J Balvin is an award-winning music legend; the Colombian began his musical journey as a teen. Known for his work in the musical genre, reggaeton, the talented musician has wowed many music fans with his music style. With an eloquence that lets him create and merge rap lyrics and flows in most of his hits, he has earned well-deserved appreciation and admiration. Unsurprisingly, he has also collected a steady stream of awards. None of these accomplishments are limited to his home country as he is a global phenomenon.
J Balvin’s Love for Music Began with the Rock Genre
Born on the 7th of May 1985 in Medellin, Colombia, J Balvin did not come from a poor background. As a result, he had more access to a wide range of music. For his background, his early music choice and love were strange, however. He was drawn more to rock music and bands, and he grew up listening to Metallica and Nirvana.
He has stated that he adopted the Grunge hybrid into his persona and even got a Nirvana tattoo. As the years rolled by, though, he fell in love with the reggaeton genre he became known for after hearing Daddy Yankee’s music. After observing Daddy Yankee’s flow, style, and movement, J Balvin considered him reggaeton’s answer to Jay Z.
At the age of 16, he moved to the US for an English exchange program. Although his experience in Oklahoma was less than savory, it laid the foundations for J Balvin the musician.
It was when he moved to New York City that he took music more seriously. After getting swept up by the savviness of rappers like 50 Cent and P Diddy, he started penning his own music. Later, he returned to Colombia and began performing at different clubs while also studying International business at EAFIT University.
Balvin made the conscious decision to pursue music as a career at the age of 19 and took the stage name J Balvin El Negocio. He met his long time DJ and business partner David Mazo in freestyle battle on the streets of Medellin. The duo began producing and putting out music, independent of a record label. He eventually signed to EMI Colombia in 2009 and Universal Subsidiary Capitol Latin in 2013.
His Early Success with 6 A.M and Ay Vamos
J Balvin found success when he released 6 A.M featuring Puerto Rican singer, Farruko. After they met each other on Farruko’s media tour, they decided to collaborate on a track, and the result became a hit. 6 A.M became an anthem for partygoers worldwide and shot Balvin to international prominence, especially in the United States.
The song especially took off in New York, and after debuting on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart at #43 in February, it reached #1 by May. It also helped improve his sophomore album sales as La Familia reached #10 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.
Fresh off his first major hit, he went one better with the release of the smash hit, Ay Vamos. The track dropped while he was in the States and solidified his standing in the Latin urban market. The song was so successful it attained the #1 position on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.
The remix with French Montana and Nicky Jam featured in the Fast 7 movie. The music video accrued a billion views on YouTube, making it one of the most-watched Latin music videos of all time. The crowning moment came when he won a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Song; J Balvin was officially a megastar.
Mi Gente and Vibras Firmly Established His Status as a Megastar
On June 30, 2017, J Balvin released the song that would garner him international acclaim. Titled Mi Gente, it features Willy William. The song became the #1 song in the world based on Spotify’s Global 50 rankings.
The music video also got notable success with almost 3 billion views so far. He released a groundbreaking remix with Beyoncé in 2017. The remix gave J Balvin his first US top 10 song when it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He went on to release six more remixes with various international stars.
He further solidified his newfound international fame when he collaborated with American rapper, Cardi B, on her song, I Like It. It gave J Balvin his first-ever Billboard Hot 100 #1 song. Buoyed by the popular song, his following album, Vibras, recorded positive international reception. In the US, it debuted at #1 on the Top Latin Albums chart. On Apple Music, it claimed the record for the most-streamed Latin album in 24 hours.
The Colombian Singer Is Worth $16 Million
As a result of his immense success, J Balvin is well off financially. As of 2020, he has a net worth of $16 million. This value looks certain to rise in the coming years as he continues to churn out great music and albums.
He has amassed his fortune from multiple albums and single sales, tours, headlining concerts, and being a brand ambassador. The future certainly looks bright for J Balvin.
Here’s Why J Balvin Is The Prince of Modern Reggaeton
Reggaeton legends like Daddy Yankee paved the way for other artists to embrace Latin music. New school artists like J Balvin, however, have brought their modification and twists to it. His take on the genre helped solidify reggaeton’s place in the global music palette, drawing in a large and enthusiastic international audience.
Despite being fluent in English, he has resolved to continue to sing in Spanish. He hopes to make Latin music more accepted worldwide in its natural form. J Balvin also hopes that the international artists he features on his songs will embrace singing in Spanish as Pharrell did on their song, Safari.
He has also been credited with reinventing how Latin artists cross over into the US music scene. J was the first Latino to headline global musical events like Coachella, Tomorrowland, and Lolapalooza. As far as modern reggaeton goes, J Balvin is its Prince and most visible star at the moment.
The Acclaimed Musician’s Love Life Has Been Largely Left to Speculations
J Balvin is good looking; he knows it and the whole world knows it. It is, therefore, no surprise that he has been linked to multiple beautiful women. None of these rumors were ever confirmed, and it appears romance is not a priority for him. So far, he has only been in one confirmed relationship, a ten-year affair with the journalist, Maria Osorio.
We do not know exactly when it began or ended, but in 2019 he published a post appreciating Maria. Other women he has been romantically linked to include:
A Colombian actress and presenter, she reportedly dated J Balvin for two years and attended the Latin Billboard awards with him. Rumour has it that they broke up due to professional commitments. It once circulated that the two got back together, but Alejandra refuted the claim.
The rumor mills went into overdrive with this one. It all kicked off when J Balvin made comments on a few of her Instagram posts. That was enough to send tongues wagging. Gaby Espino is a Venezuelan actress and model. She is also six years older than Balvin.
Yet another Venezuelan model and presenter, Osmariel and Balvin sparked dating rumors after the latter appeared on her show and promised to invite her to a concert. Pictures of both of them from the concert surfaced later on and fans went into overdrive! But as always, nothing came off it.
The latest woman linked to J Balvin, Valentina Ferrer is former Miss Argentina (2014). They both set tongues wagging after they attended the 2019 Grammys together. They were also spotted at the Premios Lo Nuestro just 12 days later. Their relationship was never confirmed.