Latin pop sensation Prince Royce recently announced his fall tour after two sold-out tours of Europe and the U.S. The singer is one of the biggest stars in contemporary Latin music and he’ll be making a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, October 20. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 4pm.
Prince Royce released his self-titled debut album two years ago. Certified Triple Platinum by the RIAA in the US and Puerto Rico and Quadruple Platinum in Chile, the album collected an endless list of honors and awards. Royce has received two Latin GRAMMY nominations, seven Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, twelve Premios Juventud Awards and twelve Latin Billboards. He was the artist with the most #1s on Billboard’s 2011 Year End Charts. Royce collaborated with Mexican supergroup Maná and reggaeton icon Daddy Yankee, toured with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.
Prince Royce arrived on the music scene armed with a powerful weapon: a sweet, genre-defining bachata version of the pop classic “Stand By Me.” The authentic bachata stylings – echoing Royce’s Dominican background – and the soulful qualities of the young man’s voice catapulted him into stardom.
The single became the first bachata song ever to be played on mainstream radio in the United States, bringing Latin rhythms even closer to American culture. The remaining tracks on the album spoke volumes about Royce’s songwriting talent and his ability to feel right at home both representing his Latin roots and as part of the American mainstream.
Now, the singer is ready to further cement his reputation with Phase II, a second album of shimmering bachata soundscapes, heartfelt Latin ballads – and a hint of mariachi, too.
Lead single “Las Cosas Pequeñas” is a gorgeous pop song with bachata stylings – boasting the authentic bongó beats that define the quintessential Dominican genre, as well as the spiraling guitars that give bachata such a romantic vibe. “It’s a song about the little things that matter,” explains Royce. “Not from the material world, but rather the ones that cost nothing, like a walk in the park or a phone call from someone you love.”
The majestic “Incondicional” accomplishes a daring fusion: mariachi with bachata. “It wasn’t easy, but I really think we made it work,” he laughs. “This is a song about unconditional love – not only between a man and a woman, but also between brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, parents and their kids. The kind of love that is always there for you.”
Royce’s own personal favorite is probably “Dulce,” a song included in two different versions: bachata, and a pared-down recording with solo piano and voice. “It’s about teen pregnancy,” says the singer. “There are so many girls who get pregnant while still in high school. Their parents get upset at them and eventually they give up hope. With this song, I wanted to tell those girls to wipe those tears away and continue going to school. Things are gonna be OK.”
Undoubtedly, Phase II, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Latin Albums chart and has remained in the top 5 ever since, will continue expanding Prince Royce’s reputation as one of the most talented young voices in new millennium Latin pop. Interestingly, the singer has achieved this level of success remaining true to his cultural roots and the seductive strains of bachata.
Tickets, starting at $35 (plus applicable service fees), go on sale Thursday at 4pm at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.