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Google Doodle commemorates Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla's first studio album

Google Doodle commemorates Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla's first studio album

Search engine Google has paid homage to Latin music icon Selena Quintanilla with a special doodle.

Quintanilla died at the age of 23, when she was shot to death by Yolanda Saldivar, her friend and former manager of her Selena Etc boutiques on March 31, 1995. According to Billboard, on 17 October, 1989 'Selena', Quintanilla's first ever studio album was launched after which she went on to gain a strong foothold in the music industry with five more albums.

Due to her game changing contribution to music Selena Quintanilla still has a large following and is remembered as the queen of Tejano music.

Her best known songs from the period remain "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom", "Techno Cumbia", "Como La Flor", Si Una Vez" and "Amor Prohibido'. The clip shows Quintanilla's dad encouraging her and her older siblings, A.B. and Suzette, to form the band Selena y Los Dinos. Her memory is very much alive through her music and her legacy.

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Her dad encouraged her to sing in Spanish to connect better with the Latino community and with that, her popularity among Tejano music fans grew. The movie was released posthumously. A fashionista and trendsetter, she often designed and created entire outfits for her performance wardrobe.

Selena Quintanilla's life was celebrated in a Warner Brothers biopic starring Jennifer Lopez in 1997, directed by Gregory Nava. "Her story of embracing and celebrating all parts of her cultural heritage and persevering in the face of adversity forged an emotional connection with millions", said Perla Campos, Google Doodles' Global Marketing Lead.

By the time of her third album, Entre A Mi Mundo (1992), Quintanilla had begun a relationship with her new guitarist Chris Perez, a match her father disapproved of for fear it would destabilise her career. "It just speaks volumes to all the youth that are out there".

"Selena was always about transcending boundaries, and for someone who has such a powerful story to be featured on the homepage of Google-a search engine that connects people the way she connected people-that is such a attractive thing".


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