Now for the 2019 Pacha season, J Balvin will take over six dates throughout June & July bringing his globally embraced Reggaeton sound to the legendary club. Over six albums, Balvin – born Jose Alvaro Balvin – developed a brand of reggaeton that stays true to the genre’s hip-shaking ethos, while melding the melodic nuances of western pop music, particularly modern R&B.
After two solid opening performances by Eladio Carrion and Lyanno, a rainbow washed over the stage and J Balvin made his grand entrance in a new pair of tiny sunglasses. He started the set fittingly with Reggaeton.” Once the beat dropped, Balvin’s backup dancers appeared on stage. They weren’t the typical, sexy twerk crew you’d expect, though. A group of men wearing Michelin man suits and giant cloud heads took the stage and surrounded the singer. It was awesome.
Such an approach resulted in tracks such as Sigo Extranandote and Bobo displaying a type of vulnerability rare in male reggaeton acts. Balvin is also upfront about his life off stage; in interviews he describes how fame has heightened his struggle with depression and anxiety. With his career set to rocket even higher, one hopes he has the right management beside him to keep him on an even keel.
It’s a collaboration that fans of Latin music—and Colombians specifically—have been waiting for for years. Today, Maluma and J Balvin released their new song Qué Pena” along with an accompanying video, which sees the two Latin music stars serving as each other’s wingmen during a wild night out.
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 is the linchpin of that industry shift. No longer does a Latin artist have to change their style or sing in English to appeal to an international fan base.
Sigo Extrañandote” showcases J Balvin’s romantic side. Its music video is bound to break your heart. First of all, J Balvin has so many good songs to choose from, he put on a great show. Second, the crowd was so into it, it made it larger than life.
With its pinprick emotion and hazy atmospherics, La Canción” is likely someday to replicate the very effect it describes when a listener in the future hears it and can’t help but recall the current explosion of creativity in Spanish-language pop. Thirty-four-year-old Balvin, who’s from Colombia, and 25-year-old Bad Bunny, who’s from Puerto Rico, are separately two of the biggest names in a growing international scene that also includes Ozuna, Rosalía and Cardi B (whose bilingual 2018 smash I Like It” featured guest appearances by both men).
J Balvin’s most recent album VIBRAS debuted at #1, gave birth to Latin music’s most-praised tour of 2018, and was hailed by TIME. Rolling Stone, Billboard and many more as: One of the Best Albums of 2018” – while also propelling the Colombian star to frequent #1 global rankings on both YouTube & Spotify’s charts. This year has already seen J Balvin perform in the opening segment of The GRAMMY Awards, named the Premios Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year” for an unprecedented third consecutive year, seen his genre anthem Reggaeton” notch his 13th #1 Billboard single, and become the first male Latin music artist to launch his own fashion line with GUESS’ VIBRAS” collection. As Latin music’s leading representative on this year’s global festival season, J Balvin has already been named the first-ever Latin music artist set to headline Lollapalooza, and just delivered the first-ever Reggaeton set on the mainstage at Coachella.
More than a lark or a flex, the unexpected feature speaks to the cumulative, overlapping creative projects of Balvin, 34, a native of Colombia, and Bad Bunny, 25, who is Puerto Rican, as they expand the reach and rules of Latin music. Each has taken the blueprint of reggaeton — the rhythm-driven, Caribbean-influenced strain of Spanish-language hip-hop — and with some added flair and international collaborations led a new generation of artists to the pop mainstream under the wide umbrella of genres known as música urbana, or urbano.
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.
There have been bigger concert productions by bigger artists — the Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna — but apart from Prince’s 1988 Lovesexy” tour, we’ve never witness a show as big and bizarre as this one.
Set in a cabaret club, the music video for La Canción” most distinctly features the collaborators in traditional face makeup. It seems the reggaetoneros-turned-crooners are trying to kindle a sense of already being dead” to their exes, with an airy apparition eventually making its appearance on the dance floor. The moody, redlit atmosphere only adds to this phantasmal feeling. As a woman dances with her partner (and is, intentionally or not, dressed much like the salsa emoji), she appears to grow wistful at the song playing, too.
The album closes with Como un Bebé,” in which the headliners are joined by Mr. Eazi, a singer and songwriter from Nigeria’s Afrobeats scene who, like Balvin and Bad Bunny, performed at this year’s Coachella festival; the pulsating result points back to the place where many of urbano’s component parts were born.
Born José Álvaro Osorio Balvin, the Colombian singer, from Medellín, has broken the stereotypes surrounding Urban music. His fluid style and multiple collaborations have allowed him to stand out in the industry, becoming the first Latin artist to headline at the Lolapalooza festival and the first Reggaeton act to perform at Coachella.
