|Latin Pop aka Pop Latino (Spanish) is of course popular music with a Latin influence or style and generally speaking covers Popular music in Latin speaking countries but a punk Rock singing in Spanish would not be considered as Latin Pop as much as Groria Estefan singing in English with a Latin influence would. Principal Latin Pop countries in Europe are Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. Most countries on the American continent have strong Latin Pop scenes with the USA being no exception. There are two main variants of Latin Pop. The first being typical pop music, sung in Spanish, Portuguese or English for the global market and the second mixes pop music with other Latin music styles for example salsa, samba, flamenco, norteņa, merengue, banda, tex-mex, tango, reggaeton, vallenato, reggae, and cumbia. Today it is being mixed with Hip Hop and Heavy Rock music.
Latin Pop music is usually very well produced with a smooth sound and subtle but very polished rhythms and instrumentation. Ritchie Valens was a pioneer of Latin Pop for worldwide audiences in the nineteen fifties. Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Luis Miguel, Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias have all enjoyed very successful careers producing Latin Pop music with Julio Iglesias selling a whopping 250 to 300 million records and still counting. Julio is these days considered to be the King of Latin Pop and the undisputed Queen is Gloria Estefan.
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