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Dolores Janney Rivera (July 2, 1969 – December 9, 2012), better known as Jenni Rivera, was an American Latin Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, actress, television producer, and entrepreneur known for her work within the banda and norteña music genres.

Jenni Rivera began recording music in 1998. Her recordings often had themes of social issues, infidelity, and relationships. Her tenth studio album, Jenni (2008), became her first #1 record 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 through 2013 and Chiquis 'n Control in 2012. Her acting debut was in the film Filly Brown, which was released in 2013.

Rivera, along with six others, died in a plane crash near Iturbide, Nuevo León, Mexico, on December 9, 2012.

Early life

Rivera was born and raised in Long Beach, California, to Rosa Saavedra and Pedro Rivera, who were undocumented immigrants from Mexico. Her parents raised Rivera and her sister and 4 brothers in a tight-knit, musical household; her brother Lupillo is also a regional Mexican musician. Rivera spoke both English and Spanish fluently. Her family introduced her to traditional Mexican music, including the genres of banda, norteño, and ranchera. Her father was a bartender and businessman who created the record label Cintas Acuario in 1987, which launched the career of Mexican singer/songwriter Chalino Sánchez.

Rivera earned straight As in school until her sophomore year, when at 15 she became pregnant with the first of her 5 children, Janney "Chiquis" Marin Rivera. She supported the two of them by selling CDs at flea markets to support herself and her child, while working toward her GED at a continuation school and graduating as class valedictorian. Speaking in 2003 of her experiences as a teenage mother, Rivera explained, "Usually, when a young girl is pregnant, she drops out of school and concentrates on being a mother. I thought that's what I had to do, but my counselors told me there was no way they would let me drop out. I had too much promise."

Career

Rivera made her first recording in 1992 as a Father's Day present to her father; after receiving significant airplay on Southern California radio stations, she made more recordings and signed to Capitol/EMI's Latin division. Her first album, Chacalosa (slang for "party girl"), was released in 1995. She then released the albums We are Rivera and Farewell to Selena independently, the latter a tribute album to Tejano music singer Selena who was murdered in 1995. She signed to Sony Music in the late 1990s, and then with Fonovisa Records in 1999; in the same year, Rivera released her first commercial album with Fonovisa, titled Que Me Entierren con la Banda, featuring local hit "Las Malandrinas". In 2001, she released the records Dejate Amar and Se las Voy a Dar a Otro. Her 2003 release Homenaje a las Grandes (in English "Homage to the Great Ones") was a tribute album to female Mexican singers including Lucha Villa, Mercedes Castro, Rocío Dúrcal, Lola Beltrán, and Alejandra Guzmán. She began to attain more substantial success with the record Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida, released in 2005, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.

Rivera sold over 1 million albums in United States and was nominated at the 2003, 2008 and 2010 Latin Grammys. She was awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. She started many companies, including Divina Realty, Divina Cosmetics, Jenni Rivera Fragrance, Jenni Jeans, Divine Music and The Jenni Rivera Love Foundation. Jenni Rivera became the first female banda artist to sell out a concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California, and became the first artist to sell out two back-to-back nights at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on August 6 and 7, 2010. She has also sold out both the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Mexico’s National Auditorium, a feat few male singers in her industry achieved.

Rivera was a producer on the Mun2 reality TV show Chiquis & Raq-C, featuring her oldest daughter Janney Marin. She then appeared in the spin-off show I Love Jenni. Rivera worked as coach in the second season of the Mexican talent show La Voz... México, based upon The Voice franchise. On July 2, 2013, Unbreakable/Inquebrantable, Rivera's official autobiography arrived. Rivera had been working on it for years, and after her death her family put it together and turned it into a full book that became an instant New York Times bestseller.

Just days before her death, ABC announced the development of "Jenni," a show starring Rivera and centering on the Mexican-American singer and actress as a struggling single mom. Robert L. Boyett (the man behind "Family Matters," "Full House" and more '90s family comedies) and Robert Horn of "Designing Women" fame were attached to write and executive produce the project. No one can replace Jenni Rivera. Producers of an ABC sitcom inspired by the Latina singer’s life say they won’t try to re-tool the show for another star. “No other actress would work for what we created,” executive producer Robert Boyett told a reporter for a story in a New York Post, “We have no plans to do this show or anything like it.”

"Few artists, singing in Spanish or English, ever reach the success of Rivera." Reporters said on a brodcast on CBS Los Angeles.

On December 8th 2012 she performed and sold out with over 17,000 fans at her last concert at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.

