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Julio Iglesias in 2005.
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 popular music from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking areas of the world (including Spain and sometimes Portugal). 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 (04/29/17)

Billboard Top Latin Albums (04/29/17)
  • The current number-one album on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart is Dance Latin #1 Hits 2.0: Los Éxitos del Momento by various artists.

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"She Wolf" is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, taken from her eighth studio album of the same name (2009). It was released on 10 July 2009, by Epic Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written by Shakira, John Hill, and Sam Endicott. Shakira and Hill also served as the producers for the song. A Spanish-language translation of the song titled "Loba", which features additional lyrical contributions by Jorge Drexler, was also released earlier on 6 July. Musically, "She Wolf" is a disco, hi-NRG and synthpop-inspired track that details Shakira's boredom due to her uncaring partner, and how she looks for others to please her.

Upon its release, "She Wolf" was met with favourable reception from music critics, many of whom praised it for being different from the other songs released at that time. Commercially, "She Wolf" performed well on record charts. It peaked in the top 10 of charts of countries like Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. In the United States, "She Wolf" peaked at numbers 11 and one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Dance/Club Play Songs charts, respectively.

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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (Spanish: [seˈlena kintaˈniʎa ˈpeɾeθ] or [seˈlena kintaˈniʝa ˈpeɾes]) (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer. Called the Queen of Tejano music, her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican American entertainers of the late 20th century. Billboard magazine named her the "top Latin artist of the '90s", the "best selling Latin artist of the decade". She is often called the "Mexican American equivalent" of Madonna for her clothing choices, by media outlets.{{efn|Media outlets who called Selena the "Mexican American equivalent" of Madonna includes The Victoria Advocate, The New York Times, MTV.com, and Rhapsody. She also ranks among the most influential Latin artists of all-time and is credited for catapulting a music genre into mainstream.

The youngest child of the Quintanilla family, she debuted on the music scene in 1980 as a member of the band Selena y Los Dinos, which also included her elder siblings A.B. Quintanilla and Suzette Quintanilla. Selena began recording professionally in 1982. In the 1980s, she was often criticized and was refused bookings at venues across Texas for performing Tejano music—a male-dominated music genre. However, her popularity grew after she won the Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1986, which she won nine consecutive times.

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Entren Los Que Quieran (English: Enter Those Who Want to) is the fourth studio album from Puerto Rican band Calle 13, released on November 22, 2010. Recorded in the wake of controversial events surrounding the group, the album contains more political lyrical themes not discussed on previous Calle 13 releases. It also expands upon the musical experimentation demonstrated in the group's albums Residente o Visitante (2007) and Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo (2008). The record features various stylistic elements in its compositions, including rock, ska, merengue, reggaeton, and Bollywood music.

The album received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the record's diverse musical experimentation. Entren Los Que Quieran impacted several charts internationally, peaking at number six on the Billboard Latin Albums chart and number 25 on the Billboard Rap Albums chart. The record spawned seven singles, including "Latinoamérica", which reached the top ten of both the Billboard Latin Digital Songs and Latin Rhythm Digital Songs charts. The record won a total of nine Latin Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. It was also nominated for a Grammy in the Best Latin, Pop, Rock or Urban Album category at the 2012 Grammys.

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