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Selena: Numero Uno; Slain Tejano Singer's Album Tops Pop Chart
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Harrington, Richard
Date: Jul 26, 1995
Start Page: D.01
Section: STYLE

"Dreaming of You" was supposed to have been Selena's first album in English, which was the second-generation Mexican American's first language. But when Selena, 23, was allegedly shot to death in March by former employee Yolanda Saldivar, she had recorded only four tracks for the album. "Dreaming of You" had been envisioned as a first step in establishing Selena as a crossover act able to reach both the Anglo and Latin markets.

"It is the most bittersweet feeling imaginable," says Jose Behar, president of EMI Latin, who signed Selena in 1989. "We -- her family, myself and obviously Selena -- had this dream since 1989, and we now see it coming to fruition. There's this incredible celebration of Selena's music, and she's throwing the party, but she's not going to be there."

When Behar first signed Selena, he envisioned her as a crossover artist, particularly since the Tejano music scene was male-dominated. "I remember seeing her and getting very excited, though I knew female artists do not thrive in this {Tejano} market." Tejano is a Texas-based sound that combines German polkas with the conjuntos and boleros of Mexico.

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