Prince Royce’s “Alter Ego” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

Prince Roycenow has a handful of chart-topping albums…

The 30-year-old Dominican American singer has earned his fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart dated February 22 as Alter Ego debuts at the summit. 

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The set earned 11,000 in equivalent album units in the week ending February 13, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, 8,000 were in album sales, while the bulk of the remainder was generated by streaming activity.

The double album consisting of the chapters Genesis and Enigma is the first set by a tropical music act to bow at No. 1 since Romeo Santos’ Utopíadebuted atop the tally nearly a year ago (April 20, 2019-dated chart.)

“I made this double album to give the fans a different musical journey,” Royce tells Billboard. “It feels great that people have embraced it, that it has debuted at No. 1.”

Royce’s sixth studio album, released via Sony Music Latin on February 7, got a sales boost in its first week thanks to eight in-store appearances the artist made during its release week in Florida, New York, Los Angeles, Illinois and Texas.

It’s the biggest sales week for a Latin album since Santos’ Utopía, which sold 9,000 units in its opening week (April, 20, 2019-dated chart).

Top Latin Albums ranks the most popular Latin albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Alter Egoregistered 3,000 SEA units, which equates to 4.8 million on-demand streams for the set’s tracks in its debut week. 

Alter Ego is Prince Royce’s fifth No. 1, and third consecutive set to debut at No. 1. He previously hit No. 1 with Five(March 18, 2017), Soy El Mismo(October 26, 2013), Phase II (April 28, 2012) and his self-titled album (April 23, 2011). HIs only charting album to miss the top was a greatest hits package titled #1’s, which peaked at No. 3 on December 8, 2012. 

The new album was preceded by four songs on theHot Latin Songs chart, which blends airplay, streams and digital sales, starting with “El Clavo,” featuring Maluma (No. 13 high, September 2018), “Adicto,” with Marc Anthony(peaked at No. 33, December 2018), “Cúrame,” with Manuel Turizo (No. 31, July 2019) and “Morir Solo” (No. 35, October 2019).

“It also feels great that I will soon be performing these songs in more than 40 U.S. cities on my Alter Ego Tour,” the 30-year-old adds. “All of this happening 10 years into my career is a wonderful blessing.“

Beyond its Top Latin Albums coronation, Alter Ego concurrently debuts at No. 1 on Tropical Albums, the first No. 1 debut of the year on the chart.

Prince Royce Releasing New Double Album “Alter Ego” in February

Prince Royceis exposing his alter ego

The 30-year-old Dominican American singer/songwriter will release his latest album Alter Ego on February 7. And, he’s already revealed the art cover and album concept.

Prince Royce

“I’m playing a little bit with a duo alter ego concept, which is different,” Royce previously told Billboard about the album.  But, he took to social media this week to announce that Alter Ego will be a double album with one side called Enigma – which is something with a hidden meaning or something difficult to understand or interpret — and the other called Génesis, the origin or beginning of something.

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Alter Ego will be Prince Royce’s sixth studio album, launched before he heads out on a North American tour in March. 

So far, he has released a few songs including “Morir Solo,” “Adicto” with Marc Anthony, and “Cúrame” with Manuel Turizo.

Prince Royce Readyng for a Busy 2020 with New Album & Tour

Prince Royceis preparing for a busy new year…

The 30-year-old Dominican American singer is planning to release a new album and go on tour in 2020.

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Prince Royce’s new album is titled Alter Ego and is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of next year.

“I’m playing a little bit with a duo alter ego concept which is different,” he says. That’s why he is constantly exploring the idea of collaborating and recording in other genres, such as Regional Mexican, which he did recently, first with Gerardo Ortiz(Moneda) and later with Calibre 50 for a performance at the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards. “The idea is not to change who you are or change your sound, it is to bring your sound into that vision.”

Last month, Royce announced a new tour that includes 40 cities in the United States, the largest (so far) of his career.

“I’m doing the biggest tour — over 40 cities, it’s almost double the dates I did on my last tour and I’m really excited that I will visit places I’ve never been before,” he revealed. Also, the tour will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of his debut album, Prince Royce.

Miguel to Perform for the First-Time at the Latin Grammys

Miguel is preparing for Latin music’s biggest night…

The 34-year-old Mexican American R&B singer, songwriter, who released the Spanish EP Te Lo Dije earlier this year, is set to perform at this year’s Latin Grammys, according to The Latin Recording Academy.

Miguel

Miguel is part ofthe final wave of performers and presenters joining the star-studded 2019 Latin Grammys lineup.

