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Apple Music To Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of Selena's 'Dreaming Of You' With Radio Special Featuring Demi Lovato, Karol G, Becky G And More
Apple Music has announced a one-hour special in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Selena's final album, Dreaming Of You, Rolling Stone reports. The radio special will feature a diverse cast of guests including Demi Lovato, Karol G, Becky G, David Byrne and producer Keith Thomas as well as interviews with the late singer's surviving family members, including her siblings and former bandmates Suzette Quintanilla and A.B. Quintanilla and father Abraham Quintanilla.
Hosted by Apple Music's Sandra Peña, the special will discuss Selena's "life and legacy," according to Rolling Stone, as well as her influence on the Latin and pop stars she inspired.
The special will air Friday (July 17), one day before the album's 25-year anniversary, starting at 6 p.m. EST via Apple Music's global livestream.
Released posthumously in July 1995, nearly four months after the beloved singer was murdered by the former manager of her chain of boutiques that July, Dreaming Of You marks Selena's fifth and final studio album. The release fully realized her mainstream crossover appeal: Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S., Dreaming Of You became the first predominately Spanish-language album to accomplish that feat.
"Her album Dreaming Of You is a gem, and those songs are timeless," Apple Music's Marissa Gastelum told GRAMMY.com in a special tribute in honor of the 25th anniversary of Selena's passing.
"She was a Mexican-American female musician dominating the Tejano, regional Mexican music scene, and at the same time, you could hear in her voice that American R&B style that I would hear later in the [1995 album], Dreaming Of You. That's what made her so special to me and such an inspiration," Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez, lead vocalist of GRAMMY-winning Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia, added.
Earlier this year, Selena's family had plans for a special tribute concert, dubbed Selena XXV - Veinticinco Años, to honor the 25-year anniversary of her death. Produced by the family's own Q Productions and originally scheduled for May, the event was rescheduled in March and ultimately canceled in May, both due to the COVID-19 pandemic.