From Shakira to Pitbull, the Biggest Latino Recording Artists
This story first appeared in the Sept. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Prince Royce, Miguel
New York City’s Royce, 23, and Miguel, 25, based in L.A., both released debut albums in 2010: Miguel’s All I Want Is You and Royce’s eponymous album, which went platinum and earned two Latin Grammy noms and four Latin Billboard Awards. Royce’s Phase II, out in April, became the top-selling Latin album on iTunes; Miguel’s “Sure Thing” topped Billboard’s R&B chart.
Miami-born Cuban-American Armando Perez, aka Pitbull, has had a phenomenal year, including seeing his single “Give Me Everything” become his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Pitbull, 31, has endorsement deals with Budweiser, Kodak and Dr Pepper, had the big single on the Men in Black 3 soundtrack and has worked with Usher, Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez.
Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, music-giant Shakira, 35, proves she still has it with her just-announced judgeship on The Voice. Following on the heels of her Person-of-the-Year Latin Grammy for philanthropy, Shakira released her ninth album in Spanish, Sale el Sol (more than 1 million unit sales in six weeks) in 2010, and in 2009, performed at President Obama’s inauguration.
Straddling the line between actor and singer is Siller, 31, who starred on the Telemundo telenovela Una Maid en Manhattan (based on 2002’s Maid in Manhattan), which ranks among the five most-watched telenovelas in the network’s history. Siller also starred in Aurora, for which he performed the theme song, and began singing in 1998 with a group called Klishe.