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Latin music (Musica latina in Spanish and Portuguese) is a musical category encompassing any music in Spanish from anywhere around the world regardless of genre mainly from Latin America and Spain. In addition to Spanish-language music, the definition also usually includes Portuguese-language music from Brazil and sometimes Portugal. 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 a type of release with most of its lyrics in Spanish.

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 which only recruits members in the United States, LARAS extends its membership to Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking communities worldwide including Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. 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 charts

Billboard Latin Songs (12/05/15)
  • The current number-one song on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart is "Ginza" by J Balvin.

Billboard Latin Albums (12/05/15)

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"Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" (Spanish: "Waka Waka (Esto es África)") is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira featuring South African band Freshlyground. It was released on 7 May 2010 by Epic Records as the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was held in South Africa. Written and produced by Shakira and John Hill, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" is a pop song that pairs an African Colombian rhythm with a Soca-inspired beat. Its lyrics encourage one to aim for their goals like a soldier on a battlefield. The "waka waka" riff of the song was adapted from Cameroonian band Golden Sounds' 1986 song "Zangaléwa". The song initially generated controversy after numerous South Africans expressed disappointment in FIFA's decision to select Shakira to sing the song, opining that a native artist should have been assigned the role.

The song received generally favourable reviews from music critics, who complimented its composition. It has subsequently been listed as one of the best World Cup songs of all time. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" peaked at number one on record charts of numerous countries including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.

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The Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, published in Billboard magazine, is a record chart that features Latin music sales information. The data is compiled by Nielsen SoundScan from a sample that includes music stores, music departments at electronics and department stores, Internet sales (both physical and digital) and verifiable sales from concert venues in the United States.

During the 1990s, there were 36 number-one albums in this chart, which was first published on July 10, 1993. One album peaked at number one in the first year of publication: Mi Tierra, by Cuban singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan. The album also peaked at number 27 on the Billboard 200, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It won the Best Traditional Tropical Album award at the Grammy Awards of 1994. Mi Tierra spent 25 weeks at number one in 1993 and 33 weeks at this position in 1994. Segundo Romance by Mexican singer Luis Miguel also peaked at number one; this album was at the top for 29 consecutive weeks, starting in late 1994.

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Mediocre (Spanish pronunciation: [meˈðjokɾe]) is the Latin Grammy nominated and Grammy winning debut album of Mexican singer and actress Ximena Sariñana, released in the United States on July 15, 2008 (2008-07-15). Mediocre reached #10 on Billboard's Latin Pop Albums, and spawned the hit single "Vidas Paralelas" ("Parallel Lives"). The album gained additional attention when the iTunes Store featured Sariñana's song "Normal" as the canción de la semana — iTunes' free Latino song of the week — during the week of July 8, 2008 (2008-07-08).

Mediocre garnered good reviews from many critics, receiving five stars from SoMinty, four stars from Time Out, and four stars from Rolling Stone magazine. Many critics praise Mediocre for being an eclectic album with a diverse style of songs featuring pop, rock, alternative, and nueva canción styles.

Latin music WikiProject

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