The singer known as La diva de la banda is dead. Jenni Rivera, a powerhouse in the Latin music scene, was killed in a plane crash in a remote area of Northern Mexico yesterday.
She was originally from Long Beach but she rose to dominate the Mexican banda scene, a popular style of traditional ballads known for their heavy use of brass and sad, soulful lyrics.
She's one of the only artists who's reached both Mexican and Mexican-American fans, building a bi-cultural and bilingual brand, and selling over 20 million albums during her 20-year career and becoming the first female singers to break into the male dominated Mexican music scene.
Here to talk about her career and life is USC's Josh Kun.