Puerto Rican pop star Luis Fonsi is putting the finishing touches on his new studio album, set to release in early 2014 on Universal Music Latino. But after working for a lifetime with producers on this side of the hemisphere, this time Fonsi spent months in London working Martin Terefe.
The London-based Swedish producer has worked with the likes of James Blunt, Jason Mraz and Eric Hutchinson, but he's also produced a handful of acclaimed Spanish-language albums for Mexican duo Jesse & Joy and Spanish star Miguel Bosé.
"I heard about him through songwriting and also because I'm a fan of Train," says Fonsi (Terefe produced several Train tracks, including "Hey, Soul Sister"). "And then I found out the guy speaks Spanish perfectly. So making Spanish language songs wasn't completely out of his field."
Fonsi says his new set is not a major departure from his romantic and rock/pop sound, grounded in very melodic songs. But sound wise, he says, "It's a little different. Everything sounds more alive and very cool."
Fonsi collaborated in the album with several songwriters, but co-wrote the majority with his longtime collaborator Claudia Brant.