Dreaming of You (album)

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Dreaming of You
Inside a portrait, a bewildered Hispanic woman is staring ahead in a cropped picture.
Studio album by Selena
Released 18 July 1995
Recorded December 1994 – March 1995
Genre
Length 51:23
Language
  • English
  • Spanish
Label
Producer
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: 26 June 1995
  2. "Tú Sólo Tú"
    Released: 26 June 1995
  3. "Dreaming of You"
    Released: 14 August 1995
  4. "Techno Cumbia"
    Released: 14 August 1995
  5. "El Toro Relajo"
    Released: November 1995
  6. "I'm Getting Used To You"
    Released: 2 March 1996

Dreaming of You is the fifth and final studio album by American Tejano artist Selena. Released on 18 July 1995, it was an immediate commercial and critical success, debuting atop the U.S. Billboard 200—the first and only predominately Spanish-language album to do so. It sold 175,000 copies its first day of availability in the U.S.—a then-record for a female vocalist. With first week sales of 331,000 units, it became the second largest first-week sales for a female musician. Billboard magazine declared it an "historic" event,[1] while Time regarded the recording to have elevated Selena's music to a wider audience. It won Album of the Year at the 1996 Tejano Music Awards and Female Pop Album of the Year at the 2nd annual Billboard Latin Music Awards.

After signing a recording contract with EMI Latin in 1989, a request for a crossover album was denied after the singer recorded three demonstration recordings. After her Grammy Award nomination for Live (1993) was announced, Selena signed with SBK Records to begin recording her crossover album, which was front-page news on Billboard magazine. In March 1994, Selena released Amor Prohibido, she said in interviews that her crossover album was still being developed. Recording sessions for Dreaming of You began in December 1994, Selena recorded four tracks slated for the album. On 31 March 1995, Selena was shot dead by Yolanda Saldívar her friend and former manager of her Selena Etc. boutiques over a dispute of embezzlement.

The album was filled with previously released and unreleased English- and Spanish-language songs, recorded between 1992 and 1995. The tracks in the album are a mixture of American pop and Latin music, with the first half of Dreaming of You containing R&B and pop ballads, while the later half of the album profile Selena's Latin-themed repertoire. Six singles were released from the album. The first four, "I Could Fall in Love", "Tú Sólo Tú", "Techno Cumbia", and "Dreaming of You", charted within the top ten on the U.S. charts, the former became Selena's highest charting Billboard Hot 100 single of her career peaking at number twenty-two. It was regarded as the eighty-eight Hot 100 single of all-time in 2003.

Dreaming of You was among the top ten best-selling debuts for a musician, best-selling debut by a female act, and the fastest-selling U.S. 1995 album. It has since been ranked among the best and important recordings produced during the rock and roll era. Media outlets have since ranked the album among the best posthumous releases. With Dreaming of You peaking at number one, Tejano music entered the mainstream market. Music critics believed that the general population of the United States would not have known about Tejano or Latin music had it not been for Dreaming of You. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album 35x Platinum, a denotation of 3.5 million shipped units in the United States. As of January 2015, the album has sold five million copies worldwide, and is the best-selling Latin album of all-time in the United States.[2]

Background[edit]

Even though women had not achieve commercial success in the Tejano music business, the truth be told I didn't sign her to sell Tejano records. It was the crossover aspect that really knocked me out.[3]

—Jose Behar

Rick Trevino, founder of the Tejano Music Awards, originally enlisted La Sombra as the opening act for the 1989 awards ceremony, following Selena y Los Dinos. The band's lead vocalist Frank Sunie declined the offer, telling Trevino that he "doesn't open up for anybody". Trevino then called Selena's father and manager of the singer's music career, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. if the singer could open the ceremony. Quintanilla, Jr. immediately accepted the offer, saying that it's "the best time, because everyone is sober. They're sober they're listening to the artist and the music."[4] Unbeknownst to Selena and her father, Jose Behar, who had recently launched EMI Latin Records and the new head of Sony Music Latin, attended the awards ceremony and were scouring the area for new Latin acts.[5][6] Behar wanted to sign Selena to EMI's Capitol Records, while Sony Music Latin was offering double of Capitol's sum to Quintanilla, Jr.[6][7] Behar thought that he had discovered the next Gloria Estefan, but on coming to know about this, his superior called Behar illogical since he had only been in Texas for a week.[6][7] Quintanilla, Jr. chose EMI Latin's offer because of the potential for a crossover, and he wanted his children to be the first musicians to sign with the company.[6][7]

