Popular Latin music artists
Texas born Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla was groomed for stardom at the tender age of nine after her father Abraham Quintanilla launched the family band Selena y Los Dinos. Selena’s powerful voice and natural stage presence landed her a record deal in 1989. Four years later, the legendary singer’s album "Selena Live!" won a Grammy for “Best Mexican Album.” Her fifth studio album Amor Prohibido garnered commercial success and produced four hit songs including "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" and “Como La Flor.” The Queen of Tejano music graced the stage for over 60, 000 fans at Houston’s Astrodome in 1995.
That same year, former assistant Yolanda Saldivar tragically murdered Selena. A musical icon before her death, there’s no doubt that Selena had so much more to offer the world of music. In an interview related to her volunteer efforts for education Selena said, “If you have a dream, don’t let anyone take it away and always believe that the impossible is possible.” Her last album, “Dreaming of You” sold over three million copies.
No one made us want to mambo more than Tito Puente. The Harlem-born Puerto Rican musician was nicknamed the King of Timbales for his outstanding longevity behind the drums and his energetic aura onstage. The musical prodigy perfected his masterful skills at Julliard School of Music and was known for his fusion of Afro-Caribbean beats and jazz rhythms. During his career that spanned over 50 years, Puente won six Grammy Awards for his albums including “Best Latin Performance” for “Mambo Diablo” and “On Broadway.” He won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement a few years after his tragic death in 2000. Puente bridged the gap between Latin music and the masses, and will always be remembered as the King of Mambo.
After countless of international hits, Daddy Yankee has paved the way for many reggaetoneros throughout the years. The Puerto Rican star, which started his career in the underground scene, was one of the firsts to develop gritty Spanish-language free-style into commercial success. All of his albums including, "El Cangri.com” and “Barrio Fino” have garnered platinum-level status. Known for producing party anthems, El Boss’s latest single “Lovumba” off of his new album “Prestige” is currently number one on Billboard’s “Latin Pop Song” chart. El Cangri may have many contenders, but he continues to stand alone in his success.
Some may use generic terms like ‘icon’ to define Gloria Estefan’s booming music career, but we call her the pioneer of the pop Latin genre. From Miami Sound Machine to a Grammy-winning solo career, the Havana-born superstar has always stayed true to her rhythmic Cuban roots. Her third studio album, “Mi Tierra, ” which features nostalgic ballads and upbeat dance tracks, was her first Spanish-language album and won the Grammy for “Best Tropical Album of the Year.” Over a decade later, Estefan’s latest album “Miss Little Havana, ” produced by Pharrell Williams, has proven that she still has the magic touch with hit singles like “WEPA” and “Hotel Nacional, ” which debuted number one on Billboard’s “Hot Latin Song” chart. This Cubana is here to stay!
Besides proving that her “Hips Don’t Lie, ” Shakira has become one of Latin pop’s biggest female crossover stars thanks to her unique hybrid of pop, rock, and Middle Eastern influences. The Colombian singer has won a total of seven Latin Grammys and two Grammys including “Best Latin Pop Album of the Year” for her “Shakira: MTV Unplugged” album. Forbes may have deemed the "Waka Waka" singer the fourth top-earning female musician in history, but the generous 35-year-old is known for giving back to her community through her foundation Pies Descalzos. In 2011, Shakira was added to The Hollywood Walk of Fame after selling an estimated 70 million albums worldwide. Now that’s something to sway your hips to!
Love her or hate her, Paulina Rubio can be considered the Britney Spears of the Spanish-pop world. Also known as La Chica Dorada, Rubio made her first musical debut in the popular 80’s kid’s band Timbiriche. Since her debut album “La Chica Dorada” in 1992, Rubio has proved that you can have an attitude and still be loved by millions. Her golden success was especially undeniable in her latest album “Gran City Pop, ” which snagged a Grammy nomination for “Best Latin Pop Album” and landed the number one spot on Billboard’s “Hot Latin Songs.” She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. We have a feeling her career is going to keep shining bright for years to come.
Los Tigres del Norte:
Norteño bands have come and went, but Los Tigres del Norte has remained in the spotlight since the 1960’s. A staple within the regional Mexican genre, the band has won five Latin Grammys and sold over 32 million albums over the years. The five-person group also advocates for immigration rights and joined the national boycott against Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, which denies illegal immigrants basic human rights. Los Tigres del Norte will always be a force to be reckoned with.