Mexican American icon Jenni Rivera is gone but not forgotten. In honor of what would have been La Diva de la Banda’s 46th birthday on July 2, we revisit some of her most important career milestones.
Jenni wrote her first corrido, &ldquo...
Jenni wrote her first corrido, “La Chacalosa,” in 1994, but it was her 2000 hit “Las Malandrinas,” from her third album, Que Me Entierren Con la Banda, that marked the beginning of her success. In an interview with Billboard in 2011, Rivera said, “Malandrinas means ‘bad girls,’ but not bad in a negative way. I wrote it in homage to my female fans. The type of girls that go clubbing, drink tequila and stand up for themselves. The song blew up. People became interested. That’s when Jenni Rivera the artist was actually born.”
In 2002, Rivera received her first La...
In 2002, Rivera received her first Latin Grammy nomination for best banda album for Se Las Voy a Dar a Otro. She was nominated again in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
In 2007, her Mi Vida Loca album becam...
In 2007, her Mi Vida Loca album became her first No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart. To date, Rivera holds the record of female artist with the most albums on the chart (eight total). “That was more of Jenni telling her story through music,” Rivera told Billboard in 2011 about the autobiographical album. “My life has been so put out there by the media that I figured I might as well put it out there myself, in my own words and through my music. I wanted to clear up speculations about my private life.”
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In 2010, Rivera became the first fema...
In 2010, Rivera became the first female banda artist to sell out back-to-back nights at the Microsoft (then called Nokia) Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 6 and 7.
Rivera’s top-rated reality show...
Rivera’s top-rated reality show, I Love Jenni, which she produced, premiered March 5, 2011 on mun2. The series offered an intimate look into her family life and would go on to have three seasons. In 2012, Rivera also made her debut on Mexican television as a coach on La Voz México.
In 2012, Rivera made her acting debut...
In 2012, Rivera made her acting debut in the indie flick Filly Brown alongside Gina Rodriguez. During the movie’s run at film festivals, including Sundance, Rivera was praised for her performance as an incarcerated mother with a musical gift. The movie was released theatrically in 2013.
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Rivera's media empire was just beginn...
Rivera's media empire was just beginning. Also in 2012, Rivera signed a TV deal with ABC to produce and star in her own English-language sitcom.
The night of Dec. 8, 2012, Rivera per...
The night of Dec. 8, 2012, Rivera performed for a sold-out crowd at Arena Monterrey, Mexico. Hours later, on Dec. 9, she died in a plane crash outside of Nuevo León.
Before she died, Rivera had written h...
Before she died, Rivera had written her autobiography, Unbreakable, which, upon its publication in July 2013, became a New York Times bestseller.
Rivera, seen here performing during t...
Rivera, seen here performing during the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, landed at No. 1 on Billboard's 2013 year-end Top Latin Artists chart, which tallies album sales, airplay, downloads and streaming.
Many of Rivera’s dreams and lon...
Many of Rivera’s dreams and long-gestating plans came to fruition posthumously, such as the launch of her own fashion line and tequila and the opening of her own boutique in Panorama City, Calif.
Rivera’s 2012 album, La Misma G...
Rivera’s 2012 album, La Misma Gran Señora, would eventually become her longest-running album at No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart (16 weeks).
In December 2014, Rivera scored her e...
In December 2014, Rivera scored her eighth No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart with with 1 Vida, 3 Historias: Metaformosis - Despedida de Culiacan. That same album debuted at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums, becoming Rivera’s sixth album to do so -- after Selena, she is the female with most No. 1 albums on the Top Latin Albums chart (even more than Shakira).
A tribute concert titled “Jenni...
A tribute concert titled “Jenni Vive” (Jenni Lives) will take place July 2, 2015, at Marina Green Park in Rivera’s hometown of Long Beach, Calif., with performances by Rivera’s own daughter Chiquis, herself a banda singer, as well as Mexican American pop star Becky G, and regional Mexican stars Regulo Caro, Chuy Lizárraga, Los Recoditos.