Listen to Diego Boneta's Seductive Retro Pop-Rock Single 'The Hurt'

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Diego Boneta's single, "The Hurt."

Remember when we told you that Diego Boneta was back in a big way? We weren’t exaggerating. He’s got a hot new show, Scream Queens on Fox, and just unveiled his new single “The Hurt,” which is sexy, catchy and very rock and roll, and the first taste of his upcoming bilingual EP.

“I started working on my third album back when I did Rock of Ages, which was 2012, and then I signed to Sony Music Latin,” the hunky Mexican actor/singer tells Billboard exclusively. “When I signed with them I had an idea of what I wanted my sound to be . Usually it takes many songwriting sessions to find your sound and then many more to find the single. But when we did ‘The Hurt,’ the stars were aligned, the muses were in a good mood and then boom, it just came out! That was the first song I wrote with Sony, and it’s the staple to my sound now.”

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Boneta, 24, says writing the song was cathartic in a way. Like many of the best songs ever recorded, “The Hurt” came after a break-up. “Emotionally I was going through a really tough time,” he says. “You just feel like you don’t want to give yourself up for anyone anymore; you don’t want love. So the song has that sexy groove to it, a cool beat and a retro sound to it as well.”

And while retro is the vibe Boneta is going for on his upcoming EP, he’s not leaving his Latino roots behind. “The EP has six songs, four of them are in English and two of them are in Spanish,” he shares. “The sound will be top 40 pop, with a retro kind of vibe, like the Black Keys meet Bruno Mars. It’s modern beats and modern choruses but the verses and some of the guitars and instruments have a bit of a rock n roll throwback, along the lines of Little Richard and Elvis, while other parts are more '80s-sounding.”

What’s not to love?