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Miguel Talks about Urban Radio

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.”

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