Romeo Santos

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Romeo Santos
Romeo Santos - Coliseo de Puerto Rico.jpg
Born Anthony Santos
(1981-07-21) July 21, 1981 (age 33)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active

1995–present

Musical career
Genres Bachata
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Labels RCA
Premium Latin
Sony
Jive
Associated acts Aventura
Wisin & Yandel
Website romeosantosonline.com

Anthony Santos (born July 21, 1981), known professionally as Romeo Santos, is an American[1] singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, featured composer and former lead singer of the Bachata group Aventura. As a member of Aventura, Santos has been a key figure in popularizing Bachata, with hits reaching near the top of the Billboard Latin charts and the top of charts in Europe. In 2002, the band's song "Obsesión" was number one in Italy for sixteen consecutive weeks.[2] After releasing several albums with Aventura the group went its separate ways. Since then Romeo has embarked on a solo career which in three years has spawned seven number one songs on the Hot Latin charts, and eight number ones on the Hot tropical songs chart. His first album Formula Vol. 1 shipped over 300,000 copies and his second album has already shipped over 240,000 copies.

Early Years[edit]

Santos was born on July 21st 1981, in The Bronx, New York City, from a Dominican father and a Puerto Rican mother. He joined his church’s choir at age 12. At the same time, he developed a great passion for bachata music (a typical Dominican style with great draw among the working class), long before it became popular around the world, when he was 15.

Romeo Santos and Juan Luis Guerra.

Career[edit]

Before the success of Aventura, Santos founded a group called “Los Tinellers” (a reference to the phonetic pronunciation of the word Teenagers), with his cousin Henry and two friends in the early 1990s. The group released an album called Trampa De Amor, and by the end of the decade, they changed the name of the band to Aventura.[citation needed]

In 2007 while still with Aventura, he performed a solo show on the popular music TV show, Pasión De Sábado.[citation needed]

In 2009, he was invited to the White House to sing for President Barack Obama.[citation needed]

In April 2011, after his success as a songwriter and the lead singer for Aventura, Romeo announced he was leaving the band to pursue a solo career. On May 9th, he released the first single off his debut album Formula, Vol. 1, called “You”.[3] The song went #1 on the Hot Latin Songs and Tropical Songs charts.[4] The second single “Promise”, featured a collaboration with R&B singer Usher.[5] As with the previous single, “Promise” topped the Hot Latin Songs and Tropical Songs charts.[6]

In 2012, he sold out New York City’s famous Madison Square Garden three nights in a row. The performance is then turned into a CD/DVD package released as a live album, The King Stays King: Sold Out at Madison Square Garden.

His sophomore album Formula, Vol. 2 was released February 25th, 2014. It features collaborations with Drake, Nicki Minaj, Marc Anthony, Carlos Santana, Tego Calderón, and Kevin Hart.[7]

Discography[edit]

(For discography with Aventura, see Aventura discography)

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[9]
US
LATIN

[10]
US
TROP

[11]
COL
[12]
MEX
[13]
SPA
[14]
VEN
[15]
"You" 2011 97 1 1 Formula, Vol. 1
"Promise" (featuring Usher) 83 1 1 14
"Mi Santa" (featuring Tomatito) 2012 1 1
"All Aboard" (featuring Lil Wayne)
"Rival" (featuring Mario Domm) 42 9
"La Diabla" 1 1
"Llévame Contigo" 2 1 The King Stays King: Sold Out at Madison Square Garden
"Propuesta Indecente" 2013 79 1 1 2 1 16 1 Formula, Vol. 2
"Odio" (featuring Drake) 2014 45 1 1 25 24
"Cancioncitas de Amor" 9 3 6 27
"Eres Mía" 2 1 8
"—" denotes a title that was not released or did not chart in that territory

