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Selena to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on Nov. 3

On the heels of a popular Google Doodle this week honoring Selena Quintanilla Pérez, the pop culture icon will now posthumously receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 3.

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“Before there was JLo, Shakira or Beyoncé, there was a transformative female artist called Selena,” said Otto Padron, president of Meruelo Media and sponsor of the tribute, in a statement. “Selena is one of the most influential music icons of the 20th century. Her music, style and smile are timeless, and now her star will grace (Hollywood, California) forever.”

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce last summer selected to honor Selena in its recording category, along with other performers including John Legend, Clarence Avant, Ice Cube, a posthumous honor for Jerry Goldsmith, Hall & Oates, *NSYNC and New Edition.

On Selena’s Facebook fan page, music lovers expressed a similar sentiment that the honor was long overdue.

“A dream come true,” wrote fan Hadeer Sinawe. “She deserved this even before her death.”

Texas native Eva Longoria will join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to proclaim Nov. 3 as official “Selena” Day in Los Angeles.

On March 31, 1995, Selena’s former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar fatally shot Selena at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. But for many fans of the Tejano superstar, who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market, Selena’s legacy lives on.

In honor of her Walk of Fame addition, check out our playlist of Selena songs:

Taylor Swift is ‘Gorgeous’ as new song is released online

Taylor Swift is lighting up the web again with the third song from her upcoming “Reputation” album.

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Swift dropped the song “Gorgeous” Friday morning, Billboard reported.

She teased the release Thursday on Instagram.

A lyric video was released at midnight on YouTube of “Gorgeous” and it quickly shot up to number one on iTunes.

Fans took to social media shortly after the song’s release.

“Gorgeous” comes after “...Ready For It” and “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Her album, “Reputation” is scheduled to be released on Nov. 10.

Who was Selena Quintanilla? Google honors famed singer, ‘Queen of Tejano’

If you’ve visited Google’s homepage this morning, you’ve probably noticed the charming, glamorous tribute to late Mexican-American singer, Selena Quintanilla.

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Here’s what you should know about Selena and Tuesday’s Google doodle:

What is the significance of Oct. 17?

Twenty-eight years ago on Oct. 17, 1989, the late Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla debuted her first studio album, “Selena.”

» RELATED: Top 10 celebrities of Mexican heritage

What does the Google doodle include?

On the Google homepage, you’ll see an artistic rendition of one of Selena’s most iconic looks — art from her 1994 album, “Amor Prohibido.”

From there, you can hit the button for a fun, upbeat cartoon video of Selena from childhood to adulthood singing and dancing to one of her biggest hits, “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” with the family band.

Google also debuted a beautiful digital exhibit with help from the Quintanilla family, showcasing the life and legacy of the late artist.

Where was Selena Quintanilla from?

The famed Mexican-American singer was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, on April 16, 1971.

» RELATED: What is Hispanic Heritage Month? 5 things to know

How did she rise to fame?

It was Selena’s father who encouraged 9-year-old Selena and her siblings to pick up the guitar, drums and mic. During the 1980s, the family band, “Selena y Los Dinos,” gained popularity across the Texas/Mexico border and eventually across the globe.

Though “Selena y Los Dinos” struggled at first, with Selena often facing gender discrimination in a male-dominated genre, they played at several restaurants, quinceañeras and festivals they could book.

In 1986, Selena won the prestigious Tejano Music Award for “Female Vocalist of the Year” and earned her first mega milestone.

Her first album, “Selena,” remained at the top of the Billboard charts and in 1993, the “Queen of Tejano” won a Grammy for the best Mexican/American album of the year. According to Google, she was the first female and youngest Tejano artist to win.

What is Tejano music?

Selena is often considered the “Queen of Tejano.” Tejano music (or “Tex-Mex”) blends Mexican and American music genres. According to the Google doodle, that combines genres like pop, polka, ranchera and cumbia.

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Selena Quintanilla’s top five biggest hits

  1. “Como La Flor” from “Entre a Mi Mundo” (1992)
  2. “Amor Prohibido” from “Amor Prohibido” (1994
  3. “I Could Fall in Love” from “Dreaming of You” (1995)
  4. “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” from “Amor Prohibido” (1994)
  5. “No Me Queda Mas” from “Amor Prohibido” (1994)

More hits at Latina.com.

Selena was more than just a celebrity to many, especially to the Latinx community.

