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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 music that comes from the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking areas of the world (including Spain and sometimes Portugal) as well as music sung in either language. 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.

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Billboard Hot Latin Songs (06/23/18)

Billboard Top Latin Albums (06/23/18)
  • The current number-one album on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart is Odisea by Ozuna.

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"No Me Ames" is a Latin pop duet recorded by American singers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony for Lopez's debut studio album, On the 6 (1999). It is a cover version of the Italian song "Non Amarmi", written by Giancarlo Bigazzi, Marco Falagiani and Aleandro Baldi and recorded by Baldi and Francesca Alotta for Baldi's album Il Sole (1993). The song was translated into Spanish by Ignacio Ballesteros at Anthony's request. Two versions of the song were produced for On the 6; one as a ballad and the other as a salsa. The ballad version was produced by Dan Shea, while the salsa version was arranged and produced by Juan Vicente Zambrano. The music video was directed by Kevin Bray and received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Short Form Music Video. It served as the encore during the couple's co-headlining tour in 2007.

"No Me Ames" speaks of a complicated relationship between two lovers. It was first released by Work Records on May 11, 1999, as a B-side to "If You Had My Love" (1999). The work received generally positive reviews from critics. The song peaked at number one in the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.

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Selena was an American Tejano pop singer-songwriter. She has been called the "Queen of Tejano music" by many media outlets including Entertainment Weekly, Billboard magazine, Los Angeles Magazine and Vibe. The singer had released eleven albums, six with her band Selena y Los Dinos and five without them: Mis Primeras Grabaciones (1984), Alpha (1986), Muñequito de Trapo (1987), And the Winner Is... (1987), Preciosa (1988), Dulce Amor (1988), Selena (1989), Ven Conmigo (1990), Entre a Mi Mundo (1992), Selena Live! (1993), Amor Prohibido (1994) and Dreaming of You (1995). They have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. Her 10 award-winning songs include "Como La Flor", "Amor Prohibido", "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom", "Techno Cumbia", "Si Una Vez", "Tú Sólo Tú", "I Could Fall in Love", "Dreaming of You", "Siempre Hace Frio" and "No Quiero Saber".

Selena was nominated for 83 awards, with 66 wins. She won 36 Tejano Music Awards, 13 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 10 Lo Nuestro Awards, five BMI Awards and one award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. In 1995, she was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame.

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Lágrimas Cálidas (English: Warm Tears) is the debut studio album by Colombian recording artist Fanny Lu, released on January 1, 2005. The record contains ten tracks, most of which were composed by Jose Gaviria, and produced with Andres Munera. Musically, the album experiments with tropipop, which is composed of the genres of vallenato, merengue, and pop music. Recording for the album took place in 2004 in three cities: Miami, Bogota and Medellin. An international version of the album, containing two remixes, was released exclusively in United States, Spain and Colombia.

The album was certified gold in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador and ranked number thirteen on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart in the United States. The album earned Lu many accolades, including a Latin Grammy nomination, five Billboard Latin Music Awards nominations, and three Premios Shock nominations, winning two. Three singles were released from the record, two of which, "No Te Pido Flores" and "Y Si Te Digo", reached number one on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart.

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