Selena albums discography

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Selena albums discography
Studio albums 5
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 20
Box sets 3
Remix albums 2
Soundtrack albums 1

American singer Selena has released five studio albums, three live albums, three boxsets, two remix albums, one soundtrack album, and twenty compilation albums. Credited for elevating a music genre into the mainstream market,[1] Selena remains the best-selling Tejano recording artist whose posthumous releases continue to outsell those of living musicians.[nb 1] As of 2015, the singer has sold 60 million copies worldwide,[7] and was named the "Top Latin Artist of the '90s" and "Best-selling Latin Artist of the Decade" by Billboard magazine.[8]

Selena's career began as lead vocalist of Los Dinos in 1980. Her albums with Los Dinos on the indie labels failed to gain any chart success.[9] She signed with EMI Latin nine years later as a solo artist though her band continued to tour with her.[10] She released her self-titled debut album that same year, which peaked at number seven on the U.S. Billboard Regional Mexican Albums chart. With Selena, the singer outsold other competing female Tejano artists.[11] Her second album, Ven Conmigo, was released a year later and was billed as the first Tejano recording by a female musician to achieve gold status in the United States.[nb 2] In 1992, Selena released her "breakthrough album",[17][18][19] Entre a Mi Mundo, which helped launch the singer's career in Mexico along with its single "Como la Flor".[20][21] Entre a Mi Mundo became the first Tejano recording by a female artist to sell over 300,000 copies,[nb 3] and was the best-selling Regional Mexican Album of 1993,[24] it also ranks second on the Regional Mexican Albums All-time chart.[25]

In 1993, Selena released Live, which contained three studio tracks. Live peaked at number two on the newly formed U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 500,000 copies. Selena released Amor Prohibido in March 1994; it was certified double Diamond by the RIAA, denoting shipments of two million copies in the United States. Additionally, the album spawned four consecutive US number-one singles. By December 1994, Amor Prohibido became the second Tejano recording to achieve year-end sales of 500,000 copies.[26] It was considered her "biggest album" and was credited with popularizing Tejano music among a younger and wider audience than any time in the genre's history.[27][28] With Amor Prohibido, Selena was considered "bigger than Tejano itself", and broke barriers in the Latin music world.[29] This prompted EMI to begin marketing Selena as an American pop artist, believing she had reached her peak in the Latin music market.[30] The singer recorded four tracks slated for what would have been her English-language crossover album by March 1995. On March 31, 1995 Selena was shot dead by Yolanda Saldívar, her friend and a former employee of her Selena Etc. boutiques over disputed embezzlement claims.[31]

EMI Records and EMI Latin jointly released Dreaming of You in July 1995. It sold 175,000 copies its first day of release, a then-record for a female vocalist.[32][33] Dreaming of You debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart with 331,000 units sold its first week, the second largest first-week sales for a female musician.[34][35][36] Dreaming of You became the first and to date the only predominantly Spanish-language album to debut and peak at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.[37] Dreaming of You was among the top ten best-selling debuts for a musician, best-selling debut by a female act, and was the fastest-selling U.S. album in 1995.[38] Dreaming of You went on to become the best-selling Latin and Latin pop album for two consecutive years.[39][40] At the time, Dreaming of You helped Selena to become the fastest-selling female act in recorded music history,[41] and has since been ranked among the best and most important recordings produced during the rock and roll era.[42][43] With Dreaming of You peaking at number one, Tejano music entered the mainstream market.[44][45] 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.[46][47][44] As of January 2015, Dreaming of You has sold five million copies worldwide, and remains the best-selling Latin album of all-time in the United States.[48] Since Selena's death, there have been twenty-three posthumous releases with the most recent, Lo Mejor de...Selena, released on the twentieth anniversary of her death.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US
[49]
US
Latin

[50]
US
Regional Mexican

[51]
CAN
[52]
MEX
[53]
Selena 7
Ven Conmigo
  • Released: November 12, 1990
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: LP, cassette, CD
3
Entre a Mi Mundo
  • Released: May 6, 1992
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: LP, cassette, CD
97 4 1
  • RIAA: 6× Platinum (Latin)[54]
Amor Prohibido
  • Released: March 13, 1994
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
29 1 1
  • RIAA: 2× Diamond (Latin)[54]
Dreaming of You
  • Released: July 18, 1995
  • Label: EMI/EMI Latin
  • Format: LP, cassette, CD
1 1 16
  • US: 2,890,000[61]
  • World: 5,000,000[48]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart, ineligible, or was not released in that territory.

