Colombian reggae singer J Balvin became a global sensation with crossover songs such as “Ginza”, “Mi Gente” and “I Like It”.
Who is J Balvin?
J Balvin, from Medellin, Colombia, began developing his brand of reggaeton in the early 2000s. International success was followed by the release of tracks such as “Ay Vamos”, “Ginza” and “Mi Gente”, while great albums such as Energia (2016), “Vibras” (2018) and “Colores” (2020) showed his creativity as an artist. The multi-time Latin Grammy winner has also established himself as a fashion icon while being open about his battles with depression.
How old is J Balvin?
Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin was born on May 7, 1985 in Medellin, Colombia to Jose Alvaro Osorio and Alba Merry Balvin.
Childhood and musical beginnings
J Balvin grew up with his younger sister, Carolina, in a spacious house in a well-off life Beilin Malibu neighborhood. Influenced by American strong bands like Nirvana and Metallica, he started playing guitar in his rock group at the age of 11.
Within a few years, Jose the Elder’s business had gone bankrupt. The family moved to a smaller home in a less exclusive area, and Palvin resorted to selling things like chewing gum and clothes at school for extra cash.
At the age of 18, Palvin joined an English language exchange program that brought him to a small town in Oklahoma and leave him isolated. When his host confiscated his passport and cut off contact with family and friends, Palvin escaped and went to live with an aunt on Staten Island, New York. There he made his temporary living by walking dogs and immersed himself in street hip-hop culture.
Returning to Medellin, Palvin began taking university classes in international business and communications but dropped out after realizing that he was more interested in the music industry.
Switching to reggae through the international success of Daddy Yankee, Balvin sought to carve out his role in the dance- and hip-hop-inspired music form that was exploding from Puerto Rico. Join the producers of Infinity Music and galvanize interest in his recorded tracks through frequent tours and aggressive social media efforts.
By 2009, Balvin had built enough of a following to secure a record deal with EMI Colombia. The label immediately re-released one of his mixtapes – “Real” – and Balvin began earning a significant radio play with singles such as “Ella Me Cautivó”, “Sin Compromiso” and “En Lo Oscuro”. In 2011, a rapidly rising artist Get four wins At Premios Nuestra Tierra, the prominent Colombian Music Awards show.
albums and songs
J Balvin enjoyed his taste for international success in 2012 when “Yo Te Lo Dije” and “Tranquila” began charting in the United States. He then delivered the Billboard Latin Music Award-winning single “6 AM” before debuting “La Familia” in October 2013, his first album with Universal Music’s Capitol Latin label. The following year, “La Familia B Sides” and “Ay Vamos” were released, which became the first Latin urban single. 1 billion views accumulated on youtube.
The momentum continued with the summer 2015 release of “Ginza” which topped the Billboard Hot Latin Songs . chart 22 weeks recording. Palvin then appeared on Justin Bieber’s Latin remix of “Sorry” while his collaborations with Pharrell Williams and Pia on “Safari” helped the reggaeton artist’s album “Energia” win a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Music Album.
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Balvin’s ambitions for global recognition were fully realized with his summer 2017 hit “Mi Gente”, along with breaking the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. The track spurred a more popular remix featuring Beyoncé singing in Spanish. The accompanying album, 2018’s Vibras, earned a second consecutive Latin Grammy for Best Urban Music Album. Balvin achieved another milestone that year by claiming Spotify Top Global Monthly Listeners.
After collaborating with Bad Bunny and Cardi B on the 2018 song “I Like It”, which led to His first 100 charts Hot 100 After Balvin was nominated for a Grammy, he rejoined Bunny for the surprise release of “Oasis” in June 2019. “Qué Pretendes” and “La Canción” were among the album’s songs that did well on the Latin charts, while it was a separate single with Black Eyed Peas. “Ritmo,” Balvin gave another Top 10 hit later that year.
After appearing alongside Jennifer Lopez during the 2020 halftime show at Super Bowl LIV, Balvin dropped his latest studio album, “Colores.” In addition to the attractive cover provided by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, the album included a slate of color-coded tracks such as the simple “Blanco” and “Amarillo”. That summer, Balvin unveiled “Agua” for The SpongeBob Movie: SpongeBob On The Run Before he finishes the year at a high level by breaking records 13 Latin Grammy Award Nominations.
Palvin’s steady production continued into 2021 with “Jose”‘s 24-track album, most notably “Un Día (One Day)” with Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, and “Una Nota”, giving the singer a record-breaking hit. Hitting Number One 33 on the Latin Broadcasting Chart. He also contributed “Ten Cuidado” to “Pokémon 25: The Album” before collaborating with Ed Sheeran for the joint release of “Sigue” and “Forever My Love” in the spring of 2022.
girlfriend and son
Palvin met Argentine model Valentina Ferrer in 2017 while shooting the video for his single “Sigo Extrañándote,” and announced their relationship the following year at New York Fashion Week. In June 2021, Ferrer gave birth to their son, Rio, whose name is Balvin Described by Ellen DeGeneres Meaning “Rio, like a river, I just want it to float.”
Fashion and elegance
Besides his chart-topping music, Palvin expresses himself through an eye-catching look that includes numerous tattoos, changing hair colors, and bold fashion choices. It includes Floral polka dot outfit and matching face mask He showed off his debut at the Met Gala in 2021 and the puffy skirt he wore to the Louis Vuitton menswear fall 2022 show.
Balvin’s passion for fashion has led to a multitude Cooperat With GUESS Garment Dealer. He has also designed sneakers for Nike’s Air Jordan, and has teamed up with Miller Lite to launch the BodegaWear collection in the summer of 2022.
Mental health and OYE
He was the singer Opening up about his battles with depression And panic attacks since the beginning of his career as a global star. He says he was able to improve his outlook after finally seeking treatment, and that he manages his condition through meditation, eating carefully and engaging in relaxing activities such as coloring books.
In May 2022, Balvin announced Launching a bilingual mental health app called OYE. Developed with input from his therapist, OYE promises to help users achieve positive results by enhancing thinking, expressive movements, and focused listening.
TV shows and movies
Palvin signed as a coach on the fifth season of “La Voz Mexico” in 2016. He also appeared in “The Hollywood Puppet Show” and “Nicky Jam: El Ganador” in 2018 before playing a fictional version of himself in the FXX series “Dave” in 2021.
Besides his contributions to The SpongeBob Movie, Balvin has voiced the 2020 Reggaeton Tresillo Animation Singer. Trolls World Tour. The following year, it was the subject of the Amazon Prime documentary The boy from Medellin.
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