked at number four on the Hot Latin Tracks chart. "I'm Getting Used to You" peaked at number 107 on the Hot 100 chart and at number one on the Hot Dance Breakouts chart.[106] "El Toro Relajo" debuted and peaked at number 24 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart,[107] while "Sukiyaki" failed to acquire any chart success in Japan where it was released there as a maxi single in 1996.[108] "I Could Fall in Love" and "Dreaming of You" became Selena's signature songs and her recordings most recognized by American music fans.[109]

Accolades[edit]

For a complete list of awards won by Selena, her albums and her singles, see List of awards and nominations received by Selena.

Dreaming of You won "Album of the Year – Overall", "Song of the Year" for "Tú Sólo Tú" and "Tejano Crossover of the Year" for "I Could Fall in Love" at the 16th Tejano Music Awards.[110] At the 1996 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards (ASCAP), "I Could Fall in Love" won "Among Most Played Song for 1995",[111] while the Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) awarded "Dreaming of You" a "Millionaire Award" for over two million airplays.[112] At the 1996 Billboard Latin Music Awards, the album won "Pop Album of the Year, Female", while "Tú Sólo Tú" took "Regional Mexican Hot Latin Track of The Year" and "Regional Mexican Hot Latin Video of The Year" awards.[113][114]

Time magazine placed Dreaming of You ninth on its "Top 10 Posthumous Albums" chart in 2010 following the posthumous release of Michael.[115] The Los Angeles Times placed the album on its list of "Top 10 Latin Albums of All Time".[116] Selena's three top-five singles made her runner-up to Shania Twain for UU-BRU Radio Playlist's "Top Female Act of The Year" award in 1995.[117]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic[37] 5/5 stars
Entertainment Weekly[118] B
Chicago Tribune[119] 2.5/4 stars
Los Angeles Times[116] 3/4 stars
Daily Vault[46] B
Time[115] (favorable)
Boston Globe[120] (favorable)
Chicago Sun-Times[121] (favorable)
The Dallas Morning News[38] (favorable)
Vibe[122][123] (favorable)

The album received a generally favorable response from music critics. Stephen Erlewine of AllMusic wrote that most Americans first learned about Selena because of her death and Dreaming of You. He said that the album was the first record that they heard and said it "would have been a stronger album if she had lived, but it still stands as a powerful—and touching—testament to her talents." [37] John Lannert of Billboard magazine wrote that the album's transitional style "capture[d] Selena stepping from her Tejano roots [and] into today's world of pop".[3] However, Ed Morales of Vibe magazine called it a recap of her more cumbia and Tex-Mex styles. Morales concluded his review stating that Dreaming of You demonstrated what would have been the start of Selena's career.[123] James Hunter, also from Vibe magazine, wrote that Selena's death affected his listening experience, saying, "In light of the young singer's tragic end, you almost can't listen to the damn thing."[122]

Achy Obejas from the Chicago Tribune wrote about the album's incompleteness and said, "It's full of promise and flaws", and that Dreaming of You is not a "masterpiece, or definitive, or even a testament to Selena's talents." Obejas compared the album to Gloria Estefan's crossover attempt and said that Dreaming of You "is not, as so many have proposed, the great Latino crossover." She then wrote that Estefan had already achieved this feat and that Selena "didn't get to take the next step: mainstream stardom and smashing sales figures while effortlessly balancing on the hyphen between Latino styles and American pop."[119] Christopher John Farley from Time magazine wrote that Dreaming of You took "her music to a far wider audience than she ever had when she was alive". Farley said the album "contain[ed] some of Selena's finest, most enjoyable work; it's a commendable but sorrowful accomplishment". Contrasting her Tejano and English-language songs, Farley wrote that her Tejano songs was sometimes clumsy, whereas her English pop songs were "sweet, pure and clear, and on the mariachi numbers, Selena shows off a voice that is sexy, strong and gracefully maturing."[115]

