Biography & History

J BalvinSometimes-definitely not all the time-the radio doesn’t suck. The colorful characters that Balvin’s dancers assumed throughout the show are the creations of the L.A.-based, Miami-founded experiential art collective FriendsWithYou The artists recently partnered with Balvin and Guess — with whom Balvin launched a successful collaboration this year — to create limited-edition tour merchandize and provided the Arcoiris Tour dancers with blow-up suits emulating some of the group’s recurring characters.

Hailing from Medellín, Colombia, José Álvaro Osorio Balvin – better known to a legion of global fans as J BALVIN – has been praised by Billboard as “the biggest breakout act Latin music has seen in many years.” With a distinctive style all his own, J Balvin has become the undeniable leader of a second-generation Reggaeton revolution propelling the Urban genre back to the forefront of Latin music worldwide. Between his game-changing major-label debut album LA FAMILA, multiplatinum successor ENERGIA and landmark singles such as Mi Gente, J Balvin has quickly notched eleven #1 Latin singles, over 50 million social media followers, and over TWENTY BILLION Total YouTube Views. J Balvin’s most recent album VIBRAS was hailed by TIME. Rolling Stone, Billboard and more as: “One of the Best Albums of 2018” ­while also propelling the Colombian star to frequent #1 rankings on both YouTube & Spotify’s global charts.

Balvin took a moment during one of his slower songs to have a heart-to-heart with the audience. He spoke about dealing with depression, and then thanked the reggaeton artists before him for paving the way. My friend commented how glad she is that musicians like Balvin have changed the machista stereotype that defined the genre for so many years.

As the diverse crowd began to fill the arena all the way up to the nosebleeds, Puerto Rican singer Lyanno and Bad Bunny collaborator Eladio Carrion , with a slew of their own reggaeton and Latin trap tracks, prepped the crowd for the trip on which they were about to embark.

When it came time for the Latin music superstars to film the music video for their new single, they returned to the place where the collaboration was born: New York. Balvin selected the film crew and the director, Collin Tiley.

As on Watch the Throne” and What a Time to Be Alive,” the differences between the stars’ vocal approaches — Balvin’s high, tender croon and Bad Bunny’s low, droning flow — give the music a powerful dynamic range; Odio,” about another breakup, captures the longing as well as the resentment of someone thumbing through old texts.

With over 50 million followers on social media, over 10 billion YouTube views and 43 million monthly listeners on Spotify, he is one of the world’s leading latin music artists. He has collaborated with Beyoncé, Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams and the latest album “VIBRAS” was described as last year’s best album by both Rolling Stone, TIME and Billboard. On May 29 at 8 PM we welcome the world star J Balvin to Gröna Lund’s Stora Scen (Main Stage).

When J Balvin was 17, he participated in an English-exchange program in Oklahoma, but was disappointed by the experience, saying, “I was expecting the U.S. that everyone knows from Hollywood”. Soon after the program, he moved to New York City to further study English and music, living with an aunt on Staten Island and working as a dog walker. During his time in New York, he became fascinated by the business savvy of New York rappers 50 Cent and P. Diddy. J Balvin worked various jobs in New York, Miami, and Medellín, including working illegally in the United States as a roofer and house painter. He ultimately decided to return to Colombia and began performing at various urban clubs in Medellín and increasing his social media following. He enrolled at the prestigious Eafit University in Medellín for seven semesters, studying international business. At age 19, he began to seriously pursue a career in music and adopted the stage name J Balvin “El Negocio”, meaning “The Business” in English.

J Balvin is the stage name of José Álvaro Osorio Balvín, from Medellín, Colombia. Balvin is a reggaeton singer whose polished urban singles and best-selling albums have made him a top-tier Latin pop artist. He became interested in music at a young age while listening to rap, champeta, bachata, and reggae on the radio. He was also a big fan of music videos; it was from these that he began to develop his dance moves and cultivate his own style.


Balvin was a featured vocalist on the Colombian version of Robin Thicke ‘s smash single “Blurred Lines,” which was issued in October of 2013, just prior to his own second album, La Familia All four singles from the album charted in Colombia’s Top Ten, and “Yo Te Lo Dije” hit number two on the rhythm chart and number nine on the Latin pop chart in the U.S. The B Sides collection appeared in September of 2014, featuring two more radio chart-topping singles in “6 AM” and “Ay Vamos.” The latter won a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Song.

About three-quarters of the way through Oasis,” the new eight-song collaborative album by the Latin superstars J Balvin and Bad Bunny that was released without much warning overnight, there is a lyrical allusion that will prove familiar to many Spanish speakers acquainted with ’90s rock or drunken karaoke.

Fall is upon us, which also means that sad boy season is here. J Balvin and Bad Bunny are just the latest duo to be all up in their feels, and their music video for La Canción” is welcome proof of it. Released October 14, the video for their latest single off of 2019’s joint EP, Oasis, sees the reggaetoneros taking to the stage to serenade for a change. La Canción” is not a club bop, then. Rather, it’s a ballad about all those club bops you once danced to with a past lover, and can’t help but feel sad over listening to now without them.

For the record, there was a fair amount of booty-shaking on and off the stage at Toyota Music Factory on Friday; that’s the J Balvin effect. Even for some strange gringo” like myself who doesn’t understand the lyrics, the music just makes sense.

