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by Rachel Devitt

July 11, 2014

Romeo Romances the World

by Rachel Devitt  |  July 11, 2014

It's a pop story so familiar, it's almost cliché: Boy joins band (or, you know, harmony-shilling, choreography-drilling, complementarily costumed tween dream singing group). Boy meets girls -- gazillions of 'em, all screaming his name. Boy goes solo and completely takes over the world, becoming the Next! Big! King! of pop. In the case of this particular tale as old as the 4/4 time, however, the "boy" in question -- Romeo Santos -- also managed to turn the whole world on to a relatively unfamiliar genre of Dominican music in the process. Romeo Santos' rise from Aventura (arguably the world's biggest bachata boy band) to one of the biggest stars of Latin pop, urban music and beyond is a fascinating one that involves a sweet voice, a fair amount of hip-hop swagger and a whole lot of the seductive guitars and swaying rhythms of bachata. Here, we have a guide to all things Romeo, including a spotlight on his career, a playlist of bachata's sexiest songs, a primer on Latin pop and hip-hop's ever-overlapping turf, a guide to other former boy banders' breakouts and more!

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