Contigo Quiero Estar

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"Contigo Quiero Estar"
Single by Selena
from the album Selena
ReleasedMay 27, 1989
Format12-inch single
GenreTejano music, folk, ranchera
LabelEMI Latin
Songwriter(s)Alejandro Montealegre
Producer(s)A.B. Quintanilla III
Selena singles chronology
"Contigo Quiero Estar"
"Contigo Quiero Estar"

"Contigo Quiero Estar" (English: "With You, I Want To Be") is a song by American singer Selena. It was released as the lead single from Selena (1989). The single was released by EMI Latin on May 27, 1989. The song "Quiero Ser" (English: "I Want To Be") is the b-side track. The song's lyrics are about a women who wants to be near her lover. It was written by Mexican songwriter Alejandro Montealegre. "Contigo Quiero Estar" is a Tejano song mixed with folk and ranchera music.

The song did not get good reviews from music critics. "Contigo Quiero Estar" was nominated for Single of the Year at the 1990 Tejano Music Awards. Selena performed "Where Did the Feeling Go?", which was a demo she recorded. Many critics liked the song more than "Contigo Quiero Estar". "Contigo Quiero Estar" reached number eight on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in 1989. Many other artists have made cover versions of the song.

Background and composition[change | change source]

In 1989, Selena signed a recording contract with EMI Latin. That same year, she began recording songs for her debut album with them.[1] Selena's record producer—brother A.B. Quintanilla III[2]—was not allowed to produce any songs for her new album. Quintanilla III was interviewed for the Selena: 20 Years of Music series. This was recorded by Brian "Red" Moore, a family friend. Quintanilla III told Moore that EMI Latin did not want the family to be involved. He then said that they were already gambling on releasing a Latin division. Quintanilla III said that EMI Latin believed that the family could hurt the sales of the album.[3]

Selena's father and manager, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. tried to persuade EMI Latin to give Quintanilla III a chance. Quintanilla Jr succeeded and Quintanilla III was allowed to produce the album, including the song "Contigo Quiero Estar". Mexican songwriter Alejandro Montealegre, sent in lyrics to EMI Latin. They then wanted Selena to record it. They believed it was similar with her other recorded songs.[3]

The song is a mid-tempo Tejano song. It is mixed with folk and ranchera music.[4] The song's instruments includes the drums, an electric keyboard, a french horn and the piano.[5] The song's lyrics are about a women who wants to be next to her lover all the time.[3] "Contigo Quiero Estar" was released as the lead single from Selena (1989). The b-side track included the song "Quiero Ser". They were released on May 27, 1989 by EMI Latin.[4]

Reception and cover versions[change | change source]

The song did not get good reviews from music critics. A writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution believed "Contigo Quiero Estar" is one of the worst songs Selena ever recorded.[4] Sally Jacobs of The Boston Globe wrote that Selena made a "mistake with this song."[6] Carmina Danini of the San Antonio Express-News liked the Tejano sounds on "Contigo Quiero Estar".[7] Dave Hoekstra of the Chicago Sun-Times called "Contigo Quiero Estar" a "weak ranchera song".[5] A writer for the Austin American-Statesman gave the song a score of 2 out of a possible 5 star rating.[8]

"Contigo Quiero Estar" was nominated for Single of the Year at the 1990 Tejano Music Awards.[9] Selena performed "Where Did the Feeling Go?" rather than "Contigo Quiero Estar", which was a demo she recorded.[10][11] Many critics liked "Where Did the Feeling Go?". They believed it was a better choice for a single.[9][12] Ben Tavera King of the San Antonio-Express News liked "Where Did the Feeling Go?" more than "Contigo Quiero Estar".[13]

The song reached number eight on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in 1989.[14][15] Mexican band Los Reyes de Mexico recorded a mariachi version of the song. It was included on their album Reyes De Mexico Lo Lindo Ti.[16] Puerto Rican band Orquesta Armonia Show recorded both a merengue and a cumbia version. It was included on their album Merengues y Cumbias.[17]

Track listings[change | change source]

  1. "Contigo Quiero Estar" — 3:49
  2. "Quiero Ser" — 2:33

Credits[change | change source]

Credits were taken from the single's booklet.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Lannert, John (10 June 1995). "A Retrospective". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 107 (23): 112. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  2. Lannert, John (4 May 1996). "Billboard's Latin Awards Show Becomes Mas Grande, Mas Bueno". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 108 (18): 122. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 (1989) Album notes for Selena by Selena. EMI Latin (724354083921).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Selena: Singer was on the verge of mainstream stardom". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cox Enterprises. 5 April 1995.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hoekstra, Dave (24 July 1995). "New CD Displays Her Vast Range". Chicago Sun-Times. Sun-Times Media Group.
  6. Jacobs, Sally (19 October 1995). "The canonization of Selena The slain Tejano singer looms larger than life as her alleged killer stands trial". The Boston Globe. The New York Times Company.
  7. Danini, Carmina (21 July 1995). "Selena fans scoop up CD in Mexico". San Antonio Express-News. Hearst Corporation.
  8. "A singer of many record labels". Austin American-Statesman. Cox Enterprises. 2 April 1995.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Associated Press (26 December 1995). "Selena, concealed handguns top headline grabbers in '95". San Antonio Express-News. Hearst Corporation.
  10. Minnick, Doug (24 September 2010). "Jose Behar, interview". Taxi A&R. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
  11. McLemore, David (5 April 1995). "Corpus Christi searches for answers in aftermath of seven shooting deaths Slayings leave city shocked, saddened". The Dallas Morning News. A. H. Belo Corporation.
  12. "Roots of Tejano celebrated A symposium at UT-Arlington explores the history and renewed popularity of the Mexican-American music form". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The McClatchy Company. 13 October 1995.
  13. Tavera King, Ben (31 January 1992). "1992 Tejano Music Awards Leading nominees announced". San Antonio Express-News. Hearst Corporation.
  14. Peña 2002, p. 205.
  15. "Selena, the Queen of Tejano Music". Legacy. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  16. (2004) Album notes for Los Reyes de Mexico Lo Lindo Ti by Los Reyes de Mexico. Altamirano Records.
  17. "iTunes > Music > Merengues y Cumbias". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  18. Montealegre, Alejandro (1989). Album notes for Contigo Quiero Estar by Selena, p. 1. EMI Latin (HA-19328).

Books[change | change source]

  • Peña, Manuel (2002), Música tejana : the cultural economy of artistic transformation, Texas A&M University Press, ISBN 9780890968888