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!

Friday, May 03, 2013

La historia - Pop Latino

As many people do know, Latin Pop is known as a musical genre consisting of artists from nations of Latin roots. Others don't know that the Carribean and other places around the world that aren't Spanish speaking also incorporated the unique sound Latin Pop has created. Meaning, that various artists in the genre came from different backgrounds making the music super diverse. Originally, Latin pop came from the American Pop version, that was only in English. Latin Pop used some features of "American" Pop but not everything. I guess, it's safe to say Latin Pop looks up to "American" Pop. In earlier years, American pop was created and known as the only Pop that existed in the United States, but Latin Pop slowly but surely showed it's face in the United States as well. Around the time Latin pop was beginning to escalate, Immigration had become a very big problem. Thinking that it might be a problem with the movement of Latin pop in reality it just helped with the creation of Latin Pop. 

When Mexican immigrants along with other immigrants from other places came to the United States they brought their culture with them including the music. I guess Latin Pop crossed the border with them. With all the good there, must be some bad. When the cultures blended together Latin Pop originated. Unfortunately, even after all the moving from place to place and gaining recognition Latin Pop was still known to be music for the uneducated because it wasn't the type of music people were listening to at the time. Meaning, that Latin Pop would not become as popular as other genres until years after. Looking on the bright side of things, in the United states there were so many Hispanic people. "Hispanics were on their way to becoming the largest ethnic minority in the United States by the first decades of the 21st century, but their music was already tops in 1999."  (Wallenfeldt, 2013)

I guess you could say news travels fast, especially with so many people wanting to spread their culture. With the spread of Latin Pop through Hispanics, also came Gloria Estefan. She became the first ever main stream crossover artist. Gloria Estefan can definitely be seen as a leader in the pack. Gloria made it much easier for the new Latin Pop to make it on it's own. Artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Selena, and Shakira also helped with the expansion of Latin Pop. They identify with different Latino nations that had never been introduced to Latin Pop so it made it much easier to get the word out. It can definitely be said that their music was unlike any other, it was exotic and desirable, and used different forms of the Pop music. At the same time, they helped  popularizing their assimilation into the culture of the United States. Although most of these artists previously recorded albums in Spanish, the majority of their
success came from their English or even Spanglish records. Which sounds like a big deal to us. (Wiseman, 2010)