J Balvin, born Jose Alvan Osorio Balvin on May 7, 1985, in Columbia is a famous artist with over 35 million record sales worldwide. In 2016, Balvin released his hit song ‘Ginza,’ which broke the record for Latin video with the most views, and the song also set a new Guinness Record for the most extended stay on the Billboard Hot Latin Chart. Balvin is a talented artist and has featured big-name artists such as Beyonce, Dua Lipa, and Cardi B. Join us to celebrate this legend on his special day.
Jose Alvan Osorio Balvin, popularly known as J Balvin, is a famous Colombian singer and rapper. Millions of people worldwide love and listen to his records. He is sometimes referred to as the ‘Prince of Reggaeton.’ When he turned 17, he got into an exchange program and moved to the United States to learn English. He was raised by Jose Alva Osorio and Alba Mary Vasquez and grew up in a large house. He says his interest in reggaeton grew after listening to Daddy Yankee. He worked as a roofer and painter in the U.S. before going on to study international business at EAFIT University in Medellin and began his music career at the age of 19.
Balvin knew he was made for greatness and adopted the stage name J Balvin ‘El Negocio.’ In 2004, he released his first song titled ‘Panas.’ In 2009, he signed a contract with EMI Colombia and released another song, ‘Ella Me Cautivo,’ which earned him international recognition. With the song’s success, he went on to sign a recording contract with Machete Music and EMI Music. In 2010, he released his first album titled “Real,” which earned him a Golden Disc. In 2013, he released his third album, “La Familia,” which was in the top ten on Billboard’s Latin Album and was certified 5x platinum in Colombia and 2x platinum in Mexico.
The singer also dropped ‘6 AM,’ featuring singer Farruko in 2016, which debuted at #43 on Billboard’s Latin chart. Balvin received Guinness World Records for the most Grammy nominations in one year, with 13 in 2020. He is the first Latin Artist to earn a billion streams on Apple Music and the first to headline musical events such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Tomorrowland. He has collaborated with many artists, including Beyonce, Cardi B, The Black Eyed Peas, Nicky Jam, and Major Lazer.
Balvin releases his first-ever single titled ‘Panas.’
‘Ginza’ and ‘6 AM’ make it to the top 100 Billboard charts.
Balvin, in what is nothing short of a miracle, survives a plane crash while returning from the Bahamas.
Balvin is awarded ‘Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year’ by B.M.I. Latin Awards for his outstanding contributions to Latin music.
Balvin is listed as one of “Time” magazine's ‘Greatest Latin Artist of All Time.’
Why We Love J Balvin
He is fashionable
Balvin has an excellent fashion sense. We consider him the most colorful artist in Latin America, who’s never afraid to try something new and extraordinary.
He loves his family
Balvin’s great love for his family, especially his mother, who suffers from acute intermittent porphyria, endears him to his fans. In addition to naming his third studio album “La Familia,” he has the word ‘familia’ tattooed on his chest.
He loves dogs
Balvin boldly declared that his prized possession is Enzo, his dog. We love how he loves Enzo.
5 Surprising Facts
‘Ay Vamos’ has one billion views
Balvin's most popular YouTube music video, ‘Ay Vamos,’ has over a billion views.
Balvin loves Drake
The Canadian rapper, Drake, inspires him, Balvin says, and he would love to collaborate with him someday.
He has more than 34 tattoos
Balvin loves tattoos and currently has at least 34 of them covering his entire body.
He suffers from panic attacks
He does not let his panic attacks stop him from greatness, even though he looks forward to days when he can be free from them.
He loves tigers
The aura tigers have, Balvin says, excites him.
J Balvin FAQs
Is J Balvin the same person as Bad Bunny?
No, he is not. But J Balvin and the Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny are friends and collaborators.
What did J Balvin do wrong?
The video of his song ‘Perra’ was tagged racist and taken down from YouTube. Balvin has since apologized for this.
Is Rio his son?
Yes — with his wife, Valentina Ferrer.
J Balvin’s birthday dates