Lounge music first arose in the United States in the 1950s. In its initial form, the genre referred to the kind of relaxed, low-key music played in hotels and trendy cabarets. Like exotica and space age pop, kindred styles from which it has borrowed freely, lounge music now encompasses a range of styles under the easy listening banner. After the success of its first wave of artists (Les Baxter, Juan Garcia Esquivel), lounge re-emerged in the 1990s, with artists like Pink Martini and Stéphane Pompougnac lending it a more contemporary appeal.
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