Enrique Lopetegui from the Los Angeles Times gave the album a positive review, writing that it was Selena's "most electric and satisfying album" but that it lacks cohesion. Lopetegui praised the idea of adding Spanish-language tracks to fill the album and said it was "even more interesting than the original [crossover] idea." When reviewing the English-language recordings, Lopetequi wrote that Selena "blossoms into a full-fledged soul singer, with an aggressiveness seldom shown before."[116] Mary Talbot from the New York Daily News wrote that listening to Dreaming of You is "akin to sifting through a dead woman's scrapbook." Talbot said Dreaming of You showcases Selena's "past and outlines what could have been her future", and that the album does not "tell a full or coherent story."[32] Dave Hoekstra of the Chicago Sun-Times approved all the media attention the album was receiving at the time of its initial release. Hoekstra wrote that Dreaming of You accomplished Selena's goals with "dignity and delight".[121]

The Daily Vault called the album a "fluke just as it's easy to say it was inevitable." However, The Daily Vault said that there were "some obvious signs of superstardom"; "I'm Getting Used to You", "Dreaming of You" and "I Could Fall in Love". At the end of their review, The Daily Vault said Selena needed to be "hook[ed] up with a producer who [could have] brought her ambiguity to full potential."[46] Peter Waltrous of The New York Times said that the producers "did not input their best efforts", and that "[i]t's not that she didn't sing well in English; she spoke English substantially better than she did Spanish. It's that the English song writers didn't step up to the bar with their best material. The music is faceless commerce. That she sings it so well on the album suggests that she had a good chance of success, working lush ballads in an anonymous pop style that Disney has mastered."[124]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I Could Fall in Love"   Keith Thomas Thomas 4:41
2. "Captive Heart"   Mark Goldenberg, Kit Hain Guy Roche 4:23
3. "I'm Getting Used to You"   Diane Warren Rhett Lawrence 4:03
4. "God's Child (Baila Conmigo)" (featuring David Byrne) Selena Quintanilla, David Byrne Byrne, Arto Lindsay, Susan Rogers 4:15
5. "Dreaming of You"   Franne Golde, Tom Snow Roche 5:14
6. "Missing My Baby"   A.B. Quintanilla III Quintanilla III, Full Force (remix) 4:13
7. "Amor Prohibido"   Selena, Quintanilla III, Pete Astudillo Quintanilla III, Jorge Alberto Pino, Bebu Silvetti, Gregg Vickers 2:55
8. "Wherever You Are (Donde Quiera Que Estés)" (featuring Barrio Boyzz) K. C. Porter, Miguel Flores, Desmond Child Quintanilla III, Domingo Padilla, Silvetti 4:29
9. "Techno Cumbia"   Quintanilla III, Astudillo, Ricky Vela Quintanilla III, Brian "Red" Moore 4:44
10. "El Toro Relajo"   Felipe Bermejo José Hernàndez 2:20
11. "Como La Flor"   Selena, Quintanilla III, Vela, Astudillo Quintanilla III 3:04
12. "Tú Sólo Tú"   Felipe Valdés Leal Hernàndez 3:12
13. "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom"   Selena, Astudillo Quintanilla III, Silvetti 3:41

Personnel[edit]

Credits are taken from the album's liner notes.[24]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Singles charts[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
US
[127]
US Adult
[127]
US Latin
[127]
US Latin Pop
[127]
"I Could Fall in Love" 1995 17 2 1 N/A
"Tú Sólo Tú" 1 N/A
"Dreaming of You" 22 33 11 9
  • US: 254,0002
"Techno Cumbia" 4 N/A
"El Toro Relajo" 24 N/A
"I'm Getting Used to You" 1996 1071 23 N/A
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[82] Gold 50,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[136] Gold 180,000^
United States (RIAA)[137] 35× Platinum (Latin) 3,500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

1.^ "I'm Getting Used to You" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number seven on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, which acts as a 25-song extension to the Hot 100.[138]
2.^ United States digital sales figures for "Dreaming of You" as of 2010.[139]
3.^ Mexico shipments of Dreaming of You as of 2010.[140]

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Patoski, Joe Nick. Selena Como La Flor. Little Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-69378-2. 
  • Ruiz, Geraldo. Selena: The Last Song. Warner Pub Service. ISBN 1-887599-01-0. 

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Billboard 200 number-one album
August 5, 1995 – August 11, 1995
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Amor Prohibido by Selena
Vivir by Enrique Iglesias
Billboard Top Latin Albums number-one album
August 5, 1995 – May 18, 1996
April 12, 1997 – April 19, 1997
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Vivir by Enrique Iglesias
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The Best Of Gipsy Kings by Gipsy Kings
Billboard Latin Pop Albums number-one album
August 5, 1995 – May 25, 1996
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