When the plane carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera disappeared in Mexico this weekend, the mostly Latino fans who have watched her rise from nightclub queen to venue-filling star, tuned into her reality shows and bought her cosmetics responded with fear, grief and anxiety.

On Twitter, Facebook and her shows’ fan sites, they posted their hopes and prayers. But when authorities discovered the remnants of Rivera’s plane with no survivors, stories about Rivera appeared on Telemundo and Univision, the nation’s leading Spanish-language networks, as well as CNN, MSNBC, ABC and near the top of The New York Times website. The Wall Street Journal tracked a posthumous surge in her music sales. And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) spoke about Rivera’s life and death on the Senate floor.

In a country where Latinos make up a fast-growing share of the population, consumer market and electorate, the sudden death of a California-born songstress famous for distinctly Mexican-style music amounts to big, mainstream news.

“It’s really amazing because I have seen it on the front page of every newspaper I have seen today,” said Federico Subervi, director of the Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets at Texas State University. “It’s a recognition that Latino popular culture is important and influential in this country.”

In 1995, when Texas-born, Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla Perez, 23, was shot and killed by the former president of her fan club, stories about the young woman known as the Tejano music queen took days to reach the nation’s biggest newspapers, Subervi said. NBC’s Tom Brokaw referred to her as the “Mexican Madonna.”

But fans in Latin America and parts of the Southwest heard about the singer’s death on local Spanish and English-language radio and television within hours. Two days after her death, The New York Times published a story describing the crowds gathering in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she was killed. Mourners began forming a line at 4 a.m. for an open-casket viewing of the singer’s body that ultimately included some 30,000 to 40,000 people.

Following Selena’s death, there were other hints of the growing Latino influence on American culture. Her posthumous album and its combination of Spanish and English-language music debuted at number one on the U.S. “Billboard 200,” making her the first Latino singer to have a number-one debut on the chart.

Today, news moves at a faster pace and some of the same social networks that people used to follow Rivera's career also helped to spread news of her death.

There are also more reporters working inside major news organizations who are Latino or listen to Mexican-influenced music, Subveri said. Then there’s the Internet, making it much easier for even the uninitiated to listen to and quickly describe Mexican-influenced music.

Selena’s Tejano songs with their accordion-driven melodies and her love-centered pop music were quite different than Rivera’s bandas, narcocorridos, and more recently, ballads about the rougher side of life, love, marriage and the enduring strength of women.

Bandas lean on a larger, louder brass band sound with tubas, horns, clarinets, cymbals and drums, said Chris Strachwitz, president of the California-based Arhoolie Records and Foundation, the site of one of the nation’s largest Mexican and Mexican-influenced music repositories. Bandas’ recurrent themes have lead some musicologists to describe it as a sung hybrid of country and rap.

Banda music began during the French intervention in Mexico when government officials established bandas de policías (police bands) -- mostly brass and percussion players -- in nearly every city and town, Strachwitz said. The groups remained popular with the working class and poor who live in Sinaloa, a Western Mexican state, and a few other regions. About 100 years later, when immigrants from these regions began to stream into the U.S. in the 1980s, they brought their favorite music with them.

Narcocorridos also draw heavily on accordions, but often feature real stories about actual events, with locations and dates on which major political protests, revolutionary battles, drug trafficking and other criminal activities occurred, according to Strachwitz.

Rivera, 43, was one of just a few women to succeed in the two male-dominated Mexican-music genres, said Elijah Wald, a music historian who wrote the 2002 book, Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas. Wald first interviewed Rivera in 1998.

Rivera built her reputation as a brassy and tough but glamorous young, divorced, single mom, who saw two husbands go to prison and endured the revelation that one of the men had molested their child.

