|Born||Dolores Janney Rivera 
July 2, 1969
Long Beach, California, United States
|Died||December 9, 2012
Iturbide, Nuevo León, Mexico
Cause of death
|Net worth||U.S. $32 million|
|Spouse(s)||José Trinidad Marín (1984-1992)
Juan López (1997-2003)
Esteban Loaiza (2010-2012)
Jacquelin Melina Marin
Jenicka Priscilla Lopez
Juan 'Johnny' Lopez
|Genres||Banda, Norteño, Ranchera, Pop Latino|
Universal Music Latino
|Associated acts||Lupillo Rivera|
Dolores Janney Rivera (July 2, 1969 – December 9, 2012), better known as Jenni Rivera, was a Mexican-American Latin Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, actress, television producer, and entrepreneur known for her work within the banda, norteña and mariachi music genres.
Jenni Rivera began recording music in 1998. Her recordings often had themes of social issues, infidelity, and relationships. Her tenth studio album, Jenni (2008), became her first #1 record in the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in the United States. In 2010, she appeared in and produced the reality TV show Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C. She also appeared in and produced I Love Jenni starting in 2011 through 2013 and Chiquis 'n Control in 2012. Her acting debut was in the film Filly Brown, which was released in 2013. She as named the "Top Latin Artist of 2013" by Billboard magazine. Her years' long career included such honors as 20 million albums sold, making her the highest earning banda singer of all time.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Musical style
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Death
- 6 Legacy
- 7 Discography
- 8 Filmography
- 9 Awards and nominations
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Rivera was born and raised in Long Beach, California, to Rosa Saavedra and Pedro Rivera, who were undocumented immigrants from Mexico. Her parents raised Rivera and her sister and 4 brothers in a tight-knit, musical household; her brother Lupillo is also a regional Mexican musician. Rivera spoke both English and Spanish fluently. Her family introduced her to traditional Mexican music, including the genres of banda, norteña, and ranchera. Her father was a bartender and businessman who created the record label Cintas Acuario in 1987, which launched the career of Mexican singer/songwriter Chalino Sánchez.
Rivera earned straight As in school until her sophomore year, when at 15 she became pregnant with the first of her 5 children, Jenni "Chiquis" Marin Rivera. She supported the two of them by selling CDs at flea markets to support herself and her child, while working toward her GED at a continuation school and graduating as class valedictorian. Speaking in 2003 of her experiences as a teenage mother, Rivera explained, "Usually, when a young girl is pregnant, she drops out of school and concentrates on being a mother. I thought that's what I had to do, but my counselors told me there was no way they would let me drop out. I had too much promise."
Rivera made her first recording in 1992 as a Father's Day present to her father; after receiving significant airplay on Southern California radio stations, she made more recordings and signed to Capitol/EMI's Latin division. Her first album, Chacalosa (slang for "party girl"), was released in 1995. She then released the albums We are Rivera and Farewell to Selena independently, the latter a tribute album to Tejano music singer Selena who was murdered in 1995. She signed to Sony Music in the late 1990s, and then with Fonovisa Records in 1999; in the same year, Rivera released her first commercial album with Fonovisa, titled Que Me Entierren con la Banda, featuring local hit "Las Malandrinas". In 2001, she released the records Dejate Amar and Se las Voy a Dar a Otro. Her 2003 release Homenaje a las Grandes (in English "Homage to the Great Ones") was a tribute album to female Mexican singers including Lucha Villa, Mercedes Castro, Rocío Dúrcal, Lola Beltrán, and Alejandra Guzmán. She began to attain more substantial success with the record Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida, released in 2005, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.
Rivera sold over 20 million albums and continues to sell many albums and was nominated at the 2003, 2008 and 2010 Latin Grammys. She was awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. She started many companies, including Divina Realty, Divina Cosmetics, Jenni Rivera Fragrance, Jenni Jeans, Divine Music and The Jenni Rivera Love Foundation. Jenni Rivera became the first female banda artist to sell out a concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California, and became the first artist to sell out two back-to-back nights at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on August 6 and 7, 2010. She has also sold out both the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Mexico’s National Auditorium, a feat few male singers in her industry achieved.
Rivera was a producer on the Mun2 reality TV show Chiquis & Raq-C, featuring her oldest daughter Janney Marin. She then appeared in the spin-off show I Love Jenni. Rivera worked as coach in the second season of the Mexican talent show La Voz... México, based upon The Voice franchise. On July 2, 2013, Unbreakable/Inquebrantable, Rivera's official autobiography arrived. Rivera had been working on it for years, and after her death her family put it together and turned it into a full book that became an instant New York Times bestseller.
