Prince Royce hops 4-1 to crown Tropical Songs with "Solita" (up 33 percent in plays), netting the singer his 10th chart-topping song -- tying with Juan Luis Guerra for the sixth-most No. 1s on the chart.
Royce notched all 10 in less than five years (four years, seven months and one week) -- a time frame solely bested by the overall leader with the most No. 1s, Marc Anthony (25), who scored his first 10 No. 1s within three years and three months and one week (between 1995 and 1998).
Billboard caught up with the 25-year-old singer who said of his achievement, "It's surprising and amazing to me. Just a few years back, I only dreamt of even being on the radio, and now five years after my debut to have these 10 No. 1s and be listed with people like Juan Luis Guerra and Marc Anthony. Wow, words cannot express it really." He added, "It feels really great to be in the company of artists that have such longstanding careers in the industry."
Acts With the Most No. 1s on Tropical Songs:
Marc Anthony, 25
Victor Manuelle, 24
Gilberto Santa Rosa, 14
Elvis Crespo, 12
Jerry Rivera, 11
Juan Luis Guerra, 10
Prince Royce, 10
Royce has dominated the tropical genre in the years since his debut when his breakout hit "Stand by Me" (a Spanish adaptation of the song originally performed by Ben E. King in 1961) reached No. 1 in 2010.
The star is branching out, having released his debut English-language single in November, "Stuck On a Feeling" featuring Snoop Dogg, which reached No. 43 on the Hot 100 in February. He recently reached the top five of Billboard's Social 50 chart (No. 5) following a performance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, which resulted in a surge in activity across online platforms.
When asked what else fans can expect in the future, Royce said, "They can look forward to a lot more of me musically in every possible way as I am working on so much music in both Spanish and English that I know they will be happy." Noting his forthcoming album to be released through RCA Records, "My first English-language album will be out this summer and I am working on releasing my fourth bachata album later on this year."
Royce concluded by affirming, "There are many great things coming in 2015, but I wouldn't want to ruin the surprises."