Promo singles/Other charted songs[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US
[20]
US Latin
[21]
US Tropical
[22]
2011 "Que Se Mueran" 29 26 Formula, Vol. 1
2012 "Soberbio" 44
"Debate De 4"
(featuring Antony "El Mayimbe" Santos, Luis Vargas, Raulin Rodriguez)
23 26
2014 "Animales"
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
13 1 Formula, Vol. 2

Featured singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US
[20]
US Latin
[21]
US Tropical
[22]
MEX
[23]
VEN
[24]
2006 "No, No, No"
(Thalía featuring Romeo Santos)
4 5 El Sexto Sentido Re+Loaded
2007 "Me Voy (Remix)"
(Hector Acosta "el Torito" featuring Romeo Santos)
47 Mitad/Mitad
2013 "Reza Por Mi"
(Draco Rosa featuring Romeo Santos)
Vida
"Frio Frio"
(Juan Luis Guerra featuring Romeo Santos)
16 17 Asondeguerra Tour
"Loco"
(Enrique Iglesias featuring Romeo Santos)
80 1 2 1 70 Sex and Love

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.npr.org/2011/11/19/142514062/romeo-santos-taking-bachata-mainstream
  2. ^ Rosen 2009
  3. ^ "Billboard Bits: Charlie Sheen Releases 'Winning' Single, Bruno Mars Responds to Tyler Dis". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Chart Highlights: Pop, Dance/Club Play Songs & More". 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Romeo Santos junto a Usher en "Promise"". Terra Networks (in Spanish). 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  6. ^ "Chart Highlights: Rodney Atkins Takes 'Back Road' To No. 1 On Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  7. ^ "'Fórnula Vol. 2' de Romeo Santos saldrá a la venta el 25 de febrero". Univision (in Spanish). Univision Communications. January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Romeo Santos anuncia el lanzamiento de su nuevo disco "Fórmula: Vol. 2"". Primera Hora (Grupo Ferré-Rangel). January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ [{cite web|title=Romeo Santos Hot 100 chart history |url=http://www.billboard.com/artist/367968/romeo+santos/chart?f=379 Billboard Hot 100 for Romeo Santos] Billboard.com
  10. ^ Latin Songs for Romeo Santos Billboard.com
  11. ^ Tropical Songs for Romeo Santos Billboard.com
  12. ^ Songs of Romeo Santos in National-Report Top 100:
  13. ^ The songs of Romeo Santos appeared in two Mexican charts: Monitor Latino & Billboard Mexican Airplay. For Monitor Latino the references are named with the title of each song, and for the Billboard chart the link is the last:
  14. ^ Singles of Carlos Vives in Spanish Singles Chart:
  15. ^ Songs of Romeo Santos in Record Report Top 100:
  16. ^ Certificados Musical Amprofon (2013-01-10). "Certificaciones 2013" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  17. ^ Certificados Musical Amprofon (2014-05-10). "Certificaciones 2014" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  18. ^ "Top 100 Streaming - Semana 26: Del 23.06.2014 Al 29.06.20" (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  19. ^ http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=Romeo%20Santos
  20. ^ a b "Romeo Santos Hot 100 chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "Romeo Santos Hot Latin Songs chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b "Romeo Santos Tropical Songs chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  23. ^
    Promise: "Top 20 General". Monitor Latino (in Spanish). RadioNotas. 2011-12-18. Archived from the original on 2011-12-22. 
    Rival: "Top 20 General". Monitor Latino (in Spanish). RadioNotas. Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. 
    Propuesta Indecente "Top 20 Ingles: Del 23 al 29 de Septiembre del 2013". Monitor Latino (in Spanish). RadioNotas. 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
    Loco "Top 100". Record Report (in Spanish). RadioNotas. 2013-11-24. Archived from the original on 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  24. ^
    Propuesta Indecente "Record Report - Top 100". Record Report (in Spanish). R.R. Digital C.A. 2013-12-07. Archived from the original on 2013-12-06. 
    Loco "Top 20 General: Del 4 Al 10 de Noviembre del 2013". Monitor Latino (in Spanish). RadioNotas. 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 

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