In addition to Miguel, who performed “Remember Me” with Natalia Lafourcade on the soundtrack to Disney’s Dia de los Muertos-themed animated film Coco, new additions to the performers roster include Alicia KeysFarrukoOzunaResidenteBeto CuevasCalibre 50Leonel GarcíaFito PáezMilly QuezadaTony SuccarCarlos Rivera, and Prince Royce.

Plus, Ángela AguilarEduardo “Visitante” Cabra,Sofia CarsonEmilio EstefanMon LaferteWilliam LevyRudy Mancuso,,Luis Gerardo MéndezMichael Peña, and Dayanara Torres join as presenters. 

Nominees CamiloDe La GhettoPaula FernandesKany GarcíaChristian Nodal and Tommy Torres were previously announced as presenters.

Coined as “the biggest night in Latin Music,” the awards show will kick off with a never-before-seen tribute honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Latin Grammys. A group of 20 artists, who’ll perform together for the first time, will interpret multiple iconic songs spanning various genres of Latin music while commemorating the past 20 years of excellence.

The final roster of performers join already confirmed artists Aitana, Anitta, Pedro CapóJulio Reyes CopelloDarellDimelo FlowFonsecaLuis FonsiGreeicyIntocableNellaReikRosalía, and Alejandro Sanz, who’s this year’s top nominee. 

The awards show will also include performances by Pepe Aguilar and Los Angeles AzulesPaula ArenasBad BunnyAlessia CaraDraco Rosa, Ximena SariñanaSech, Sebastián YatraNatalia Jiménez, Olga Tañón and Juanes, who as the 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year will perform a medley of his biggest hits.

VicenteAlejandro, and Alex Fernandezwill also take the stage, becoming the first time all three generations of the Fernandez family will perform at the show. They’ll be joined by Mariachi Sol de Mexico

The 20th annual Latin Grammys, which will be co-hosted by Ricky Martin and actresses Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega, will air live Nov. 14 from the MGM Grand Garden Arenain Las Vegas via Univision.

Manuel Turizo Named Global Priority Act for Deezer NEXT

Manuel Turizo‘s got NEXT

The 19-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer is now officially a global priority act for Deezer NEXT, alongside French-American R&B pop singer Lolo Zouaï

Manuel Turizo

The new picks follow in the footsteps of Lewis Capaldi, who became Deezer NEXT’s global priority act back in January.

“I feel proud, happy and fortunate to be chosen as a Deezer NEXT global act and to be able to spread my music further every day,” says Turizo. “It’s also an honor to be selected as the first Latin global act.”

Turizo is part of a duo with his brother Julian, who plays the ukulele. They blew up with their song “Una Lady Como Tu,” giving Manuel and Julian the opportunity to collaborate with Nicky JamPrince Royce and Farruko, among others.

The Deezer NEXT Channel is filled with exclusive content, including live sessions and personal inspiration playlists.  

“Since we launched our first Deezer NEXT in 2018, it’s been very rewarding  to see how far our hugely talented alumni artists have come,” Nigel Harding, Deezer’s VP of artist marketing, says. ”We’re especially thrilled to welcome Manuel as our first Latin global priority artist.”

Ryan Vasquez to Star in Ross Golan’s Musical “The Wrong Man”

Ryan Vasquez is in the Wrong

The Latino actor/singer has been cast in the world premiere in New York this September of multi-platinum songwriter Ross Golan’s musical The Wrong Man.

Ryan Vasquez

Vasquez will star opposite Tony-nominee Joshua Henry and Ciara Renéein the musical.

The Wrong Man is set in Reno, Nevada, and tells the story of Duran, a man just scraping by, who is accused of a murder he says he didn’t commit.

Golan’s first stage musical was initially conceived as an acoustic solo piece, but over a decade has grown to include a full-length concept album and an animated film.

Previews begin on Wednesday, September 18, with an opening night of October 7, at the Off Broadway MCC Theater.

Golan (book, music, lyrics) has written massive hits for a massive roster of artists including Maroon 5, Justin BieberNicki MinajLady Antebellum, Michael BubléSelena GomezKeith Urban, Ariana GrandeFlo RidaOne Direction, Idina MenzelNellyDemi LovatoJason DeruloMeghan TrainorCee Lo Green, 5 Seconds of SummerPrince RoyceSnoop DoggGavin DeGraw, Colbie CaillatAndy GrammerJames Blunt, Big Sean and Travis Barker.

Vasquez has appeared on Broadwayin Hamilton, Waitress and Wickedand on television in The Good FightCurb Your Enthusiasm and The Code.

Sofia Reyes Joins Voices with Anitta & Rita Ora for New Single “R.I.P.”

