The Bronx-born artist teamed up with Pitbull on his breakthrough English-language single

By Jeff Nelson
Updated May 03, 2015 11:40 AM
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</iframeLatin-pop star Prince Royce has dominated foreign-language charts the last five years. But he’s eyeing to make a mainstream pop crossover with new single “Back It Up,” and PEOPLE’s got the exclusive first look at the lyric video.

“It’s a happy, positive song, a feel-good joint,” Royce, 25, tells PEOPLE of the track, which features Pitbull.

The pair met five years ago while touring with Enrique Iglesias.

“‘Back It Up’ has this cool Caribbean vibe, and I felt it was perfect for a Pit collab, so I shared it with him,” says Royce. “And the result is even better than what I had imagined.”

As for the Latin heartthrob’s upcoming English-language album, expected to drop this summer, “It is pop and R&B with Latin and Caribbean fusions,” says Royce, who was born and raised in New York City’s Bronx borough. “I love all kinds of music, and I am bilingual, so this is a natural progression for me.”