Musical style

Rivera's musical style was classified as banda, a form of traditional Mexican music popular in Mexico and many parts of the United States with large Hispanic populations. Banda music originated in the state of Sinaloa and the music sound is primarily instruments such as tuba, clarinets and trumpets, i.e. Banda El Recodo; Banda La Costena. However, according to Leila Cobo of Billboard, her music contained a "contemporary, outspoken flair". She was significant as one of the few female artists in the often male-dominated genre. She sang in both Spanish and English and often addressed personal themes such as her struggles with domestic violence, divorce, and her weight. Rivera described speaking openly with her fans about her personal issues as a "primary part" of her career. Discussing her unconventional approach and her single "Las Malandrinas", Rivera explained, "It was the late 1990s and the early 2000s and the female singers were singing ballads and romantic fare. So I figured, I'm not typical at all in any way, so I'm going to do what the guys do but in a different voice."

Personal life

Marriages and children

Rivera was married 3 times and had five children. She had her first child, Janney "Chiquis" (born 1985), while still in high school. She later married Chiquis' father, José Trinidad Marín, and they had two more children: Jacqueline (born 1989) and Michael (born 1991), but she ended the marriage in 1992 when she discovered that Marín had molested her younger sister Rosie and their own daughters, Chiquis and Jaqui. She also revealed that he had physically abused her. The molestation case was opened in 1997 and Marín spent 9 years as a fugitive before he was apprehended in April 2006, convicted of sexual assault and rape and sentenced to more than 30 years in prison.

Rivera married her second husband, Juan López, in 1997. They had daughter Jenicka in 1997 and son Johnny in 2001 before they divorced in 2003. In 2007, Juan López was convicted of selling drugs. He died from complications of pneumonia while in prison in 2009.

Rivera married baseball player Esteban Loaiza in 2010. They filed for divorce in 2012 just months before her death.

Charity work

On August 6, 2010 Rivera was named spokeswoman for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. A proclamation was given "officially naming" August 6 “Jenni Rivera Day” by the Los Angeles City Council for all her charity work and community involvement. Rivera was a Christian and her brother Pedro Rivera Jr. is the pastor of the Primer Amor Church in Whittier, California. She stated that she desired to be a dedicated Christian.

Legal issues

In October 2008, a sex video featuring Rivera began circulating. Rivera was arrested on May 18, 2009 by customs authorities at the international airport in Mexico City. She failed to declare $52,467 cash in her purse. Rivera later paid a fine of $8,400 and was released. According to New York Daily News, Rivera performed and consumed cocaine at drug cartel parties in 2009.

More than a year after the death of Latin music superstar Jenni Rivera, controversy and accusations continue to surround the circumstances of her death. The latest salvo comes from Rivera's husband, former Major League Baseball player Esteban Loaiza, who filed a wrongful-death suit against the owners of the aircraft that crashed with Rivera aboard, the Associated Press reported Friday. Loaiza was separated from Rivera at the time of her death but seeks unspecified damages. The suit, according to the Associated Press, names the plane's owners, Starwood Management LLC and its parent company, Rodatz Financial Group.

Death

Rivera performed a concert at Monterrey Arena on December 8, 2012, in Monterrey, Nuevo León. At 2:00 a.m. on December 9, when the show ended, she held a press conference at the same venue. She left the Arena along with her staff and departed from Monterrey International Airport at 3:00 a.m. CST. At approximately 3:20 a.m. CST a US-registered private Learjet 25 N345MC (manufactured in 1969) carrying two pilots and five passengers, including Rivera, lost contact with air traffic control near Iturbide, Nuevo León, Mexico. The plane was en route to Toluca for an appearance by Rivera on La Voz ... México.

All on board were presumed dead by Mexican authorities when the wreckage was found later that day with no apparent survivors. Jenni Rivera's father Pedro Rivera confirmed in a Telemundo interview that his daughter had died in the crash. Mexican aviation authorities declared in the media that her plane was shattered into fragments which spread as far as 300 meters or the equivalent of three football stadiums. The impact of the crash was so severe that it is believed the plane went down in a nose dive at speeds of up to 700 mph. Because the plane was a US-registered aircraft, and had one U.S. American citizen on board (Jenni Rivera) the NTSB sent its team of investigators to assist their Mexican counterparts.Univision reported that the plane had been involved in a 2005 fuel system incident.

Rivera was finally buried on December 31, 2012 at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach, California. Her father told Telemundo that legal issues had caused this delay.

Universal Music Group (Fonovisa's Parent Company) also released a statement, saying: "The entire Universal Music Group family is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend Jenni Rivera. The world rarely sees someone who has had such a profound impact on so many. From her incredibly versatile talent to the way she embraced her fans around the world, Jenni was simply incomparable. Her talent will be missed; but her gift of music will be with us always."

Since her death in 2012, Rivera has earned herself a spot on the Forbes Top Earning Dead Celebrities of 2013, making an estimate of 7 million dollars.

