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Latin music (música latina in Spanish and Portuguese) 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

Billboard Hot Latin Songs (09/30/17)

Billboard Top Latin Albums (09/30/17)
  • The current number-one album on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart is Odisea by Ozuna.

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"Vida" (English: "Life") is a song recorded by Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin for the One Love, One Rhythm – The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album (2014). It was written by Martin, Salaam Remi and Elijah King, Afo Verde, Roxana Amed and produced by Remi. The song was chosen in a musical contest organized by FIFA and Sony Music which King won, and it was subsequently arranged for Martin to record the track. It was digitally released as the second single from the compilation album on April 22, 2014. "Vida" is a Latin pop song that features guitar, ukulele, percussion, horn and "exotic sounds with a Caribbean feel".

The song received generally positive reviews from music critics who praised the liveliness of the track and noted the consistency with other songs performed by Martin. It peaked at number five on the US Hot Latin Songs and became Martin's 23rd top-ten single on the chart. An accompanying music video, directed by Kátia Lund and Lívia Gama of Bossa Nova Films, was shot in Rio de Janeiro. It features Martin singing and dancing on the beach accompanied by around 100 other people.

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The Lo Nuestro Award for Urban Album of the Year is an honor presented annually by American television network Univision at the Lo Nuestro Awards. The accolade was established to recognize the most talented performers of Latin music. The nominees and winners were originally selected by a voting poll conducted among program directors of Spanish-language radio stations in the United States and also based on chart performance on Billboard Latin music charts, with the results being tabulated and certified by the accounting firm Deloitte. However, since 2004, the winners are selected through an online survey.

The award was first presented in 2003 to Is Back by Panamanian performer El General, who also won the following year. Puerto-Rican American reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel is the most nominated act, with seven nominations, and also are the most awarded, with four wins. Their winning albums Wisin vs. Yandel: Los Extraterrestres (2009), Wisin & Yandel Presentan: La Mente Maestra (with DJ Nesty) (2010), La Revolucion: Evolucion (2011), and Líderes (2013), also reached number-one at the Billboard Latin Albums chart.

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Ones (Spanish: Unos in Spanish-speaking countries) is the twelfth compilation album by American singer Selena, released in the United States on October 1, 2002 by EMI Latin. It was released on November 11, 2002 in Spanish-speaking countries, while the limited edition included a bonus DVD of her music videos. In an interview with Julie Chen, Selena's widower Chris Pérez explained that the recording was released building on the popularity of the 1997 biographical film Selena. Selena's father Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and sister Suzette Quintanilla told Chen that the album was aimed at Selena's new generation of fans. Ones was released as part of the Selena: 20 Years of Music collection—a nine-disc series of her studio, live, soundtrack and compilation albums. The album features six number one singles namely, "Amor Prohibido", "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom", "No Me Queda Más", "Fotos y Recuerdos" and her duets with Álvaro Torres on "Buenos Amigos" and Barrio Boyzz on "Donde Quiera Que Estés".

Latin music WikiProject

  • Wikipedia:WikiProject Latin music was created with the purpose of assembling writers and editors interested in Latin music.
  • The aim of this project is to standardize and improve articles related to the various genres of Latin music, as well as to create missing articles.
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