Prince royce back with the all spanish album, five
BY Monica Dutan, '18
Latin superstar Prince Royce came out with his fifth studio album titled FIVE on February 24 2017. Staying true to his bachata roots, FIVE features a delightful blend of multiple Latin and American talents including Shakira, Gerardo Ortiz, Zendaya, Chris Brown and Farruko to name a few. FIVE marks Royce’s return to a spanish album since Soy El Mismo, a well awaited return based on his fans response.
The newly diverse piece earned Prince Royce his fourth NO.1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums and NO.25 on Billboard's Billboard 200. The album was completed with 18 songs, the first being “No Te Olvides”. The opening track greets listeners with a classic bachata sound and a story of preserving love. Royce executes soft vocals inspiring a delicate yet rhythmic atmosphere. With “Culpa al Corazon” and “La Carretera” the Prince of Bachata mimicked the same delicate and romantic atmosphere with his voice accompanied by Requinto and Segunda (classic bachata instruments). Royce desired to showcase his appreciation for bachata telling Billboard,“Bachata is obviously the rhythm ... that gave me the opportunity to be here and live this dream...this is the genre that’s really close to my heart.” With his opening tracks, Royce definitely paid homage to his roots.
The album didn’t solely feature bachata, it was the mix of genres that earned Royce his NO.1 spot on Billboard. Royce achieved a masterful blend of tropical sounds and regional Mexican styles. “Ganas Locas,” featuring Farruko’s signature tropical sound combined with Royce classic sound, demonstrates Royce’s vision of taking bachata to different levels.”Moeda” featured Gerardo Ortiz, who gave the song a regional Mexican feel which pleasantly fused with the song’s soft bachata sound. The mix of various Latin sounds added a memorable and relatable sound for the fans, a risk well taken by Royce.
Prince Royce extended a welcoming invitation to his English speaking audience when he included Zendaya and Chris Brown in FIVE. Royce’s song “X” featured Zendaya, which told the story of rekindling a relationship with an ex. The song featured both, Zendaya and Prince Royce, singing in English and Spanish,never jeopardizing Royce signature sound. “Just As I am” with Chris Brown, details a love story of pure acceptance and interchangeable roles, expressed by the lyrics,“So no one would have to change for nobody from the ground that I stand I'll give you all that I can.” “Just As I Am” and “X” presented the album with R&B, Pop, and English vocals that extended bachata to a wider audience.
FIVE featured diverse collaborations from genre to language, Royce didn't break barriers he demonstrated culture to have no barriers with his masterfully fused album. The album executed his Dominican roots as well as his American roots never once at the expense of each other, providing the audience with an exquisite taste of Latin American and American culture. Prince Royce made his stamp in the world of Latin-American music with an album worth listening to, an album encountering two worlds.