Before Selena signed her contract with EMI Latin in 1989,[8] Behar and Stephen Finfer requested Selena for an English-language debut album.[9][10] She was asked to make three demonstration recordings for Charles Koppelman, chairman of EMI Records.[11] After reviewing them, Koppelman declined a crossover attempt, believing that Selena should first strengthen her fan base.[7] In a 2007 interview, Behar spoke about the difficulty of recording Selena's English-language debut. He said that EMI "had let all of us to believed that she would record in English, and it just wasn't materializing for whatever reason". Behar believed that the record company "didn't believe, they didn't think it could happen." and continuously told Selena and her father that "it wasn't the right time" for the English-language debut.[7]

Selena signed a record deal with EMI subsidiary SBK Records in November 1993, following her Grammy Award nomination for Live (1993).[12][13] The news of the singer's record deal was front-page news on Billboard magazine.[14][15] In a 1994 meeting, Selena expressed her guilt to Behar; Selena had told interviewers of her upcoming crossover album and told them the recording was expected to be release soon.[7] At the time, Selena had not record a single song for her planned English-language debut.[7] Behar subsequently told Koppelman that Selena and her band will 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; EMI relented and the recording sessions began.[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 market.[15]

Recording and production[edit]

That's why when the English crossover album thing came she literally cried to me. She said "I don't know if I can do this, you're not producing for me." She didn't like the fact of having to let go certain things she was used to.

A.B. Quintanilla III, 2007.[6]

According to Betty Cortina of People magazine, Dreaming of You marked a transitional shift that abrogated the singer as being marketed as part of her band and billed Selena as an American solo artist in "the most fundamental way for her".[6] Beginning in 1989, Selena's brother A.B. Quintanilla III became her principal music producer and songwriter for her career.[16] Because Quintanilla III was working on the singer's followup recording to Amor Prohibido (1994), he was unable to produce the crossover album.[17] He was asked to meet with several producers in New York and choose one who would best "fit with Selena's style".[17] 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 the singer.[6] Quintanilla III and Selena flew to Nashville, Tennessee and met with Keith Thomas. Thomas had prepared the instrumental parts for the song called "I Could Fall in Love" but had not had time to complete the vocal parts, so he sang it for them. Selena and Quintanilla III immediately liked it, and Quintanilla III said that he wanted Selena to include it in her album.[17] Recording sessions began in December 1994 at The Bennett House in Franklin, Tennessee, the singer had to return later when Thomas was able to provide additional vocals.[17] Selena and her husband Chris Pérez, arrived on 24 March 1995 to finish recording the song. Pérez said in a 2002 interview, that Thomas provided Selena with a cassette of "I Could Fall in Love" and said that the singer had the song "on loop" and "had must have heard it a hundred times".[17] He believed that it had an "affect on her" because "she went into the studio the next day to actually do the recording and just was nailing things left and right and [Thomas] was letting her do her thing and I mean it was an incredible thing to watch".[17]

Selena chose to record "Dreaming of You", which was written by Franne Golde (pictured) and Tom Snow, the only song EMI Records allowed the singer to decide on.

