Blanca reminds me that I didn’t entirely finish my thought last night. Where I was headed with all of those blanket-assumptions-about-blanket-assumptions, and got kind of distracted from by trying to describe the specifics of American encounters with Latin music, was that Shakira’s music is too often ghettoized or pigeonholed as “Latin Pop,” rather than as Pop, punto y final.
This is where the comparisons to Scandinavian and East Asian pop came from; both of them are more likely to be recognized as Pop Without Qualifiers than Spanish-language — or, what makes me really insane, English-language music of Hispanic origin — among too many of the pop nerds, bloggers, and critics I read.
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- davebloom said: Certainly true of Swedish pop (perhaps because its intrinsic stylistic features have been fully absorbed into U.S. pop via Max Martin, etc.), but East Asian pop? I seldom see it discussed online without a ‘K-’ or ‘J-’ in front of it.
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