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[mass noun] A form of dance music of Puerto Rican origin, characterized by a fusion of Latin rhythms, dancehall, and hip-hop or rap.
- ‘Personally, I haven't really explored all of the Caribbean styles, but we're actually adding some reggaeton into our music.’
- ‘Last month, Univision, the nation's biggest Spanish-language broadcaster, launched radio station La Kalle, aimed at the 18-34 age group in New York, where 80 per cent of Latin music sold is reggaeton.’
- ‘Kelly cruises through genres like he's giving a guided tour, hitting crunk, dancehall, hip-hop, reggaeton, and naturally, a handful of bedroom ballads along the way.’
- ‘Having spawned jungle and drum 'n' bass, it's left its mark on even newer genres like U.K. grime and reggaeton, a blend of hip-hop and dancehall with Spanish lyrics that's fast becoming essential party music.’
- ‘At boutique record stores, adventurous radio stations and clubs across America and Europe, baile funk has become the dance import du jour, an underground equivalent to Jamaican dancehall or Puerto Rican reggaeton.’
Early 21st century: from reggae and Spanish -ton after -thon as in -athon.
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