Sometimes-definitely not all the time-the radio doesn’t suck. Maluma and J Balvin have dropped a so fresh and so clean clean (not a typo) video for “Qué Pena.” Join the reggaeton stars for a night of celebration as they dance the night away in some of the cleanest outfits and coolest hairdos that you’ll ever see. This is one night that we wish that we wouldn’t have missed.
There were a lot of great performances at the 2019 Video Music Awards, but one certainly left fans scratching their heads. In fact, J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s 2019 VMAs performance of “Qué Pretendes” was so trippy, it was basically a video game. And it had people on Twitter comparing the two to all kinds of animated characters.
His 2015 single “Ginza,” the official pre-release for his next album, entered the Hot Latin Songs chart at number one, topped several others, and was certified platinum. Balvin’s collaborations were as notable as his own work that year. He and Julión Álvarez were featured on Juan Gabriel’s single “La Frontera.” His “Latino Remix” of Justin Bieber‘s smash “Sorry” scored big for both artists at Latin pop radio and in digital streaming and downloads.
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.
Though his music is primarily reggaeton, J Balvin has experimented with a variety of musical genres in his work, including electronica, house music, trap, and R&B. His original musical inspirations included rock groups such as Metallica and Nirvana , and reggaeton king Daddy Yankee He has collaborated with artists such as Pharrell Williams , Major Lazer , and Sean Paul Despite working with many English-speaking artists, J Balvin continues to sing almost exclusively in Spanish, and hopes to introduce Spanish-language music to a global audience. He is also noted for his eclectic and colorful fashion sense.
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.
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.
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.
J Balvin has called fashion “his life’s passion, on the same level as music.” He appeared as an ambassador during the 2017 New York Fashion Week, and has called for greater representation of Latinos in the fashion world. He utilizes eccentric accessories such as cowboy hats, colorful tracksuits, and ripped jeans. Isabela Raygoza described his aesthetic at the 2017 Latin Grammys as a “Latin raver Eminem” due to his neon blonde hair and brightly colored athletic clothing.
During the first half 2019 he made several more Hot 100 appearances: He collaborated with Benny Blanco , Tainy , and Selena Gomez on “I Can’t Get Enough,” with Ozuna , Daddy Yankee , Farruko , and Anuel AA , on the smash “Baila Baila Baila.” In early May he and El Guincho appeared on Rosalia’s Top Ten hit “Con Altura,” and later that month on DJ Khaled ‘s “You Stay,” alongside Meek Mill , Lil Baby , and Jeremih On June 28, the album Oasis by Balvin and fellow urbano prince Bad Bunny was released without advance notice. Saturated in dembow and trap beats and crafted specifically as a soundtrack for summertime, it entered at number one on the Latin Rhythm charts two weeks after release, and debuted at number nine on the Top 200. The album’s first single, “Que Pretendes,” entered the Hot 100 as well.
While it took him a good five years – and two ignored albums – to get going, Balvin eventually found success with his 2014 single 6 AM. A bouncy collaboration with Puerto Rican singer Farruko, the single is a fun romp in which Balvin recalls the blurry night before, reminiscent of a song version of the 2009 film The Hangover.
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.
Reciting rhymes in Spanish (as he always does), Bad Bunny addresses an ex he thought he’d forgotten — until a favorite tune reminds him of that time they drunkenly danced together. Balvin then joins in, savoring a more shall-we-say-graphic memory as a trumpet player peppers the track with long, wistful notes.
The duo took the stage toward the end of the night, performing their new single “Qué Pretendes” while wearing exaggerated cartoon costumes that included round torsos, enormous hands, and toothpick-thin legs. It was sort of a cake pop silhouette, if you will. But while it might have thrown some viewers for a loop, it certainly added to the surreal and fun vibe of the song.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coming from Colombia José Álvaro Osorio Balvin, better known as J Balvin, is undoubtedly one of the most popular Latino artists of recent years. He successfully combines the tradition of Puerto Rican reggaeton with the rhythm of Colombian pop and hip-hop. From the release of the breakthrough album “La Familia” (2013) to last year’s “Vibras”, he won numerous awards, including 3 Latin Grammys and 3 Billboard Latin Music Awards. He has over 50 million fans on social media, and his videos have been watched over 10 billion times in total. No wonder that with this popularity J Balvin has become one of the most sought after collaborators by the giants of modern pop. Among them were Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Major Lazer, Daddy Yankee, and Camila Cabello. However, thanks to his collaboration with Cardi B and Bad Bunny on „I Like It” he hit the top of the Bilboard Hot 100 for the first time.
