Selena Quintanilla to release new album
Well, her family and estate are.
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Selena Quintanilla’s estate announced the forthcoming reveal of a full-length album containing the late singer’s digitally-altered vocals.
The Quintanilla family, in partnership with Warner Music Latina, will release a posthumous 13-track album, Moonchild Mixes, which will be available for streaming on Aug. 26, according to the family.
“Como Yo Te Quiero A Ti” was the first single off the full collection to be released to the public, and contains the Tejano singers’ vocals, digitally altered in the studio to make her voice sound aged as though it was an older, more mature Quintanilla.
“Everything was recorded on vinyl. So we had to kind of fuse the old school ways with the new school ways. Clean Selena’s vocals, put them on timing. And then we also pitched her vocal down just a hair to make her sound a little bit more mature,” said A.B Quintanilla in an interview with Nightline.
A.B. Quintanilla is Selena’s brother and is also a producer.
“Como Yo Te Quiero A Ti” was first released in 1987 as part of the album Preciosa, and has been re-recorded once before.
Moonchild Mixes was recorded when the late singer was between 13 and 16 years old, making for a unique revival process, where A.B. Quintanilla utilized modern technology to portray an accurate version of her vocals.
“It truly feels like she went into the studio again and recorded it,” Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, said in the ABC News interview. “It’s pretty incredible.”
Selena Quintanilla’s life ended 27 years ago, in a tragic murder involving her former manager and friend Yolanda Saldívar as she rose to stardom in America. She was 23 years old.
The family has received some backlash from fans claiming exploitative practices of Quintanilla’s legacy, however, they’ve maintained that: “We’re still going to do what we want with our music, with our sister, with our band,” said Suzette, Quintanilla’s sister.
“And I hope people understand that everything that we do, we do it with loving care and with beauty,” she added.
At the time of her death, Selena’s net worth was estimated to be $164,000, but since her death, her family has capitalized on her lasting stardom beyond her passing, including film and TV deals.
While there is no concrete figure, the family’s cumulative net worth is estimated at around $5 million.