Selena’s legacy is due to more than her powerful vocals, iconic dance moves and hypnotic stage energy.

She was a notable fashion icon of the time and played a big part in designing and creating her own performance wardrobe.

But in her free time, Selena was also a major advocate for education and often participated in community service.

“Most importantly,” Google Doodles Global Marketing Lead Perla Camps wrote, “Selena became a beacon of inspiration and hope for the Latinx, immigrant, and bicultural communities around the globe. Her story of embracing and celebrating all parts of her cultural heritage and persevering in the face of adversity forged an emotional connection with millions.”

» RELATED: Photos: Celebrities with Hispanic heritage

Camps, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant single mom living in a small and primarily white town in rural Texas, wrote she was “profoundly influenced” by Selena and her music.

“One of my dearest childhood memories is of my mom and I belting “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Techno Cumbia” in the family van during our annual road trips to Mexico. I even sang Selena classics in talent shows across northeast Texas,” Camps wrote. “Watching her showed me that this hybrid cultural identity of mine was a valuable gift I should embrace. Watching her made me proud of being Mexicana.”

» RELATED: 'Queen of Tejano' Selena to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

How did Selena die?

Selena Quintanilla’s life came to a tragic end when Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of the Selena fan club, shot her on March 31, 1995, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Selena was 23.

Saldivar, who had been managing the singer’s San Antonio, Texas boutique, was caught embezzling money and was about to be fired.

Selena’s murder shocked the Latinx community, but her legacy would live on for decades.

10 interesting facts about Selena

1. In the beginning of their family band career, her father, Abraham, made stage lights out of empty peach cans.

2. She dropped out of school to get her GED so that she could perform full time and support her family.

3. She had five dogs and a python.

4. Her siblings A.B. and Suzette weren’t huge fans of performing.

5. Two weeks after her unexpected death, George W. Bush, then governor of Texas, declared April 16 “Selena Day” in Texas. April 16 was her birthday

6. Her last words were “Yolanda Saldivar, in room 158.”

7. An estimated 100,000 people showed up to Selena’s public viewing, which was held at the convention center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

8. She married the band’s lead guitarist, Chris Perez, in 1992.

9. Her life story is the subject of the 1997 film, “Selena” starring Jennifer Lopez as the “Queen of Tejano.”

10. She called her tour bus “Big Bertha.”

 

Sources: Latin TimesSelena Quintanilla Perez (Weebly) and Biography.com.

Explore more about Selena Quintanilla on Google’s Arts & Culture hub.

Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei turns on-stage fall into effortless split

Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei took a tumble during the group’s recent Brazil concert, but she handled it like a professional.

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In video from the concert, the singer belts out the lyrics to “Make You Mad” along with the rest of the band when she takes the spill. Trying to turn to walk to the front of the stage, Kordei lost her footing and did a half-split in high heels.

Without missing a beat, the performer fiercely flips her hair up and strikes a pose as if her fall was part of the plan all along. Noticing her mistake but loving her recovery, the audience went wild.

The nearly mortifying moment wasn’t the only time the singer has improvised when a routine took a turn for the worse. Back in August, when her In-Ear pack ripped off, Kordei performed another unplanned split.

“I couldn’t hear anything the whole entire performance, which is crazy,” she said afterward. “I was freaking out so I was like, ‘You know what? The least that I could was slay and do a split, girl!’”

Pussycat Dolls founder responds to former member's 'prostitution ring' allegations

Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin is denying allegations that the girl band was part of a “prostitution ring” and that members slept with older men to be in the group.

>> Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges

Antin opened up to The Blast and said the allegations were “disgusting, ridiculous lies” that one-time member Kaya Jones reported on Twitter. Antin also said Jones was “clearly looking for her 15 minutes” and was never an official member of the group. She was simply there on a trial basis, according to Antin.

On Friday, Jones tweeted that she actually left the group because it was a “prostitution ring.”

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“My truth. I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring. Oh & we happened to sing & be famous. While everyone who owned us made the $,” Jones wrote to fans on Twitter. “How bad was it? People ask — bad enough that I walked away from my dreams, my bandmates & a 13 million dollar record deal. We knew we were going to be #1.”

Jones also called out the group’s “den mother” but did not name names. Antin founded the group, which started as a burlesque troupe in 1995, according to E! News.

A representative for the Pussycat Dolls has not yet responded to the allegations.