Early on, while still performing in clubs, Rivera made her tough-girl act part of the show, taking shots of cognac handed up from the audience. Often, she feigned the inability to drink more, then uttered her trademark, “Ay, no puedo (Oh, I can’t),” followed by another fan-sponsored shot and a still lively show, Wald said. Later, when her fame extended beyond Los Angeles, about 90 percent of her audience consisted of Latinas who identified with her life and her struggles, according to Wald. Rivera's shows started with her in a black baseball cap and jeans, when she would sing bandas and narccorridos. As the evening progressed, Rivera would change into ball gowns and offer mariachi tunes and ballads.

“Her act was a cross between gangster chick and Celine Dion and Paquita la del Barrio, you know the whole man-hating, we girls are in it together thing,” Wald said. “Her entire act was you can have it all but with no compromise.”

“She was tough and so funny,” Wald, continued. “She did not slim down to look like a fashion model or avoid wearing the dresses she would have worn if she had slimmed down to look like a fashion model. She was so affirming for her audience and that was what was so great about Jenni Rivera. She was the proof that they were important and they mattered and they were beautiful.”

But Wald suspects that the story of Rivera’s death may have been reported widely because she had produced and appeared on two mostly English-language reality shows (with Spanish subtitles) on Mun2, a Telemundo-affiliated bilingual cable network owned by NBC. ABC was also developing a sitcom around Rivera, The New York Times reported Monday.

“I think she deserved this kind of coverage,” Wald said. “She was no pop princess, manufactured and made. But, I am assuming that the fact that she was in the pipeline for ABC meant that there were press people connected to her who put the word out in places it might not have otherwise been.”

Even Subervi is willing to concede that wide coverage of Rivera’s death may not be a clear sign of newfound regard for Mexican-influenced art.

Some organizations might have instead looked to new measures, Subervi said: what’s trending on Twitter and Google. Others may be working to embrace America’s new demographic reality, he said.

“This is my cynical side but I find the Marco Rubio thing very interesting,” he said. “I have to wonder if he would have said that if Republicans weren’t trying to reach Latinos because they did so poorly in the last campaign. Now his glowing statements about Rivera are part of the official record.”

Rubio described Rivera as a “huge star,” and said his mother was among her mourning fans.

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  • A California driver's license bearing the name of Jenni Rivera sits on the ground at the site where a plane allegedly carrying Rivera crashed near Iturbide, Mexico Sunday Dec. 9, 2012. The wreckage of a the small plane believed to be carrying Jenni Rivera, the U.S-born singer whose soulful voice and unfettered discussion of a series of personal travails made her a Mexican-American superstar, was found in northern Mexico on Sunday. Authorities said there were no survivors. (AP Photo)

  • Federal police officers return from the crash site where a plane allegedly carrying U.S-born singer Jenni Rivera crashed near Iturbide, Mexico Sunday Dec. 9, 2012. The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Jenni Rivera, the U.S-born singer whose soulful voice and unfettered discussion of a series of personal travails made her a Mexican-American superstar, was found in northern Mexico on Sunday. Authorities said there were no survivors. (AP Photo/Hans Maximo Musielik)

  • This photo shows the terrain Mountains of the Sierra near the site where a plane allegedly carrying U.S-born singer Jenni Rivera crashed near Iturbide, Mexico, Sunday Dec. 9, 2012. The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Jenni Rivera, the U.S-born singer whose soulful voice and unfettered discussion of a series of personal travails made her a Mexican-American superstar, was found in northern Mexico on Sunday. Authorities said there were no survivors. (AP Photo/Hans Maximo Musielik)

  • A temporary airman's certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sits on the ground at the site where a plane carrying U.S. born singer Jenni Rivera apparently crashed near Iturbide, Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Rivera, the singer whose soulful voice and unfettered discussion of a series of personal travails made her a Mexican-American superstar, was found in northern Mexico on Sunday. Authorities said there were no survivors. (AP Photo)

