01/02/2014 04:07 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Ricky Martin Wants To 'Go Back To Some Heavy Roots'


Ricky Martin is ready to shake things up in 2014.

The Puerto Rican star may have started off the new year single, but the end of his relationship with partner Carlos González isn’t stopping the singer’s big musical plans. In a recent interview with Latina magazine, Ricky described what fans could expect from his upcoming album.

Despite generating dance hits like “Come With Me” and “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” Martin is hoping to strip down musically when he releases his newest album later this year.

“I’m in a very earthy place right now,” Martin told Latina magazine. “I need to go back to some heavy roots and look for that. I want to go to Africa to look for sounds, and I’m going to Brazil and Spain as well. All this is in search of something culturally rich and very organic. I need real sounds and real instrumentation and to create heavy fusion, culturally speaking.”

The Boricua also mentioned his collaboration with Sony Music and FIFA on the “SuperSong” global music competition. Last September, the star unveiled the contest that asks fans all over the world to write an anthem for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Martin said the winning song would be featured on the World Cup’s official album -- accompanied by a track he is about to release featuring Jennifer Lopez and Wisin.

On Wednesday, Martin’s spokesperson confirmed to the Puerto Rican daily El Nuevo Día that the star had split from his long-time partner. The news comes as a surprise considering the 41-year-old crooner had revealed where he’d like to get married just last month.

"If I were going to marry, I'd love to do it in Spain - there are some spectacular settings for having a great formal wedding," Martin told EFE during his recent trip to Madrid.



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