Just days before her death, ABC announced the development of "Jenni," a show starring Rivera and centering on the Mexican-American singer and actress as a struggling single mom. Robert L. Boyett (the man behind "Family Matters," "Full House" and more '90s family comedies) and Robert Horn of "Designing Women" fame were attached to write and executive produce the project. No one can replace Jenni Rivera. Producers of an ABC sitcom inspired by the Latina singer’s life say they won’t try to re-tool the show for another star. “No other actress would work for what we created,” executive producer Robert Boyett told a reporter for a story in a New York Post, “We have no plans to do this show or anything like it.”
In 2012 weeks before her death she was filming for her show I Love Jenni , she revealed she was planning on quitting from her music career, to be home with her kids more often. She stated that her musical career just snowballed into what it is today and she never planned all of this, also that it is a career that you have to kiss peoples ass in order for your music to sell and have the image you want. She also stated that her career is continuing to grow and she was offered to go on tour in different Latin America countries such as: Spain, Colombia, Honduras, and El Salvador but denied all requests.
"Few artists, singing in Spanish or English, ever reach the success of Rivera." Reporters said on a broadcast on CBS Los Angeles.
On December 8, 2012 she performed and sold out with over 17,000 fans at her last concert at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.
A 24 second sample of the pop version for "¡Basta Ya!" featuring the beginning of the chorus. One of her greatest hits.
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Rivera's musical style was classified as banda, a form of traditional Mexican music popular in Mexico and many parts of the United States with large Hispanic populations. Banda music originated in the state of Sinaloa and the music sound is primarily instruments such as tuba, clarinets and trumpets, i.e. Banda El Recodo; Banda La Costena. However, according to Leila Cobo of Billboard, her music contained a "contemporary, outspoken flair". She was significant as one of the few female artists in the often male-dominated genre. She sang in both Spanish and English and often addressed personal themes such as her struggles with domestic violence, divorce, and her weight. Rivera described speaking openly with her fans about her personal issues as a "primary part" of her career. Discussing her unconventional approach and her single "Las Malandrinas", Rivera explained, "It was the late 1990s and the early 2000s and the female singers were singing ballads and romantic fare. So I figured, I'm not typical at all in any way, so I'm going to do what the guys do but in a different voice." She was given names such as "La Diva de la Banda" and "La Primera Dama del Corrido" for her work in the banda and corrido genre.
In 2011, Rivera announced she would be recording Joyas Prestadas which consists of eleven cover versions, with the first album being recorded in Latin pop, while the second was recorded in banda. Both albums were produced by Enrique Martinez. According to Rivera, the songs she chose to cover were those she was enamored with while working as a cashier in a record store. It was her first production to include ballad recordings. Joyas Prestadas was one of her biggest hits.
Marriages and children
Rivera was married 3 times and had five children. She had her first child, Janney "Chiquis" (born 1985), while still in high school. She later married Chiquis' father, José Trinidad Marín, and they had two more children: Jacqueline (born 1989) and Michael (born 1991), but she ended the marriage in 1992 citing physical and emotional abuse. In 1997 her younger sister Rosie confessed that Jennis' ex husband (Marin) used to sexually molest her, and was now doing the same to Chiquis, physical examination showed he'd done the same with Jacqie. The molestation case was opened in 1997 and Marín spent 9 years as a fugitive before he was apprehended in April 2006, convicted of sexual assault and rape and sentenced to more than 31 years in prison without parole.
Rivera married her second husband, Juan López, in 1997. They had daughter Jenicka in 1997 and son Johnny in 2001 before they divorced in 2003. In 2007, Juan López was convicted of selling drugs. He died from complications of pneumonia while in prison in 2009. Chiquis is now legal guardian to 16 year old jenicka and 13 year old johhny and has said that it comes very easy to her, as she always took care of them while their mom was out working.
On August 6, 2010 Rivera was named spokeswoman for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. A proclamation was given "officially naming" August 6 “Jenni Rivera Day” by the Los Angeles City Council for all her charity work and community involvement. Rivera was a Christian and her brother Pedro Rivera Jr. is the pastor of the Primer Amor Church in Whittier, California. She stated that she desired to be a dedicated Christian.
In October 2008, a sex video featuring Rivera began circulating. Rivera was arrested on May 18, 2009 by customs authorities at the international airport in Mexico City. She failed to declare $52,467 cash in her purse. Rivera later paid a fine of $8,400 and was released. According to New York Daily News, Rivera performed and consumed cocaine at drug cartel parties in 2009.
More than a year later, controversy and accusations continued to surround the circumstances of her death. The latest salvo came from Rivera's husband, former Major League Baseball player Esteban Loaiza, who filed a wrongful-death suit against the owners of the aircraft that crashed with Rivera aboard, the Associated Press reported. Loaiza was separated from Rivera at the time of her death but sought unspecified damages. The suit, according to the Associated Press, names the plane's owners, Starwood Management LLC and its parent company, Rodatz Financial Group.