  • A rescue helicopter with members of the Mexican General Civil Aeronautic Directorate (DGAC) stand on top of the hill right next to the canyon where U.S.-born singer Jenni Rivera's jet crashed near the town of Iturbude, Mexico, Dec. 10, 2012. Rivera's life was cut short at its peak on Sunday by an airplane crash in northern Mexico that also killed six friends and co-workers. (AP Photo/Hans Maximo Musielik)

  • Video cameras and flags used by the forensic experts are unloaded from a helicopter on top of the hill next to the canyon where an airplane crash occurred a day earlier claiming the life of U.S.-born singer Jenni Rivera near the town of Iturbude, Mexico, Monday Dec. 10, 2012. Rivera's life was cut short at its peak on Sunday by an airplane crash in northern Mexico that also killed six friends and co-workers. (AP Photo/Hans Maximo Musielik)

  • Candles and pictures are displayed to pay tribute to singer Jenni Rivera at the Plaza Mexico shopping center in Lynwood, Calif., early Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • A woman adjusts a flower in front of candles and pictures displayed in tribute to singer Jenni Rivera at the Plaza Mexico shopping center in Lynwood, Calif., early Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Fan Jenny Guerrero pays tribute to singer Jenni Rivera at a makeshift memorial in front of an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Plaza Mexico shopping center in Lynwood, Calif., early Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Cecy Robles places candle and a balloon in front of what is believed to be the home of singer Jenni Rivera as Ruben Robles, top, and Anthony Robles watch on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in the Encino section of Los Angeles. The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Rivera, the U.S-born singer whose soulful voice and unfettered discussion of a series of personal travails made her a Mexican-American superstar, was found in northern Mexico on Sunday. Authorities said there were no survivors. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Candles and pictures are displayed in tribute to singer Jenni Rivera in front of an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Plaza Mexico shopping center in Lynwood, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Pastor Pedro Rivera Jr., brother of singer Jenni Rivera, appears during a news conference outside the home of Jenni Rivera's father in Lakewood, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Rosie Rivera, sister of singer Jenni Rivera, speaks with their mother Rosa Rivera, right, during a news conference outside the home of Rivera's father in Lakewood, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Jenicka Lopez, 15, daughter of Jenni Rivera, watches at rear left. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Jenicka Lopez, 15, daughter of Jenni Rivera, right, is hugged by Divine Rivera, niece of signer Jenni Rivera, left, during a news conference outside the home of Jenni Rivera's father in Lakewood, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Johnny Lopez, son of singer Jenni Rivera, Pastor Pedro Rivera Jr., and Jenicka Lopez, daughter of Jenni Rivera, right, gather outside the home of Rivera's father in Lakewood, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Rosa Rivera, madre de la cantante Jenni Rivera, es consolada por un familiar tras una conferencia de prensa afuera de su casa en Lakewood, California, el domingo 9 de diciembre del 2012. Rivera murió el domingo en un accidente aéreo en México. Tenía 43 años. (AP Foto/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Ramona Rivera, center left, wife of Pastor Pedro Rivera Jr., center left, is supported by friends and family outside the home of singer Jenni Rivera's father in Lakewood, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Pedro Rivera is the brother of Jenni Rivera. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

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    LONG BEACH, CA - DECEMBER 10: A fan writes a final farewell to the late singer Jenni Rivera at a Candlelight Vigil in her honor on December 10, 2012 in Long Beach, California. US authorities confirmed that Rivera, a U.S.-born singer, was killed in a plane crash in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico upon impact. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

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    LONG BEACH, CA - DECEMBER 10: A fan mourns the death of Jenni Rivera at a candlelight vigil on December 10, 2012 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

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    LONG BEACH, CA - DECEMBER 10: A general view of atmosphere at a candellight vigil for singer Jenni Rivera on December 10, 2012 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

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    LONG BEACH, CA - DECEMBER 10: Fans mourn the death of Jenni Rivera at a candlelight vigil on December 10, 2012 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

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    LONG BEACH, CA - DECEMBER 10: A general view of atmosphere at a candellight vigil for singer Jenni Rivera on December 10, 2012 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

