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Ricardo Montaner Pays Tribute to Mexico with New Album 'Ida y Vuelta'

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Ricardo Montaner at Univision Studios on Oct. 24, 2016 in Miami.

Singer/songwriter Ricardo Montaner has released his new album Ida y Vuelta (Round Trip), a tribute to Mexico.

And it's a tribute that works both ways. When Montaner was developing the idea of the album, his notion was to feature big Mexican names like  Calibre 50, Pepe Aguilar, Julión Alvarez, Espinoza Paz, Yuri, Conjunto Primavera and Voz De Mando singing his greatest hits.

"The idea evolved," he told Billboard. "First, it was going to be an album in which I would sing in the regional genre. Then it became an album where they sing my songs, but I also sing theirs."

Listen to  the album below:

Ida y Vuelta is Montaner’s 23rd studio album, and it's available in two editions: a 19-song Regional Mexican version and an 11-song pop version.

Song selection, he admitted, was largely informed by social media.  "I was advised by my team all the time. But, we look at their social media and YouTube to see which songs the audience like the most.”

Montaner, who was born in Argentina but is Venezuelan, says Mexico was one of the first countries to fully embrace his music outside of South America.

To hear more about Montaner's new album, watch the following video:

WATCH: Ricardo Montaner talks new album #IdayVuelta

Posted by Billboard Latin on Monday, October 31, 2016