EMI Records, who were more experienced in the pop market, headed the project and only allowed Selena to choose one song that she liked.[17] Her sister and drummer of the band, Suzette Quintanilla said in a 1997 interview on Selena Remembered, that the singer took her time and carefully chose a song that represented what "Selena was all about".[18] She chose "Dreaming of You", a number written by American songwriters Franne Golde and Tom Snow in 1989.[17] Originally, the song was written for American R&B group The Jets, who turned down the recording. According to Snow, Golde "never gave up on the tune and eventually got it to Selena".[19] When Quintanilla III heard the demonstration recording, he informed her that he did not like the track.[17] Selena told him that she was going to record the song because she favored its lyrical content and message.[17] In a 2002 interview, Quintanilla III believed he was "more judgmental" on his first impression of the demonstration recording than the song itself and citing its medley, content, and song structure for changing his mind of the track.[17] The singer began recording for "Dreaming of You" on 5 March 1995 at Quintanilla, Jr.'s recording label Q-Productions in Corpus Christi, Texas.[17] During the recording session, Selena was battling a bronchitis illness. Her father asked her to "just try" and sing the song because several producers had arrived from Los Angeles to watch her record the track. After the recording session wrapped, the producers liked the singer's vocal range in the song and decided to use her first take.[17] American producer Guy Roche produced and arranged the piece along with "Captive Heart".[17] After the arrangement to "Dreaming of You", she wanted Pérez to hear the finish product. He was unable to attend after Quintanilla, Jr. wanted him to work with a band he was interested in managing.[17] In 2012, Pérez wrote in his book about his and Selena's relationship together, that he "regret" not showing up to the recording session for the track.[20]

Selena recorded "God's Child (Baila Conmigo)", a duet with David Byrne that was included for the soundtrack to the comedy film Blue in the Face (1995).[21] Byrne remarked that the song was the last recording Selena had done before she was shot to death by Yolanda Saldívar her friend and former manager of her Selena Etc. boutiques on 31 March 1995.[22] Hispanics reacted negatively to the news of her death, which was compared to the reactions following the deaths of John Lennon, Elvis Presley, and U.S. president John F. Kennedy.[23][24] Behar 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."[25] EMI Records and EMI Latin earmarked $500,000 (1995 USD, $784,000 2015 USD) to complete Dreaming of You.[26]

Music and lyrics[edit]

"Dreaming of You" and "I Could Fall in Love" are lyrically identical pop ballads with themes of longing, hope, despair, and fear of rejection.

"I Could Fall in Love" incorporates influences of soul,[17] pop, and soft rock genres.[27]

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Dreaming of You is a multigenre work of American pop and Latin music.[28][29] It incorporates the diverse stylistic influences of techno, hip-hop,[30] pop rock, adult contemporary, dance-pop, regional Mexican music, Tejano,[31] R&B, disco, and flamenco music.[32] 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.[33][34] Music journalists believed that producers who worked with Selena tried to caricatured her with Paula Abdul, Amy Grant, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Madonna.[nb 1] Newsweek magazine called Selena's English-language recordings "a blend of urban pop and Latin warmth".[35] The album's focal mode is spicy, celebratory, and exuberant.[31] "I Could Fall in Love" and "Dreaming of You" are lyrically identical,[36] called "confessional ballads",[33] both recordings spoke of despair, heartbreak, and fear of rejection from a man the singer was beginning to fall in love with; while the lyrics found on "Dreaming of You" also explored feelings of longing and hope.[37][38][39] Larry Flick of Billboard magazine wrote that "Dreaming of You"‍ '​s idealistic lyrics have an "affecting poignancy that will not be lost on AC [radio]."[40]

"God's Child (Baila Conmigo)" employs an offbeat rhythm that is energetic, dark, mysterious, and its lyrics suggest subterfuge and counterhegemonic.[41] The song has elements of rumba flamenca, rock, R&B,[29] and features influences of flamenco and Middle Eastern music.[42][36] "Captive Heart" has 1980s funk,[43] and was believed by Achy Obejas of the Chicago Tribune to be intended for contemporary hit radio.[29] The disco house "I'm Getting Used to You", which makes use of the cha-cha,[44] explores the volatile of a relationship.[45] Mario Tarradell of The New London Day believed "Captive Heart" and "I'm Getting Used to You" bordered New Jack Swing, a popularized R&B subgenre pioneered by Jade and Mary J. Blige.[46] The producers who worked on the Don Juan DeMarco soundtrack (1995), decided to shelve "Tú Sólo Tú" and "El Toro Relajo"; recorded by Selena who played a mariachi singer in the romantic comedy-drama film. Christopher John Farley of Time magazine believed the producers who dropped the songs "regret[ed] ever doing so" following the impact of Selena's death.[47] "Tú Sólo Tú", a Pedro Infante cover, and "El Toro Relajo" reflected unrequited love,[33] and were recorded in a ranchera-style.[43] Selena recorded "Tú Sólo Tú" "con ganas" as noted by Denise Segura and Patricia Zavella in their book Women and Migration in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: A Reader (2007), a Spanish-language aphorism that translates to a performer singing with "unapologetic emotionality"; common among ranchera singers.[48]

