By now everyone has heard of the cross over hit “Mi Gente,” which also featured a 2nd version that included vocal track by the legendary Beyoncé. Since its release, Reggaton hit maker J Balvin has been breaking records and climbing charts with hit songs, collaborating with well-known artists, producing more hits and winning praises around the globe.
Back in January, the music video for his song “Matchika,” a collaboration with Jeon and rising Brazilian singer Anitta. Reached No.1 in less than 24hrs. It was the second single from his then untitled album to be released to the audiences.
“With bold sonic, visual and creative choices on new single “Machika,” J Balvin is proving the reggaeton scene is expanding in exciting and unexpected ways… “[shows] the places where reggaeton and Latin-pop music are going and how J Balvin is undoubtedly leading this movement.” – FUSE
Not long after, while performing at a sold-out concert in London. Balvin received four-stars from critics; referring to him as the man who will take reggaetón globally. Shortly after, the nominations for the Latin Billboard Music Awards came out; with Balvin leading the group, with 12 nominations. Artist of the YearSocial Artist of the Year* Hot Latin Song of the Year “Mi Gente” * Hot Latin Song of the Year, * Vocal Event “Mi Gente” * Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male * Airplay Song of the Year “Mi Gente,” * Digital Song of the Year “Mi Gente,” * Streaming Song of the Year “Mi Gente,” * Top Latin Album of the Year “Energía,” * Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male * Latin Rhythm Song of the Year “Mi Gente,“ * Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo
Then in March, Balvin released a second single from the upcoming album; “Ahora” along with its music video. By 10pm the following Monday night, the songs music video had reached 8 million views and was continuing to climb. “J Balvin throws it back with New Single ‘Ahora’: There’s no denying J Balvin is transcending music barriers. With songs like ‘Ay Vamos’ which surpassed the billion-views mark on YouTube and ‘Mi Gente’ which skyrocketed to the top, the reggaetonero knows how to push Latin music into the mainstream. But now the Colombian-born star is throwing it back to the good old days with some classic beats from this genre. On Monday, Balvin, surprised fans by dropping a new single and video that he proudly describes as ‘puro reggeaton.’ .we’re sure everyone will soon be jamming to the hit.”- Latina
With the release of his 3rd single, “Ambiente.” Balvin announced the pre-sale release for his highly anticipated Album, titled “Vibras” to be on April 13th with official album release being the following month. Later that same month, Telemundo Deportes announced that “Positivo” a song by Balvin and Michael Bruns. Will be the networks official song for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
“Music and fútbol go hand-in-hand as fans of both gather and cheer for their heroes like nothing else on earth,” said Bill Bergofin, senior vice president of brand and content, Telemundo Deportes. “We couldn’t ask for better partners than J Balvin and Michael Brun to bring both together and give fans an anthem to celebrate the World Cup coming to Telemundo this summer.”
“I am very grateful. Music represents union and tolerance, and it’s because of music that I had the opportunity to work with Telemundo on the network’s official song for the World Cup,” said J Balvin.
Ahead of todays release of Balvin’s VIBRAS. The Sunday New York Times spotlighted the album, as their pop music pick of the week (No English? No Problem At All). Aside from his own musical hits, Balvin has also collaborated with many other well-known artists. Such as Nicky Jam, Beyoncé, Cardi B, Jeon, Anitta, and Grammy winner Poo-Bear for his bilingual album “Poo Bear Presents Birthday Music.”