Prince Royce Manages to Dethrone Marc Anthony From Hot Latin Chart's Top Spot With 'Darte Un Beso' [VIDEO]
Marc Anthony is kind of a big deal when it comes to salsa music, and Latin music in general. The vocalist's latest single, "Vivir Mi Vida," has been on top of the Billboard Hot Latin Chart for more nearly four months. That streak finally came to a end last week however, when Prince Royce's "Darte Un Beso," assumed the no. 1 spot.
"Darte Un Beso," translating to "give you a kiss" for all you English listeners out there, is currently blazing its way to the top of any Latin music category it can find. Aside from the Hot Latin chart, the single is also the most played song on Latin radio and the most streamed track in Latin music. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the company that compiles all these stats for Billboard, "Darte Un Beso" has seen a 24 percent jump in digital sales and a 21 percent increase in radio play since the previous week. The video, below, has more than five million views.
Royce isn't exactly a new name for Latin music fans however. "Darte Un Beso" is actually his fourth single to get to the no 1 spot on the Hot Latin chart.
Both of Royce's previous albums have debuted at the top of the Latin album sales charts, but his second effort, "Phase II," also peaked at no. 17 on the regular Billboard 200. His third album, "Soy El Mismo," is scheduled to be released during 2013, but no official date has been given. The album will be under Sony Latin, a much larger distributor than his previous two labels, so Royce must be hoping for a sales boost. The performer also hosted on "La Voz Kids," a Spanish-language reality music competition, which will also get his name out.
Back to Anthony, the salsa king shouldn't be too concerned. Royce and the Anthony share a similar background, both being from New York City. Royce grew up in The Bronx, and Anthony was raised in East Harlem's El Barrio neighborhood.