R&B’s rising star, Miguel, discusses his new album “Kaleidoscope Dream,” the new age of R&B, career mishaps, and more in the new issue of Billboard, on stands now.
Miguel’s debut album, “All I Want Is You,” was released less than two years ago, but the singer considers follow-up “Kaleidoscope Dream,” due Oct. 2 on ByStorm/RCA Records, to be “a reintroduction.” The album’s first single, “Adorn,” has sold 190,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan; ascended to the top of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally in its 19th week. His star appeal is rising quickly as he kicks off a short U.S. promotional tour on Sept. 26 in Washington, D.C. and is scheduled to appear on “The Wendy Williams Show,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in October.
Check out the story via the following link: https://www.billboard.com/features/miguel-s-kaleidoscope-dream-inside-the-r-1007955262.story#/features/miguel-s-kaleidoscope-dream-inside-the-r-1007955262.story
Some highlights from the story:
On his career goals: “I want to change urban radio,” Miguel says. “I want to change the sound of what’s expected from R&B songs on the radio, and I really intend on doing that — especially with this next single.”
On being multi-racial: “I’m Mexican and black — my father is Mexican, my mom is black. I’ve been in the middle my entire life, having to make decisions as to who and what I am. It was really important for me to stand out. I wanted the music to stand out that way.”
On his debut album: “That album was a huge learning experience,” he says. “I left the marketing of my album and me as an artist up to the discretion of the label. They marketed me like the typical R&B artist, which I can’t really blame them for, because that’s what they know. But that’s not what my lifestyle was.”