At the height of her career, Jenni Rivera emerged as a Mexican-American icon on the verge of a major crossover.
As the first-ever Latina to ink a production deal to star in her own TV series on a major U.S. network, Rivera was also slated to secure her own residency in Las Vegas. One fatal evening, however, ended with the singer dying in a plane crash in Mexico, and December 9, 2012 forever marked Rivera’s deferred dream and untimely death at age 43.
But the music world has a way of paying homage once one of our greats dearly depart us. While Jenni was remarkably and visibly loved by her fans not just for her music, but accessibility (read: authentic, imperfect and down-to-earth), it wasn’t until she passed that she scored a series of No. 1 albums on the Billboard charts.
As we near the five-year anniversary of her tragic death this Saturday (Dec. 9), here are some of Jenni’s most successful moments by the numbers — including a breakdown of her posthumous charting accomplishments.
Total album sales:
2.46 million albums sold in the U.S. (according to Nielsen Music)
Total singles on Hot Latin Songs and Top 10 Hot Latin Songs charts:
24 total entries on Hot Latin Songs
Two top 10 hits (“Ahora Que Estuviste Lejos” and “La Misma Gran Senora” — the latter hit the top 10 after her death)
Total charting albums:
18 on the Top Latin Albums chart
12 of those albums went top 10, and seven reached No. 1
1.3 million albums sold from December 3, 2012 to present day
Six of her seven No. 1 albums on Top Latin Albums all came after her death. They are as follows:
Jenni — one week at No. 1 (2008)
La Misma Gran Senora — eight weeks at No. 1 (debuted in 2012 after she passed)
Joyas Prestadas: Pop — two weeks at No.1 (2013)
1969 – Siempre: En Vivo Desde Monterrey – Parte 1 — seven weeks at No.1 (2013)
1969 – Siempre: En Vivo Desde Monterrey – Parte 2 — two weeks at No. 1 (2014)
1 Vida – 3 Historias: Metamorfosis – Despedida de Culican – Jenni Vive 2013 — one week at No. 1 (2014)
Paloma Negra Desde Monterrey — one week at No. 1 (2016)