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Ven Conmigo Album
Ven Conmigo
The black-and-white cover shows the singer posing with a mohawk hairdo donned in a leather jacket and a large black earpiece is visible with the singer's name and title of the album.
Studio album by Selena
Released 1 September 1990 (1990-09-01)
Recorded 1990
Length 31:53
Language Spanish
Label EMI Latin
Producer A.B. Quintanilla
Selena chronology
Mis Primero Exitos
Ven Conmigo
Entre a Mi Mundo
Selena studio album chronology
Ven Conmigo
Entre a Mi Mundo
Singles from Ven Conmigo
  1. "Ya Ves"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Baila Esta Cumbia"
    Released: 1990
  3. "La Tracalera"
    Released: 1990

Ven Conmigo (English: Come with Me) is the second studio album by Tejano singer Selena. The album includes a musical variety of rancheras, cumbias, ballads, and pop.

A.B. Quintanilla, the producer, enlisted the participation of David Lee Garza, an accordion player for the title track, "Ven Conmigo". The group recorded "La Tracalera", a cover version of a song by the original Dinos, and "Aunque No Salga el Sol" in 1984. The song "Baila Esta Cumbia" was an instant success in the U.S. and crossed over later on to Mexico.[]

The album cover was photographed in black and white because Selena dyed her hair jet black the night before and got some on her face.

Ven Conmigo was Selena y Los Dinos's first Gold album.[] A remastered version was released in 2002.

Production and development

In March 1989, Selena signed with EMI Latin, who opened a Latin music division with Jose Behar as president.[1] Though her albums marketed her as a solo artist, her Los Dinos band continued to tour with her.[2] Initially, Behar and Stephen Finfer requested a crossover album for Selena.[3] After recording three demos for the heads of EMI Records' pop division, Charles Koppelman denied the request and suggested Selena strengthen her fan base.[4] Before her debut album with the company, her brother A.B. Quintanilla, fought to remain the singer's principal record producer and songwriter. Feeling as though they were "gambling" in the Latin music market,[5] EMI Latin went into an agreement that if A.B. failed to produce a successful record he would be replaced with a Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter.[6] Selena's debut album outperformed other recordings from other contemporaneous female Tejano singers and enjoyed moderate success.[7][8] This allowed A.B. to remain the singer's producer and songwriter for Ven Conmigo.[9]


The band's production sequence remain unchanged for Ven Conmigo.[10] A.B. arranged the album and chose the songs that would be included on Ven Conmigo,[9] "carefully select[ing] the songs [that would] jumpstart [Selena's] transition into a larger Latino market."[2] Keyboardist Ricky Vela programmed the entire project, while band members contributed to the recording by composing the album's seven out of ten songs.[10] Local songwriter, Johnny Herrera, wrote the rest including "Aunque No Salga el Sol", which originally was written for Lisa Lopez as a follow-up to her 1982 number-one single "Si Quieres Verme Llorar".[9] Lopez rejected the song, finding it weaker among the other recordings that were provided to her.[11] The song was given to Selena to record in 1985 for Bob Grever's record label, she later re-recorded it for Ven Conmigo.[9] Vela used "more percussions and sequencing" than most conventional pop ballads for the song.[9] A.B. worked with Astudillo on a concept melody he had while the band was resting following a concert in West Texas. It was called "Baila Esta Cumbia" and was recorded for Ven Conmigo. Beginning with this album, Selena started experimenting with vocal arrangements in recording sessions.[9] She added an outro to "Baila Esta Cumbia", her first attempt at adding "counter medlies" in finished projects; "she would often change vocal [notes] to suit her and what she thought [sounded] better" recalled Pérez.[9] The track became a popular song in Mexico, "opening the doors" for them in that country.[9]Pete Astudillo co-wrote the title track, "Ven Conmigo", with A.B. using the same stylistic sounds found in música norteña recordings. Vela and A.B. traveled to Poteet, Texas and hired David Lee Garza, his brother, and father to play and record the accordion, drums, and bajo sexto, respectively on the track.[12] Astudillo recorded a duet with Selena on "Yo Te Amo", his second professional recording with Selena following 1989's "Amame, Quiereme", both called "memorable duets" by La Voz editor.[13] The band decided to go with a bridge-interlude format with "Yo Te Amo" than with the typical chord progression, "we were growing, we were evolving" as Vela later put it.[9]

