Ralphi Rosario Makes 'Pledge of Allegiance' to House Music With Latest No. 1 on Dance Club Songs Chart

Ralphi Rosario

Ralphi Rosario

The Chicago-based DJ/producer discusses his latest leader, Rosabel's "Anthem of House."

Rosabel, the DJ tandem of Chicago-based Ralphi Rosario and Miami-based Abel Aguilera, teaming with singer Terri B!, bolts 2-1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart (dated June 3) with "Anthem of House." While the seventh No. 1 for Rosabel, the track is the ninth total leader for Rosario (and the third for Terri B!).

"Anthem" was remixed by Liam Keegan, Alyson Calagna and Sol N Beef, among others. Released independently on Carrillo Music, the cut is the label's fourth Dance Club Songs No. 1.

Rosario spoke to Billboard about his latest leader.

What's it like to be No. 1?

It's great to have a great team of folks, supporters and fans to help this reach the song's goal. I'm eternally grateful for having another No. 1 and grateful to all who helped us achieve this. Mad love to Terri B! and Rod Carrillo for also lending their wonderful talents. I'm proud of the hard work we poured into this!

How is it working with Abel Aguilera? What about the partnership makes it work?

I've known my great friend Abel Aguilera for quite some time. We were friends first before actually getting into the studio together. His history as an incredible DJ combined with my own history has been a great formula. Always playing for the masses, testing out new material together, all these little things add up to be quite a bit for us both. But I'd have to say one of the main reasons why we can work well together is simply the laughter we spend in the studio. Hours fly by as we're working, but we never forget to have lots of fun in the process.

How did "Anthem of House" come about, and what does it mean to you?

It was a collective effort between Abel, myself and Terri B! We've always had a love for house collectively and it was only fitting for our paths to finally meet and express that. It's a pledge of allegiance, if you will. Musically, house is what started it all for all of us, and it has united many crowds throughout the years.

What was it like working with Terri B!?

Terri is one powerhouse talent. Her creative past and professionalism in this business is what has made her a super talent. I'm in awe of creative folks that can hold their own and are a pleasure to work with. The ways of technology have helped us reach further across the world to be collaborate with creative [artists] like Terri. She recorded her parts in Germany and they all came back amazing. Our love for her is greater than ever!

What's next for you production-wise?

Lots happening. My remix on the new Goldfrapp single "Anymore" is doing quite well. I have a new Ralphi compilation that features all-new material and a few remixes from my LP 2 Sides to the Story from last year. The LP features new tracks with Donna Blakely, Simbryt Dortsch, Tamara Wallace and Linda Clifford. Some remixes also feature Terry Hunter and David Morales. There is also a new Rosabel LP in the works, with new material by Terri B! and Jeanie Tracy. And, we are touring to support the new releases.

So, yeah, a busy season ahead, but always pushing it forward, all for the love and devotion to this business. Let there be house!


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.