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Jenni Rivera Passes in Plane Crash

JENNI RIVERA, 43, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, who gained fame through performing banda music, the regional style that features brass instrumentation and documents life experiences, reportedly died in a plane crash on her way to Toluca, Mexico, Sunday, after a concert in Monterrey. The L.A. Times called the singer simply known as Jenni to her fans as “a banda singer with a nimble voice, a chronicler with a unique perspective from Long Beach, an advocate of domestic violence awareness, a reality show star, a symbol.” Rivera’s albums sold an estimated 1.1 million in the U.S.  and many more worldwide through her labels Fonovisa and Universal Music Latin Entertainment. As her popularity grew, she also recorded in Mexican musical subgenres including Latin pop, accordion-based norteņo and the drug-culture-oriented narcocorridos. Her regional audience exploded in 2003, when she released Homenaje a Las Grandes, expanding her traditional sound. On her classic 2004 narcocorrido, "La Chacalosa," she sings as the daughter of a drug kingpin, running the operation while partying the nights away and learning to shoot and fight. Another of her biggest hits was the ballad, "Por Que No Le Calas." Translated as "Why Don't You Try It," it pushes a lover to take a chance.  She is robably best-known for her role in the reality series, I Love Jenni, on Telemundo's bilingual MUN2 network. Both Telemundo and L.A.’s banda radio stations devoted round-the-clock programming to her music and legacy. (12/10a)

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