Marco Antonio SolÃs is without question one of the most important figures in the rise of Mexican and Latin music to world prominence during the last two decades of the 20th century. Born in Michoacan, Mexico, SolÃs was only 12 when he formed his first group, Los Hermanitos SolÃs, with brother Joel. He was still a teenager when he formed Los Bukis in the early '70s. Over the course of the next two decades, Los Bukis came to profoundly influence the norteÃ±o and tejano music of Mexico and the southwestern United States. Though SolÃs continued to work closely with Los Bukis, he also initiated a solo career that resulted in platinum certifications for mid-'90s LPs such as Quiereme, Inalcanzable, and Por Amor a Mi Pueblo. Trozos de Mi Alma followed in 1999. SolÃs ushered in the millennium with a two-volume live set, En Vivo, and its companion, En Vivo, Vol. 2. His next studio album, Mas de Mi Alma, was released in 2001 and, like his previous solo albums, became a best-seller. Even though he didn't release another proper album until 2003, SolÃs remained a chart favorite with several songs from Mas de Mi Alma (including "Cuando Te Acuerdes de Mi" and "Si No Te Hubieras Ido") making appearances on Billboard's Latin charts. Released in May of 2003, Tu Amor o Tu Desprecio slowly made its way to the top of the charts until reaching number one in early 2004. The best-of collection La Historia ContinÃºa... appeared by the end of 2003, followed the next spring by the split album (alongside Joan SebastÃan) Dos Grandes. Razon de Sobra was also released by the year's end. The second part to his La Historia ContinÃºa... was issued in 2005, as was a release with tejano singer Pepe Aguilar. The well-received Trozos de Mi Alma, Vol. 2 hit shelves in 2006; it quickly topped the Latin album charts, produced a hit in "Antes de Que Te Vayas," and earned SolÃs a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. ~ John BushPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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