Romeo Santos

As one of the major Latin pop heartthrobs of the 2000s, Romeo Santos mixed traditional bachata music from the Dominican Republic with smooth, crooning R&B, using his charm and talent to establish himself as a huge global star. Born and raised on July 21, 1981, in The Bronx, New York, Romeo Santos started writing songs and singing in his church choir at the age of 13 before forming the bachata band Aventura with his cousins, leading the group for 15 years as they became pop heroes to young Latino fans across America and reached Number 5 in the US charts with their 2009 album The Last. Turning solo in 2011, his early singles "You" and "Promise" featuring Usher both topped the Billboard Latin Chart, and his debut album Formula, Vol. 1 went triple platinum before he famously played sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden the following year. The romantic, swooning, tropical hits kept coming with "Mi Santo" featuring Tomatito and "Llévame Contigo," and his video for single "Indecent Proposal" received over 660 million views on video-sharing websites whilst "Odio" - his collaboration with Drake - topped the Latin Charts for 13 consecutive weeks. With contributions from Nicki Minaj, Marc Anthony, and Carlos Santana, second album Formula, Vol. 2 brought more success by reaching Number 5 in the US and Santos became the first Latino artist to sell out Yankee Stadium two nights in a row in 2014. Over the course of his career, he sang for President Obama at the White House, made acting cameos in Furious 7 and The Angry Birds Movie, and turned his hand to reggaeton by teaming up with Daddy Yankee before returning in 2017 with his third solo studio album Golden. Preceded by the single "Inmortal," his chart-topping fourth album Utopía arrived in 2019, followed by a third instalment of his Formula series in 2022. Thanks to Number 1 singles like "Sus Huellas" and "Sin Fin" with Justin Timberlake, Formula, Vol. 3 went straight to the top of Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, becoming his fifth consecutive album to do so.

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