Argentine singer Torres takes "Different" approach

Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:21pm EDT
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By Leila Cobo

MIAMI (Billboard) - Argentine star Diego Torres ends his four-year break from recording with "Distinto" (Different), which ventures beyond his usual pop territory.

On the album he collaborates with the likes of alternative singer-songwriter Kevin Johansen and urban Spanish act La Mala Rodriguez. Torres' first release since 2006's "Andando" hits stores May 10 on his new label, Universal.

Billboard: Compared with your previous albums, which have been more pop-leaning, the new set is very uptempo.

Diego Torres: We wanted an album like this that had more power overall. In looking for a new sound, I wanted to record a power album. I had this notion from the onset. The electric guitar is in a way a leading player on this album and a common thread that keeps it all together. Even the ballads are power ballads.

Billboard: What was your mental process as you returned to the studio after four years?

Torres: Internally, I very much wanted to do something new -- look for new horizons, new countries, new arrangements. It took me awhile until I felt comfortable and everything began to acquire more focus. A lot of things happened in between. I finished a tour, I started a relationship with a new label, my father had health problems. I felt the need to stop. You need energy to get onstage, and I just didn't have it. On the one hand, it was a breather, and on the other, it was an artistic change, an opportunity to reinvent myself.

In the beginning, I began to write and work on songs, and really, I wasn't getting what I wanted until I started to encounter songs that were more in line with what I was searching for. There were many songs that were beautiful, that I liked, but not for this album. I worked on 35 songs for this album and we kept 10, and I'm very confident of each of them.

Billboard: You spent 18 years with BMG, and later with Sony when it acquired the label. Why the switch to Universal?   Continued...