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Latin music (genre)

"Latin music" is a broad term used by the music industry to define any Spanish-language music genres in sound or origin usually either from Latin America or Spain.[1][2] In addition to Spanish-language music, the definition also includes Portuguese-language music from Brazil and sometimes Portugal.[3][4] The term, "Latin music", originates from the United States (US) due to the influence of Hispanic and Latino American culture.[2] For example, in the United States, an album is considered to be "Latin" by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Billboard magazine if it contains at least 50% Spanish language content.[5][6] Major record labels such as Universal Music Latin Entertainment and Sony Music Latin oversees musical acts from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.[7][8] In 2000, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences established the Latin Grammy Awards to recognize musicians who perform in Spanish or Portuguese.[9] Unlike the regular Grammy Awards, the Latin Grammys extends its membership outside of the United States including Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.[10] Spanish singer Julio Iglesias holds the world record for being the best-selling Male Latin Artist of all time.[11]


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  5. ^ "RIAA Launches "Los Premios de Oro y De Platino" to Recognize Top Latin Artists". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ Cobo, Leila (July 21, 2007). "The Latin Lag". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 119 (29): 16. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Latin Power Players: Jesus Lopez". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. August 1, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ Cobo, Leila (February 8, 2012). "Afo Verde Appointed Chairman/CEO for Sony's Latin Region, Spain and Portugal". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ Valdes-Rodriguez, Alisa (June 25, 1999). "One Little Word, Yet It Means So Much". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ Garza, Agustin (May 18, 2002). "Latin Grammys Struggle With Loss of Momentum". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Julio Iglesias receives world record certificate in Beijing". Guinness World Record. April 2, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
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