José Lvaro Osorio Balvn, better known by his stage name J Balvin, was born on May 7, 1985, in Colombia. Known as the “Prince of Reggaeton” he has sold over 35 million albums and singles worldwide, making him one of the most popular Latin music performers of all time.
Over the course of his career, he has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and has won five Billboard Latin Music Awards as well as four Latin Grammy Awards, two MTV Video music awards, and four Latin American Music Awards.
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J Balvin’s Net Worth
J Balvin has a net worth of $20 million as a reggaeton singer from Colombia. Balvin has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most popular Latin performers.
J Balvin was born on May 7, 1985, in Medellin, Colombia. Metallica and Nirvana were two of his all-time favorite bands while growing up, but it was listening to reggaeton artists like Daddy Yankee that really piqued his interest in the music.
After his father’s business went bankrupt at the age of 15, Balvin and his family were forced to migrate to a poorer neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia, where they lived in a house in the hills outside the city.
His first visit to the United States was as an exchange student at the age of sixteen. In New York City, he lived with an aunt, studied English and music, and worked as a dog walker. In the end, he decided to return to Colombia and start performing at urban clubs in Medellin, where he had previously worked illegally.
As a student at Medellin’s famous EAFIT University, he saw a growth in the size of his social media following.
When he was 19, he met DJ and business partner David Rivera Mazo in a freestyle rap fight on the streets of Medellin and decided to pursue a career in music. Soon after, they became fast friends and began promoting and making their own music. In 2009, J Balvin signed with EMI Columbia and released his debut single, “Ella Me Cautivo,” which peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart the following year.
2009 saw the release of his debut album, Real. “Yo Te Lo Dije.” was his first big hit outside of Spain. La Familia, Balvin’s first album, was released in 2013 and peaked at No. 10 on the Latin charts in the United States.
J. Balvin topped the urban category at the 2015 Premios Lo Nuestro awards, taking home four major honors. J. Balvin was nominated for 13 Billboard Latin Music Awards and won three of them in the same year. Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about illegal immigration prompted J. Balvin to cancel his performance on Miss USA 2015 in June 2015.
A year later, Balvin released the album “Energia” which topped the Mexican and US Latin albums charts. His first song from the album “Ginza” climbed to the top of the charts in Mexico, Italy, Spain, and the United States. During the first 24 hours of its release, “Ginza” set a new record for the most views for a Latin music video. J. Balvin has been the first Latin musician to receive a diamond certification, which signifies digital sales of 600,000 units.
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“Mi Gente” was released by Balvin in 2017 as a new single and music video. According to Spotify’s Global Top 50, “Mi Gente” became the most popular song in the world on August 1, 2017. On YouTube, it immediately surpassed the 1 billion views mark.
Although the song was a huge hit, it failed to take home any trophies at the 2017 Latin Grammys because it was up against the massive hit “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi. I Like It by Cardi B and Bad Bunny was J Balvin’s first song to climb the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018.
On May 25, 2018, J. Balvin released “Vibras,” his fourth studio album. This album’s two lead singles are titled “Machika” and “Ahora” respectively. In the first 24 hours after its release, “Vibras” became the most-streamed Latin album in the United States.
“Vibras” also had the most streaming week ever for a Latin album, with its songs streamed 16.1 million times in its first week of release. With its debut at No. 15 on the Billboard 200, J. Balvin’s album became his highest-charting release.
J. Balvin and Bad Bunny collaborated on a new album, “Oasis” in June 2019. It was an overnight release, therefore it was considered a surprise drop. It debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling Latin album in the United States. It was nominated for Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards and was named one of Rolling Stone’s Best Latin Albums of 2019.
Additionally, J. Balvin has collaborated with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams on “Blurred Lines” a Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. At the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards, his duet with Rosalia Con Altura was named Best Urban Song. In addition to two Latin Grammy Awards, Balvin has also won an MTV Europe Music Award.
While on vacation with his family in the Bahamas, Balvin’s plane crashed and he was hospitalized for several days in August 2016. Inadequate takeoff caused the plane to crash shortly after departing from the runway.
Like many pop musicians of his genre, J. Balvin has remained in Medellin rather than moving to the United States after becoming famous. According to a report in the year 2020, J. Balvin had contracted COVID-19 but was able to recover.
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