After discovering that Behar invited high-profile pop music executives to the 1990 Tejano Music Awards, Abraham argued that an hip-hop-esque song could impress them and solidify a crossover deal.[9] A.B., Astudillo, and Vela worked on the idea through the night at a Motel 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico using eight keyboards, a mixing console, monitor systems; "back then we didn't have the fancy computers with all the sequencing" A.B. recalled during a retrospect interview.[9] They came up with "Enamorada de Ti", a freestyle dance-pop track that Suzette compared to a Top 40 recording that illustrated Selena's "soul side". Selena recorded the track prior to the Tejano Music Awards on March 9, 1990, the singer rehearsed a routine with backup dancers for the event.[9] Spanish singer Rocío Dúrcal recorded her version of Juan Gabriel's song "Yo Me Voy" in 1987, Vela liked her version and wanted Selena to record it. Vela exposed the song to A.B. who agreed that it would fit with Ven Conmigo and collaborated the arrangements of the song with Vela.[9] Abraham suggested the idea of reworking popular Cuban song "Guantanamera" into a house music track. A.B. created the instrumental and Abraham favored the sounds and encouraged A.B. to write lyrics for it, resulting in "No Quiero Saber" as the finished project.[9] Astudillo recalled how he worked with A.B. on the track, noting that "No Quiero Saber" was lyrically different from their repertoire of love songs and heartaches of failed relationships.[9]


Ven Conmigo has been described as containing half cumbias and half rancheras. Its content includes musical influences from salsa, rock and roll, rap and soul music,[10]traditional Mexican music, Mexican folk, polka, country, and Colombian music.[2]

Abraham suggested the idea of having a mixed variety of genres on the album: "I always felt that the buyer, the listener, would enjoy this and would not get bored hearing just one particular style of music".[9]

Release and promotion

During the photoshoots for the album, Selena cut and dyed her hair jet black the night before and stained a small patch of skin behind her ear. She insisted on a black-and-white photograph of her posing a mohawk to distract the stain.[9] EMI Latin adamantly opposed to the singer shortening her hair and the styling, they wanted to market her based on conventional standards of beauty, at that time.[14] They believed the style would have a negative impact on Selena's "good girl" image.[14]

Vilma Maldonado of The Monitor wrote that Selena can "sing [and] improvises [her] dances" calling her "unpredictable, attractive, and talented." during an April 1991 concert.[10] Her concerts began to attract upwards of 60,000 attendees.[15]

Roger Garcia, the band's lead guitarist, got married before Ven Conmigo was released.[16][17] A.B. discovered then 17-year old Chris Pérez, who at the time was the guitarist for Shelly Lares.[18] Pérez auditioned to be part of the group, finding A.B.'s music production style to be his original inspiration in wanting to become part of Selena y Los Dinos.[18] At first, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr.--the manager of the group, and the father of A.B., Suzette Quintanilla, and Selena--dismissed Pérez, seeing him as more of a rocker and found him to be unequipped for a Tejano band.[17] Betty Cortina, editor-at-large for People magazine, stated that Pérez was the antithesis of Abraham's "clean-cut good kids" image.[17] A.B persuaded Abraham that Pérez was capable of performing Tejano music, adding that Pérez's rocker image was harmless. Pérez was then hired as the band's guitarist after the band finished recording Ven Conmigo.[16] Critics believed Pérez introduced his hard rock background into Selena's basic Tejano sound, increasing her already diverse musical repertoire.[2]


Three singles were released from the album including "Ya Ves", "Baila Esta Cumbia", and "La Tracalera".[19]

Critical reception

Following the album's release, Selena was called the Gloria Estefan, Janet Jackson,[10] and Madonna of Tejano music.[2] Selena commented on the epithets, saying she does not like to be stereotyped.[10] She explained: "I think it's good to be different, and if you're first at it, it's even better."[10] The album expanded Selena's "vocal talents".[2] Selena's popularity "surged" following Ven Conmigo.[20] The album made her "unstoppable".[13]