Quintanilla III was asked to meet with R&B group Full Force in Manhattan by EMI Records who wanted the 1992 track "Missing My Baby" and the 1994 single "Techno Cumbia" to be added on Dreaming of You. The group remixed both songs, with the group adding additional vocals to "Missing My Baby" and remixed the latter into a reggae number.[17] Quintanilla, Jr. decided to add "Como la Flor" (1992), "Amor Prohibido" (1994), and "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" (1994) on Dreaming of You and pitched the idea of remixing the songs as if the band were singing them in concert; changing their beats "a bit".[17] Quintanilla III believed the new versions gave the fans "something fresh" and thought the idea was "neat".[17] "Como la Flor", credited as a career launching single,[49] expressed the sorrowfulness of a woman whose lover abandoned her for another partner while she wishes "nothing but the best" for them.[50][51] "Amor Prohibido" is a Romeo & Juliet-esque Spanish-language dance-pop.[52][53] "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom", remixed into a reggae track,[54] spoke of the singer's heart palpitating whenever her love interest walks by her.[55] The Barrio Boyzz were asked to record a bilingual version of their Spanish-language duet with Selena on "Donde Quiera Que Estés" (1994) called "Wherever You Are".[17]

Release and commercial performance[edit]

Chart and sales performance[edit]

Dreaming of You‍ '​s release date in the United States was confirmed on 10 June 1995, to be 18 July.[1] Fans began lining up hours before stores were due to open to purchase Dreaming of You; within twenty-four hours 75% of all available copies of the album were sold.[56] Although initial predictions placed Dreaming of You at 400,000 copies,[57][58] the album sold 331,000 units its first week and debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart—the first and only predominately Spanish-language album to do so.[1][59][60] This was the second biggest opening for a 1995 album, behind Michael Jackson's HIStory, and the second largest first-week sales for a female musician, behind Janet Jackson's janet. (1993) since Nielsen Soundscan began monitoring album sales in 1991.[1] Dreaming of You displaced Hootie & the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View from the top spot on the Billboard 200.[1] The recording debuted atop the U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums and the U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Albums charts, knocking her Amor Prohibido (1994) and the Gipsy Kings' Best of album, respectively.[1]

In its second week, Dreaming of You fell to number three on the Billboard 200 chart,[61] and remained there for two consecutive weeks.[62] Dreaming of You continued its decrease course, falling to number six in its fourth week.[63] In its fifth week, Dreaming of You dropped to number eight.[64] Starting in its sixth week, Dreaming of You remained in the top twenty of the Billboard 200 chart.[65] On the week ending 28 October 1995, Dreaming of You rose 18% in sales; after an eighteen week decline. This was followed by the highly publicized murder trial.[66] Dreaming of You remained on the Billboard 200 chart for forty-four consecutive weeks, exiting the chart at number 181 on the week ending 1 June 1996.[67] Lannert predicted that Dreaming of You would remain atop the Latin music charts until Selena's next posthumous release.[1] It remained at number one for forty-two consecutive weeks until Enrique Iglesias displaced it with his self-titled debut on the week ending 25 May 1996.[68] Dreaming of You went on to become the best-selling Latin album of 1995 and 1996,[69][70] the best-selling Latin pop album of 1995 and 1996.[69][70] The recording finished as the forty-fourth album of the Billboard 200 of 1995 and finished at number 123 on the Billboard 200 albums of 1996.[71][70] 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.[72] Dreaming of You sold 420,500 copies between 1997 and 1999,[73] and sold 190,000 units in 1997 alone.[74] The biopic Selena (1997) contributed to a 65% increase of sales for Dreaming of You for that year.[75]

Dreaming of You sold half a million copies in Texas.[76] Some Texas retailers criticized sale figures for their state as Dreaming of You had sold poorly at their music stores.[25] 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), signifying shipments of two million copies.[64] Within ten months of its release, Dreaming of You was nearing triple-platinum status;[77] it eventually got certified 35 times platinum (Latin field) by the RIAA, a denotation of 3.5 million shipped units.[78] It remains the best-selling Latin album of all-time in the United States, with five million copies sold worldwide as of January 2015.[79] A percentage of the proceeds from the album's sales was donated to the Selena Scholarship Fund.[80][81]

