Late Tejano icon Selena Quintanilla is releasing new music

Almost three decades after her death, the singer’s estate has released an official video for her 1995 single ‘Tú, Sólo Tú’ – with more music dropping later today

27 years after the release of Selena Quintanilla’s “Tú, Sólo Tú”, her estate has released an official music video with rare clips for the chart-topping single. In 1995, the song debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks on July 15. The following week it climbed to number one and remained there for ten weeks. This was Selena’s longest single to stay at number one. 

The ranchera song, “Tú, Sólo Tú”, which means “You, Only You”, was written by the Mexican songwriter Felipe Valdes Leal in 1949 and was covered by artists such as Miguel Aceves Mejia, Pedro Infante, Luis Perez Meza and Rosita Quintana. However, the song majorly gained popularity when Selena recorded a cover of it and released it as the second single from her fifth and final studio album, Dreaming of You.

Selena is commonly known as the ‘Queen of Tejano music’ because of her influential contributions to music and fashion. She broke into the music scene in 1980 with her band Selena y Los Dinos, which she formed with her brother and sister. Around this time, the band often found it difficult to get bookings because they would perform Tejano music, a male-dominated genre. Despite the sexism and blacklisting she and the band faced, her popularity grew after she won the Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of The Year in 1987. She didn’t just win this award once or even twice; Selena won it nine consecutive times. After all of this success, Selena signed with EMI Latin in 1989 and released her self-titled debut album. 

The album that really pushed Selena into the mainstream was her third studio album, Entre a Mi Mundo, which went to number one on the US Billboard Regional Mexican Albums for eight months in succession. Como la Flor, became her most popular song from the album, winning her Best Mexican/ American Album at the 1994 Grammy Awards. It’s important to note that she was the first female Tejano artist to do this. 

As Selena continued to break records, tragedy struck. In 1995, Selena was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar, the former president of her fan club and manager of her boutiques, Selena Etc. Before murdering Selena, Yolanda was removed from both positions as it was discovered that she had been stealing money from both organisations. 

Selena passed away at just 23 years old. The public felt the loss of her talent, especially those in the Hispanic community, with her funeral drawing in 60,000 mourners. Her music and work moved people and still moves people today, with fans commenting underneath the new music video, “We love you, Selena. We will never forget The Queen of Tejano.” The music video shows rare clips of Selena, from unused scenes from her music videos to shots of her as a young child, performing and signing autographs. 

The video’s release is part of the rollout of new material ahead of Selena’s posthumous 13-track album Moonchild Mixes, which does not have a confirmed release date yet. What we do know, however, is that the album will have unreleased music from Selena and new adaptations of her old songs. Later today (Friday 29), we get our very first glimpse into Moonchild Mixes as a new version of Selena’s famous song Como Te Quiero Yo a Ti drops (we will update here when it does).