Mexican-American songstress Jenni Rivera is one of the most successful Spanish-language singers in North America, having released nine studio albums and sold over 20 million records internationally. Born in Long Beach, California (the same Los Angeles suburb that brought the world superstars like Sublime and Snoop Dogg), Jenni's natural talent for singing and dancing emerged at an early age, and landed her a record deal with EMI in the United States and Fonovosia Records in Mexico in 1993 at age 24; she was working as a real estate agent at the time. She released her first album Chacalosa two years later in 1995, to rave reviews.Chacalosa took the Spanish-language music world by storm, climbing to the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and moving over a million copies in its first year on store shelves. The album was wildly popular, even inviting comparisons between Jenni Rivera and deceased Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Though Jenni's music certainly embraces elements of modern pop music, it is firmly grounded in the brass-heavy Northern Mexican Banda style, making it popular amongst both older and younger Hispanic generations, especially throughout Mexico and the American Southwest. Her next two albums, 1999's Si Quiernes Verme Llorar and Reina de Reinas proved to be just as successful as her debut, firmly establishing Jenni as one of the hottest commodities in the Latin music scene. Jenni's success in the early years of her career led to a number of nicknames for the emerging artist, among them "Queen of Queens" and "the Banda Diva". Though her next three albums (2000's Que Me Entierren con la Banda, 2001's Se Las Voy a Dar a Otro and Dejate Amar) were less than successful and generally poorly received, Jenni returned to form with the release of her seventh album Simplemente... La Mejor, which garnered rave reviews and has sold over five million copies to date. Standout tracks from Simplemente... La Mejor include "A Cambio de Que" and "Si Me Recuerdas". Rivera's success continues to this day; her most recent album, 2008's Jenni, debuted at #31 on the mainstream Billboard 200 chart (no small feat for a niche artist) and has spawned a number of successful singles, among them "Culpable O Innocente". Currently, Jenni is working on a Spanish-language version of Britney Spears' hit "Womanizer", to be released exclusively on Itunes. Aside from her notable career as a musician (in fact, she remains the only artist in Billboard history to have had every album debut at #1 on the Top Latin Albums chart), Jenni Rivera has also been in and out of the media spotlight for a number of incidents in her personal life, including a sex tape scandal and allegations of abuse involving her ex-husband.
Dolores Janney Rivera (July 2, 1969 - December 9, 2012), better known as Jenni Rivera, was an American singer-songwriter, actress, television producer, and entrepreneur of Mexican heritage, known for her work within the banda and norteña music genres. She began recording in 1992, and her recordings often have themes of social issues, infidelity, and relationships. Her tenth studio album, Jenni (2008), became her first number-one album in the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in the United States.
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Dolores Janney Rivera (July 2, 1969 - December 9, 2012), better known as Jenni Rivera, was an American singer-songwriter, actress, television producer, and entrepreneur of Mexican heritage, known for her work within the banda and norteña music genres. She began recording in 1992, and her recordings often have themes of social issues, infidelity, and relationships. Her tenth studio album, Jenni (2008), became her first number-one album in the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in the United States. In 2010, she appeared in and produced the reality TV show Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C. She also appeared in and produced I Love Jenni starting in 2011 and Chiquis 'n Control in 2012. Her acting debut was in the film Filly Brown, scheduled to be released in 2013.
Rivera, along with six others, died in a plane crash near Iturbide, Nuevo León, México, on December 9, 2012.