) is a genre that is used by the music industry
as a catch-all term for any music that comes from the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking areas of the world (including Spain and sometimes Portugal) as well as music sung in either language. In the United States, the term is used by the music industry to denote any music that is mostly sung in Spanish regardless of genre or the artist's nationality. Both the Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA) and Billboard
magazine use this definition of "Latin music" to track sales of Spanish-language records in the US.
The term "Latin music" originated from the United States (US) due to the growing influence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the American music market, with notable pioneers including Xavier Cugat (1940s), Tito Puente (1950s), Antônio Carlos Jobim and Carlos Santana (1960s), and accelerating especially since the 1980s. As one author explained the rising popularity from the 1940s: "Latin America, the one part of the world not engulfed in World War II, became a favorite topic for songs and films for Americans who wanted momentarily to forget about the conflagration." Beginning in the late 1970s, an influx of balladeers from Spain such as Julio Iglesias, Camilo Sesto, and Raphael had established their presence on the music charts both in Latin America and the US Latin market.
Billboard Latin charts
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"Por Amarte Así
" (English: "Loving You This Way") is a song written by Alejandro Montalbán and Eduardo Reyes and performed by Mexican recording artist Cristian Castro
. It was produced by Kike Santander
and released in 2000 as the fourth single from his sixth studio album Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor
(1999). Lyrically, the song is about a man who promises to keep loving his lover even though she is gone. In the United States, it peaked at number three and two on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs
and Latin Pop Songs
charts and received a Billboard Latin Music
nomination for Pop Track of the Year. "Por Amarte Así" was the fifth best-performing Latin single of 2001 in the United States.
The song has been recorded by several artists including Jay Lozada, Xandro y Su Punto, Alacranes Musical, and Ana Isabelle. Lozada recorded the song in salsa for his eponymous debut album which peaked at number two on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart.
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(Spanish pronunciation: [aleˈxandɾo ˈsanθ]
; born Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro
; December 18, 1968) is a Spanish singer-songwriter and musician. For his work, Sanz has won a total of fifteen Latin Grammy Awards
and three Grammy Awards
. He has won the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year
three times, more than any other artist. Throughout his career, he has released a total of eight studio albums and six DVDs. The singer is noted for his flamenco
-influenced ballads, but he has also experimented with rock, salsa
, and hip hop
. Born in Madrid
, Sanz began playing guitar at age seven, taking influence from his family's flamenco roots.
Sanz released his debut album at age sixteen, although he did not gain commercial success in Spain until his second release, Viviendo Deprisa. His next two records, Si Tú Me Miras (1993) and 3 (1995) also fared well commercially, but it was his 1997 breakthrough album Más that garnered international success. El Alma al Aire followed in 2000, selling more than a million copies in its first week.
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Dreaming of You is the fifth and final studio album by American singer Selena. Released posthumously on July 18, 1995, it was an immediate commercial and critical success, debuting atop the United States Billboard 200—the first predominately Spanish-language album to do so. It sold 175,000 copies on its first day of release in the U.S.—a then-record for a female vocalist. With first week sales of 331,000 units, it became the second-largest first-week sales for a female musician. Billboard magazine declared it a "historic" event, while Time said the recording elevated Selena's music to a wider audience. It won Album of the Year at the 1996 Tejano Music Awards and Female Pop Album of the Year at the 2nd annual Billboard Latin Music Awards.
After signing a recording contract with EMI Latin in 1989, the label denied Selena a requested crossover after she made three demonstration recordings. After her Grammy Award nomination for Live (1993) was announced, Selena signed with SBK Records to begin recording her crossover album, which was front-page news in Billboard magazine. In March 1994, she released Amor Prohibido; in interviews she said her English-language album was still being developed.
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