Cultural impact[edit]

Upon release, Dreaming of You sold 175,000 copies its first day of availability in the U.S.—a then-record for a female vocalist.[82][83] The recording also became the largest opening for a Spanish-language album to debut on Billboard‍ '​s Top Latin Albums chart.[84] According to Behar, the sales figures Nielsen SoundScan provided did not include small shops specializing in Latin music, where Dreaming of You scored well.[57][58] Dreaming of You helped Selena to become the third solo artist to debut a posthumous album at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, behind Janis Joplin and Jim Croce.[1] The album became the first and only Spanish-language and Tejano recording to debut and peak at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart,[85] and the first of EMI Latin records to do so. According to John Lannert of Billboard magazine, Dreaming of You was among the top ten best-selling debuts for a musician, best-selling debut by a female act, and according to Thom Duffy also from Billboard magazine, it was the fastest-selling U.S. 1995 album.[64] At the time, Dreaming of You helped Selena to become the fastest-selling female act in recorded music history,[86] and has since been ranked among the best and important recordings produced during the rock and roll era.[87][88] Dreaming of You joined five of Selena's studio albums on the Billboard 200 chart simultaneously, making Selena the first female act in Billboard history to accomplish this feat.[1] Dreaming of You was inducted on Michael Heatley's Where Were You When the Music Played?: 120 Unforgettable Moments in Music History (2008).[87] Musicologist Howard J. Blumenthal regarded that Dreaming of You "would have made [Selena] a major rock star", adding the album on his 1997 book The World Music CD Listener's Guide.[89]

According to Billboard magazine, Dreaming of You was predominately purchased by Latinos in the United States; demonstrating the purchasing power of Hispanic music consumers, and the biggest music news of 1995.[64] The album was believed to have "open the eyes" to retailers who never stocked Latin music as Dreaming of You performed well over expectations among White American music shop owners.[90] Sales of Selena's catalog albums and Dreaming of You sparked Best Buy and other retailers to hire Latin music specialist.[90] Within weeks, Dreaming of You was predicted to outsell Julio Iglesias' 1100 Bel Air Place (1984), as the largest-selling Latin album recorded in English.[90] EMI Records announced on the 2 December 1995 issue of Billboard magazine that they had the best sales for a music label during the first half of 1995; owning Dreaming of You as EMI's best-selling record in North America.[91] With Dreaming of You peaking at number one, Tejano music entered the mainstream market.[92][93] Music critics believed that the general population of the United States would not have known about Tejano or Latin music had it not been for Dreaming of You.[56][94][92] Following the album's release and because of the singer's death, Tejano music's popularity waned as Latin pop began dominating airways and commercial sales in the United States.[95][96]

Outside of the United States[edit]

In its first week of availability for purchase to music stores in Mexico, EMI shipped 140,000 units there and received reorders from Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Tijuana.[1] The album was delayed in European and Asian countries where EMI Records feared that the focal point of the recording would have been the singer's murder and not her music.[1] Vice president of EMI Records, Adam Sexton announced on 5 August 1995 that Dreaming of You would be released in Germany on 14 August and released nationwide in Europe in September, while the album would be released in October in Asian countries.[1] In Canada, the album debuted at number 59 on the RPM Top 100 Albums chart on the week of 4 September 1995.[97] In its second week, it jump to number 50 on the week of 11 September 1995.[98] On its ninth week, Dreaming of You peaked at number seventeen on the week of 30 October 1995.[99] After spending twenty-nine weeks on the RPM Top 100 Albums chart, Dreaming of You exited the list at number 97 on the week of 25 March 1996.[100] The album was certified gold, denoting shipments of 50,000 units in Canada.[101]

Singles[edit]

