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. In addition to Spanish-language music, the definition also includes Portuguese-language music from Brazil and sometimes Portugal. The term, "Latin music", originates from the United States (US) due to the influence of Hispanic and Latino American culture. 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. Major record labels such as Universal Music Latin Entertainment and Sony Music Latin oversees musical acts from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. In 2000, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences established the Latin Grammy Awards to recognize musicians who perform in Spanish or Portuguese. Unlike the regular Grammy Awards, the Latin Grammys extends its membership outside of the United States including Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. Spanish singer Julio Iglesias holds the world record for being the best-selling Male Latin Artist of all time.
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