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Old 02-17-2013, 07:09 AM
 
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In the Canadian province of Quebec most radio stations play a music of French and English music. It's almost half and half really. They also do play some stuff in other languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, etc.

For example, this was a huge hit in Quebec last summer (it is virtually unknown in the rest of North America):

Same goes with this one from Argentina:
Probably two of the dumbest songs in Spanish.

And tremendously proud that King Africa has crossed borders, which despite being Argentine by birth, has lived most of his life in Spain, where he has recorded all those wonderful songs and has recorded such wonderful music videos, including La Bomba. Really good promotion of Spain
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Fort Bend County
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My husband is from Spain & we were there this summer. We listen to Los 40 Principales & they play a mix of Spanish (from Spain/Latin America), Top 40 American & British, & club music. Only a station like Cadenia Dial would play pure music only in Spanish.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Probably two of the dumbest songs in Spanish.

And tremendously proud that King Africa has crossed borders, which despite being Argentine by birth, has lived most of his life in Spain, where he has recorded all those wonderful songs and has recorded such wonderful music videos, including La Bomba. Really good promotion of Spain
Not saying it was necessarily good stuff. Just reporting on the situation.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:42 PM
 
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When the bossa nova hit in the late 50's and the early 60's the air waves were full of the Portuguese language and today 50 years later you still hear quite a bit of bossa nova on radio. There are few people in the US who don't know the names Jobim and Gilberto or Sergio Mendes.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:39 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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When the bossa nova hit in the late 50's and the early 60's the air waves were full of the Portuguese language and today 50 years later you still hear quite a bit of bossa nova on radio. There are few people in the US who don't know the names Jobim and Gilberto or Sergio Mendes.
Astrid Gilberto, Nana Mouskari, Gloria Estafan, Julio Iglesias and of course the 3 tenors are some of the well known singers who sang in other languages.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 47°10'N 0°25'E
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International english-speaking hits makes the majority of radios dedicated to teenager pop music, with a minority of french pop songs. In 'Adult' radios it is more like half french hits and anglo international ones. Outside french and english, spanish, portuguese and Italian speaking songs are heard also. Not much other languages (the last hit in german was maybe something like 25years ago).
France has also the particularity if having exported many french music not sung in french, dance music (daft punk, david ghetta), instrumental electronic music (jarre and many new generation electronic artists), but also people like manu chao or gypsy kibgs that used to have worldwide succes singing in spanish.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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You almost never hear non-English songs on the radio here. Unless you switched over to one of the several Mexican stations we have, or various other ethnic minority language stations which are probably easy to find.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Caribbean
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Good thread. I grew up listening to the non-mainstream stations that would play the non-American, often non-english speaking genres.

My parents' country of birth is quite diverse, even though the official language is English. So you can turn on the radio and hear music sung in Hindi, Spanish etc.

Just to add, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, you can also hear music is Spanish and Kreyol in addition to English...because of the mix of people living there.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:59 AM
 
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In Beijing, probably 80% songs are in Mandarin Chinese, 10% English and 10% other languages including Cantonese Chinese.
In Guangzhou there are much more Cantonese songs.

There are next to zero songs in Shanghainese or any other Chinese dialect.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Caribbean
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Same goes with this one from Argentina:


La Bomba - King Africa - YouTube
I remember this one big time...loved it when it came out. It got play on the Hispanic stations where I lived in the States.
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