Davitt Sigerson, the president and CEO of EMI records, feared that "I Could Fall in Love" might sell more copies than Dreaming of You, so he did not issue the single as a commercial release.[102] The song was released promotionally to U.S. radios on 26 June 1995,[103] at the same time as "Tú Sólo Tú", to demonstrate Selena's transition from Spanish- to English-language recordings.[17] Fred Bronson of Billboard magazine commented that if EMI Latin had released "I Could Fall in Love" as a single and it had debuted in the top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, then it would have been the first posthumous debut single to do so since "Pledging My Love" by Johnny Ace in 1955.[104] "I Could Fall in Love" peaked at number eight on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay,[105] and number one on the U.S. Latin Pop Songs chart.[106] "Tú Sólo Tú" and "I Could Fall in Love" occupied the first and second positions respectively on U.S. Hot Latin Tracks for five consecutive weeks.[107] Selena thus became the first artist to place both a Spanish- and an English-language song in the top ten of the Hot Latin Tracks chart.[108] "I Could Fall in Love" became the fifth best-charting song from that chart in 1995[109] and remained the highest-charting English-language song for two years, until Celine Dion's 1998 single "My Heart Will Go On" surpassed it when it peaked at number one.[110] At ten consecutive weeks at number one on the Hot Latin Tracks, "Tú Sólo Tú" became the longest top-charting single of Selena's musical career.[111] With "Tú Sólo Tú" and her other singles that topped the chart from 1992 to her death in 1995, Selena totaled 44 weeks at the summit; the most for any Hispanic artist as of 2011.[111]

On 14 August 1995, "Dreaming of You" was released as the lead single, while the album's remix version and radio edit of "Techno Cumbia" was released as the b-side track.[112] Peaking at number twenty-two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, "Dreaming of You" sold 24,000 copies in its first week of availability; it eventually sold 284,000 digital units by 2010.[113][114] The best-selling single of her career, "Dreaming of You" was named as the eighty-eight Hot 100 single of all-time, according to Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan in 2003.[115] The Los Angeles Times placed "Dreaming of You" at number five out of its top-ten singles of 1995.[116] "Techno Cumbia" peaked at number four on both the U.S. Hot Latin Tracks and the U.S. Regional Mexican Songs charts.[117] On 2 December 1995, "El Toro Relajo" debuted and peaked at number twenty-four on the U.S. Hot Latin Tracks.[118] "I'm Getting Used to You", the second commercially released single (sixth single overall), was released on 2 March 1996.[44] It debuted and peaked at number seven on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and at number one on the U.S. Billboard Dance/Electronic Singles Sales.[119] "I'm Getting Used to You" later peaked at number twenty-three on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks on the week ending 8 June 1996.[120] The Billboard critics poll ranked the remix version of "I'm Getting Used to You" among their "top ten" singles of 1996.[121]

Released internationally, "I Could Fall in Love", "Dreaming of You", and "I'm Getting Used to You" were less commercially successful outside the United States and Canada. "I Could Fall in Love" peaked at number one on the RPM Adult Contemporary Songs chart on the week ending 6 November 1996.[122] "I Could Fall in Love" peaked at number five on the RPM Top 100 Singles chart.[123] It was also the only single by Selena to chart on the New Zealand Singles Chart, peaking at number ten.[124] In 1996, "Dreaming of You" performed better in Canada on the RPM Adult Contemporary and the Top 100 Singles chart, peaking at numbers seven and 30, respectively.[125][126] Debuting at number ninety-six on the RPM Top 100 Singles chart on the week ending 10 June 1996, "I'm Getting Used to You" became the third single by Selena to have charted in Canada.[127] After five weeks on the chart, "I'm Getting Used to You" peaked at number sixty-five.[128] At number ninety-three, "I'm Getting Used to You", dropped off the Top 100 Singles chart after spending nine weeks on the list.[129]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[31]
The Baltimore Sun (mixed)[130]
Boston Globe (favorable)[131]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[29]
The Dallas Morning News (unfavorable)[132]
Entertainment Weekly B[133]
Hartford Courant (favorable)[134]
The Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[135]
Newsweek (favorable)[35]
New York Daily News 3/5 stars[136]
The New York Times (favorable)[137]
People (favorable)[138]
Rome News Tribune (favorable)[139]
Star-News (mixed)[140]
The Spokesman-Review (mixed)[141]
Time (favorable)[142]

