Prince Royce earns his 15th No. 1 on the Tropical Songs airplay chart as "Deja Vu," with Shakira (who earns her fifth leader), steps 2-1 on the April 29-dated chart. The lift puts Royce in third place for most chart-toppers on the 23-year-old chart, breaking out of a tie with Gilberto Santa Rosa and Elvis Crespo (each with 14 No. 1s). He is bested only by Marc Anthony and Victor Manuelle, who each lead the pack with 28 No. 1s.
"I feel honored and grateful for being amongst artists I admire. Marc Anthony and Victor Manuelle have been creating great music for so many years and have maintained the tropical genre," Royce shared with Billboard.
The song reaches the top spot due to a 9 percent audience increase at monitored Latin stations, to 14.3 million impressions in the tracking week ending April 16, according to Nielsen Music.
Further, Royce has earned the 15 crowning hits faster than any other act -- six years, six months, and two weeks after is first ("Stand By Me" reached No. 1 on the Aug. 14, 2010 chart). Anthony has the second-fastest accumulation of his first 15 No. 1 hits: seven years, one week (between June 17, 1995, when "Te Conozco Bien" hit No. 1, through June 29, 2002, when "Viviendo" first led the tally).
Royce adds, "Obtaining my 15th number 1 on the Tropical Songs chart in less than seven years is an accomplishment I'm proud of and I'd like to thank my fans, radio programmers, my team and all of the people that have supported my music throughout the years."
Prince Royce's 15 No. 1s on Tropical Songs chart
Title, peak date (weeks at No. 1)
"Stand By Me," Aug. 14, 2010 (one week)
"Corazon Sin Cara," Oct. 23, 2010 (10 weeks)
"El Verdadero Amor Perdona" (Mana featuring Prince Royce), Dec. 10, 2011 (two weeks)
"Las Cosas Pequeñas," Feb. 4, 2012 (two weeks)
"Incondicional," June 16, 2012 (two weeks)
"Te Me Vas," March 2, 2013 (four weeks)
"Darte Un Beso," Aug. 17, 2013 (seven weeks)
"Te Robare," March 8, 2014 (two weeks)
"Soy El Mismo," Aug. 2, 2014 (one week)
"Solita," March 21, 2015 (one week)
"Que Cosas Tiene El Amor" (Anthony Santos & Prince Royce), June 20, 2015 (one week)
"Culpa Al Corazon," Feb. 13, 2016 (four weeks)
"La Carretera," July 9, 2016 (one week)
"Moneda," featuring Gerardo Ortiz, Jan. 28, 2017 (three weeks)
"Deja Vu," with Shakira, April 29, 2017 (one week, so far)
On working with Shakira, Royce says the collaboration "has been such a great experience. She's so talented and professional. The chemistry between us has been great; I love that she's hands on and has been part of the process since day one."
"Deja Vu" is the latest single from Royce's most recent album, Five, which remains at No. 1 for a seventh straight week on the Tropical Albums chart.