Hi everyone! This is our blog digging deeper into the meaning of Latin Pop. I hope you enjoy the music and our opinions and facts on this music genre. Thank you to our fellow classmates and our professor Dr. Collen Kattau. Have a great summer!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Crossing Over...

In no way, do we feel that Hispanics took the "American" pop and stole their style. Latin Pop was profoundly affected by the "American" Pop but the techniques and other styles of music are completely different. Of course Latin Pop just like any other musical genre, used styles and techniques but made it their own. Tejano music, had begun to introduce synthesizers, slicker production, and a more urban beat in order to make their music more marketable to people of their location. When Latin Pop incorporated Tejano music it was to make a whole new kind of sound that would never forget about it's roots, so to speak.

New York and Miami were two of the first cities to be bombarded with so many types of music styles from outside of their norm, that it was completely impossible once Latin Pop hit for it not to take some of their styles. Latin club scenes in the '80s helped in moving forward. Latin Pop music led to the beginning of Latin Pop with the rise of Latin freestyle. Latin Freestyle became known as a club-oriented dance music that was rooted in Latin rhythms. It relied on synthesizers and drum machines for most of its arrangements, which made the club scene bumping! At this time, Latin Pop was only known for its club-like feel, upbeat and with and up-tempo. Both of these sounds influenced the rise of Latin Pop, and made it much easier for this style to reach mainstream Pop. Ironically, Latin Pop's first major crossover star Gloria Estefan, scored a major hit with a non-club-oriented dance-pop hit during the mid-to late '80s. Eventually, she became known more as an adult contemporary diva sweeping ballads in Pop Latino. In the '90s; most of Latin Pop artists sang in Spanish for Latino audiences, which was completely normal. Some artists that had originally sang in Spanish to Latino audiences include, Jon Secada who landed several pop hits during the mid-'90s and Tejano Pop star Selena whose album 'Dreaming of You' actually debuted at number one on the album charts upon its 1995 release, made there marks singing in English to other audiences. In our opinion, none of that compares, to the Latin Pop explosion around the 1999, with Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez. From the beginning of when Latin Pop first originated, to when Ricky Martin's hit "Livin La Vida Loca" had first approached the mainstream market the essence of the music has not changed. Being able to get different beats, sounds, and rhythms for different places makes Latin Pop what it is. Crossing and infusing so many different techniques and styles is just a means for a cross over from what we originally know as the "American" Pop to what we now have grown to love as Latin Pop. (AllMusic, 2013)