The vast majority of contemporary reviews were positive, with Dreaming of You receiving a widespread critical acclaim. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic noted how Dreaming of You was the first recording by Selena to have been heard among the general population of the United States, citing her death that propelled American listeners to her album.[31] This was echoed by Alisa Valdes of the Boston Globe.[131] Erlewine affirmed Amor Prohibido as "a more consistent release" and believed Dreaming of You was not the singer's best work, though called it an introductory effort.[31] The English-language tracks found on the album "are no different than her Spanish songs", according to Erlewine, and believed the album "would have been stronger" if the singer had lived.[31] He finished his review calling the album a "powerful—and touching—testament to her talents."[31] John Lannert of Billboard magazine called the album's commercial success as being "hardly a fluke".[64] Vibe magazine contributor Ed Morales, described the album as a summation of her cumbia-influenced songs, her Tex-Mex (Texas-Mexico) "excellence", and a "poignant glimpse" of the singer's musical career path had she lived.[143] Writing for Time magazine, David Browne considered Dreaming of You‍ '​s release as "one of the quickest posthumous albums ever cobbled together." He acknowledged the producers who worked with Selena on the album had decisively paired her with recordings that reminded him of lighter versions of Paula Abdul and called them "greeting-card sentiments". He recognized the later half of Dreaming of You as "the true, unbridled Selena" calling them "traditional ballads or tropical fantasies, Selena evokes lust and passion"; illustrating that those qualities found on her English-language songs are absent.[133]

Contributor for the Chicago Tribune, Achy Obejas called the recording a fragmentary work and considered it as "Selena's past and about what might have been."[29] Obejas called the record "full of promise and flaws" and believed its intentional bilingual nature was done by "necessity rather than design".[29] She further explained that Dreaming of You is a Latino crossover nix, citing Gloria Estefan's earlier mainstream work as the primitive Latino crossover; although the singer "didn't get to take the next step" as did Estefan.[29] Objeas continued to disclaim the album as the opposite of a "masterpiece, or definitive, or even a testament to Selena's talents."[29] but more of a "smorgasbord". Objeas's revelation was the singer's "complete ease on the R&B tunes" and thought that Selena was "getting funky and pretty soulful".[29] Enrique Lopetegui of The Los Angeles Times regarded Dreaming of You as Selena's "most electric and satisfying album" and thought it was an applicable "epitaph" for the singer.[135] Lopetegui considered the songs on the album to be "radio-friendly pop tunes" but noted that the album "lacks cohesion." but finds the bilingual album "even more interesting than the original idea."[135] According to Lopetegui, Selena "blossoms into a full-fledged soul singer, with an aggressiveness seldom show before." on her English-language tracks but finds the rancheras "Tú Sólo Tú" and "El Toro Relajo" as the "most impressive", identifying that the singer was inexperienced with that style.[135] Christopher John Farley of Time magazine, argued that Dreaming of You elevated Selena's music "to a far wider audience than she ever had when she was alive".[142] He considered the album to have incorporated her "finest, most enjoyable work" but noted that it was "a commendable but sorrowful accomplishment".[142] Contrasting her Tejano and English-language songs, Farley wrote that her Tejano recordings 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."[142]

Writing for the New York Daily News, Mary Talbot felt that listening to Dreaming of You was "akin to sifting through a dead woman's scrapbook." and called it "disparate jottings and snapshots some artful, some light, all weighted with nostalgia".[136] Talbot describes it as showcasing "Selena's past and outlines what could have been her future." and because of the singer's death, the story is incomplete.[136] She considers the English offerings as "sturdy, generic pop numbers" that would be favored among her Tejano following "but there aren't enough of them to prove her strength or breadth as an English-language artist."[136] Talbot believed Selena was skillful of crisscrossing "traditional Mexican music with a contemporary American pop sensibility, and that skill doesn't figure with these songs." Towards the end of her review, Talbot considered Dreaming of You to have been "the effervescent pop of her generation."[136] Mario Tarradell of The Dallas Morning News asserted that the album "doesn't deliver" citing that Selena was "revamped to sound like one of pop radio's many generic female vocalist." and that her English recordings lack "the bubbly, effervescent personality, the chica-del-barrio charm" found on her Tejano songs.[132] Tarradell believed the English songs were "tepid imitations of Amy Grant and Abdul."[132] Peter Watrous of The New York Times essentially called Dreaming of You "a collection of leftovers" and thought that the Spanish-language songs "sound better" from her English counterparts.[137] Watrous believed that the producers did not ameliorate Selena's English-language tracks and gave their all.[137] He further commented that "the music is faceless commerce." but noted how Selena recorded them "so well on the album" that it suggested "she had a good chance of success, working lush ballads in an anonymous pop style that Disney has mastered."[137] Rock music contributor, Roger Catlin of the Hartford Courant described Dreaming of You as "a package that hints at the overall talent and immense potential of the young star".[134] Catlin believed that her English work were lacking "technical heroics that have defined [Selena] in the '90s." but states that the singer "is understandably assured" on her Spanish offerings.[134] He noticed that Selena was "low key" and theorized that the material seemed that way since she only recorded four tracks before her death.[134]

