J Balvin is a highly-acclaimed musician of Colombian origin. As a teenager, he developed an interest in music after paying a visit to the United States and upon his return to his home country, he successfully established himself in the local music scene.
With his 2014 hit single “6 AM”, Balvin effectively registered his name as a force to reckon with in the Latin music industry and beyond. This was followed by back-to-back chart-topping hits like “Ay Vamos” (2014), “Ginza” (2015), “Bobo” (2016), “Mi Gente” (2017) and “Machika” (2018) – all of which cemented his status in the international music scene. J Balvin reached a whole new level of international stardom in 2018 when he got featured on Cardi B’s Grammy-nominated monster hit “I Like It”.
J Balvin Biography, Age
Though he is best known by his stage name “J Balvin”, this music superstar was born José Álvaro Osorio Balvin on May 7, 1985, to Alba Mery Balvin and José Álvaro Osorio. He was born in Medellín, Colombia. Balvin grew up listening to varying genres of music but he never took interest in making a career out of it. Fortunately, he visited the US as part of an English-exchange program and there, he got exposed to the business side of music.
Upon returning to his home country, he enrolled at EAFIT University to pursue a degree in international business. He equally launched his music career, performing at various local clubs under the stage moniker J Balvin “El Negocio”. He got signed to EMI Colombia in 2009 and the following year, he released his debut album Real. Under the same label, he released a second album El Negocio (2010) as well as a mixtape J Balvín Mix Tape (2012). In 2013, Balvin got signed to Capitol Latin, a subdivision of Universal Music Group and this opened up a whole new chapter in his career.
Balvin’s breakout single 6 AM, a collaboration with Puerto Rican singer Farruko, was released in February 2014 off his third studio album La Familia (2013). The song (6 AM) charted favourably on the Billboard charts and also drew massive international exposure for the singer. This was followed by the release of another chart-topping single “Ay Vamos” in July 2014. J Balvin’s fourth studio album Energía (2016) debuted atop the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, boasting hit singles such as “Ginza”, “Bobo” and “Safari” (featuring Pharrell Williams, BIA and Sky). The album Energía cemented Balvin’s status in the international music scene and was ranked among the top 10 Latin Albums of 2016 by Rolling Stone magazine.
J Balvin reached another milestone with the release of his 2017 hit single Mi Gente featuring French DJ Willy William. The song was a viral hit, having attained 1 billion YouTube views. It also got remixed by several international artists including music royalty Beyoncé. His fifth studio album Vibras was released in May 2018 and in addition to his own individual successes, Balvin got featured on one of the biggest songs of the year “I Like It”, by Cardi B, alongside Bad Bunny.
J Balvin is unquestionably one of the most successful music artists of his time in terms of critical acclaim and commercial success. This multi-talented star has also cashed in on the new media with a number of his music videos hitting the highly-coveted 1-billion mark on YouTube. Also a well-known fashion enthusiast, Balvin has his name on a wide range of branded merchandise which is marketed via his website. It comes as no surprise that this Colombian music star has built a net worth of $16 million.
J Balvin is known to lead a well-guarded private life and as such, details about his relationship have continued to elude the prying eyes of the media. The music star is believed to be single at the moment though he has been linked with a number of women in recent times. Balvin is said to have dated Mexican-born glamour model Ana Bekoa back in 2016. He was also linked with fellow Colombian singer Karol G in 2017. In 2018, he was rumoured to be in a relationship with Argentine model Valentina Ferrer.
Height and Other Facts about the Music Star
J Balvin stands at an average height of 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm). He sports a trim physique at a body weight of 75 kg (165 lb). He has numerous body tattoos which have become some of his most distinctive physical features.
Balvin’s brilliance in the Latin music scene over the past decade has fetched him several accolades including 3 Latin Grammy Awards, 3 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards and 4 Latin American Music Awards. He got his first Grammy nomination for his work on Cardi B’s viral hit.
Balvin became the first artist to attain a diamond certification (600,000) in the Latin Digital Singles category for his 2013 hit 6 AM. In 2015, Balvin became the most nominated Colombian music artist in the history of the Billboard Latin Music Awards after bagging a total of 13 nominations.
When the video for Balvin’s single “Ginza” was released in January 2016, it raked in over 2 million views within its very first day and by so doing, it became the Latin music video with the highest number of views in its first 24 hours.