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After releasing three albums in Spanish, artist Prince Royce is ready to tackle the English music world with his new album Double Vision. Our very own Tyrone “T-Rex” Edwards sat down with the singer recently to talk about crossing over to the English market, incorporating Latin elements like Bachata into his music and that time he got real close to Jennifer Lopez in their music video for Back It Up.
“I was born and raised in New York, my parents are from the Dominican Republic,” he says, of his background. “But I just started in Spanish, almost reverse because English is my first language.”
Prince Royce admitted to penning about 100 songs for this new album, incorporating a bunch of different styles into his writing including R&B, pop and a Latin genre called Bachata. “It’s not a genre that’s as popular as pop, even within Latin music,” he explains. “Think salsa, but it’s not salsa.”
This summer, Prince Royce released an English single called Back It Up starring fellow Latin-American star, Jennifer Lopez. They star in the music video together and, yes, he was definitely nervous to be around the pop icon. “I was sweating,” he admits, after he realized just how close they were being when he looked back at some takes. “I was like, ‘Yo, I got J.Lo getting kind of close to me,’ I’m trying to keep me cool.”
Watch the full interview below! Prince Royce’s new album Double Vision is out now.