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Pop Latino Music

Pop Latino music is generally pop music from Latin America or Latin Europe. It is usually sung in Spanish or Portuguese. Pop Latino music is usually played on the radio or at parties or dances. Artists who make a large impact on Pop Latino music are Shakira, Selena, Paulina Rubio, and Ricky Martin.

History

Latin Pop music originates from cultures such as Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Romania, and Latin America. The stylistic origins are Latin music and Pop rock. In the mid 1960s, Sergio Mendes reached a global audience in Latin Pop music. In the 1970s, Latin Pop music was defined by the romantic music that artists such as Julio Iglesias and Roberto Carlos produced. Latin pop music was affected by production techniques and other styles of music. Tejano music, centered in Texas and the U.S./Mexico border region, began to use synthesizers, slicker production, and added more urban sensibility to other styles such as norteña and conjunto. In the 1980s, there was a rise of Latin Freestyle, which was a club-oriented dance music that was rooted in Latin rhythms but relied on synthesizers and drum machines for most of its arrangements. Both of those styles of music influenced the rise of Latin Pop music, which maintained Latin rhythms in its uptempo numbers but relied on mainstream pop for its more melodic characteristics. Latin Pop music was influenced by artists and groups such as Las Triplets and Gloria Estefan, whose album showed the tropical rhythms from her parents' generation in Cuba.

Characteristics of Pop Latino Music

The major characteristics of Latin Pop music are Latin rhythms, uptempo numbers, and speaking in the Spanish Language. Typical instruments that can be heard in Latin pop music are Spanish guitar, accordion, bass, drums, keyboard, trumpet, trombone, piano, claves, cowbell, timbales, and conga. Latin Pop music originates from cultures such as Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Romania, and Latin America. Latin Pop music follows the most popular tradition in Spain by using the guitar in most of its music. Costumes associated with the music are generally costumes that artists wear to perform their music on stage. The most famous artists associated with Latin Pop are Shakira, Selena, Ricky Martin, Paulina Rubio, Gloria Estefan, and much more.

Connection to Dance

Latin Pop music is influenced by dance-pop hits and generally includes dance beats in its music. Artists today who make Latin Pop dance music and dance in their music videos include people such as Shakira, Pitbull, and Jennifer Lopez. Latin Pop music is played and danced to in dance clubs.

Pop Latino Music Today

Latin Pop is one of the most popular Latin music genres today. It has had major success in the United States with crossover artists and is associated with a number of artists and other groups including, Luis Miquel, Rocío Dúrcal, José José, Selena, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Paulina Rubio, Thalía, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, and Gloria Estefan. In the future, Latin Pop music will continue to grow and become more popular in the United States and other countries. It will feature more crossover artists who will decide to experiment with their music and include Latin pop music in their careers.