This April 25, 2012 photo released by Telemundo shows Latin singer Jenni Rivera rehearsing for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Telemundo, Gary I Rothstein/Telemundo)

Jenni Rivera recorded English tracks for crossover album

Jenni Rivera may have passed away but her legacy lives on through her music. And while fans of Rivera’s music can continue to purchase her albums – including “La Misma Gran Señora,” which was released just two days after her unexpected death – NBC Latino has confirmed that Rivera did in fact, record English language tracks before passing away in a plane crash at 43 years old.

The singer and reality television star – who first made a name for herself in the 90s singing traditional Mexican norteña-style and banda music – had long dominated Billboard’s Latin music charts, earning numerous awards for her albums. And while the mother of five was set to become an official crossover star with the news that she had signed a deal with ABC Television to star in an English-language comedy, Rivera had yet to conquer the world of mainstream pop music. And with the news that an English language album was recorded before the Learjet 25 crash near Monterrey, Mexico, Rivera may still achieve the crossover appeal she craved.

“I’m going to be the Mexican Oprah Winfrey and the Mexican Howard Stern as well,” La Diva de la Banda told the Houston Chronicle in 2010. “I’m going to do radio and TV. I really, really like to talk and get my point across. And I like to listen to my crowd and to my fans.”

No release date has yet been announced for Rivera’s English language album, nor did Rivera make public plans of an English-language debut. According to Telemundo, Rivera recorded the 12 English tracks in 2010.

Fonovisa Records – the record label to which Rivera was signed – did not return NBC Latino’s request for comment.

Rosie Rivera, Jenni’s younger sister, has been charged with handling all aspects of her deceased sister’s business affairs and multi-million dollar estate, Jenni Enterprises.

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