Does the artist behind one of the most viewed songs in YouTube history, feel pressure to repeat his success? Absolutely.
“I must confess that after the success of, Danza Kuduro, there is certainly significant pressure because one is required to do everything to last and remain on the same level,” says the French/Portuguese singer, composer, and writer, Lucenzo.
Over the past few years, the mega-hit, Danza Kuduro, by Lucenzo and Don Omar, has racked up over 400 million views and counting, making it one of the most viewed videos in YouTube history. Danza Kuduro also garnered Lucenzo, five Latin Billboard Awards including Song Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Vocal Event, and the highly coveted Latin Rhythm Song Of The Year Award, by unanimous vote.
A number one hit on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart in the US, Danza Kuduro, also reached the top spot in over ten countries and spawned over a dozen remixes. The success of Danza Kuduro was preceded by Lucenzo’s dance hit with Big Ali titled, “Vem Dancar Kuduro.”
Lucenzo’s passion for music blossomed at the age of 3 when he began playing piano and age 12 when he wrote his first song. Years later, Lucenzo’s formula of combining influences from Portugal, Africa, Brazil, Latin America, and the US, has been a successful one.
Most recently, Lucenzo penned the instantly addictive track, ”Wine It Up,” featuring international dancehall star, Sean Paul.
“In the beginning, I hadn’t envisioned anyone in particular on the song but after it was finished and I listened to it, I thought of Sean Paul right away. He’s an artist I’ve always appreciated and even though he’s a dancehall artist, he readily adapts to the different styles of other musicians,” says Lucenzo.
“I think what makes me different is the originality of my music which is a combination of different influences and different styles. When people listen to my music they instantly recognize that it is me right from the first note because it is a very particular style that is unique and different from anything we have heard up to now,” shares Lucenzo.
Humble. Passionate. Determined. All words that can be used to accurately describe rising star, Lucenzo, but “originality” may be the best fit.