The estate of Selena Quintanilla, music legend of the late Tejano, has announced a new posthumous album of the artist’s work, Moonchild Blends, arrives at the end of August. The entertainer, who was shot by her former manager and friend Yolanda Saldívar in 1995, would be 51 if she were alive today.
“It really feels like she went back into the studio and recorded it,” Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla shared on hello america. “It’s pretty amazing.”
The album’s first single, a new version of Selena’s 1987 track “How I love you,” is out now. Along with the track, Moonchild Mixes is also said to include 10 previously unreleased vocal cuts that Selena recorded when she was between 13 and 16 years old. His brother, AB Quintanella, recounted CMG he digitally altered the voice to modernize Selena’s sound.
“It was all recorded on vinyl,” AB shared of Selena’s original voice tracks included in “Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti.” “So we had to merge the old school methods with the new school methods. Clean up Selena’s voice, put them on the timing. And then we also lowered his voice a hair to make it a bit more mature.
The new album is far from the first posthumous project endorsed by Selena’s estate. In addition to a host of previous posthumous albums (another re-recorded version of “Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti” was first heard on the 2004 compilation intimate moments) his name and image have been licensed for a variety of non-musical activities. There is a MAC Cosmetics collection, a forever 21 line, one funko pop figurine, and even a Visa prepaid.
Critics who think another posthumous venture is cashing in on Selena’s legacy surely won’t be convinced otherwise by the digital alteration of her teenage voice. But Selena’s siblings strenuously say they don’t mind the naysayers and think their sister would be proud of the album.
“What reviews? We don’t care about them,” Suzette said. “As an artist and musicians and people who are in the public eye, you have to turn that off. We’re still going to do what we want with our music, with our sister, with our band. And I hope the people understand that everything we do, we do it with love and beauty.
“What we are doing is honoring his memory, his legacy. That’s what it’s all about,” AB added.
Moonchild Blends is due out August 26 via Warner Music Latina.