Luis Fonsi Talks Life After ‘Despacito’ and New Album ‘Vida’: Stream It Now

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Two years in the past he made the entire world dance with “Despacito,” however Luis Fonsi says he’s nonetheless a romantic singer and is able to present “all his playing cards” Friday together with his new album, Vida.

“Many individuals thought I moved away from that romantic facet and I at all times mentioned ‘I haven’t, I’m not going wherever.’ I’m nonetheless a romantic singer, I nonetheless discuss that romantic language. But on the similar time I love to do each issues. I don’t prefer to be restricted,” Fonsi mentioned in a current interview with The Associated Press, in Spanish.

“Vida” is his ninth studio album and his first in 5 years, a time of massive modifications in his life and his profession — particularly since 2016, when the beginning of his son Rocco overlapped with that of the tune that gave him worldwide stardom and a broader publicity to Latin music. The authentic “Despacito” video, that includes Daddy Yankee, continues to be essentially the most watched within the historical past of YouTube with over 5.9 billion views thus far; its remix with Justin Bieber stays among the many high three songs on Billboard’s listing of Hot Latin Songs.

Both variations are included within the album, together with the previously-released singles “Echame la culpa” with Demi Lovato, “Calypso” with Stefflon Don, “Imposible” with Ozuna y “Sola.” It additionally contains new romantic songs and one highly effective torch tune that challenged Fonsi’s vocal chords. One of essentially the most private items is “Ahi estas tu,” which he wrote to his son Rocco. (His earlier album, “eight,” included a tune for his daugher Mikaela.)

There are 15 songs whole that cowl or fuse Latin pop, R&B, dembow, reggaeton and different genres.

“I would like to have the ability to dance, make individuals rejoice, and typically sing a ballad with a whole lot of lyric, a whole lot of emotion,” mentioned the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter.

The touching R&B-infused, piano-led ballad R&B “Dime que no te irás” can also be, based on Fonsi, essentially the most troublesome to carry out vocally.

It “is without doubt one of the songs with extra weight on this album”, he mentioned. “It’s a kind of songs that won’t have the industrial worth of others, nevertheless it does have the musical and emotional worth.”

He additionally highlighted his newest single, “Sola,” a ballad that you could be not hear in a membership however that can make you nod to its beat.

“It’s neither the standard miserable ballad nor a rhythmic pop tune and far much less a reggaeton, nevertheless it’s a hybrid of the brand new sound of pop and that’s one thing that I’ve at all times favored to do — to innovate, to counsel new issues to my viewers and at all times to observe my very own path.”

In regards to the title Vida, he mentioned he selected it as a result of the album is sort of an X-ray of his life.

“These songs come from very sincere, actual locations. Many need to do with me, many don’t. But I felt that my life is there, in every tune,” mentioned Fonsi, remembering himself operating between the studio to his home to different skilled commitments whereas his spouse was pregnant, Rocco was born and beginning to develop. “That life, that pleasure, that love that you just really feel as a father for a kid, essentially the most pure and intense type of love — it’s inconceivable to not replicate that in my music, in the best way I talk. Vida is all that. It’s my life.”

Stream Vida beneath.