Omega (singer)

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This article is about the Dominican merengue singer. For the Trinidadian reggae singer, see Queen Omega (singer).
Omega
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Background information
Birth name Antonio Peter de la Rosa
Born (1978-01-17) January 17, 1978 (age 36)
Bonao, Dominican Republic
Genres Merengue and Merengue Urbano
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006 (2006) –present
Labels Allegro Music[1] and Planet Records Europe
Website omegaelfuerte.com

Antonio Peter de la Rosa (born January 17, 1978) better known by his stage name Omega "El Fuerte" or simply Omega, is a Dominican singer and songwriter.[2] He is a modern Merengue Artist based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.[3] Since 2007, Omega has enjoyed increased popularity in the Dominican Republic and in Dominican-American across the United States.[4] He has also penetrated music markets in Spain, Italy and Latin American.

Omega has helped create and popularize[5] a new form of Merengue, called Merengue Urbano or Merengue de Calle.[6] It is a blend of merengue with Hip hop, Rap and R&B.[7][8] This new genre has been adopted by many artists from diverse backgrounds such as Cuban-American Pitbull and Colombian-born Shakira.[8]

Musical career[edit]

Peter de la Rosa began developing his musical talent at a young age, by 13 years of age he formed his first rap group.[9] Afterward he began appearing on variety TV shows in the Dominican Republic and won several singing competitions as part of the group Alpha y Omega, from which he derives his stage name.[9] Later on Omega formed the band Omega y Su Mambo Violento, which in 2006 released its first album titled Omega y Su Mambo Violento on the label Allegro Music. The album spawned his break-out hit, "Alante Alante."[1] This was followed by a Casandra Award, given in the Dominican Republic in 2009.[10] Omega then attended his first Latin Grammy Awards in 2010 and also performed at Presidente Beer's Festival of Latin Music in 2010, both events were pivotal to his international recognition.[2][11] Also in 2010, Omega was able to tour the United States and performed in New York City's Manhattan Armory and at Elizabeth, New Jersey's Ritz Hotel, to name a few venues.[12] Omega's continued popularity led to his being signed by Akon, through his record label Konvict Musik in 2011.[13] Akon has confessed that Omega has helped him to conquer the Dominican market.[14] Akon has also influenced Omega's music leading to Merengue with an Electronic blend as can be heard in Omega's 2012 hit, "Merengue Electronico."[15]

Personal life[edit]

Omega was born Antonio Peter de la Rosa[16] in the town of Bonao, Dominican Republic son of Ercilia de La Rosa and Sergio Peter.[9] He grew up in Pantoja, one of the neighborhoods in Santo Domingo.[1] Omega is currently married to Miguelina Sanche, they have two daughters Alejandra and Mariela Sanche.[9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
Latin

[17]
US
Tropical

[18]
2006 Omega y Su Mambo Violento
2007 El Fuerte
2007 En La Gran Mansion De Moca
2009 El Dueño del Flow 27 4
2011 El Dueño del Flow 2
  • Released: October 21, 2011
  • Label: Planet Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
36 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Solo[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album(s)
US
LATIN

[19]
US
LATIN
DIGITAL

[20]
US
LATIN
POP

[21]
SPAIN
[22]
2009 "Merengue Electronico" 40 48 31 El Dueño del Flow
2009 "Si Te Vas/Que Tengo Que Hacer" 42 35 45 El Dueño del Flow
2011 "Mr. Saxobeat" 25 Non-Album Single
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or not released

As featured performer[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
Latin
[19]
US
Latin Digital
[20]
US
Latin Pop
[21]
2008 "Mi Alma Se Muere"
(Fuego featuring Omega "El Fuerte" and Pitbull)
1 Chosen Few III
2011 "Dándole"
(Gocho featuring Jowell y Omega "El Fuerte")
22 14 21 Mi Musica
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Omega Biography". billboard.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Omega packs a lot into merengue shows". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Omega El Fuerte – Merenguero". thatsdominican.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Merengue de calle de Omega suena por lo alto en emisoras hispanas en Miami". El Nuevo Diario (in Spanish) (Miami, Florida). 1 January 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Arrestan al cantante Omega por agredir física y sexualmente a su ex esposa". Soitu (in Spanish). EFE. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "El merengue de calle se desplomó y solo queda Omega". Elportal.com.do (in Spanish) (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic). 26 August 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Omega no quiere merengue de calle". Hoy (in Spanish). 5 June 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Merengue Urbano: Not Your Father’s Merengue". bmi.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Biografía, carrera, discos y canciones de Omega" (in Spanish). republica-dominicana-live.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Almánzar, Ramón (25 March 2009). "Omega es "el fuerte"". Listin Diario (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Extravagant After-After Party at the Latin Grammy Awards Show". nochelatina.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Latino happenings in Nueva York, Sept. 29-Oct. 5FRIDAY OCT. 1". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Akon Signs Mambo Superstar Omega". http://hot937.cbslocal.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Peralta, Laura (20 September 2011). "Akon: Omega "ha sido de gran ayuda"". Listin Diario (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Almánzar, Ramón (6 August 2013). "Merengue electrónico". Listin Diario (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Omega Biography". Itunes. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Billboard Top Latin Albums for Omega". Billboard.com. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Billboard Top Tropical Albums for Omega". Billboard.com. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Billboard Latin Airplay Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Billboard Latin Digital Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "Billboard Latin Pop Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Spanish Music Charts for Omega "El Fuerte"". SpanishCharts.com. Retrieved 2 November 2013.