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Exclusive: Miguel Says Next Album Will Incorporate Spanish, Focus On L.A. Hometown

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Miguel set out to alter the direction of R&B with Kaleidoscope Dream. And for the follow-up to his stellar sophomore album, the brilliant singer-songwriter is embracing his roots.

The Grammy-Award winning VIBE cover star says he’s early in the process of recording his as-yet-untitled third album, yet he’s pretty deep in. His Los Angeles hometown—and desire to record a definitive summer anthem—has been a strong influence.

“I want this album to feel like home for me,” Miguel told VIBE. “Being born and raised in Los Angeles, there’s so much to paint and for people to see and know about me. I want to write the summer anthem. I haven’t had that summer song yet.”

Aiming for a release during the warm months, Miguel says he’s digging deeper into his classic rock influences for this LP, citing The Doors and Guns N' Roses. “It picks up where Kaleidoscope Dream left off,” he says, adding that he’ll pay homage to his Mexican tongue throughout the project.

“I’ll be singing in Spanish here and there—you’ll get a little bit of Spanglish,” he says. One of his favorite songs so far is titled “Destinado A Morir (Destined To Die)”; another is the allegorical “Hollywood Dreams.” “The music I create always has this underlying tinge of scandal to it,” Miguel says.

While he’s still shaping the foundation of his next LP, Miguel says he’ll looking into collaborations further along. Peep the video for more info on Miguel’s fresh vibes. —John Kennedy

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