Rising urban bachata star Prince Royce has signed an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing deal with peermusic, Billboard.biz has learned.
The deal, which was signed jointly by peermusic’s Latin and pop departments encompasses all of Royce’s compositions moving forward, including his current single “Darte Un Beso,” which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart this month. The song will be included in Royce’s third studio album, to be released by Sony Music Latin this fall. Royce is expected to release an English-language album with RCA in 2014.
That duality led to the joint Latin/pop signing by peer, a first for the publisher. “This means both departments will be working Royce’s catalog,” says Julio Bagué, executive director of peermusic for Miami and Puerto Rico. “There was a lot of focus on the crossover aspect, so it was important for the pop and Latin departments to do this together.”
In addition to Royce’s new material, peer will also administer the songs from his sophomore album, “Phase II.” Top Stop, Royce’s original label, will retain the copyright to the songs on Royce’s first album, as part of a recent settlement with Royce.
Royce, whose real name is Geoffrey Rojas, was one of the most coveted Latin songwriters in the market.
Initially discovered by producer Sergio George, Royce found great success with George’s indie label, Top Stop Music, and his eponymous debut was the top-selling Latin release of 2011, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Royce released his sophomore set, “Phase II,” last year after signing a new management deal with David Sonenberg.
But relationships between Royce and Top Stop soured, with Top Stop eventually suing Prince Royce for breach of contract and Royce countersuing right back. The two parties settled early this year, and Royce signed a recording deal with Sony Music Entertainment to release albums in Spanish through Sony Music Latin and in English through RCA Records last spring.
In addition to his Spanish-language fare, Royce has also been co-writing with several mainstream writers, including Toby Gad (“Big Girls Don’t’ Cry”) who is also managed by Sonenberg.
Royce made Billboard’s list of the top 10 Latin songwriters in Billboard’s mid-year recap of the top Latin songwriters and publishers.