Thesis sentence:The music industry has experienced a drastic impact as a result of the rise in Latino Music. The increased popularity shows a rise in CD purchases, Latino stardom, and the ethnic values of an old culture. The impact has also influenced relations between the United States and Latin America.I.Latin American music represents the Hispanic culture of the artist.II.
The artists express individuality influenced by the region they came from, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Chili, or Brazil.III.While Latin hits top the charts in the United States the musicians influence: A.Issues surrounding differences in American and Latin culture.B.Politics and policies in the United States that have had a long affect on Hispanic social acceptance issues.IV.
Critics review the increase in popularity of Latin music as temporary and will decline in time stating. An essential element of a great era is rated by the amount of time the musician spends in the studio.A.Lengthy production time will cause a decline in sales.B.BMG and EMI are two of the famous music labels making investments in the Latin Music craze.The music industry has experienced a drastic impact as a result of the rise in Latino Music.
The increased popularity shows a rise in CD purchases, Latino stardom, and the ethnic values of an old culture. The impact has also influenced relations between the United States and Latin America. The cultural expression in the music and popularity of artists have paved the way, or broken the ice for the Latin image in the United States and surrounding continents. Author John Lannert, whose works are the most up to date on the subject asks the question will the current passion for Latino artists be ultimately deemed a summer fling? (Lannert, Latin).In order to examine the effects of this trend, one must understand where this culture has originated their music expressions and content. The relation between the United States and Latin culture has always been set through policies and politics. Those in political power were often ignorant of cultural values.
The past events have become unimportant because of the social view gained from Latin music as it breaks down barriers of a biased society. As stated by Lannert in his article Diversity, Inclusion are In: In 1997, Cuban Bands were barred from conference showcases after Miami-Dade County Officials threatened to pull funding if organizers allowed them to appear. Times change, just last yearseveral Cuban groups played a triumphant concert at the Miami Beach Convention Center, despite the presence of Cuban exile protesters and a bomb threat.” Secondly, it risks the increase in record label crimes in the music industry such as piracy. Apart from chronically erratic economies that dampen album sales, Latin American record industry suffered more than ever from piracy. (Lannert, Year) Aside from the uncertainty of cash flow with Latin American society, the Latin music labels had a tremendous loss in sales due to piracy.
It is the popularity of music that influences people making them more willing to break the law, as with any other rising profit. The influence of Latin American music begins to represent the Hispanic culture as a whole, showing their individuality amongst up and coming artists. In recent years, the Latin culture has desperately been trying to grow. From famous artists such as Richie Valens, bringing forth the major hit La Bamba and followed by Los Lobos remake of the song in 1987, to the final victory of chart topping hits such Ricky Martins Livin la Vida Loca, and Jennifer Lopezs album On the Six, it seems there will not be an end to this growth. The various artists of the Latin music industry have developed their own style. Martins extraordinary use of the horns and Lopezs focus on the Latin dance beat shows how differently Latin music can be performed.By making chart-topping hits, the musicians will begin to lead diverse attitudes towards the importance of social issues surrounding American and Latin culture.
From the beginning, Latin music started with the Incas use of instruments with a combination of other very different cultures. The Indies had their own type of music and so did the black culture. (Wilgus 109) Because of the vastness in diversity new musical characteristics were introduced (Wilgus 109). As a result, different regions of settlement produced various types of music. The combination of musical instruments between the Latin American culture with Incas and Mexican natives.
The Incas used instruments, such as drums, whistling jars, pipes, rattles, whistles, etc., while in Mexico the natives used the drums, horns, seashells, and the flute (Wilgus 109). When they added strings to the bass and treble the Latin beat began to form. Michael J.
Kryzanek, a professor of political science and Carribean specialist stated in his book, U.S. Latin American Relations: One of the more active government agencies in recent years is the United States Information Agency (USIA). Known abroad as the United States Information Service (USIS), this agency is responsible for educational and cultural exchange programs and for the dissemination of news and information about the United States. At US embassies, many of these duties were handled by the public affairs office, but in some countries the work of the embassy is supplemented by the development of American Centers which may include libraries, exhibit halls, lecture facilities, and movie theaters(Kryzanek, 109).
This book, copyrighted in 1985, represents the social standing views of the cultural aspect of Latin America. Today, the focus is more an adapting to their cultural diversity rather the U.S. setting standards for them to abide by. There are many differences between cultures, and it is the job of society to view these differences as they are and not form a biased opinion about growth of interest involved.
Latin Music will continue on its track of ascension and become known in the history books as the beginning of a new music genre, as stated by John Lannert. Many critics say the increase in the stardom of Latin music will decline with time. However, the RIAAs (Recording Industry Association of America) 1999 report contrasts with its 1998 Hispanic midyear report, which showed a six-month unit growth rate of 17 percent and a dollar growth rate of 24 percent (Lannert, U.
S. Latin). When comparing the sales of the previous years to now it shows a slight decline. Moreover, the RIAAs 1997 Hispanic midyear report pegged unit growth at 22.
8 percent and dollar growth at 25.1 percent. Contributing, in large part, to the industry slowdown are steep declines in unit and dollar growth of CDs.
(Lannert, U.S. Latin). The length of time it takes to make a recording, there might be a slight decline in sales. The essential element in becoming part of a great era of music is spending time in the studio.
Many of the recording labels will begin to take on more of the Latin music artists than they have before. Some of the most famous record labels such as EMI and BMG have decided to become a part of this craze and consider it an investment. People should not concentrate on when the rise will end, but what will be in store next for the new wave of music spreading through many cultures. Thomas D. Mottola, chairman/CEO of Sony Music Entertainment says, The sky is the limit, because the eyes and ears of the public are much more open to yet another great, great form of music (qtd. in Lannert, Latin). In the future, there will not be a gradual disappearance of this national up rise in Latin music; on the contrary, it will still be around.
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