The Latin pop star takes the stage for an energetic night of reggaeton music. Come hear the Colombian singer’s polished urban singles and crossover hits including Yo Te Lo Dije,” Mi Gente,” Ella Me Cautivo,” Ginza” and Ay Vamos.” Enjoy a concert like no other with the Grammy winning J Balvin.
Ay Vamos” was J Balvin’s first No.1 on Hot Latin Songs. Its music video also gave Balvin the honor of becoming the first Latin urban artist to surpass a billion views on YouTube.
According to Pellot, this dynamic is especially complicated by the history of Spanish colonization throughout Latin America coupled with the consistent marginalization of Latinx artists, despite their popularity.
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.
On 30 June 2017, J Balvin released his new single along with the official music video “Mi Gente” featuring Willy William. On 1 August 2017, “Mi Gente” became the number 1 song in the world according to Global Top 50 on Spotify. It soon reached 1 billion views on YouTube. In September 2017, the song was remixed with American artist Beyoncé. The remix reached the top ten in the United States, giving Balvin his first USA top ten single. J Balvin and Willy William released six more “Mi Gente” remixes with Steve Aoki, Alesso, Cedric Gervais, Dillon Francis, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and Henry Fong. Despite the song’s success, “Mi Gente” did not win any awards at the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards, with many awards going to Luis Fonsi’s hit “Despacito”. At the ceremony, he performed “Mi Gente” as well as “Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola” alongside Bad Bunny and his remix of “Unforgettable” with French Montana.
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.
Colombian reggaeton titan J Balvin burst into the mainstream in 2017 with his global smash Mi Gente,” guested with Beyonce at her Coachella Homecoming” performance last year and also appeared alongside Cardi B on her summer hit I Like It.” And although his 2017 Energia” tour was a spectacle on its own, few people were probably prepared for the mind-blowing, surreal experience that is his current Arcoiris” (Spanish for rainbow) tour.
We dug up some coordinating leopard print outfits and showed up a couple hours early for the meet-and-greet. Upon arriving at Toyota Music Factory, I was reminded of Balvin’s global superstar status. We were in the back of a massive line of people waiting for an encounter with the Colombian artist. Once the line started moving, it moved at a lightning speed. Before we knew it, it was our turn for a photo.
Balvin kicked off his worldwide Arcoiris Tour at Coachella in April in support of his 2018 solo album, Vibras, along with Oasis, his 2019 collaborative album with fellow reggaetonero Bad Bunny. This past Saturday, the vibrant show made its way to the Triple A.
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.
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.
If you don’t speak Spanish, J Balvin’s music is reason enough to give that years-old Rosetta Stone tutorial another shot. At 34, the Colombian-born Spanish-speaking reggaeton singer is among the most influential Latino artists changing the way the top-10 charts across America sound. Balvin is best known for hits like Ginza,” Que Pretendes,” Mi Gente,” and Cardi B’s I Like It”—and with the help of artists like Bad Bunny , Camila Cabello , Rosalía, and Ozuna , he’s helping make 2019’s MTV VMAs super latino. Even President Barack Obama recently added Con Altura” to his playlist. If he’s good enough for President Obama, he’s good enough for us—here’s what you need to know about J Balvin.
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.
That year he was nominated for ten awards at the Premios Nuestra Tierra music awards but even then, things were only going to get better. His third album, 2013’s La Familia”, went four times platinum in Colombia, platinum in Romania and Peru and Gold in Argentina and Venezuela. It was also his first record to chart on the Billboard Heatseekers chart as well.
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.
Where competition did crest was in seeing who could record faster, which also revealed a divide in their processes, the men said: Balvin likes to improvise his flows and melodies in the vocal booth, while Bad Bunny, a more reserved and solitary presence, rehearses in private before getting on the microphone.
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.
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.
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.
His 2015 single “Ginza,” the official pre-release for his next album, entered the Hot Latin Songs chart at number one, topped several others, and was certified platinum. Balvin’s collaborations were as notable as his own work that year. He and Julión Álvarez were featured on Juan Gabriel’s single “La Frontera.” His “Latino Remix” of Justin Bieber’s smash “Sorry” scored big for both artists at Latin pop radio and in digital streaming and downloads.