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    LONG BEACH, CA - DECEMBER 10: A fan mourns the death of Jenni Rivera at a candlelight vigil on December 10, 2012 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

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    Fans grieve at a memorial of flowers, candles, ballons and notes to the late Mexican-American singing superstar Jenni Rivera, December 10, 2012 in Burbank, California. Rescue workers searched Monday the wreckage of a plane that carried Rivera, a star on both sides of the border, whose death shocked Latin music fans and celebrities. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Jenni Rivera fan Ruby Montenegro (C) comforts fans Michelle Alonzo (L) and her neice Gaby Juarez at a memorial of flowers, candles, ballons and notes to the late Mexican-American singing superstar Jenni Rivera, December 10, 2012 in Burbank, California. Rescue workers searched Monday the wreckage of a plane that carried Rivera, a star on both sides of the border, whose death shocked Latin music fans and celebrities. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CDs of singer Jenni Rivera are displayed for sale at a music store in Mexico City, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. U.S. authorities confirmed Monday that Rivera, a U.S.-born singer whose soulful voice and openness about her personal troubles made her a Mexican-American superstar, was killed in a plane crash early Sunday in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)


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  • Jenni Rivera

    FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2012, file photo, singer and singing coach Jenni Rivera speaks during a press conference promoting the second season of reality show, "La Voz Mexico" in Mexico City. The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera was found in northern Mexico on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, and there are no apparent survivors, authorities said. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, file)

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    This April 25, 2012 photo released by Telemundo shows Latin singer Jenni Rivera rehearsing for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera was found in northern Mexico on Sunday and there are no apparent survivors, authorities said. (AP Photo/Telemundo, Gary I Rothstein/Telemundo)

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    FILE - In this April 26, 2012, file photo, singing superstar Jenni Rivera performs during the Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Fla. Authorities in Mexico say the wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Rivera has been found on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, and there are no apparent survivors. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, file)

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    FILE - In this March 8, 2012, file photo, Mexican-American singer and reality TV star Jenni Rivera poses during an interview in Los Angeles. Mexican authorities confirmed that the plane in which Rivera was traveling disappeared early Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, after leaving the Mexican northern city of Monterrey where she performed in concert on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)

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    Undated file picture of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash on December 9, 2012 close to Iturbide, Nuevo Leon state, Mexico. The wreckage of a plane carrying star Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera has been found in northern Mexico and there were no survivors, officials said. The Lear Jet was flying from south from Monterrey to Toluca, in the center of the country and was carrying six other people besides the singer, said Antonio Gonzalez, mayor of the town of Iturbide, near the crash site. AFP PHOTO/ (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    FILE - In this July 1, 2011 file photo, singer Jenni Rivera, right, and her husband, former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza, pose for a photograph with replicas of Las Vegas Walk of Stars presented to them during an official ceremony in Las Vegas. The couple, who married on Sept. 8, 2010, filed for divorce on Oct. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

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    Jenni Rivera Jenni Rivera in a 'Sold Out' Concert the Nokia Theater Los Angeles, CA 8/06/10 © JC Olivera/jpistudios.com 310-657-9661

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 13: Singer Jenni Rivera performs onstage during the 9th annual Latin GRAMMY awards held at the Toyota Center on November 13, 2008 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Singers Vikki Carr (L), Olga Tanon, and Jenni Rivera (R) perform onstage during the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards held on November 13, 2008 in Houston, Texas. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 13: Singers Lupillo (L) and Jenni Rivera perform onstage during the 9th annual Latin GRAMMY awards held at the Toyota Center on November 13, 2008 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Singers Vikki Carr, Olga Tanon, and Jenni Rivera perform onstage during the 9th annual Latin GRAMMY awards held at the Toyota Center on November 13, 2008 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 13: Singers Lupillo (L) and Jenni Rivera perform onstage during the 9th annual Latin GRAMMY awards held at the Toyota Center on November 13, 2008 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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