Omega (singer)

Antonio Peter De la Rosa[a] (born January 17, 1979) better known by his stage name Omega "El Fuerte" or simply Omega, is a Dominican singer and songwriter.[2] He is a modern day merengue artist based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.[3] Since 2007, Omega has enjoyed increased popularity in the Dominican Republic and with Dominican-Americans across the United States.[4] He has also penetrated music markets in Spain, Italy and Latin America.

Omega
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Background information
Birth nameAntonio Peter De la Rosa
Born (1984-01-17) January 17, 1984 (age 38)
Bonao, Dominican Republic
GenresMerengue, merengue urbano
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2004–present
LabelsAllegro Music[1] and Planet Records Europe
Websiteomegaelfuerte.com

Omega has helped create and popularize[5] a new form of merengue, called merengue urbano or merengue de calle.[6] It is a blend of merengue with hip hop and R&B.[7][8] This new genre has been adopted by many artists from diverse backgrounds such as Cuban-American Pitbull and Colombian-born Shakira.[8]

Musical careerEdit

Peter De la Rosa began developing his musical talent at a young age, by 13 years of age he formed his first rap group.[9] Afterward he began appearing on variety TV shows in the Dominican Republic and won several singing competitions as part of the group Alpha y Omega, from which he derives his stage name.[9] Later on Omega formed the band Omega y Su Mambo Violento, which in 2005 released its first album titled Omega y Su Mambo Violento on the label Allegro Music. The album spawned his break-out hit, "Alante Alante."[1] This was followed by a Casandra Award, given in the Dominican Republic in 2009.[10] Omega then attended his first Latin Grammy Awards in 2010 and also performed at Presidente Beer's Festival of Latin Music in 2010, both events were pivotal to his international recognition.[2][11] Also in 2010, Omega was able to tour the United States and performed in New York City's Manhattan Armory and at Elizabeth, New Jersey's Ritz theater, to name a few venues.[12] Omega's continued popularity led to his being signed by Akon, through his record label Konvict Musik in 2011.[13] Akon has confessed that Omega has helped him to conquer the Dominican market.[14] Akon has also influenced Omega's music leading to Merengue with an Electronic blend as can be heard in Omega's 2012 hit, "Merengue Electronico."[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Omega was born Antonio Peter De la Rosa[16] in the town of Bonao, Dominican Republic son of Ercilia De La Rosa and Sergio Peter.[9] He grew up in the Pantoja neighborhood of Santo Domingo.[1] Omega is currently married to Miguelina Sanchez they have two daughters Alejandra and Mariela Sanchez.[9]

Legal issuesEdit

Peter De la Rosa's musical career has been marred by multiple encounters with authorities in Dominican Republic. He has been arrested on several occasions for failing to pay child support,[17] domestic violence,[18][19] and breach of contract.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
Latin

[20]
US
Tropical

[21]
Certifications
2006 Omega y Su Mambo Violento
2007 El Fuerte
2007 En La Gran Mansion De Moca
2009 El Dueño del Flow
  • Released: October 1, 2009
  • Label: Allegro
  • Formats: CD, digital download
27 4
2011 El Dueño del Flow 2
  • Released: October 21, 2011
  • Label: Planet Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
36 3
  • RIAA: Gold (Latin)[22]
2016 Mi Libertad
  • Released: October 28, 2016
  • Label: El Fuerte II, Konvict Kartel
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

SoloEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Album(s)
US
LATIN

[23]
US
LATIN
DIGITAL

[24]
US
LATIN
POP

[25]
SPAIN
[26]
Certifications
2009 "Merengue Electronico" 40 48 31 El Dueño del Flow
  • RIAA: Gold (Latin)[27]
2009 "Si Te Vas (Que Tengo Que Hacer)" 42 35 45 El Dueño del Flow
  • RIAA: Platinum (Latin)[28]
2011 "Mr. Saxobeat" 25 Non-Album Single
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or not released

As featured performerEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
Latin
[23]
US
Latin Digital
[24]
US
Latin Pop
[25]
2008 "Mi Alma Se Muere"
(Fuego featuring Omega "El Fuerte" and Pitbull)
1 Chosen Few III
2011 "Dándole"
(Gocho featuring Jowell y Omega "El Fuerte")
22 14 21 Mi Musica
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

NotesEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Omega Biography". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Omega packs a lot into merengue shows". Daily News. New York. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "Omega El Fuerte – Merenguero". thatsdominican.com. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "Merengue de calle de Omega suena por lo alto en emisoras hispanas en Miami". El Nuevo Diario (in Spanish). Miami, Florida. January 1, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "Arrestan al cantante Omega por agredir física y sexualmente a su ex esposa". Soitu (in Spanish). EFE. May 21, 2008. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "El merengue de calle se desplomó y solo queda Omega". Elportal.com.do (in Spanish). Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. August 26, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  7. ^ "Omega no quiere merengue de calle". Hoy (in Spanish). June 5, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Merengue Urbano: Not Your Father's Merengue". bmi.com. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d "Biografía, carrera, discos y canciones de Omega" (in Spanish). republica-dominicana-live.com. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  10. ^ Almánzar, Ramón (March 25, 2009). "Omega es 'el fuerte'". Listin Diario (in Spanish). Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  11. ^ "Extravagant After-After Party at the Latin Grammy Awards Show". nochelatina.com. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  12. ^ "Latino happenings in Nueva York, Sept. 29-Oct. 5FRIDAY OCT. 1". Daily News. New York. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  13. ^ "Akon Signs Mambo Superstar Omega". cbslocal.com. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  14. ^ Peralta, Laura (September 20, 2011). "Akon: Omega "ha sido de gran ayuda"". Listin Diario (in Spanish). Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  15. ^ Almánzar, Ramón (August 6, 2013). "Merengue electrónico". Listin Diario (in Spanish). Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  16. ^ "Omega Biography". iTunes Store. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  17. ^ Shelly Mendoza (September 10, 2013). "Omega Is Back in Jail". latintrends.com. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  18. ^ Shelly Mendoza (July 26, 2012). "Escandalos de Farandula: Juanes, Omega, and Christian Bale!". latintrends.com. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  19. ^ "Being an artist doesn't get you privileged justice: prosecutor". dominicantoday.com. July 17, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  20. ^ "Billboard Top Latin Albums for Omega". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  21. ^ "Billboard Top Tropical Albums for Omega". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  22. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  23. ^ a b "Billboard Latin Airplay Songs". Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  24. ^ a b "Billboard Latin Digital Songs". Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  25. ^ a b "Billboard Latin Pop Songs". Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  26. ^ "Spanish Music Charts for Omega 'El Fuerte'". SpanishCharts.com. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  27. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  28. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved April 4, 2019.