The South American population belonging to countries such as Brazil, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, etc have always produced musical stars. Music and dance run in their blood. Hence, it should not be a surprise that you have many singers from these areas. J Balvin is one such singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer from Columbia.
Born on 07 May 1985 in Medellin, Columbia, to Jose lvaro Osorio and Alba Mery Balvin, Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin aka J Balvin, moved to the US to seek greener pastures in the singing field. He initially went to Oklahoma to learn English. Subsequently, he moved ahead to New York to continue his English education and combine the same with music.
Having learned both, he started traveling between Columbia and the US in search of the perfect musical style that could define his career. He used to perform at various restaurants and clubs in Medellin.
His first big release was rather late in life at the age of 27 years. In 2012, he released a mixtape featuring many of his local Columbian hits such as ‘En Lo Oscuro’, and ‘Como un Animal’. His next single, ‘Yo Te Lo Dije’ became an instant hit in the US as well. This song paved the way for bringing J Balvin on the radar of the persons who matter.
He combined well with singers from his part of the continent such as Puerto Rican singer Farukko. The track, ‘6 AM’ became a huge hit everywhere in the entire continent of America. It reached a high of #2 on the Billboard Hot Latin songs. Some of his other songs such as La Familia hit the top of the Billboards as well.
He started releasing some of his singles now such as the album, Ay Vamos. This music video attracted more than a billion views thereby creating a record of sorts as one of the most watched Latin music videos of all time.
When you sing well, awards follow you. In 2015, J Balvin was at his peak. He won literally every award at the 2015 Premios Lo Nuestro. He won 13 nominations at the Billboard Latin Music Awards that year. He won three awards that night.
Normally, one associates South Americans with drugs. The Presidential nominee, Donald Trump had similar views about Latin Americans. J Balvin was a proud Latin American. He decided to register his protest by canceling his performance at the Miss USA pageant in 2015. Many Latin American artists supported him in this venture.
His new single video, Ginza set the records for the most views during the first 24 hours of its release. It garnered a staggering two million views. Since that day, the video has attracted a whopping 600 million views. He has the credit for being the first artist to receive a diamond certification in the Latin field.
He has performed with other stars such as Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.
Education: Not much is available about his education. However, he had moved on to the USA at a very young age to learn English at Oklahoma. Subsequently, he learned music and English as well at New York.
J Balvin Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $5.5 Million US Dollars
J Balvin has a net worth of decent $5.5 million as of 2017. Considering his popularity in both the US and Latin America, this amount should be acceptable.
J Balvin Business Model
J Balvin is a successful Latin American singer, one of the few to make a mark in the USA. Starting out on a low key, his main claim to fame is the track, 6 AM with Farukko. This song nearly hit the roof at the Billboards. Subsequently, he sang many songs that ranked high on the Billboards thus displaying that he is not a one-song wonder.
The year 2015 must be his most productive year. He won many awards during this year. He became hugely successful as well during this period. He displayed the political maturity and guts while canceling his performance at the Miss USA pageant because of Donald Trump’s irresponsible comments.
J Balvin is at the peak of his prowess today. He is the perfect sort of music ambassador from the Latin American region to the US mainland.
Colombians are famous for their football skills. They have one of the greatest drug mafias in the world. They have some great singers as well. J Balvin, fortunately, belongs to the last category. He has attained this status by his sheer dint of hard work. He survived some tough times. However, he has triumphed in the end.