CMN Also Announces J Balvin Tour Dates For 2022
In the early hours of September 10, J Balvin released his sixth album, Jose. The 24 track album includes collaborations with Sech, Yandel, Skrillex, Myke Towers, Feid, Zion & Lennox, Ozuna, Tokischa, Maria Becerra, Jay Wheeler, Khalid, Karol G, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, and many more. However, there is one song that stands above the rest, “Querido Río.”
An intimate moment between a father and his baby, the song is a beautiful love letter full of hopes, dreams, and the promise of unconditional love between a parent and child.
“Hello, I don’t know if maybe you can hear me // But I’m a different person // My doubts have cleared up // And there’s only one reason, yeah // That reason is you….”
In May of 2021, Balvin sat down with host Speedy Morman from Complex News program, 360 with Speedy Morman, and opened up about his impending fatherhood. “I’m scared. Like, I want to run away,” he jokingly told Morman.
Always open and honest when it comes to discussing his struggles with depression and anxiety, with his millions of followers on social media, Balvin had remained tight-lipped when it comes to discussing matters of his personal life. That was until April 2021 when his girlfriend, model Valentina Ferrer, was featured on the cover of Vogue Mexico with J Balvin right behind her as his hands held her baby bump, as the always private couple announced that they were expecting.
“I’m scared because sometimes I feel that I can’t love myself,” he said. “You know I’m speaking of mental health and things like that you know…I want to give my kid the best of me. When you’re conscious, you know, and I don’t want to transfer my fears to him. The more conscious you are, the more responsibility you have.”
There is no question that Balvin is happy to be a father. But as he told Morman, depression and anxiety are two things he does not want his son to deal with. “I want my kid to be the happiest kid. I don’t want him to be rich. I don’t want him to be an artist. I just want him to be the happiest person alive.” he says.
“But when speaking to God, he told me, “son, here I’m sending you a little angel, whom not to take care of would be a crime // It’s absolutely what I need // Don’t know if I meet the requirements // But I promise you will never go without beautiful love // In this track I put your heart // Its on that beat that I am hooked.”
In “Querido Río,” the driving beat that flows as Balvin sings is that of his then-unborn son’s heartbeat recorded during the ultrasound. In an interview with Billboard, he tells the magazine that the song was very emotional and at times hard to continue. “I had never cried so hard making a song,” Balvin tells Billboard on Sept. 8. “I had to take pauses between takes. I wrote it before Rio was born [this past June], but I wouldn’t change a thing.”
On Sept. 10, Cardenas Marketing Network announced on their Instagram Balvin’s upcoming tour, named after this latest album, set for 2020 beginning April 19th in San Antonio, TX, with stops in many major cities in the US and Canada. Tickets go on sale on Sept. 17 with pre-sale tickets available to CMNfans on Sept. 16.
Following Friday morning’s album release and tour announcements, Balvin will be heading to Las Vegas for weekend two of his NEON experience hosted by Pollen. Co. What was supposed to be a three-day multi musical takeover of Vegas from Sept. 3 – 5, turned into a two-weekend event as Pollen decided to extend the event to accommodate the high demand for tickets. Along with the J Balvin X NEON experience in Las Vegas, Pollen has also added two international experiences in the Dominican Republic and in Mexico.
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