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Ed Sheeran hit by car while riding bike, breaks arm

Singer Ed Sheeran broke his arm when he was hit by a car while riding his bike through London, The Mirror reported

The injury could put a halt to his tour.

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The musician confirmed his medical treatment via Instagram saying, I’ve had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows. Please stay tuned for further News. Ed x.”

He was scheduled to start his latest tour in Asia on Oct. 22, The Sun reported

Florida Georgia Line concert at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena interrupted due to fire alarm

The Florida Georgia Line concert at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena was interrupted on Thursday night after an fire alarm sounded.

Several Action News Jax employees who were at the concert said the band sprinted off the stage and the lights came on.

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Many people exited the building at that time.

“It’s terrifying you hear about things happening across the country it’s just like it will never happen at home but it can," said concert-goer Nicole Macphail.

SMG, which manages the arena, released a statement that said a smoke detector was triggered in the catwalk and caused the alarms to go off:

"Tonight, during the Florida Georgia Line concert at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, a smoke detector in the catwalk was triggered, setting off an alarm which caused a temporary delay in the show.

"Once the source of the alarm was detected and safety was ensured, the alarm system was reset and the show resumed. We appreciate the patience of our guests and thank Florida Georgia Line for giving Jacksonville a terrific show."

Click here for the latest on this story from ActionNewsJax.com.

Rapper Nelly denies rape allegation, says he is 'completely innocent'

Rapper Nelly is denying the rape accusation that led to his arrest early Saturday.

>> Rapper Nelly accused of rape, arrested after show

News broke that the rapper, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., was booked into a Washington jail by the Auburn, Washington, Police Department after a woman came forward claiming that he raped her in his tour bus. He was set to perform with Florida Georgia Line in Ridgefield over the weekend.

Attorney Scott Rosenblum, Nelly’s representative, said the accusation was “fabricated” in a statement:

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"Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation."

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Nelly denied the allegations on Twitter after he was released from jail without charges.

An investigation is currently underway.

Jason Aldean opens 'SNL,' pays tribute to Las Vegas victims, Tom Petty

Jason Aldean and his band have kept a low profile in the aftermath of the Oct. 1 shooting during his headline set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of 58 fans and injured more than 500 others. But on Oct. 7, they made a surprise appearance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” opening the show with a performance of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” Petty died as a result of a heart attack the day after the festival shooting.

>> On AJC.com: WATCH: Jason Aldean opens ‘Saturday Night Live’ with tribute to Las Vegas victims, Tom Petty

>> Watch the clip here

>> Read the latest on the Las Vegas shootings

“This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history,” a somber Aldean said at the top of the show. “Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night, and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So may people are hurting. There are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends, they’re all part of our family. So I want to say to them, we hurt for you, and we hurt with you. But you can be sure that we’re going to walk through these tough times together, every step of the way. Because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it’s unbreakable.”

>> PHOTOS: Tom Petty through the years

>> On Rare.us: Jason Aldean’s guitarist speaks out for first time after Vegas massacre

Aldean had been scheduled to play shows in Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim, California, this weekend, but he canceled those gigs on Tuesday, explaining in a prepared statement that he did so “out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans.” In the same statement, he said, “Our first time back onstage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us, but we will all get through it together and honor the people we lost by doing the only thing we know how to do — play our songs for them.”

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>> On Rare.us: Jason Aldean cancels shows in wake of Las Vegas shooting

The “SNL” appearance marked the first time back onstage. Aldean's “They Don’t Know Tour” is scheduled to resume Oct. 12 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Rapper Nelly accused of rape, arrested after show

Rapper Nelly was arrested early Saturday after being accused of raping a woman following a concert, police said.

Scott Rosenblum, Nelly's attorney, vigorously denied the charges, telling The Associated Press that the rape claim is a "completely fabricated allegation." Rosenblum said in an email statement that the rape allegation was "motivated by greed and vindictiveness" and that he was confident the charge would be dismissed after an investigation.

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Nelly, 42, is a three-time Grammy winner, including for the song "Hot in Herre," which won the best male rap solo performance award in 2002. Nelly is also known for the hits "My Place" and "Over and Over." He appeared in the 2005 film "The Longest Yard."

KIRO 7 reporter Ranji Sinha is getting the latest information on the investigation and is working to put together both sides of the story for a live report on KIRO 7 News at 5 p.m. Watch with us on TV or use this link for the KIRO 7 News livestream

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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