Backbeat: Cristian Castro Celebrates Jose Jose Tribute Album, 'Mi Amigo el Principe,' at Las Vegas Release Party
Backbeat: Cristian Castro Celebrates Jose Jose Tribute Album, 'Mi Amigo el Principe,' at Las Vegas Release Party

Cristian Castro
Mexican singer Cristian Castro celebrates the release of his newest album, "Mi Amigo el Príncipe," (Universal Music Latin). The record release party was held at Las Vegas' TAO nightclub; (L-R), Victor Gonzalez, president, Universal Music Latin Entertainment; Castro; Luis Estrada, GM, Universal Music Latino/Machete Music and Jose Valle, president, Univisión Radio. (Photo: Jesus Jimenez)

Mexican singer Cristian Castro didn't sing at his Las Vegas album release party, but he did personally thank his fans for supporting him through the years.

Castro appeared at Las Vegas' TAO nightclub (Nov. 11) along with support from his label including Victor Gonzalez, president, Universal Music Latin Entertainment; Luis Estrada, GM, Universal Music Latino/Machete Music and Jose Valle, president, Univisión Radio.

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The singer was celebrating the release of his new album, "Mi Amigo el Príncipe: La Historia Continua Vol. II," which is the follow-up to "Viva el Príncipe"--which pays tribute to Mexican crooner José José ("The Prince of Song") best known for singing romantic ballads that catapulted him to stardom in the '60s.

"I'm very fortunate to be celebrating his life and music," said Castro during an interview with Billboard.biz. "And to have his approval means so much to me personally."

"Mi Amigo el Principe," released on Nov. 1, debuted at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums. The first album, "Viva el Príncipe," rose 10-4, up 47% during the same time making Castro the first artist to have two of concurrently charting top five albums since singer Alejandro Fernandez on Jan. 9, 2010.

Cristian Castro
Taking time to meet his fans, pop singer Cristian Castro talked about his latest project ("Mi Amigo el Principe," Universal Music Latin), and how the second album that pays tribute to legendary Mexican singer José José has had major impact in his artistic career. (Photo: Jesus Jimenez)

Castro said that the José José tribute albums came at a crucial time in his life as he was looking to make his next career move.

"I was at a point in my life where my contract was going to end with Universal and then everything changed," Castro says. "This project allowed me to move forward and I am in a much better place artistically and personally."

At 36, Castro says, he's become more spiritual as he reflects back at his life. The son of actress/singer Veronica Castro and comic Manuel "El Loco" Valdes, the singer says that he's also trying to improve his personal relationships.

"I've been my own enemy in the past," Castro concedes, "but now it's time to be my own best friend."

Castro will be hosting a week of programming on bilingual channel mun2, Nov. 21-27. The week will conclude with the one-hour program, "mun2 Presents: Cristian Castro Mi Historia."