Accolades[edit]

Dreaming of You was placed as the ninth "Top 10 Posthumous Albums" list by Time magazine in 2010.[142] It was named as the third best posthumous album of all-time by BET, who called the recording a "heartbreaking testament to a young talent on the verge of superstardom."[144] Vibe magazine ranked Dreaming of You as the second best posthumous release and described it as an "overview".[145] Dreaming of You won Album of the Year at the 1996 Tejano Music Awards.[146] At the 2nd Annual Billboard Latin Music Awards in 1996, Dreaming of You won Female Pop Album of the Year.[147][148]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I Could Fall in Love"   Keith Thomas Thomas 4:42
2. "Captive Heart"  
Guy Roche 4:24
3. "I'm Getting Used to You"   Diane Warren Rhett Lawrence 4:03
4. "God's Child (Baila Conmigo)" (featuring David Byrne) 4:16
5. "Dreaming of You"   Roche 5:15
6. "Missing My Baby"   A.B. Quintanilla III
4:13
7. "Amor Prohibido"  
2:56
8. "Wherever You Are (Donde Quiera Que Estés)" (featuring Barrio Boyzz)
4:29
9. "Techno Cumbia"  
  • Quintanilla III
  • Brian "Red" Moore
  • Full Force
4:45
10. "El Toro Relajo"   Felipe Bermejo José Hernàndez 2:20
11. "Como la Flor"  
  • Selena
  • Quintanilla III
  • Vela
  • Astudillo
Quintanilla III 3:05
12. "Tú Sólo Tú"   Felipe Valdés Leal Hernàndez 3:13
13. "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom"  
  • Selena
  • Astudillo
  • Quintanilla III
  • Silvetti
3:42

Personnel[edit]

Credits are taken from the album's liner notes.[17]

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
[158]
US Adult
[159]
US Latin
[160]
US Latin Pop
[161]
CAN
[123][125]
NZ
[124]
"I Could Fall in Love" 1995 12 2 1 10 10 N/A
"Tú Sólo Tú" 1 N/A
"Dreaming of You" 22 9 11 9 30
"Techno Cumbia" 4 N/A
"El Toro Relajo" 24 N/A
"I'm Getting Used to You" 1996 107[nb 3] 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)[101] Gold 50,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[162] Gold 180,000^
United States (RIAA)[163] 35× Platinum (Latin) 3,500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Paula Abdul,[164][165] Amy Grant,[36] Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey,[42] and Madonna.[42]
  2. ^ United States digital sales figures for "Dreaming of You" as of December 2010.[166]
  3. ^ "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.[167]

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Order of precedence
Preceded by
Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish
Billboard 200 number-one album
5 August 1995 – 11 August 1995
Succeeded by
E. 1999 Eternal by Bone Thugs N Harmony
Preceded by
Amor Prohibido by Selena
Vivir by Enrique Iglesias
Billboard Top Latin Albums number-one album
5 August 1995 – 18 May 1996
12 April 1997 – 19 April 1997
Succeeded by
Enrique Iglesias by Iglesias
Vivir by Iglesias
Preceded by
The Best of Gipsy Kings by Gipsy Kings
Billboard Latin Pop Albums number-one album
5 August 1995 – 25 May 1996
Succeeded by
Enrique Iglesias by Iglesias