Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

(Re)introducing: Latin Grammy Week!

Last year, the Singles Jukebox went over the ten nominees for last year’s Mejor Nuevo Artista at the Latin Grammy awards. We had fun, and we hope you did too. In fact, we had so much fun that we are doing it all again this week. Except we’re only doing eight of the ten. Cut a long story short, we didn’t think two of them quite fit the singles mold (Quattro and Milton Salcedo), so we’re cramming the other eight of them into two days.

So why do we do this? Well, what said last year still applies. And for all our attempts to cover stuff from across the globe, we remain a (mostly) Anglophone concern. Try as one might, if you grow up Anglophone, there is a temptation to think of a wide range of music from another culture as being a genre unto itself. Oh, you know, I like pop, rock, Latin… but if we break Latin down it’s a vibrant, varied classification based on culture and not always style, whose shades are a lot of fun to explore even, nay, especially, if you’re not at all familiar with them. Most of all, we all love pop, new pop, unexpectedly great pop, and pop from unexpected or new sources; so why not jump straight in and get acquainted with the acclaimed?

Will we predict the winner like we did last year? Maybe. (Update: we totally did! Two for two!). But we hope that the next eight entries on our site will introduce some of you to some great new music you may never have otherwise met.

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