Latin music (Portuguese and Spanish: música latina) is a genre that is used by the music industry as a catch-all term for any music that comes from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking areas of the world, namely Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, as well as music sung in either language. In the United States, the music industry defines "Latin music" as any recording sung mostly in Spanish regardless of its 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. Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States are the largest Latin music markets in the world.
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Los Ángeles Negros
(English: The Black Angels
) are a Chilean Mexican pop ballad
band formed in San Carlos de Chile
in 1968. The band's best-known line-up consisted of singer Germaín de la Fuente, guitarist Mario Gutiérrez, keyboardist Jorge González, bassist Miguel Ángel "Nano" Concha, and drummer Luis Ortiz. Their music is a blend of boleros
, psychedelic funk
and rock music
, known as Balada rockmántica
The original members of the band included three teenagers and a worker from a local school. After winning a local competition in June 1968, they recorded and released their first single, "Porque Te Quiero", which attracted the attention of Chile's Odeon Records representatives, urging two of the four members of the band to record an album with other three studio musicians. As a result, they recorded Porque Te Quiero in 1969, and several chart-topping singles across Latin America in the following years.
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Suavemente (English: Smoothly) is the debut studio album by American merenguero recording artist Elvis Crespo. Released by Sony Music Latin on April 14, 1998, the album popularized merengue music and established Crespo as a leading artist in the Latin music market. He collaborated with several songwriters and record producers (including Homero d'Rodriguez, Raldy Vázquez, Luis Cruz, and Juan Perez), and wrote three songs creating an overall tropical music-flavored recording.
With romantic ballads and uptempo songs, Suavemente received favorable reviews from music critics who praised its "energetic" and "catchy fan-pleasing" songs. The album was the first merengue recording to peak at number one on the United States Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, and two of its singles ("Suavemente" and "Tu Sonrisa") peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart; Crespo is the first merengue artist with two number-one merengue singles. Suavemente peaked at number 106 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album was Crespo's commercial breakthrough, introducing him to the popular music market with the Spanglish remix of its title track.
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