It’s a huge year for both Prince Royce and Anthony “Romeo” Santos. The two New York-based Dominican-American bacheteros have crossed over from Spanish to English with huge success. Romeo, who has always weaved the two languages as a member of Aventura, is set to drop a solo album mixing elements of bachata, R&B, and pop with some English tracks. And Prince Royce, whose bilingual debut has remained at the top of the charts all year, will be releasing a full-length English album this year.
With all those similarities, you’d expect some serious competition and possible envy. Not so, said Prince Royce backstage at the Premios Juventud where he scored four awards and Romeo performed a new single. “There’s no competition between me and Romeo,” he told us. “We see it as a Latin movement, as a Dominican movement, as a bachata movement…If it goes well for him, it goes well for me. If it goes well for me, it goes well for him.”
The charismatic Spanglish singer, who will be touring with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull this fall, said he credits his parents with ensuring his success in the Latin music world. “I’m really grateful…that they raised me with my culture…that I went to the Dominican Republic,” he said. “There are a lot of young people who don’t speak Spanish and their parents are Puerto Rican, Mexican. I’m really grateful that at home my dad spoke Spanish.”
So how did the night’s biggest winner feel about carrying home four awards? “You have no idea what it’s like to have a dream and have people telling you that you’re crazy, that you’re not going to get anywhere,” he said, with an ear-to-ear grin. “I was there doing imitations on Sabado Gigante, giving out CDs in the streets in New York…I want to show young people that anything is possible!”