Selena’s posthumous album Moonchild Mixes will be released in August
Almost three decades ago, Selena Quintanilla’s life was tragically ended just as her success in the American mainstream was beginning to ignite.
Now, 27 years later, the Quintanilla family and Warner Music Latina are releasing a new album from the Tejano singer. The property has unveiled a remixed regional version of Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti – the lead single from Selena’s forthcoming 13-track album Moonchild Mixes, out August 26th.
Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti has been re-released once before, making it the third version of the song originally recorded in 1987. The single was written by Ricky Vela who was an original member of Selena y Los Dinos and produced by Selena’s brother AB Quintanilla.
AB told ABC News of the new album: “Everything was recorded on vinyl. So we had to merge the old school methods with the new school methods. Clean up Selena’s vocals, set them to timing. And then we lowered her voice a bit too, so it sounds a little more mature.”
According to the family, most of the album’s songs were recorded when Selena was between the ages of 13 and 16. In a process that took over a year, AB says he digitally altered the music to represent the vocals and overall sound as accurately as possible. The new album will feature 10 never-before-heard songs and three new variations on previously released tracks.
“It really feels like she went back into the studio and recorded it,” Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, told ABC News. “It’s pretty incredible.”
The siblings also discussed the fuel for the new posthumous album, citing the fact that they wanted to “breathe new life into this old music and recreate it for the younger generation.”
“The younger generation discovers them and they look for them and they want to know more about them,” Suzette said of her sister.
Quintanilla was among the best-selling artists of the 1990s before she was shot dead on March 31, 1995. She was 23 years old.
In response to a question about whether posthumous albums are exploitative, AB and Suzette said they believe their sister would have loved the new album. “What we are doing is honoring their memory, their legacy. That’s what it’s about,” AB said.
“As artists, musicians and people who are in the public eye, you have to turn that off. We’ll still do what we want with our music, with our sister, with our band,” added Suzette. “And I hope people understand that whatever we do, we do it with love and beauty.”
On July 25, the property also released an official music video for their 1995 Ranchera single “Tú, Sólo Tú” as part of the launch of the new album. This video contains rare photos and video footage of the singer. When it was released in 1995, the song debuted at number three on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks and rose to number one the following week, where it stayed for ten weeks.
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