For Romeo Santos, performing live isn’t just about singing a song. It’s about giving die-hard fans an entertaining, memorable and life-changing experience.
His commitment to live performance is probably why he’s been able to sell out Yankee Stadium twice and is now set to become the first Latin act to perform at MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and New York Jets. The King of Bachata will perform his “UTOPIA The Concert” at the East Rutherford, New Jersey, venue on Sept. 21.
“It is a blessing,” the singer of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, who hails from the Bronx, said in an interview Monday. “I’ve had loyal fans for quite a while now. To be able to even say that I’ve already sold out two nights at Yankee Stadium, multiple nights at Madison Square Garden — it’s truly a blessing. Now it’s a new challenge in my career to do MetLife, so I’m super-excited about that.”
With ten No. 1 hits there as a duo, Wisin & Yandel are clearly no strangers to Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs.
And this week, the reunited Puerto Rican reggaetón pair show they’ve lost none of their power nor their momentum as the track “Aullando” rises to No. 10 on the multi-metric Spanish-language singles chart. Taken from this past December’s Los Campeones del Pueblo / The Big Leagues album, the song marks their 22nd together to appear on Hot Latin Songs.
As if the return of one of reggaetón’s most celebrated and commercially successful duos wasn’t enough to make “Aullando” a hit, the track benefits from a feature by Romeo Santos. Incidentally, the bachata king reunited his own band Aventura recently, and that group’s comeback single “Inmortal” currently holds the No. 12 spot on Hot Latin Songs after reaching a No. 5 peak a few weeks back.
Legendary performer and 17-Time Grammy winner Tony Bennett will release his latest album Tony Bennett: Viva Duets, worldwide on Tuesday, October 23rd on Columbia Records. Viva Duets is the Bennett’s third duets-themed project following the platinum selling and critically praised Duets and Duets II albums. Viva Duets will featuring many of the top names in the Latin recording industry, including successful Puerto Rican artists Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Romeo Santos.
Viva Duets will also include other celebrated artists including Miguel Bose, Robert Carlos, Ana Carolina, Franco DeVita, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernandez, Maria Gadu, Juan Luis Guerra, Dani Martin, Thalia and Vicentico, with additional duet guests to be announced. A truly international endeavor, Viva Duets features performances in English, Spanish and Portuguese with artists representing eight countries and three continents.
Working with this unprecedented list of Latin artist, many of whom he met for the first time in the recording studio, Bennett commented, “Each of these artists were so warm and welcoming that there was an instant rapport. Latin music has always been about melody and harmony and a lot of soul, so there was a very close artistic connection with each duet guest. I am absolutely thrilled about the record.”
Check out video footage of Tony Bennett and Marc Anthony in the studio, and more information about Viva Duets (track listing and how to pre-order Viva Duets) below!
Here is the current track listing for Viva Duets:
“For Once In My Life” with Marc Anthony
“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” with Miguel Bose
“The Very Thought of You” with Ana Carolina
“The Best Is Yet to Come” with Chayanne
“The Good Life” with Franco DeVita
“Who Can I Turn To?” with Gloria Estefan
“Return to Me (Regresa A Mi)” with Vicente Fernandez
“Blue Velvet” with Maria Gadu
“Just in Time” with Juan Luis Guerra
“Are You Havin’ Any Fun?” with Dani Martin
“The Way You Look Tonight” with Thalia
“Cold, Cold Heart” with Vicentico