Discography

Studio:

Album Release Billboard 200 Top Latin Albums Regional Mexican Albums Certifications
Si Quieres Verme Llorar May 25, 1999
Reyna De Reynas August 3, 1999
Que Me Entierren Con la Banda March 27, 2000
Déjate Amar March 19, 2001
Se las Voy a Dar a Otro December 5, 2001
Homenaje a Las Grandes April 1, 2003
37 20
Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida September 20, 2005 146 10 2 RIAA: 2x Platinum (Latin)
Mi Vida Loca March 20, 2007 164 2 1 (1 Week) RIAA: Platinum (Latin)
Jenni September 9, 2008 31 1 (1 Week) 1 (1 Week) MEX: Platinum
La Gran Señora December 1, 2009 118 2 1 (4 Weeks) RIAA: Platinum (Latin)

MEX: 2xPlatinum+Gold

Joyas Prestadas (Pop) November 21, 2011 51 1
RIAA: 2x Platinum (Latin)

MEX: 4x Platinum+Gold

Joyas Prestadas (Banda) November 21, 2011 74 2 1 (4 Weeks) RIAA: 2x Platinum (Latin)

MEX: 3x Platinum

Re-Releases:

Album Release Billboard 200 Top Latin Albums Regional Mexican Albums
Jenni: Super Deluxe July 28, 2009
13 9
Joyas Prestadas: Pop Deluxe August 28, 2012

Compilations:

Album Release Billboard 200 Top Latin Albums Regional Mexican Albums Certifications
Simplemente La Mejor September 28, 2004 198 29 20
La Misma Gran Señora December 11, 2012 38 1 1 RIAA: 2x Plaitnum (Latin)

MEX: 2x Platinum+Gold

La Más Completa Colección December 18, 2012
MEX: Platinum

Live:

Album Release Billboard 200 Top Latin Albums Regional Mexican Albums Certifications
Besos y Copas Desde Hollywood September 12, 2006
19 5
En Vivo Desde Hollywood April 4, 2006
La Diva En Vivo November 6, 2007
3 11
La Gran Señora En Vivo November 22, 2010
2
MEX: Platinum
1969 - Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 1 December 3, 2013 25 1 1 RIAA: Plaitnum (Latin)

MEX: Platinum

1969 - Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 2 Summer 2014
1969 - Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 3 December 8, 2014

Singles:

Single Release Hot Latin Songs Regional Mexican Airplay Album
"Querida Socia" 2001
18 Dejate Amar
"Angel Baby" 2002
16 Se las Voy a Dar a Otro
"A Escondidas" 2003
23 Homenaje a Las Grandes
"Juro Que Nunca Volvere" 2004
37 Homenaje a Las Grandes
"Amiga Si Lo Ves" 2005
35 Simplemente La Mejor
"Que Me Vas A Dar" 2005 31 7 Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida
"De Contrabando" 2006 14 1 (1 Week) Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida
"No Vas A Creer" 2006 49 13 Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida
"Besos Y Copas" 2006 46 10 Besos y Copas Desde Hollywood
"La Sopa Del Bebe" 2007
10 Mi Vida Loca
"Mirame" 2007 19 8 Mi Vida Loca
"Ahora Que Estuviste Lejos" 2008 9 3 Mi Vida Loca
"Inolvidable" 2008 13 5 Mi Vida Loca
"Culpable O Inocente" 2008 15 4 Jenni
"Chuper Amigos" 2009 37 9 Jenni
"Tu Camisa Puesta" 2009 24 13 Jenni
"Ovarios" 2009 22 13 Jenni: Super Deluxe
"Ya Lo Se" 2009 16 7 La Gran Señora
"Por Que No Le Calas" 2010 46 22 La Gran Señora
"Dejame Volver Contigo" 2010
31 La Gran Señora
"Amarga Navidad" 2011
25 La Gran Señora
"La Gran Señora" 2011 44 23 La Gran Señora
"Basta Ya" 2011 14 6 Joyas Prestadas
"A Cambio De Que" 2012 49 21 Joyas Prestadas
"A Que No Le Cuentas" 2012 37
Joyas Prestadas
"Asi Fue" 2012 33
Joyas Prestadas
"Como Tu Mujer" 2012 28
Joyas Prestadas
"Detras De Mi Ventana" 2012 12 6 Joyas Prestadas
"La Misma Gran Señora" 2012 9 6 La Misma Gran Señora
"Dos Botellas De Mezcal" 2013 27 31 1969 - Simepre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 1
"Amarga Navidad" 2013
1969 - Simepre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 1
"Amiga Si Lo Ves" 2013
1969 - Simepre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 1
"Resulta" 2013
1969 - Simepre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 2

Filmography

List of acting credits in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C Herself Mun2 reality TV show about Jenni Rivera's daughter and her friend, Jenni Rivera appeared in and produced
2011-2013 I Love Jenni Herself Mun2 reality TV show about Jenni Rivera's life, also produced by Jenni Rivera
2013 Filly Brown María Tenorio Acting debut

