) is a musical category encompassing music from any Spanish-speaking area around the world mainly from Latin America
. Most definitions of Latin music also include Portuguese-language music from Brazil
and sometimes Portugal
as well. The term, "Latin music", originates from the United States
(US) due to the growing influence of Hispanic and Latino Americans
in the American music market beginning in the 1980s. US trade industry groups such as Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA) and Billboard
magazine define "Latin music" as any type of release with most of its lyrics in Spanish regardless of genre.
Major record labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music, and Warner Music have divisions which oversees acts from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula with an executive that manages both regions. Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States are the largest Latin music markets in the world. In the 1990s, artists from Italy such as Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, and Tiziano Ferro successfully crossed over to the Latin music field by recording Spanish-language versions of their songs. In 2000, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS) established the Latin Grammy Awards to recognize musicians who perform in Spanish or Portuguese. Unlike the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) which only accepts recordings that been released in the United States, LARAS admits any recordings in Spanish or Portuguese that have been released in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States. In 2013, Spanish singer Julio Iglesias was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the best-selling male Latin artist of all time.
Billboard Latin Songs (06/04/16)
Billboard Latin Albums (06/04/16)
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The Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for releasing albums in the Latin pop genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".
Throughout its history, this award has had minor name changes: "Best Latin Pop Performance" (1984—1991, 1995—2000) and "Best Latin Pop Album" (1992—1994, 2001 to date). In 2012 the award was not presented due to a major overhaul of Grammy categories. That year recordings in this category were shifted to the newly formed "Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album". However, later that year, the Board of Trustees announced that it would be bringing back the category for the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013 with the following description: "for albums containing at least 51 percent playing time of new vocal or instrumental Latin pop recordings".
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(English: My Homeland
) is the third studio album
by Cuban-American recording artist Gloria Estefan
, released on June 14, 1993 by Epic Records
. Produced by husband Emilio Estefan
, it is her first Spanish-language album and pays homage to her Cuban roots. The album features Cuban musical genres, including boleros, danzan
music. Recorded at Crescent Moon Studios in Miami, Florida, Mi Tierra
features notable Latin musicians such as Arturo Sandoval
, Cachao López
, Chamin Correa
and Paquito D'Rivera
The album was an international success, selling eight million copies worldwide as of 2006. In the United States it was the first record to reach number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, and peaked at number twenty-seven on the Billboard 200 chart. Mi Tierra has sold over one million copies in the US and Spain. The album received favorable reviews from critics, who praised the album's production, songs and Estefan's vocals. Its success won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. Mi Tierra spawned seven singles: "Mi Tierra", "Con Los Años Que Me Quedan", "Tradición", "Montuno", "¡Sí Señor!...", "Mi Buen Amor" and "Ayer".