He signed to EMI Colombia in 2009 and released his first single, “Ella Me Cautivó,” which charted at 35 on the U.S. tropical chart. This was followed by the release of the full-length Real in 2010. Balvin contributed four tunes to the soundtrack of the Tim Bulot film El Negocio. All of them charted, including “En Lo Oscuro,” which hit the top spot in his native country.
Maluma’s most recent album, 11:11 , dropped in May. The album features collaborations with Madonna, Ricky Martin, Ty Dolla $ign; Maluma would also pair up with Madonna for her Madame X single Medellín.” He is currently out on his North American 11:11 Tour, which wraps November 9th in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will include stops at Madison Square Garden and The Forum.
English-speaking fans will no doubt remember earlier Latin-pop booms, as when Ricky Martin and Shakira broke out in the United States in the late ’90s and early 2000s — and were quickly urged to adapt their sounds to American tastes. In wake of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s 2017 hit Despacito,” though, the generation led by Balvin and Bad Bunny rarely sing or rap in English (even as they attract English-speaking stars like Beyoncé for remixes).
Two of the biggest Spanish-speaking global pop superstars discuss joining forces for the first Watch the Throne”-style pairing in Latin music. Billboard has rounded up the 12 best J Balvin songs to date. Check out the list below.
Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin is a chart-topping recording artist whose polished urban singles (“Yo Te Lo Dije” and “Mi Gente”) and multi-platinum-selling albums (including 2012’s La Familia ) have not only made him a top-tier Latin pop crossover act, but someone capable of breaking the segregation of the American music industry’s language barrier. His success has made him one of the most recognizable members of the second generation of reggaeton artists and a trendsetter for new and high fashion.
After warming the audience up with Vibras single Machika” and song of the summer Con Altura” (complete with a cartoonified Rosalía singing along on the screens), Balvin took a moment to speak from the heart. Tonight, with you, I’m José, not J Balvin,” he said to the crowd. José is just like you, goes through the same things you do, and is the same normal person that you are.” He joked, however, that no one should call him Josecito,” because that nickname is reserved for his mom in Medellín.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Latin music has increased to $413 million , growing 18% since last year. Reggaeton and Trap have increased in popularity around the world, uncovering a new era in the music industry.
Traditional backup dancers are replaced by dancing clouds and inflatable cartoons. His numerous collaborations with artists such as Bad Bunny, Cardi B, Beyoncé, Anitta, Jowell & Randy, Nicky Jam, Willy William, Zion & Lennox, Jhay Cortez, Rosalía, DJ Snake, among others, where all accounted for during his show.
J. Balvín was born José Álvaro Osorio Balvín on the 7th of May 1985. Born and raised in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia, he debuted as a reggaeton singer in 2009 and has since become one of the country’s biggest musical exports in recent memory.
He may not be a household name in the UK, but 34-year-old J Balvin is arguably – statistically – one of the most successful musicians in the world right now. The Colombian is credited with the revival of reggaeton, with monthly streaming figures that currently surpass those of Drake, Justin Bieber and Cardi B. He is second only to the unstoppable Ed Sheeran. His recent release, Oasis – an ebullient eight-track joint album with Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny – was called historic” by both Fader and Vulture and goofy but incredibly fun” by Pitchfork. It clocked up 40m streams in one week. Granted, streaming can be a malleable metric, but across the board Balvin’s numbers are phenomenal. They made it official yesterday. I’m currently the most viewed artist on the planet on YouTube,” he says as we sit at a table shaped like a massive vulva.
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.
While Balvin performed a number of his collaborations with Bad Bunny (from Oasis as well as other projects), San Benito did not make an appearance in person at Saturday’s show. He did, however, appear in FriendsWithYou form: After a few introductory bars from Pete Rodriguez’s 1967 single I Like It Like That,” Balvin was joined onstage by hilarious big-headed versions of Cardi B and Bad Bunny as he performed his verse from I Like It,” the trio’s chart-topping hit from last year.
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.
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.
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).
In 2018, J Balvin became the most streamed artist worldwide on Spotify , racking up over 48 million monthly listeners worldwide. (Drake previously held the title.) So what songs have helped him achieve his success? While he’s dominated the Billboard Latin Pop Airplay chart with seven number one hits (Machika,” Ambiente,” Reggaeton,” Baila Baila Baila,” Sigo Extrañandote,” and Otra Vez,” for example), American fans are likely most familiar with his mainstream successes on the Hot 100 chart: Cardi B’s I Like It,” on which he’s featured, plus Mi Gente” with Willy William, featuring Beyoncé.
Although his tour is just kicking off, much is expected from J Balvin. He will be touring the United States along with the two Puerto Rican trap singers Lyanno and Eladio Carrión who will be the opening acts for the show.
In La Canción,” a shimmering reggaeton ballad from J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s excellent new duo album, Oasis,” these two Latin superstars lovingly detail the feeling of nostalgia that an old song can trigger.