Prince Royce Talks Prince: 'He's An Artist That I Will Always Jam To'

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Prince Royce performs onstage during the 16th Latin Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Nov. 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev.  

"I was very shocked," Prince Royce tells Billboard exclusively about news of Prince's passing yesterday (April 21) at age 57. "I knew he had been in the hospital, but still the news came out of nowhere." 

The 26-year old bachata singer, who shares the Prince stage name, has definitely been influenced by the "Purple Rain" singer who died on April 21.

"He was an artist that I would and will always jam to," he said. "I always listened to songs like 'Purple Rain' and 'Little Red Corvette' and one thing that always stood out to me from his music was his reach vocally. He would go down super low and then in the same song go super high and have a lot of James Brown influence, R&B and pop. That was something that always stuck with me, the way he'd change his vocals in every song and it sounded like there were different singers on the record. I have certain songs even in my bachata songs that I would tell the engineer and producers 'hey, let's do some Prince sh-- here.'" 

"But he was just more than just a singer, he was a musician and would kill it in the guitar, on the solos, he had his own style/fashion, when he would come through in the heels, that was him and we'll always remember him for that. He's a legend and his music will live on forever." 

Other Latin stars including Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Juanes, Miguel and Julieta Venegas took to social media to pay tribute to the pop icon who, they say, inspired their music career.

"When I was younger, I'd stand in front of the mirror and play 'Let's Go Crazy' ... I felt like I was onstage and dreamed that one day I'd be able to sing," wrote Juanes on social media.  

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