J Balvin Biography

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Quick Facts Of J Balvin

Celebrated Name J Balvin
Age 34 Years
Nick Name J Balvin, El Negocio, The Business
Birth Name Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin
Birth Date 1985-05-07
Gender Male
Profession Singer
Genre Latin
Height 1.7 m
Net Worth $16 million

Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin, popularly known as J Balvin is a Colombian reggaeton recording artist. He rose to prominence in 2014 after the release of his single "6 AM" featuring Puerto Rican singer Farruko reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. His hit singles are "Ay Vamos", "Ginza", "Bobo", "Safari", "Sigo Extranandote", "Mi Gente", "Machika", "X", "Ahora". He has been credited with popularizing a new style of reggaeton based in Medellin. He has over 28.4 million followers on his Instagram. 

J Balvin, Rosalia, & Sean Paul Performs Medley at Billboard Latin Music Awards 2019

J Balvin and Rosalia

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Colombian Reggaeton artist, J Balvin had one of his amazing nights at Billboard Latin Music Awards at Las Vegas on 25 April 2019. Spanish singer Rosalia took the stage to perform her new single "Con Altura" and she was joined by El Guincho and J Balvin. Sean Paul then joins them to perform their new single "Contra La Pared". 

What is J Balvin Famous For?

- One of the popular Reggaeton singers in the Latin music industry.

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Where was J Balvin Born?

J Balvin was born on 7 May 1985. His birth name is Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin. He was born to a father, Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin, and a mother, Alba Balvin. His birth place is in Medellin, Colombia. He holds Colombian nationality. His zodiac sign is Taurus. He has a younger sister, Caroline Balvin.

He moved to the United States in an English-exchange program in Oklahoma at the age of 17. After the program, he moved to New York City to further study English and music. He worked as a dog walker there. He worked various jobs in New York, Miami, and Medellin, including working illegally in the United States as roofer and house painter. 

After his stint in the US, he returned to Colombia and started performing at various urban clubs in Medellin. His popularity grew soon after. He enrolled at the prestigious EAFIT University in Medellin for seven semesters, studying international business. 

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Musical Career

He began to seriously pursue a career in music at the age of 19. He took the stage name J Balvin "El Negocio" meaning "The Business" in English. 

He met DJ and business partner David Rivera Mazo in a freestyle battle on the street in Medellin and became fast friends. The two started producing and promoting their own music. 

He signed to EM! Colombia in 2009. His single "Ella Me Cautivo" charted at number 35 on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart. 

He released his debut album, Real in 2009. His other albums are El Negocio, La Familia, Energia, and Vibras. 

His first international hit was the one-night-stand-themed "Yo Te Lo Dije", released in 2012. 

He signed with Universal subsidiary Capitol Latin in 2013. 

J Balvin and Selena Gomez

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He released "6AM" featuring Puerto Rican singer Farruko in February 2014. It became his breakthrough hit. The song reached the number one on the Billboard Latin Airplay in May 2014. 

His album, La Familia reached number 10 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. 

He won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Song for "Ay Vamos". 

His fourth studio album, Energia had the third-best debut sales of any Latin artist in 2016. 

He was the first Colombian singer to record with "The Prince of Bachata" and establishing itself as an international artist. 

His music video of "Ginza" broke the record for the most views for a Latin music video in the first 24 hours, at over two million views. The video has racked up over 790 million views. The song also set a new Guinness World Record for the longest stay at number one on the chart. 

He became the first artist to receive a diamond certification in the Latin field from the RIAA with digital sales of 600,000 units for his songs "6 AM" and "Ay Vamos". 

He has been featured on remixes of "The Way" and "Problem" by Ariana Grande, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, "Maps" by Maroon 5, and "Struck on a Feeling" by Prince Royce.

He has collaborated with several artists including Cardi B, Jeon, Anita, Nicky Jam, Willy William, Sofia Carson, Alejandro Sanz, Daddy Yankee, Juanes, Pharrell, Yandel, among others. 

He frequently works with Medellin-based writer/producers Alejandro "Sky" Ramirez and Carlo Alejandro "Mosty" Patino, whom he often name-drops in his songs.  

He recorded his first all-English song with Pitbull and Camila Cabello for the soundtrack to The Fate of the Furious.

Awards

He has won 3 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 3 Latin Grammy Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, and 4 Latin American Music Awards, among others. 

Who is J Balvin Married to?

J Balvin is unmarried. He previously dated Colombian actress Diana Osorio. They were in an on-and-off relationship with each other. They later got engaged. However, no further news about their relationship advancement has come forward. It is unknown whether he is still in a relationship with Osorio or not. He has maintained a low profile regarding his personal life. 

He lives in his hometown of Medellin.

He experiences panic attacks. He meditates to control his anxiety.

What are J Balvin Body Measurements?

J Balvin stands at a height of 1.7 m i.e. 5 feet and 7 inches tall. He has a body weight of 165 lbs i.e. 75 kg. He has an average body build. He has a chest size of 41 inches, biceps size of 14 inches, and a waist size of 35 inches. He has dark brown eyes and his hair color is black. 

He is known for his tattoos. He got his first tattoo when he was 12 years old. He has the word "Familia" tattooed on his chest in his mother's honor. 

What is J Balvin Net Worth?

J Balvin earns from his musical career. He is one of the popular Latin reggaeton recording artists. For his popularity, he has endorsed Buchanan's Whisky and Pepsi. He earns from his music sales, concerts, contracts, endorsements, etc. His major source of income comes from working in the music industry. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated at $16 million.

Did You Know?

  • He grew up listening to rock groups such as Metallica and Nirvana.
  • He has a Nirvana tattoo on his knee.
  • His interest in reggaeton developed after listening to Daddy Yankee.
  • He canceled his performance on Miss USA 2015 to protest Donald Trump's inflammatory comments insulting illegal immigrants.
  • He has been compared to Canadian artist Drake for his lyrics style.
  • His goal is to make reggaeton globally popular.
  • His fashion style influences many of his fans.
  • He created the social media campaign #LatinosSomosFamilia (We Latinos are Family) encouraging fans to sign a petition to support the displaced victims, deported Colombians from Venezuela.
  • He survived a plane crash while returning from the Bahamas on a vacation with his family in August 2016.

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