Commercial performance

Ven Conmigo debuted at number eight on the US Billboard Regional Mexican Albums chart the week ending November 3, 1990.[21] It was the highest debut album for that week and surpassed Selena as her highest debuting album on the chart.[21] The following week, the album fell to number ten.[22] It reached number six on the Regional Mexican Albums chart in its sixth week, surpassing Selena as her highest peaking album.[23] In its eleventh week, Ven Conmigo peaked at number three on the Regional Mexican Albums chart, becoming her highest peaking album.[24] Her Entre a Mi Mundo (1992) album surpassed this peak in August 1992.[25]Ven Conmigo remained in the top ten of the Regional Mexican Albums chart for 16 consecutive weeks before falling into the top 15.[26]

Ven Conmigo became the first Tejano album by a woman to receive a gold certification.[27][8] It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 200,000 units in the United States; her fifth platinum record.[28] In 1995, nearly 50% of music consumption in the United States were catalog titles; Ven Conmigo and her 17 Super Exitos (1993) albums contributed to the $5 billion revenue reported in the music industry.[29]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ya Ves" A.B. Quintanilla, Pete Astudillo 3:14
2. "Aunque No Salga El Sol" Johnny Herrera 3:25
3. "Ven Conmigo" A.B. Quintanilla, Pete Astudillo 2:27
4. "Yo Te Amo" A.B. Quintanilla, Pete Astudillo 3:40
5. "Enamorada De Ti" A.B. Quintanilla, Pete Astudillo 4:06
6. "La Tracalera" Johnny Herrera 2:51
7. "Baila Esta Cumbia" A.B. Quintanilla, Pete Astudillo 2:58
8. "Yo Me Voy" Juan Gabriel 3:29
9. "No Quiero Saber" A.B. Quintanilla, Pete Astudillo 2:55
10. "Después De Enero" Johnny Herrera 2:58

2002 bonus tracks

  1. "No Quiero Saber (2000 Mix)"
  2. "Enamorada de Tí (Club Remix)"
  3. Spoken Liner Notes by the Band and Family: Intro
  4. Spoken Liner Notes by the Band and Family: Ya Ves
  5. Spoken Liner Notes by the Band and Family: Anque No Salga el Sol
  6. Spoken Liner Notes by the Band and Family: Ven Conmigo
  7. Spoken Liner Notes by the Band and Family: Yo Te Amo
  8. Spoken Liner Notes by the Band and Family: Enamorada de Ti
  9. Spoken Liner Notes by the Band and Family: La Tracalera
  10. Spoken Liner Notes by the Band and Family: Baila Esta Cumbia
  11. Spoken Liner Notes by the Band and Family: Yo Me Voy
  12. Spoken Liner Notes by the Band and Family: No Quiero Saber
  13. Spoken Liner Notes by the Band and Family: Outro
  14. No Quiero Saber [Multimedia Track]





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  2. ^ a b c d e f Anon. 2013.
  3. ^ Lopetegui 1995.
  4. ^ Minnick 2010.
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  7. ^ Peña 2002, p. 205.
  8. ^ a b Stacy 2002, p. 746.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Quintanilla 1990.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Maldonado 1991, p. 37.
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  12. ^ Blumenthal 1998, p. 149.
  13. ^ a b Ramirez 1997, p. 191.
  14. ^ a b Richmond 1995, p. 54.
  15. ^ Richmond 1995, p. 50.
  16. ^ a b Anon. 1996.
  17. ^ a b c Anon. 2007.
  18. ^ a b Pérez 2012.
  19. ^ Behar 1995, p. 64.
  20. ^ Jasinski 2012, p. 285.
  21. ^ a b Anon. & 1990 (a).
  22. ^ Anon. & 1990 (b).
  23. ^ Anon. & 1991 (a).
  24. ^ Anon. & 1991 (b).
  25. ^ Anon. 1992.
  26. ^ Anon. & 1991 (c).
  27. ^ De Leon & del Castillo 2006, p. 203.
  28. ^ Anon. 2002, p. 34.
  29. ^ Tirella 1995, p. 138.
  30. ^ "Latin Pop Albums > 19 October 2002". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012. [dead link]
  31. ^ "Regional Mexican Albums > 23 March 1991". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012. [dead link]
  32. ^ "American album certifications - Selena - Ven Conmigo". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click Type, then select Latin, then click SEARCH


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