Selena’s family accused of trying to cash in on posthumous album

Selena Quintanilla Perez’s legacy lives on as one of the greatest Tejano singers of all time.

Her family plans to release a posthumous album next spring, almost 27 years after her murder.

However, some fans aren’t happy with the project, and feel their family is exploiting the Texas-born starlet – who was shot and killed by fanatic Yolanda Saldívar in 1995 – for profit.

Selena’s brother, AB Quintanilla, shared details about the record in a recent interview with Tino Cochino Radio.

“It’s a crazy concept album,” Quintanilla said on the radio program. “I’ve remixed all of their vinyls and with this album, with an EDM world, with arpeggiators and with keyboards, I let them flow into the cumbia. Normal songs that weren’t usually recorded in cumbia.”

Cumbia is a musical rhythm and traditional folk dance that originated in Colombia in the 1940s.

Quintanilla went into more detail on the production side of the album, revealing that the team was able to digitally alter her voice to make her sound aged. Some of the tracks were recorded when she was a teenager.

Family of Tejano singer Selena who was killed by her former fan club board.  Yolanda Saldivar: Mother Marcela Quintanilla (2L), husband Chris Perez (3L) and sister Suzette (2R) place roses on the coffin at her funeral.  (Photo by Barbara Laing/Getty Images)
Selena was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar in March 1995.
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“We were also able to detune her voice to make her sound older than she was. So she was 14 or 15, we could make her sound like she’d just stepped out of the booth at 23,” he said.

“By detuning her voice a bit, she actually lowered it to how it sounded before she died.”

Fans tweeted their concerns about the album, with several questioning its authenticity. “There’s literally no reason to do this other than $$$.” one person wrote.

“This sucks. Abraham Quintanilla should let his daughter rest in peace.” asked another. “How difficult is it for Abraham with money?

One user wrote, “It’s not authentic.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: AB Quintanilla attends Madame Tussauds Hollywood Selena Wax Figure Celebrating Her Legacy at the Walk of Fame Reception on November 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)
AB Quintanilla poses next to a wax figure of Selena at Madame Tussauds Hollywood in 2017.
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Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father and manager, told Latin Groove News that the album will feature more than 12 songs produced by her brother.

“If you listen to it, you know that on these recordings she sounds like she did just before she died,” Abraham noted in his interview.

“I said right after her death that I would try to keep her memory alive through her music and we did,” Abraham added. “Twenty-six years later, Selena is very present in today’s music world.”

Selena’s life was dramatized in the 1997 Jennifer Lopez drama Selena and the 2020 Netflix miniseries of the same name.

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