Flashback: Jenni Rivera reflects on her success
December 10th, 2012
10:31 AM ET

Flashback: Jenni Rivera reflects on her success

Jenni Rivera was known for her incredible singing voice, but she was also an entertainment powerhouse.

The 43-year-old, who's presumed to have died Sunday in a plane crash, was a budding actress, the star of mun2's reality show "I Love Jenni," and a coach on "The Voice Mexico." A source with knowledge of the deal confirmed to CNN that she also had a show in development at ABC.

Building such a full career, as Rivera said in April at Billboard's Latin Music Conference, did not come easily.

"I'm happy, I'm very happy for the success that I've had, but I've worked so hard at it," Rivera said. "It's not that I feel that I deserve it. You kind of work hard and you have expectations, so I'm living my expectations right now ... Being a recording artist, selling music, selling concerts out, having a reality show, starting film; it's great, it's beautiful."

Rivera established herself as "La Diva de la Banda" following the release of her debut album in 1999, and she stood out from the rest in the male-dominated genre of contemporary banda music.

Praising her "nimble" voice, The Los Angeles Times said that as "the daughter of Mexican immigrants, Rivera captured through her music stories about a life that straddled worlds and spoke to a fan base that bought an estimated 1.1 million albums in America and many more worldwide."

Rivera's unique presence in the genre led to chart success. According to Billboard, she had eight albums land in the top 10 of the Regional Mexican Albums chart; seven top 10s and four No. 1s on the Top Latin Albums Chart; and 10 singles on the top 10 regional Mexican Airplay chart, including a No. 1.

Her song "Detras De Mi Ventana," for example, spent 12 weeks on the hot Latin Songs chart and peaked at No. 6 in November.

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In addition to her music career, Rivera became even more beloved to fans as she displayed her authentic self on "I Love Jenni," which began airing on Telemundo's mun2 last year.

"For people to be watching 'I Love Jenni' the way they're watching it, that in itself amazes me. It's really a reality show ... the cameras follow me into things that I'm doing, where I'm just being myself," she said in April. "To me, that people are interested in Jenni not necessarily the artist but the woman, and the entrepreneur, the mother, the grandmother, and everything, it amazes me still that people could even be interested in my normal life. So when I get the responses, when I get the comments from the fans, that's when I'm like, this is really worthwhile. Because it's work, it can be hard work."

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  1. Ariel Perez

    The world needs to realize this cnn. They put floating devices under all the seats? They invent crazy things, but why not put parachutes under those seats? And invent an aircraft that can deploy those human beings? im pretty sure floats wont work after you crash

    December 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • there is also 1 blogger who appears to be the leader of the pack

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      December 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. you have to look at the blogs we have

    also...they are just terrible...

    December 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sebas

    It is so sad that people can still make such horrible comments. Please think about her kids who might be reading what you just posted, have some heart for her children and family. Nobody is perfect, so I can only ask that you don't make this tragic loss for her loved ones that much harder.

    December 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lolita from rhode island

    she did not die. The drug cartels made threats to her, so they made this accident seem like it was her death. Think about it...when a plane crushes, the bodies don't disappear. That is why her family is saying things like: Don't send us your condolences until they find her body. When Aaliyah died in the plane crash, they did not spend one week looking for the dead bodies. This accident happened in Mexi where they get a "mordida" and say whatever they are told to say.

    December 11, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Goal

    takes seconds now.

    December 11, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. poor jenni

    rip my dear..she was so lost.

    December 11, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. l

    She did a porm.video, her daughter slept with.her husband. She prometed alcohol, drugs, infidelity, the bad life trough her songs, she was very vulgar, that ghetto woman. She was no role model

    December 11, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • lolita from rhode island

      did she really make a porn video? i never watched it

      December 11, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. lalo

    She was a piruja

    December 11, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pastor robert sembatya, kampala uganda

    Sorry 4 what happened to jenni but its time to advance the emergency facility on board, we can wait seeing our beloved vanishing like smoke

    December 11, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. jay

    With G'd's name.......Although I didn't know of Ms. Rivera, I mourn for her loss, look to experience her artistry and pray her family recovers well in time.........May G'd bless her works which will live on..............Amen!

    December 11, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. JUNY

    s10 very classy named after a rusty pickup truck you hillbilly you Jenny Rivera was an awesome singer artist and mother. I think you should get lost or disappear, I can help you

    December 11, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Miguel

    Does s10 need attention? Look at me, look at me! I don't care! I'm a bad ass! There, now... Be gone!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
    • s10

      actually I was just doing an experiment to see how many dum3a$$es read this
      kind of cr@p.
      thanx for the help

      December 11, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  16. Ashley castillo

    Jenni Rivera is not dead she is on top of a mountain 12 miles away from were they found the plane dont believe look on twitter

    December 11, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  17. Realistic

    We are all going to die eventually. We should not mourn a person who had it all. You should be more concern about your own life and how you are living it. 😉

    December 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Iris

    Im Still In Shock About The Situation, I Was A Big Fan Of Hers, She Was The Best Women Singer Regional Mexican, Our Diva , We Love You Jenni &' You will Always Be in our Hearts

    December 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Iris

    Im Still In Shock About The Situation, I Was A Big Fan Of Hers, She WasTthe Best Women Singer Regional Mexican, Our Diva , We Love You Jenni &' You will Always Be in our Hearts

    December 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mario

    May God Bless her soul and her family. Rest in peace Jenni,you and your music will be missed.

    December 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Goal


    December 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  22. boring1

    just put it with cow22 and the others–yawn....am back..usual...bzy fun all night. bb off after 7

    December 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  23. the poor thing...

    never had a good marriage...rip dear and god bless you

    December 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  24. southexas

    Looks like she had a tough marriage life but she loved her music, her countries the USA & Mexico, her fans, her family, her friends, her culture and of course our God in Heaven & Earth. May the Lord be with her..

    December 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Rest In Peace

    and i mean that

    December 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Hugo Rivera

    My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. We loss a great singer,role model,great mother and a true fighter.

    December 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Karen

    Rest in peace Jenny Rivera! 🙁

    December 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Tom Jones


    December 10, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  29. did you check repeated ones?

    this way we can make it look stoopid again–

    December 10, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  30. ash

    so sad-

    December 10, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  31. Delilah

    I really admired jenni Rivera she was a great singer I didn't know her personally but the way she spoke about her kids u can tell she was a great mother. R.I.P and may your children and family find peace in there hearts!

    December 10, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  32. I feel sorry for her...i truly do.

    let's try to support the misery of it all

    December 10, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  33. Mike Powers

    we need to support her through this tragic time.

    December 10, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  34. Julianne

    RIP Jenni. You'll forever be missed, our beautiful diva.

    December 10, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  35. Cindy

    I dont belive this my heart hurts from this tragedy...For those of you who didnt know here she was a real spoke the truth all while having a great heart..She will be missed althought the accident is very sketchy.
    She will be remembered for years to come just like Selena a Mexican-American artisit whos lives where cut short.

    December 10, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  36. Don't worry just be happy!

    December 10, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  37. sultana

    rest in peace jenni . and may there b peace within ur family .

    December 10, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  38. jane

    me too...hugs and kisses

    December 10, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  39. Pedro

    She was very popular in Mexico. I think their singer of the year.

    December 10, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  40. Greg

    Super sad. Only 43 years old. 5 children. 2 grandchildren. Married 3 times. Our hearts go out to her friends and loved ones.

    December 10, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |

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