Sofia Reyesis putting the BS to rest…

The 23-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter has joined voices with Anitta and Rita Ora for the trilingual track, “R.I.P.

Sofia Reyes, Anitta, Rita Ora

The new song follows Reyes’ 2018 one-off single “1,2,3,” which featured Jason Deruloand De La Ghetto.

Kicked off with a cumbia shuffle and infectious hook, the Fliptones-produced song shrugs off negative vibes in English, Spanish and Portuguese. 

“R.I.P. to the bullshit/Brush it off like Cool Whip,” recommends Reyes, who maneuvers a Catholic cross into a dance move. 

Shot in Los Angeles, the sumptuous video, directed by Eif Rivera, sees the international trifecta strut their troubles away amid a lush jungle refuge.

“We all need to be encouraged to walk away from all the bullshit that’s holding us back,” said Reyes in a press release. “It was also incredibly empowering for me to work with these two super women. I loved that we got to mix all of our cultures up with one message that we can all agree on.”

“R.I.P. to boring people, to wasting time!” adds Anitta, who suffused the song with her native Portuguese.

Signed at 16 to D’León Records— Prince Royce’s label under Warner Music Latina— Reyes released her full-length debut, Louder!in 2017. 

She is currently working on new music.

Prince Royce Pays Tribute to Selena Quintanilla at RodeoHouston

The 29-year-old Dominican American bachata singer, the first-ever tropical artist to perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concert, honored Selena Quintanilla through song Tuesday night at NRG Stadium.

Prince Royce RodeoHouston

Prince Royce performed Selena’s “No Me Queda Más,” a tribute made even more meaningful, as it marked the 24th anniversary of Selena’s performance at the Houston Rodeo, the last concert of her life (February 26, 1995).

In addition to his Selena tribute, Prince Royce’s performance included the songs “Darte Un Beso,” “Stand By Me,” “Corazón Sin Cara,” “La Carretera,” “Soy El Mismo,” “Back It Up,” “Adicto,” “El Clavo” and “Bubalú,” taking his fans from danceable bachata to the most popular urban sounds in both English and Spanish.

Royce was also accompanied by an eight-piece live band.

RodeoHouston began in January of 1931 and the first show was held in April of 1932. It is considered to be the city’s signature event. 

Prince Royce Appears in Major League Soccer’s New “Our Soccer” Campaign

Prince Royce is ready for some futbol…

Major League Soccer has revealed its newest campaign titled Our Soccer, featuring the 29-year-old Dominican American bachat asinger.

Prince Royce MLS Campaign

The campaign — produced by The FADER and Cornerstone, MLS’ creative agency of record, and directed by Clayton Vomero— expresses the unique experience of being an MLS fan and the growth of the soccer movement in North America.

“The ‘Our Soccer’ campaign captures the unique spirit, confident attitude and diverse environment that embodies MLS,” said David Bruce, MLS vp/brand and integrated marketing in a statement.

The spot, voiced by Prince Royce in Spanish and English, features him wearing Inter Miami CF gear, the MLS expansion club co-owned by cultural icon David Beckham, while at a party watching a soccer game alongside producer and DJ TOKiMONSTA, who wears a Los Angeles Football Clubjersey.

Prince Royce said, “I think it’s one of the sports that has the most passion. You see so many cultures, languages — that’s the great thing about music and the great thing about soccer.”

“MLS truly marries culture and sport and unites players and people from diverse backgrounds like no other sport in North America,” added Jon Cohen, co-ceo of Cornerstone and co-founder and co-ceo of The FADER.

Anitta to Perform at This Year’s Premio Lo Nuestro Awards Show

Anittais readying for a high-profile performance…

The 25-year-old Brazilian singer, a four-time nominee in 2019, is set to perform at this year’s Premio Lo Nuestro awards show.

Anitta

The “Veneno” singer and New Artist of the Yearcontender joins a roster of new additions that includes JBalvinYandelJuanesManáPepe AguilarJoss FavelaNacho, and Zion y Lennox.

Anitta previously took the stage alongside J Balvin at least year’s how, giving a sizzling performance of their hit collaboration “Downtown.”

Marc AnthonyDaddy YankeeNatti NatashaAnuel AA and OzunaThaliaLele PonsFuegoPrince RoyceFarrukoPiso 21IntocableDe La Ghetto, Pedro CapóReikChristian NodalLali and Silvestre Dangondare also confirmed to perform at the annual ceremony.

The awards will be hosted by Maite PerroniAlejandra Espinoza and salsa singer, Victor Manuelle.

The 31st edition of Premio Lo Nuestro will air on Univisionon Thursday, February 21, live from American Airlines Arenain Miami starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.