Prince Royce, the biggest breakthrough artist the Latin music industry has seen in years, will release his sophomore Bachata album, “PHASE II”, this coming Tuesday, April 10th. “PHASE II” will be available worldwide, in stores and digitally.
“Recording this album has been the biggest challenge of my career. After having had such a successful debut album, the pressure to follow that up is gigantic but I worked very hard and I am extremely proud of this album. More than anything I’m just anxious for my fans to listen to the new material because as I was creating it I always kept them very present,” expressed the 22 year old artist.
“PHASE II” contains 13 brand new tracks. In addition, Wal-Mart and iTunes offer versions which include bonus content, Wal-Mart with an exclusive CD/DVD bundle and iTunes with an additional acoustic version of “Las Cosas Pequeñas” and a digital booklet containing images of the artist’s original songwriting notes which became the lyrics on the album.
“Las Cosas Pequeñas”, the first single from “PHASE II” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Tropical chart and just a few weeks later reached the #1 position on Billboard’s Latin Songs chart (including music of all genres) as well as number #1 in the Pop and #1 in the Tropical charts.
The album’s second single, “Incondicional” is a romantic fusion of Bachata and Mariachi music composed by Royce, Sergio George and Daniel Santacruz, which promises to become even more successful than “Las Cosas Pequeñas”. This song debuted at #10 in digital sales on iTunes without having had any radio airplay.
“Incondicional is one of those songs that is conceived magically. I thought to myself, since Bachata and Mariachi music have the same number of beats per minute, this could be a really natural fusion — the outcome ended up being truly beautiful,” noted Grammy-winning producer Sergio George, who produced PHASE II and co-wrote the majority of the album with Prince Royce.
The album also contains romantic and very danceable Bachata tracks such as “Te Me Vas” and “Eres Tu”, as well as the powerful “Dulce” which is included in a Bachata version and an acoustic version of Royce’s melodic voice accompanied only by renowned pianist Arthur Hanlon. “Dulce” is dedicated to young single mothers and promotes a message of strength and hope.
PHASE II Track Listing (Original Version)
1. Prelude by La Bruja
3. Las Cosas Pequeñas
5. Eres Tú
7. Para Mí
8. Close To You
10. Mi Habitación
11. It’s My Time
12. Te Me Vas
13. Dulce (feat. Arthur Hanlon)
Royce has been supporting the album release by participating in concerts, media appearances, and radio events in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Miami and Orlando. During the week of release, the singer-songwriter will have the opportunity to meet his fans him at in-store events in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
PHASE II In-Store Dates:
Tuesday, April 10th 3:00pm
FYE, 5540 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10463
Wednesday, April 11th 6:00pm
FYE, 26 East Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60611
Friday, April 13th 6:00pm
FYE, 1365 S. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832
Prince Royce’s self-titled debut album has been certified triple platinum in the US and Puerto Rico and double platinum in Chile. In addition to winning a significant number of awards and recognitions in the last two years, Royce recorded hit songs with superstars Maná and Daddy Yankee and toured the US with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull. He recently had the honor of performing at the prestigious Viña Del Mar Music Festival where he garnered the top honors – something unprecedented for a young developing artist.
Prince Royce is a two time Latin Grammy nominee and has won 7 Premio Lo Nuestro, 4 Premios Juventud and 4 Latin Billboards. He is currently amongst the top nominees for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards with twelve nominations and is set to perform one of his new songs from “PHASE II” at the awards’ show on April 26th.
“PHASE II” is a production of Top Stop Music, a boutique independent music label founded by Sergio George and Gregory Elias. The album is distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, a Warner Music Group Company.