The King Stays King - Sold Out at Madison Square Garden
Label: Sony Music Latin
Can you even imagine a world where Romeo Santos would need to defend his throne? Ripping through hits from his solo debut to a screaming crowd, the bachata king swaggers and sweet-talks so persuasively that when he asks, at the end of heart-string-plucker "Soberbio," "the ladies like that, huh?" you can't decide whether to respond with "duh" or more frantic screams. But he's also compelling when snarling out vengeance plots on "Malevo." His featherweight tenor proves its staying power in both the live setting and up against a series of high-profile guests (including Usher and Wisin y Yandel).