Bachata crossover act Prince Royce has signed a recording deal with Sony Music Entertainment to release albums in Spanish through Sony Music Latin and in English through RCA Records.
Royce’s first Spanish-language album is due this fall and his English language debut is slated for 2014.
Royce, initially signed by producer Sergio George, 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.
But relations 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 last month, at which point Royce became a free agent and began shopping for a new record deal. Recording in English has always been part of the equation, as the 23-year-old Royce was raised in New York, and initial conversations had taken place between Top Stop and Atlantic before Royce parted ways with Top Stop.
“We are thrilled about the opportunity to work with such a dynamic Latin artist on his first English album. Prince Royce’s early successes have paved the way for the next generation of Latin music and we are eager to join forces with our partners Sony Music Latin to fully maximize his music and career,” said Peter Edge, CEO of RCA Records, in a statement.
"Having Prince Royce join the Sony family is a dream come true,” added Afo Verde, Chairman and CEO, Latin Region, Spain and Portugal.
Royce, who just last month was one of two Songwriter of the year winners at the BMI Latin Music Awards, was recently announced as a coach on La Voz Kids, the Spanish-language, kiddie version of The Voice, slated to air on Telemundo this Spring. Royce is also a finalist for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.