[With his new “Wildheart” album debuting in the Top 5 on the sales chart this week, R&B singer Miguel speaks to SOHH about the content of his third solo offering.]

Let’s start with this: “What’s Normal Anyway?” is the spine of the record. And the journey of being wild hearted starts with knowing the answers to a very small set of questions. And that is, what do you stand for? What do you believe in? What are you willing to sacrifice? What are you not willing to sacrifice?

And I think when we take the time in solitude to answer those questions for ourselves we also come to another question, which is what the f**k is normal anyway? Why are we striving so hard to appease other people’s opinions of what happiness or success are? I say throw away any need or expectation to conform to other people’s opinions, or perspectives, because the truth is normality farce. Normality is subjective.

The moment we take the time to answer those questions for ourselves, what we stand for, what we believe in, what we’re willing to sacrifice, and so on and so forth, because we know who we are and where we stand, we’re more likely to make decisions that resonate with who we truly are, as opposed to making decisions based on other people’s opinions of how we move and act.

So, that in itself is such an empowering and powerful disposition which I think is the position of anyone who has done or accomplished or thought of anything timeless, great, or of note. Nothing that matters in this world has ever been accomplished by being faint of heart, or by being fearful, or being conformist.

It always took a little bit of delusion, a little bit of crazy, a little bit of wild heartedness to go against the grain. Because the truth is, being yourself is wild hearted, because no one will ever be like you. You are the only you that will ever be and has ever been. And I think that’s to be celebrated, as opposed to being muted, or being edited down, or trying to mold ourselves to be single-minded with monotone ideals of what people should be.

So, that’s what “Wildheart” is all about. And the tone of the album is more a representation of that, because I’m way more apologetic and actually the album is so much more aggressive than I’ve ever been. And I think that’s the confidence that kicks in when you answer those questions for yourself.

It gives you that. You approach things with a much clearer idea of what you want and how you want it. So, I think that’s why the album sounds the way that it does.

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