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Top three music biopics

Fans pay tribute to singer Selena Quintanilla Perez
Fans pay tribute to singer Selena Quintanilla Perez
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With the release of two biopics this summer, "Get on Up" and "Jersey Boys," biopics seem to be making a comeback in Hollywood.

"Get on Up" is the story of singer James Brown, and stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular character. The film grossed $13.5 million in it's first weekend.

"Jersey Boys" is the Broadway adaptation, and Clint Eastwood directed biopic of the group The Four Seasons. To date, in its seventh week, the film has grossed $46.2 million.

Here is a look at three biopics of three artists each dedicated in their craft. These artists graced our earbuds, and now are immortalized in the silver screen.

Selena Frank Casimiro/Getty Images


On March 31, 1995, tragedy struck Corpus Christi, Texas, as Selena Quintanilla-Perez had been shot by her fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar. Perez was on the cusp of crossover stardom, as she had been working on her album, "Dreaming of You," released posthumously.

Selena began singing at a young age, and formed her band Selena y Los Dinos, which included her brother A.B. Quintanilla, her sister Suzette Quintanilla, and Perez' husband, Chris Perez.

The film adaptation of Perez' life was released in 1997 and starred Jennifer Lopez. The film grossed over $35 million.

She earned a Grammy in 1994 for Best Mexican/American Album "Selena Live!" Some of Selena's hits include "Amor Prohibido," "Dreaming of You," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," and "Como La Flor."

Perez' influence can still be seen today, as singer Selena Gomez is named after the Tejano songstress. A statue in Corpus Christi is dedicated to her memory, and former governor of Texas, George W. Bush declared April 16 "Selena Day" in Texas.

The Buddy Holly Story
The Buddy Holly Story Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Buddy Holly Story

Gary Busey portrayed Buddy Holly in the biopic of the same name in 1978. Holly, a Lubbock, Texas native, is famous for his work with the band The Crickets. The band's hits included "That'll Be The Day" and "Peggy Sue."

The 1978 film itself received three Oscar® nominations, including one win for Score Adaptation. Overall, the film grossed over $14.3 million.

Holly's story began in Lubbock, as an alumnus of Lubbock High School and Hutchinson Middle School, where there is a mural dedicated to Holly in the hallway. Famous for his work with The Crickets, he split from the group, and went his own way where he met his future wife Maria Elena.

Holly died in a plane crash, along with other music legend Ritchie Valens. The plane crashed in Iowa, en route to another stop for The Winter Dance Party Tour. Don MacLean's song "American Pie" dubbed the day of Holly's death, as The Day the Music Died.

In Lubbock, Holly is immortalized in museums, street names, and even a bar named after The Crickets. He has been the inspiration for many artists, most famously Paul McCartney.

La Vie en Rose
La Vie en Rose Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images

La Vie en Rose

Marion Cotillard earned her start in the film industry by playing the French singer Edith Piaf, or as she was known "La Môme Piaf."

The biopic which was released in 2007, grossed just over $10 million domestically, but earned over $75 million internationally. The film was nominated for three Oscars® and won Marion Cotillard an award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Piaf.

The singer was best known for her song, which is the name of the biopic, "La Vie en Rose." Other songs which Piaf is known for is "Non, je ne regrette rien," which was popularized in the Leonardo DiCaprio film "Inception," in which Cotillard was also an actress.

The legacy of "La Môme Piaf" lives on with her own museum in Paris, and her songs being used in various films.

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