Backbeat: Romeo Santos' Private L.A. Show; Talks Collabs With Usher, Pitbull, Lil Wayne
Backbeat: Romeo Santos' Private L.A. Show; Talks Collabs With Usher, Pitbull, Lil Wayne

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Shirley Rodriguez (VP of marketing/Angelo Medina group), Paula Paminsky (vp of marketing/Sony Music Latin), the evening's main attraction Romeo Santos and Karina Puente (Sony Music Latin)

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Univision Radio executive VP Jack Hobbs and Mexican pop singer Paty Cantú hang out backstage before Romeo Santos performs. Cantú performed at Romeo's after party at the House of Blues on Sept. 29.

Backstage before a private concert at the House of Blues, Romeo Santos talked with Billboard.biz about the release of his upcoming album, "Formula Vol. 1," and what it means to be debuting as a solo artist and collaborating with Usher, Pitbull and Lil Wayne.

Presented by Univision Radio, the performance on Sept. 29 was attended by several music industry executives including Nir Seroussi (Sony Latin Music general manager) Shirley Rodriguez, (vp of marketing/Angeleo Media Group) Yvette Medina (Sony Latin Music, label manager), Johnny Marines (Santos' manager) and pop singer Paty Cantú, who performed at the after party at the same venue.

For Santos, the evening marked one of the first times he performed publicly without Aventura, the bachata music group he's led since the mid 1990s.

"I'm feeling good about the new album," Santos says. "People know me for my work with Aventura and for that I am grateful."

Santos says that 60 percent of his new album will have the bachata sound he's known for, but he's also trying new things like an R&B song with Usher ("Promise") and will have other music offerings that he believes will please his fans. In the new album he's also teamed up with rappers Lil Wayne, Pitbull and Mario Domm of the Mexican band Camila, among others.

Santos' mini-concert at the House of Blues left his fans wanting more, but the Bronx-born singer, known for his romantic ballads, reassured them that he would be back for more. More screams erupted from the audience.

"I love his voice," Paty Cantú says. "He's in a wonderful place in his career. I'm thankful that I get to share this moment with him."

Santos says that he's enjoying the kind of career that he's dreamed about since he was a child. His parents, however, used to worry about the pitfalls of the entertainment world.

"But I think I turned out pretty good," Santos said before taking the stage.

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Santos performing on stage at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sept. 29, 2011. The singer's new album Formula Vol. 1 goes on sale Nov. 8.

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Left to right: Nanette Lamboy (publicist/Artist Solutions), Nir Seroussi (GM/Sony Music Latin), Shirley Rodriguez (VP of marketing/Angelo Medina group), Paula Paminsky (vp of marketing/Sony Music Latin), Romeo Santos, Karina Puente (Sony Music Latin), Yvette Medina (label manager, Sony Music Latin) and Johnny Marines (manager/Romeo Santos)