Wisin y Yandel recently made history when La Revolución debuted in the top 10 on the U.S. albums chart, making it the highest Latin album debut in two years. But a few weeks later, [artist id=”618804″]Aventura[/artist] scored an even bigger debut with their album The Last — outselling the reggaetón giants to claim the #1 spot on Billboard‘s Latin albums chart and #5 on the top 200.
“We’re super excited. We have the most loyal fans in the world,” Aventura frontman Romeo told MTV News at a record signing last week in Los Angeles. “We’re really satisfied with what’s happened with this album, and it’s just the beginning.”
The Bronx foursome pulled out all the stops for the album, fusing their signature bachata with rap, R&B and even Middle Eastern influences. The album also boasts appearances by Wisin y Yandel, Akon, Ludacris and Wyclef Jean.
“We decided to do a song with Wyclef, ’cause we actually recorded the album in his studio,” guitarist Lenny said about “Spanish Fly,” which features Wyclef and Ludacris. “He said, ‘I would like to work with you guys.’ And we were like, ‘Of course. You’re one of the best producers.’ Wyclef wanted to mix bachata with hip-hop/Jamaican/reggae music rolled into one.”
Their most ambitious album to date, The Last marks the band’s final recording with record label Premium Latin. And while that opens the door to new opportunities, including a rumored solo album for lead singer Romeo, fans worry it may spell the end of the group.
“We’re gonna definitely do individual projects [afterward], but we’re never gonna close that Aventura door,” Romeo said. “We’re gonna continue to do Aventura music. We want to be that first Latino group to do individual projects yet come back and still have success as a group. I hope that people appreciate our individual talent, but definitely, Aventura is not going to be over.”
So what would a Romeo solo album sound like? Though he admits he’d like to experiment and explore new genres, the singer wants to reassure fans he’d never completely abandon bachata.
“I wouldn’t leave bachata, because it’s the genre that has made me successful. I would like to do a little bit of everything — ballads, pop — but keep a balance of bachata with other genres. And maybe get into acting, when the time is right”
For now, Romeo, Lenny, Max and Henry remain bachata’s biggest-selling act, reaching the top five on the U.S. charts alongside acts like Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas.
“We never really imagined we were going to be able to reach the level that we’ve reached,” Romeo said. “And we keep going because we only want to keep growing as artists. So definitely, we don’t take it for granted.”