Selena (album)

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Studio album by Selena
Released October 17, 1989
Recorded 1988–1989
Genre Tejano, Latin pop[1]
Length 28:59
Language Spanish, English
Label EMI Latin
Producer A.B. Quintanilla III
Selena chronology
Dulce Amor
Ven Conmigo
Singles from Selena
  1. "Contigo Quiero Estar"
    Released: May 27, 1989
  2. "Mentiras"
    Released: July 3, 1989
  3. "Sukiyaki"
    Released: August 13, 1989

Selena is the self-titled debut studio album by American recording artist Selena. It was released on October 17, 1989 through EMI Latin, being the first album by Selena to be released from a major recording label. The album was recorded in San Antonio and Houston, Texas. She signed a record deal with EMI Latin earlier in the year. Selena peaked at number seven on the US Regional Mexican Albums chart. The album helped Selena to win "Female Vocalist of the Year" and "Female Entertainer of the Year" at the 1990 Tejano Music Awards.

Selena's brother, A.B. Quintanilla III was the main music producer and songwriter for the album. Selena wrote "My Love" on her own. "Sukiyaki" was translated from Japanese to Spanish by Selena's father and manager Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. and Selena y Los Dinos member Pete Astudillo. The lead single, "Contigo Quiero Estar" peaked at number eight on the Hot Latin Tracks chart in 1989.


José Behar, president of EMI Latin, attended the 1989 Tejano Music Awards, and was searching for new acts. After Selena performed, Behar called his boss and told him about Selena.[2] Behar thought he found the next Gloria Estefan.[3] His boss told him that he was "crazy". He said this because Behar was only in Texas for a week.[2] Selena later signed with EMI Latin later that year.[4] She was the first artist to sign with them.[5] Recording started in late 1988 and went on until early 1989. Selena recorded most of the songs in San Antonio, Texas at AMEN Studios. "Sukiyaki" and "My Love" were recorded in Houston, Texas at Sunrise Studios. Selena wrote "My Love" by herself,[6] and wanted the song to be in the album. Her brother A.B. Quintanilla III was the main music producer and songwriter. Their father and manager Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. gave the job to A.B, believing that he was good at producing music.[6]

The only songs A.B. did not write were "Sukiyaki", "Contigo Quiero Estar", and "No Te Vayas". The original "Sukiyaki" was in Japanese. Selena's lyrics were a Spanish version of an English version of the song by Janice Marie Johnson. "Sukiyaki" had been one of Abraham's favorite songs when he was growing up.[6] "Contigo Quiero Estar" was written by Mexican songwriter Alejandro Montealegre while "No Te Vayas" was written by Reinaldo Ornelas. A.B. wanted "No Te Vayas" on the album because of its reggae sounds. He thought it would make the album "exotic" from other Spanish-language albums. He believed this because of the different music genres they had produced.[6]


Selena was released on October 17, 1989 through EMI Latin. In its first week on the US Regional Mexican Albums chart (December 2, 1989), it was positioned at number 17.[7] It peaked at number seven on March 24, 1990.[8] It was on the chart for another three weeks. On May 5, 1990, it reentered the chart at number 14, after the release of Ven Conmigo (1990). However, it slipped off the charts once again. It reentered the chart again two times in August 1990. "Contigo Quiero Estar", "Mentiras", and "Sukiyaki" were released as singles.[9] The lead single, "Contigo Quiero Estar" peaked at number eight on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.[10]

At the 1990 Tejano Music Awards, Selena won "Female Vocalist of the Year" and "Female Entertainer of the Year".[11] Her album Selena did better than albums from other female Tejano singers.[10] On August 27, 2002, Selena was re-released as part of the 20 Years of Music series. It had one bonus track ("La Bamba") and also had commentary reviews for each track. Selena's family and friends talked about what happened during recordings and selecting songs for the album.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tu Eres"   A.B. Quintanilla III, Pete Astudillo 3:03
2. "Sukiyaki"   Rokusuke Ei, Hachidai Nakamura, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., Astudillo 3:11
3. "Contigo Quiero Estar"   Alejandro Montealegre 3:12
4. "Besitos"   Quintanilla III 2:59
5. "Amame, Quiéreme"   Quintanilla III 3:41
6. "Tengo Ganas De Llorar"   Quintanilla III, Ricky Vela 3:31
7. "My Love"   Selena 3:15
8. "Quiero Ser"   Quintanilla III, Astudillo 2:33
9. "Mentiras"   Quintanilla III, Astudillo 2:53
10. "No Te Vayas"   Reinaldo Ornelas 2:22


Credits are taken from the album's liner notes.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
US Regional Mexican Albums (Billboard)[8] 7

Related pages[edit]


  1. ^ "Allmusic reviews > Selena > Selena (2002)". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography TV Series, Selena episode" (in English). Biography. 26 November 2010. 60 minutes in. The Biography Channel.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Rick. "Selena". Houston Chronicle, Hearst Corporation, 21 May 1995. Retrieved on 1 February 2008
  4. ^ Gershman, Rick (18 March 1997). "Selena's legacy". St. Petersburg Times (Times Publishing Company). Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Clark, Michael (25 March 2005). "Ten years after her murder, Selena lives on". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Selena (Media notes). Selena. EMI Latin. 1989. 724354083921. 
  7. ^ "Billboard charts > Regional Mexican Albums". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 93 (45): 132. 1989. 
  8. ^ a b "Selena (artist) > Chart history > Regional Mexican Albums > Selena". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Behar, Jose (1995). "Selena Discography". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 107 (23): 110. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Peña 2002, p. 205.
  11. ^ "Past Tejano Music Award Winners". Tejano Music Awards. Texas Talent Musicians Association. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Allmusic > Selena > Discography > Selena". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 


  • Peña, Manuel (2002). Música tejana : the cultural economy of artistic transformation. Texas A&M Univ. Pr. ISBN 9-7808-90968-888