EXCLUSIVE: Pop Star Miguelito Talks New Music, Celebrity Crushes, and His Puerto Rican Heritage

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Move over #BELIEBERS and #DIRECTIONERS! One Latino is set to become the next big teen popstar. Girls, get ready: Miguelito is already a huge success in Latin America, and now he's coming for the United States!

14-year-old Miguelito grew up in Puerto Rico, and boasts a Puerto Rican mother and Dominican father. The singer can’t even legally drive, but he’s already released eight albums, sold millions of dollars’ worth of merchandise, and become the youngest Latin Grammy Award winner ever, taking the prize for Best Latin Children’s Album when he was just nine-years-old. 

This year, the puertorriqueño broke another barrier: he was the youngest artist on the 2013 Billboard 21 Under 21 List, and one of only five Latinos featured! (The other four are country crooner Scotty McCreery & Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello, Ally Brooke Hernandez, and Lauren Jauregui) Two years ago, the artist was featured on the list at #20. This year, he jumped six places and came in at #14. 

In spite of all his success, Miguelito still wants more. He’s eager to expand his fan base in the United States, and he's set to release his first English-language album Here To Stay in January. The first single, “Party Nonstop”, just dropped, and the catchy dance number has #Miguelitas across the country going completely loca. 

We sat down with Miguelito to discuss his plans to crossover into the American market, his favorite Latin American traditions, his celebrity crush, and his plans for the future: 

So you have a new English language album coming out soon? 

That’s right! I have a new album coming out. It’s actually my first album in English. All of my last albums were in Spanish. It’s like starting fresh. I’m well-known in the Latin market, but in the American market not a lot of people know me. You’ve got to start with the right people at the right time. 

How is it different coming into the American market?

It’s not really different, because I’ve already done this. I’m starting from zero again, but I already know what to do. I have to work hard every year; I still have to work hard. This is a little bit harder, though, because I want it so much. I want people to know me and get to know what I’ve done. 

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