Soundtrack albums[edit]

List of soundtracks, with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US
[62]
CAN
[63]
Selena: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Released: March 11, 1997
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: Cassette, CD
7 36
  • RIAA: Platinum[54]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart, ineligible, or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums, with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US
[49]
US Latin
[50]
US Regional Mexican
[51]
Selena Live!
  • Released: May 4, 1993
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: LP, cassette, CD
79 2 1
Live! The Last Concert
  • Released: March 27, 2001
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: Cassette, CD
176 2
  • RIAA: Platinum (Latin)[54]
Unforgettable: The Live Album
  • Released: March 29, 2005
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: CD
26 14
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart, ineligible, or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US
[49]
US Latin
[50]
US Regional Mexican
[51]
CAN
[52]
Mis Primeros Exitos[65]
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: LP, cassette, CD
22
Personal Best[66]
Entertainers of the Year[67]
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: LP, cassette, CD
Mis Mejores Canciones - 17 Super Éxitos
  • Released: August 24, 1993
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: LP, cassette, CD
  • RIAA: 6× Platinum (Latin)[54]
Selena[68]
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: LP, cassette, CD
12 Super Exitos
  • Released: October 18, 1994
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: LP, cassette, CD
64 2 2
Las Reinas Del Pueblo
  • Released: April 4, 1995
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: LP, cassette, CD
147 5 5
Musipistas: 10 Exitos De Selena[69]
  • Released: June 23, 1995
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: LP, cassette, CD
Éxitos y Recuerdos
  • Released: August 19, 1996
  • Label: Madacy Special Markets
  • Format: LP, cassette, CD
13 7
All My Hits – Todos Mis Exitos
  • Released: March 9, 1999
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: Cassette, CD
54 1 1
  • RIAA: 6× Platinum (Latin)[54]
All My Hits – Todos Mis Exitos Vol. 2
  • Released: February 29, 2000
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: Cassette, CD
149 1 1
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum (Latin)[54]
Ones
  • Released: October 1, 2002
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: Cassette, CD
159 4
  • RIAA: 5× Platinum (Latin)[54]
Greatest Hits
  • Released: June 24, 2003
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: CD
117
Momentos Intimos
  • Released: March 23, 2004
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: CD
11 7
Remembered
  • Released: January 25, 2005
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: CD
61
Dos Historias 21 3
Through the Years/A Traves de los Años
  • Released: April 3, 2007
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: CD
28 13
Serie Verde[75]
  • Released: September 25, 2007
  • Label: Madacy Special Markets
  • Format: CD
10 Great Songs[76]
  • Released: June 14, 2011
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: CD
Lo Mejor de...Selena
  • Released: March 31, 2015
  • Label: EMI Latin
102 2 2
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart, ineligible, or was not released in that territory.

Remix albums[edit]

List of remix albums, with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[49]
US Latin
[50]
US Regional Mexican
[51]
Siempre Selena
  • Released: November 5, 1996
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: cassette, CD
82 1 1
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum (Latin)[54]
Enamorada de Ti 135 1 1
  • RIAA: Gold (Latin)[54]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart, ineligible, or was not released in that territory.

Box sets[edit]

List of box sets, with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US
[49]
US Latin
[50]
US Regional Mexican
[51]
Anthology
  • Released: April 7, 1998
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: Cassette, CD
131 1 1
  • RIAA: 6× Platinum (Latin)[54]
Unforgettable: Ultimate Edition[79]
  • Released: April 5, 2005
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: CD
La Leyenda
  • Released: March 9, 2010
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: CD
7 4
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart, ineligible, or was not released in that territory.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Best-selling Tejano artist,[2][3][4] and continues to outsell living musicians.[5][6]
  2. ^ According to newspaper sources, Ven Conmigo was the first recording by a female Tejano singer to be certified gold, sales in excess of 50,000 units.[12][13][14] However, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) did not begin issuing Latin music certifications until 2001.[15] The Latin music industry began relying as early as 1963 on an unknown source who provided sales figures based on the certification alone.[16]
  3. ^ According to a book written by Stacy Lee, she reported sales of 300,000 units (excluding Mexico),[22] while María Celeste Arrarás wrote in her book that the album sold 385,000 units in Mexico.[23]
  4. ^ The album debuted with 10,500 units on March 18, 2000.[71] It sold an additional 8,000 units following the fifth anniversary of the singer's death on April 15, 2000, which was the second consecutive week it sold 8,000 units.[72] The album sold 17 units less than the number one album of the week of April 22, 2000, bringing total (availability reported) sales to 34,493.[73]

References[edit]

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  53. ^ Peak positions for Mexico:
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