Miguel is bringing his rockstar style to the pages of GQ where he also dishes on his wild sex life with his longtime girlfriend. Fellow R&B crooner The Dream opens up about racism in the music industry saying artists are treated like slaves. More inside…
Since hitting the music scene with his sultry 2010 single “Sure Thing,” R&B crooner Miguel has been keeping up with the bedroom bangers to set the mood just right. His newest musical offering is titled “Coffee” and it’s the first cut from his upcoming third studio album Wildheart (expected to drop next week).
In GQ’s July 2015 issue, the sex-obsessed singer brings us a few fresh looks that show off his unique rockstar style. Rocking designer labels such as Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Tom Ford, the “Adorn” singer proves his style flows in a lane of it’s own.
While chatting it up with GQ, the 29-year-old singer talked about his wild sex life with his girlfriend of 10-years singer/model Nazanin Mandi. Apparently, the couple likes to keep things steamy in the bedroom by participating in threesomes. And Miguel likes to call their bedroom activity…brillant. Just because he has been in a long-term (on and off) relationship, clearly doesn’t mean the passion in the bedroom subsides. Whatever floats your boat.
He revealed, “When you’ve experienced sex when it is wild, when it is very spontaneous, with someone that you share something in common with, even when it’s different people, it’s brilliant.”
While some would say Miguel provides the perfect soundtrack for a lovemaking session, he coins the experience a little differently. “People f*ck to my songs. I say things the way that we want to say them as men, and I think women can respect that because it’s honest.”
The Grammy-winning singer will let all of his foreplay and lovemaking sessions play out in his new album explaining, “And all that went into this new album. I was trying to tell the story of my energy, mostly the more primal side.” We’re here for it.
Peep his style file below:
Suit $1,940 Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci at MrPorter.com
Shirt $495 Marc Jacobs
Loafers $595 Gucci
Bracelets, left, from top Beneath the Roses Le Gramme Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane
Bracelet, right David Yurman
Location Belcampo Meat Co. at Grand Central Market
Jacket $7,590 Tom Ford
Henley $1,990 Tom Ford
Jeans $179 Stampd
Boots $395 Maxwell Snow
Belt Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane
Necklace and brass cuff (right) George Frost
Brass link bracelet LHN Jewelry
Location The Last Bookstore
Jacket $398 Diesel
T-shirt $128 Hiro Clark
Jeans $1,480 Balmain
Sneakers $75 Adidas Originals
Sunglasses and silver-feather cuff Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane
Triangle necklace and golden rings Degs & Sal
Coin necklace, his own
Silver chain and floral ring Chrome Hearts
Square ring Topman
Link bracelet David Yurman
Check out the rest of his looks here.
In other news….
R&B crooner and producer The Dream opens up to Billboard in a candid interview about racism in the music industry. Shocker! *ends sarcasm*
In the interview, The Dream says big record labels (whom he sees as big corporations) are treating recording artists like slaves. He talks about the awful contracts record labels offer to artists and how streaming services are ripping them off!
Where white artists can make specific demands and those demands are made (i.e. Taylor Swift), he says black artists don’t have that power simply because…they’re black. He also reveals whether he supports Jay Z’s TIDAL streaming service and what he would do to level the playing field in the music biz.
Below are the highlights:
What role does race play in how artists get paid today?
If you got a hit and you’re white, there are no limits to what you can do. If you’re black and you have a hit today but can’t do it again tomorrow, then your ass is out of here. When the industry uses you up, that’s it. You’re gone. It’s a constant battle for our culture. We can’t say no to radio, we can’t say no to Spotify, and we can’t have a concert because nobody will come. And the whole time, everybody is taking from our culture to enhance the pop side of things. By the way, the pop side doesn’t mean you have to be white. Bruno Mars is pop. Nobody listens to Bruno Mars like he’s a black artist. Which I’m sure for him, he’s like, “Thank God.” There are urban artists and then there are pop artists, and urban artists get things taken from them. We create the swag, and everybody knows it.
Dr. Luke has been remaking [Rihanna’s] “Umbrella” since we made “Umbrella”! I tell him that to his face! He has been making it over and over, and pop radio loves it every time.
If you were put in charge of the entire music industry, what’s the first thing you would do to level the playing field?
Unionize the artists and songwriters. Give them the power to say, “No, we won’t only take a few cents while you sit back and make all the money [when] we do all the work.”
You previously recorded for, and worked in A&R, at Def Jam. Have you ever felt that your record company has been on your side, fighting for you?
Not one time. The record company has fought for themselves, never for me.
Taylor Swift and Big Machine pulled her music from Spotify. As a label owner and creator, do you support that?
I can support it, but I could never do the same. I’m black
It’s a race thing. It’s always going to be a race thing. For one, if I took my records off of Spotify, it would affect the people who listen to my music for free and may not have the means otherwise. Taylor Swift fans probably have the means to go and buy a Taylor Swift record.
What do you make of Tidal?
I think my good friend Jay Z said it best: Apple makes a billion dollars doing something; we have no problem with it. We’ll buy 8,000 iPhones. But if a black man does it, immediately people say, “Wait, hasn’t he already made enough money?”
Photos: Sebastian Kim/GQ/Dream’s IG