Latin Music's Movers and Shakers: Guiding labels, playing hits -- and driving the future of a vital genre.

It is the sound of the fastest-growing demographic in the nation -- and one of the most diverse.

The Hispanic population of the United States, some 55.4 million individuals comprising 17.3 percent of the nation, is expected to double to an estimated 106 million by 2050, according to U.S. Census estimates. But just as Hispanics are more likely to self-identify more specifically by their land of origin, Latin music reflects that ­diversity through its styles -- pop, tropical, regional Mexican and more -- while remaining a unifying cultural force.

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