From the first to 'The Last' for Aventura (Created March 6, 2013)
Soulful, original music was the sound of Aventura, a bachata music group from New York formed in 1996 by Anthony "Romeo" Santos, Henry Santos, Lenny Santos and Max Santos. R&B, hip-hop, pop or the so-called "Domican Blues," it simply didn't matter what genre the quartet chose to tackle. The fusion was electric, at least for this quartet that struggled for eight years before exploding on the international music scene.
It was the summer of 2002 when the song "Obsesion" helped the hubbub over Aventura spill out of the tri-state area and spread across the country and around the world. Fanatical fans stretched from the US and Latin America all the way to Europe, where "Obsesion" charted No. 1 for 16 straight weeks in Italy. The album "We Broke the Rules" also topped the charts for months in Austraia, Belgium, Spain and many other countries. In short, Aventura had arrived.
Among their six studio albums, two compilations and three lives albums was "God's Project" in 2005. Not only was it said to be one of Aventura's best works, but remains number one in sales on the Billboard Tropical Chart and in the top ten in Latin Albums. It was released in the midst of a string of sold out shows at Madison Square Garden, a feat which the group would continue as it pumped out "KOB (Kings of Bachata) Live" in 2006, and continued through an eventual multi-city tour that featured megastars like Marc Anthony and Enrique Iglesias.
On June 9, 2009, "The Last," Aventura's final studio album, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and topped the Latin Charts. The group went its separate ways in 2011, however, as Romeo Santos and Henry Santos embarked on respective solo careers while Lenny Santos and Max Santos joined Steve Styles in the Bachata group Xtreme to form Vena.
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