Singer Romeo Santos is often baffled by fans who pay to listen to him sing - because he hates his voice. The New York-born former Aventura superstar admits he hates both his speaking and singing voice.
The Odio singer tells Latinpost.com, "I don't enjoy hearing myself talk... I don't like my voice and I don't enjoy my singing voice; I do what I do to bring pleasure and diversion to the fans.
"I think that the difference between singing and talking is when I sing, I try to sing with a feeling that I don't have when I'm talking because I sound very hoarse."
Enrique Iglesias and Romeo Santos dominated the Univision Network's Premios Juventud Awards in Miami, Florida on Thursday night (17Jul14), winning five trophies each. The Hero hitmaker scooped awards including best Pop/Rock Artist and several music prizes for El Perdedor, his track with Marco Antonio Solis, while Santos scooped the Favorite Video prize for Propuesta Indecente among others.
Iglesias also took home the special Supernova prize for his career achievements.
Marc Anthony was honoured for his Vivir Mi Vida Tour, while other winners included Bruno Mars (Favorite Hitmaker) and Pitbull (Urban Artist).
Performers included Iglesias, Jenni Rivera's daughter Chiquis, and Latin star Wisin, who took to the stage with holograms of Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez at the BankUnited Center venue.
Latino singer Romeo Santos will make his film debut in Fast & Furious 7. The Grammy-nominated musician announced the news by bringing Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel onstage with him during a concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday (22May14).
Diesel told the crowd Santos has a role in the seventh installment of the action series, which is currently being filmed, but did not give any further details.
Santos will join Jason Statham and Kurt Russell as newcomers to the franchise. The movie is set for release in April, 2015.
Guitar great Carlos Santana has set his sights on working with Lady Gaga after the pop superstar's father proposed they hit the studio together. The Maria Maria hitmaker, 66, recruited a slew of younger Latin artists for duets on his new album, Corazon, which features tracks with the likes of Romeo Santos, rapper Pitbull and Miguel, but there are still a few big names he would like to strike off his wish list, and Gaga is among them.
He tells People magazine, "I was approached by Lady Gaga's father, and he was like, 'When are you going to do something with my daughter?'."
British rocker Sting and opera star Andrea Bocelli are also high on Santana's dream list, as is R&B icon Prince.
He says, "I'd like to work with Prince. He's a genius. We've played together at different (events) but never in the studio."
Guitar great Carlos Santana revelled in the recording of his new Spanish collaborative album because he discovered a whole new appreciation for Latin classics he had never heard before. The veteran Mexican musician recruited an all-star line-up to cover famous Latin songs for his new release Corazon, but he admits many of the old tunes were completely new to him as he had grown up in California.
He tells the New York Daily News, "A lot of the songs I never heard before. I was raised in the '60s here in the United States so I wasn't hearing the frequency of the Latinos. But that gave me an advantage. Since I haven't heard it I get to make it new."
Romeo Santos, Pitbull, Lila Downs and Miguel all feature on the album, while Juanes performs La Flaca and Gloria Estefan sings Besos De Lejos.
Many of the guests performed their tunes with Santana at a show in Guadalajara, Mexico in December (13) and the concert special will air in the U.S. on Saturday (03May14).
Singer Marc Anthony swept the board at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday (24Apr14), scooping an impressive 10 prizes. The star took honours in categories including Artist of the Year, Top Latin Album of the Year for Spanish-language disc 3.0, and Hot Latin Song, Digital Song and Latin Airplay Song of the Year for Vivir Mi Vida, a track which spent 17 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart when it was released last year (13).
Singer Romeo Santos appeared set for an extra special night at the ceremony after landing 17 nominations, but he only came away with three awards for Songwriter and Producer of the Year and a joint prize with Enrique Iglesias for their song Loco.
Other big winners were Prince Royce, who picked up four awards, and late superstar Jenni Rivera, who scooped three posthumous accolades.
Shakira was also named Social Artist of the Year and Bruno Mars won Crossover Artist of the Year.
The 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards were broadcast live from Miami, Florida on Thursday.
Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee was among the honourees who were feted with special prizes at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Latin Music Awards on Tuesday (18Mar14). The Gasolina hitmaker took home two awards during the ceremony at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, nabbing Song of the Year for his track Limbo, as well as the Voice of Music Award, and he was visibly emotional when he stepped up to accept the prizes in front of his own personal music idols, salsa group Fania All-Stars, who were sitting in the audience.
He said, "It’s such an honour to be here. For me, everything began as a young guy in Santurce, Puerto Rico in the 90s. I still have that passion in my heart. La Fania, you’re my heroes. Thank you, and all my respect to you."
Fania All-Stars were also honoured at the Latin Music Awards - they were the recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Heritage trophy.
Fania founder and bandleader Johnny Pacheco accepted the prize, gushing over the many bandmates he's had the pleasure to play with over the past four decades.
He said, "I want to thank these boys for being with me so many years. These boys are playing in the same key they did 40 years ago. To me, this is the best salsa orchestra in existence."
Pacheco also took the stage with some of Fania's musicians, including pianist Larry Harlow, Ismael Miranda, Bobby Valentin, Roberto Roena and Ruben Blades, to perform a medley of hits.
Other winners at the ceremony included Andres Castro and Romeo Santos, who shared the Songwriter of the Year award.
Rapper Schoolboy Q has topped the U.S. album charts with his debut Oxymoron. The release topples the Frozen soundtrack, which slips a spot to two on the new Billboard 200 countdown, and Beck returns to the chart at three with Morning Phase.
Kid Cudi's new album Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon debuts at four and Romeo Santos rounds out the new top five with Formula: Vol. 2.
Other new entries to the top 10 are Dierks Bentley's Riser at six and The Fray's Helios at eight.
Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams is still Happy at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The hit track he performed at the Oscars on Sunday (02Mar14) scores a second week at number one.
Dark Horse, Katy Perry's former chart-topper, spends a second week at two and Jason Derulo's Talk Dirty stays put at three for a fourth week.
Bachata singer Romeo Santos is set to become the first Latin artist to headline a concert at the home of the New York Yankees. The Bronx-born star recently sold out three nights at the city's Madison Square Garden mecca, and now he's set to to perform for a sell-out 50,000-plus audience at the Yankees baseball stadium, where Madonna, Paul McCartney and Jay Z and Justin Timberlake have played since it opened in 2009.
Singer Romeo Santos is set for an extra special night at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards after landing 17 nominations in 14 categories on Wednesday (05Feb14). The Odio hitmaker is up for Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Tropical Albums Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year, among other top awards, for tracks released from his upcoming album Formula Vol. 2.
Meanwhile, Prince Royce has landed 16 mentions and Marc Anthony picks up 15. All three stars will compete for the Artist of the Year title alongside the late Jenni Rivera, who is up for eight awards.
Daddy Yankee and Enrique Iglesias are nominated for seven trophies and Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez and La Arrolladora Banda El Limon De Rene Camacho are both nominated for six.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards will take place in Florida in April (14).