Born José Álvaro Osorio Balvin in Medellín, Colombia, he became interested in music at a young age while listening to rap, champeta, bachata, and reggae on the radio. He was also a big fan of music videos; it was from these that he began to develop his dance moves and cultivate his own style.

The boycott comes as a response to the absence of Reggaeton musicians from the list of nominees for the show’s 10 primary award categories, despite the genre’s monumental rise to global popularity over the decade.

It’s surprising that Maluma and his reggaeton counterpart J Balvin have never collaborated on a track together, considering the size of each of their stardoms after leaving the hills of Medellín behind. While their styles generally differ—Maluma’s music skews towards Latin pop while J Balvin currently sits at the top of the pack of mainstream reggaetoneros—their voices work with each other, as well as the pop-reggaeton beat produced by prolific Latin producer Sky Rompiendo.

During the slower-paced middle of the set, Balvin performed on a second stage toward the back of the arena floor, which featured more giant mushroom- and lollipop-like props, and small hydraulic platform that resembled a giant candy cane; it rose about 50 feet above the stage while Balvin sang atop it.


With an expanding global audience and hits like Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” winning record of the year at the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards, Reggeaton is experiencing a wave of international popularity like never before.

Get ready for an electrifying night of music and dance with Reggaeton hitmaker J Balvin at the Grand Theatre. Amazing! The concert started on time, good organization and JBalvin is an amazing artist.

The awards, which will take place on November 14, will go on without artists like J Balvin, Nicky Jam, and Maluma in attendance. When Abu Dhabi fans see Balvin perform at The Arena, they will witness an artist in his prime.

José Álvaro Osorio Balvín (born May 7, 1985) is a Colombian reggaeton singer. Balvin was born in Medellín , Colombia 1 At age 17, he moved to the United States. He moved to Oklahoma and New York to learn English and was influenced by the music he heard there. He then returned to Medellín and gained popularity performing at clubs in the city. He was the first Latino artist to be a Lolapalooza headliner.

J Balvin basically makes positive party music that’ll make you want to dance. So far, he’s released six studio albums—Vibras, and La Familia among them, plus a collaboration with Bad Bunny , Oasis—and his singles have helped him break global records, putting him in the same category as Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and Ed Sheeran when it comes to popularity. In fact, a whopping four of his music videos have over 1 billion YouTube views.

Still, the reverence for his elder shone through, even as Bad Bunny padded his praise with in-jokes, irony and sarcasm. Referring to the song Odio” (Hate”), a pop-R&B number and the closest thing to a ballad on Oasis,” Bad Bunny recalled writing it long ago and having to wait forever for Balvin to finish his section.


Elsewhere on Oasis,” Balvin and Bad Bunny, who share a reputation for ostentatious dress and jewelry, continue to cycle through a summery suite of pan-Latin sounds, not resting only on old-school reggaeton energy or the Atlanta trap influence of current urbano, but positioning themselves as ambassadors and guides through the increasingly global world of popular music.

J Balvin adds Latin flavor to DJ Snake ‘s Loco Contigo” with Tyga The song is about being crazy for someone, unable to get them out of your mind. Ginza” became one of the longest-reigning No. 1s on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart in 2015. The Balvin song topped the list for 22 weeks.

The video finds the pair again teaming up with Colin Tilley , who in addition to directing their earlier Que Pretendes” video, has also shot footage for Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, DJ Snake and more With zombie face paint, a leather surgical mask, and beaming red buzz cut, Balvin lends the picturesque opening sequence a bit of menace. Soon enough, Bad Bunny enters the video clad in a mouse-eared balaclava, rapping along to his verse while flanked by hoards of goth dancers.

In 2016, Balvin won the Premios Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year Award and was a featured guest on both Sofia Carson ‘s charting debut single, “Love Is the Name,” and on Alejandro Sanz ‘s “Cuando Seas Grande” – from a performance at La Voz – along with Gloria Trevi and Los Tigres del Norte In May he released the single “Bobo”; it topped the Latin songs chart. “Safari,” featuring Pharrell Williams , BIA , and Sky , was released in June, followed by the full-length Energia The album, produced by Sky and featuring contributions from Bull Nene , Daddy Yankee , Fuego , Yandel , and Juanes , hit the top spot on several Latin album charts. The following year, he scored a hit with a remix of his track “Mi Gente” that featured Beyoncé The song became his first U.S. Top Ten single.

With newfound popularity and growing fame, J Balvin announced his Arcoiris Tour” a 25-date North American tour in collaboration with FriendsWithYou The opening track of the show, titled Reggaeton,” offers a preface of what to expect from the two-hour-long show.

It finds Balvin surrounded by some wildly adorned dancers, and others in giant, comical, blobby costumes that range from dancing mushrooms to giant ice-pops with faces to figures resembling Michelin men with clouds for heads (the smiling cloud-head is essentially FriendsWithYou’s mascot). There is also a huge toy horse that Balvin and the dancers ride for a couple of songs, and a gigantic cartoon-ish character seated onstage with a starfish on one ear, a hoop earring in the other, a teddy-bear-like creature sitting on its head and another cloud-head in its lap.

The singer made a splash at the 2019 Grammys when he arrived hand in hand with Valentina Ferrer, a model and Miss Argentina 2014. Last summer, the New York Post reported that Balvin is crazy in love” with her, months after they made a joint appearance at the Ovadia & Songs fashion show in New York that February.

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