Miguel is taking over R&B

Camilla Lingaas

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In my opinion there is few artist now a days in the Hip Hop, R&B and pop genres that gives me chills and tears in my eyes. Miguel is definitely an artist to watch, his latest single “Candles in the Sun” is one of the most amazing songs I have heard in a long time, and I hope you agree. The song is about crime, poverty, church and natural disasters. It is a powerful music video as well as the message of the song.

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Some background information is always necessary. His full name is Miguel Jontel Pimentel and he is born October 23, 1986. He is an recording artist, songwriter and producer. He was signed to Jive Records in 2007, and he released his debut album “All I Want Is You” in November 2010. The album is featured with the rapper J.Cole.

The song “Candles in the Sun” is the closing track on Miguel’s Grammy-nominated sophomore album “Kaleidoscope Dream” and a part of the lyrics goes like this; “Is there a God?/Is he watching?/Is she watching?/Are they watching now?/If not, what are we doing?/Where are we going?” Miguel said in an interview “It’s so easy to ignore what’s right in front of us sometimes. I wanted to create a song and visual that addressed my everyday concerns of life as I know it in the world that we live in.”

Kaleidoscope Dream” has a wide range of tasteful R&B songs that the Grammys love, and no one in the R&B industry at this moment can compare to Miguel’s soft voice plus there are no intrusive guest appearances on the album. Not all of the songs gives you the emotions that “Candles in the Sun” might give you, but the whole album is perfectly fitted for Miguel and his image. “Kaleidoscope Dream” oozes of sex with a bit of rock `n’ roll and funk, and can remind you of R&B artist like Frank Ocean, the Weekend and Jhene Aiko.

Some of you might have heard this song, as it has been flourishing around on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and it has been No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart. This song has over 2o million views and is an excellent example on the range of his voice, so it’s tough to find much at fault with Kaleidoscope Dream and above all it is a collection of great pop songs. Do you like the sound of Miguel?

 

 

 

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Camilla Lingaas

Journalism student at Griffith College Dublin. Have a passion for music and everything evolving it!