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Nominated work Category Result
2003 Premio Lo Nuestro Jenni Rivera Best Female Artist Nominated
2007 Premio Lo Nuestro Jenni Rivera Regional Mexican: Female Artist of the Year Won
2007 Premio Lo Nuestro De Contrabando Regional Mexican: Song of the year Nominated
2007 Premio Lo Nuestro Jenni Rivera Banda Artist of the Year Nominated
2007 Premios Juventud Jenni Rivera Favorite Mexican Artist Nominated
2008 Latin Grammy Awards La Diva en Vivo Best Ranchero Album Nominated
2008 Premios Juventud Jenni Rivera Favorite Mexican Artist Nominated
2008 Premio Lo Nuestro Jenni Rivera Regional Mexican: Female Artist of the Year Won
2009 Premios Juventud Jenni Rivera My Favorite Concert Nominated
2009 Premios Juventud Jenni Rivera Favorite Regional Mexican Artist Won
2009 Premio Lo Nuestro Jenni Rivera Regional Mexican: Female Artist of the Year Won
2009 Premio Lo Nuestro Jenni Rivera Banda Artist of the Year Won
2010 Premios Juventud Jenni Rivera Favorite Regional Mexican Artist Nominated
2010 Premios Juventud Jenni Rivera and Esteban Loaiza Hottest Romance Nominated
2010 Latin Grammy Awards La Gran Señora Best Ranchero Album Nominated
2010 Premio Lo Nuestro Jenni Rivera Regional Mexican: Female Artist of the Year Won
2011 Latin Grammy Awards La Gran Señora: En Vivo Best Banda Album Nominated
2011 Billboard Mexican Music Awards Jenni Rivera Artist of the Year, Female Won
2011 Billboard Mexican Music Awards La Gran Señora: En Vivo Ranchero/Mariachi Album of the Year Nominated
2011 Billboard Mexican Music Awards Él Ranchero/Mariachi Song of the Year Nominated
2011 Billboard Mexican Music Awards Jenni Rivera Ranchero/Mariachi Artist of the Year Nominated
2011 Premios de la Radio Jenni Rivera Female Artist of the Year Won
2011 Premio Lo Nuestro Jenni Rivera Regional Mexican: Female Artist of the Year Won
2011 Premio Lo Nuestro Jenni Rivera Regional Mexican: Ranchera Artist of the Year Won
2012 Premios Juventud Joyas Prestadas Lo Toco Todo Nominated
2012 Premios Juventud Jenni Rivera Favorite Regional Mexican Nominated
2012 Premios de la Radio Basta Ya Mejor Canción con Banda Won
2012 Premios de la Radio Jenni Rivera Artista Feminina del Año Won
2012 Premios de la Radio Joyas Prestadas Album Banda del Año Won
2011 Premio Lo Nuestro Jenni Rivera Regional Mexican: Female Artist of the Year Won
2011 Premio Lo Nuestro Jenni Rivera Regional Mexican: Ranchera Artist of the Year Won
2013 Premios Juventud La Misma Gran Señora My Ringtone Won
2013 Premios Juventud Jenni Rivera Favorite Regional Mexican Artist Won
2013 Premios Juventud Jenni Rivera Favorite Pop Artist Won
2013 Premios Juventud Jenni Rivera Siganme Los Buenos Won
2013 Premios de la Radio Jenni Rivera Artist of the Year Won
2013 Premios de la Radio Jenni Rivera Female Artist of the Year Won
2013 Premios de la Radio No Llega el Olivido Collaboration of the Year Won
2013 Billboard Music Awards Jenni Rivera Top Latin Artist Won
2013 Billboard Music Awards La Misma Gran Señora Top Latin Album Won
2013 Billboard Music Awards Joyas Prestadas: Pop Top Latin Album Nominated
2013 Billboard Music Awards Joyas Prestadas: Banda Top Latin Album Nominated
2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards Joyas Prestadas: Pop Album of the Year Won
2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards Jenni Rivera Song Of The Year Won
2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards Jenni Rivera Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo Won
2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards La Misma Gran Señora Regional Mexican Album of the Year Won
2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards Joyas Prestadas: Banda Regional Mexican Album of the Year Won
2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards Jenni Rivera Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Solo Won
2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards Jenni Rivera Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo Won
2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards Joyas Prestadas: Pop Latin Pop Album of the Year Won
2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards Jenni Rivera Albums Artist of the Year, Female Won
2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards La Misma Gran Señora Album Of The Year Won
2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards Jenni Rivera Artist Of The Year Won
2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards La Misma Gran Señora Regional Mexican Album of the Year Won
2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards Jenni Rivera Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female Won
2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards Jenni Rivera Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo Won

See also

  • List of Billboard Social 50 number-one artists

References

External links

  • at the Internet Movie Database