There's even more to that than music.
For us for example in Poland, "latin lovers" are mainly Italians, Spaniards and even the French!
More surprisingly, you would even come across statements classifying, obviously mistakenly, Greeks (shhh!) as latino's.
. . . LOL you guys don't know real latin lovers
maroon wrote:But in all fairness, is it such a huge difference where the particular act was born?
There's no doubt that music from Spain and Latin America share so many similar influences and rhythms that there's actually no point in searching in the acts' birth certificates to classify them Latin or just Hispanic especially since many of them have lived on both continents for a part of their life. Besides, music in Argentina for example is much more "European", closer to the one in Spain than to Mexican or Peruvian traditional styles.
Well, I was just expressing how it feels from my perspective as a Latin guy. For example we don't see Alejandro Sanz (from Spain) as a "Latin act" you know?, we don't feel it like that. And the language should not define it, when Shakira releases her English albums she doesn't become North American or British for that. Latin Pop should reflect the Pop music that is originated here in Latin America, in the same way there is British Pop, Japanese Pop, K- Pop, etc.
But thats only my point of view on the matter. In fact I understand what you mean, and yes there is definately a generalization of music performed in spanish to be automatically labeled "Latin". Perhaps by "Latin" they attribute the origin of the language rather than the literal Latin American region, but by that then Italian and French music would be considered "Latin" as well and for sure thats not the case as the "Latin Pop" seems to be (in the music industry) a term exclusive attached to Spanish language songs (mainly) and Portuguese / Brazilian songs (because of Brazil that belongs to Latin America). But yes the Spanish music (Spain) seems to be put in the same "Latin" box / label.