Rivera performed a concert at Monterrey Arena on December 8, 2012, in Monterrey, Nuevo León. At 2:00 a.m. on December 9, when the show ended, she held a press conference at the same venue. She left the Arena along with her staff and departed from Monterrey International Airport at 3:00 a.m. CST. At approximately 3:20 a.m. CST a US-registered private Learjet 25 N345MC (manufactured in 1969, the year she was born) carrying two pilots and five passengers, including Rivera, lost contact with air traffic control near Iturbide, Nuevo León, Mexico. The plane was en route to Toluca for an appearance by Rivera on La Voz ... México.
All on board were presumed dead by Mexican authorities when the wreckage was found later that day with no apparent survivors. Jenni Rivera's father Pedro Rivera confirmed in a Telemundo interview that his daughter had died in the crash. Mexican aviation authorities declared in the media that her plane was shattered into fragments which spread as far as 300 meters or the equivalent of three football stadiums. The impact of the crash was so severe that it is believed the plane went down in a nose dive at speeds of up to 700 mph. Because the plane was a US-registered aircraft, and had one U.S. American citizen on board (Jenni Rivera) the NTSB sent its team of investigators to assist their Mexican counterparts. Univision reported that the plane had been involved in a 2005 fuel system incident.
Universal Music Group (Fonovisa's Parent Company) also released a statement, saying: "The entire Universal Music Group family is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend Jenni Rivera. The world rarely sees someone who has had such a profound impact on so many. From her incredibly versatile talent to the way she embraced her fans around the world, Jenni was simply incomparable. Her talent will be missed; but her gift of music will be with us always."
In June 2014, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the death of Jenni Rivera, the most recent is the death threat she received while performing at her last concert. While in the middle of singing her song "Paloma Negra", her fans are screaming and it appears a man yells "Hoy la matan" which translates to "Today, she dies." When watching on YouTube, all the videos of her singing "Paloma Negra" if you skip to 2:20 you will hear the threat and it appears as soon as she hears the threat, she lifts her head and continues singing. It was confirmed by El Gordo y La Flaca that the video was a hoax.
Jenni Rivera was and is the female leader of Regional Mexican music. She didn't compete with the other ladies in the genre she competed with the men. In the year since her passing, there has been a tremendous gap in the industry that no artist or record label can fill. There have been a few attempts by some, but all failures. This just goes to show the power, the work ethic, and the determination that Jenni possessed.
Since her death in 2012, Rivera has earned herself a spot on the Forbes Top Earning Dead Celebrities of 2013, making an estimate of 7 million dollars.
Rivera was named the "Top 10 Regional Mexican Musicians 2009-2014" coming in at #1 by Billboard. The Billboard article quoted:
|“||Jenni Rivera would have been tickled to top our celebration list. And no surprise there. Rivera placed six No. 1s on the Regional Mexican Albums chart, including the last album recorded before her death, "La Misma Gran Señora," which spent 16 weeks at the top beginning in 2012. Although Rivera—who sang ranchero and banda with equal ease—had just one No. 1 single on the Airplay chart ("De Contrabando") for a real look at what this diva was like, check out "Porqué no le calas?" (Why Don't You Check It Out?). The video shows Rivera in her prime, being a diva, decked in a sumptuous gown, singing mariachi and playing a heck of a woman who will not be scorned.||”|
On July 1, 2014 Rivera's album 1969 - Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 2 went on sale and sold over 10,000 in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundSCan. Billboard also announced:
|“||Rivera also debuts atop Regional Mexican Albums, tying with Selena for most No. 1s by a female.||”|
- Si Quieres Verme Llorar (1999)
- Reyna de Reynas (1999)
- Que Me Entierren Con la Banda (2000)
- Déjate Amar (2001)
- Se las Voy a Dar a Otro (2001)
- Homenaje a Las Grandes (2003)
- Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida (2005)
- Mi Vida Loca (2007)
- Jenni (2008)
- La Gran Señora (2009)
- Joyas Prestadas (Banda) (2011)
- Joyas Prestadas (Pop) (2011)
- En Vivo Desde Hollywood (2006)
- Besos y Copas Desde Hollywood (2006)
- La Diva En Vivo (2007)
- La Gran Señora En Vivo (2010)
- 1969 - Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 1 (2013)
- 1969 - Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 2 (2014)
- 1969 - Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey Parte 2 (Deluxe Edition) (2014)
|2010||Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C||Herself||Mun2 reality TV show about Jenni Rivera's daughter and her friend, Jenni Rivera appeared in and produced|
|2011||El Show de Jenni Rivera||Herself||Host her own show and interview other celebrities
After a couple of episodes she decided to cancel the show
|2011-2013||I Love Jenni||Herself||Mun2 reality TV show about Jenni Rivera's life, also produced by Jenni Rivera|
|2012||La Voz... México||Herself (coach and judge)||Season 2|
|2013||Filly Brown||María Tenorio||Acting debut|
Awards and nominations
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- Joyas Prestadas
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