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21 Facts You Didn’t Know About Reggaeton Legend Ozuna

Ozuna is one of the biggest up-and-coming performers on the music scene today. He’s had tons of hit songs across multiple genres, and has collaborated with artists like Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, Natti Natasha, and Cardi B. This multi-talented artist has already won two Billboard Music Awards and three Latin American Music Awards. His YouTube videos, which have billions of views, all speak to his pride in his home country of Puerto Rico. He’s so talented that it’s sometimes hard to see the man behind the song. Today, we’re going to explore some little-known facts about this young legend.

1. His full name is Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado 

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His original stage name was J Oz, and he only started going by Ozuna when his videos started attracting attention on YouTube.

2. He’s 28 years old 

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The singer’s birthday is March 13, 1992. He first started composing songs and writing lyrics when he was 12 years old.

3. Ozuna was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico 

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Even though he was born in Puerto Rico, he claims Dominican heritage through his father. His dad was a backup dancer for reggaetón rapper Vico C, but died when Ozuna was only 3 years old.

4. He was raised by his abuela

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After his dad passed away, his mom wasn’t able to raise young Juan Carlos on her own, so he moved in with his paternal grandmother. He lived with her in Puerto Rico until 2010.

5. His first big move was to NYC in 2010 

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Ozuna moved to NYC in 2010, when he was only 18 years old. He spent three years there, debuting with his song “Imaginando” while he was still living on the mainland. He signed a recording contract with Golden Family Records in 2014, immediately after he left NYC. He started posting music online immediately.

6. His first big hit was “Si No Te Quiere”

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The song featured rapper D.OZi, and it was Ozuna’s first real hit. It was a popular radio jam, and peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Latin charts in late 2016. Right now, it has over 250 million views on YouTube and it’s still climbing.

7. His next hit was “La Ocasión,” which was released in early 2016

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This trap rap track featured a ton of well-known artists including Arcangel, De La Ghetto, DJ Luian, and Mambo Kingz. He followed it up with a cover of his lesser-known single “No Quiere Enamorarse”, which he re-released with Daddy Yankee.

8. After “La Ocasión” dropped, he released four more singles

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His singles “No Quiere Enamorarse”, “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres”, “Si Tu Marido No Te Quieres (Remix)” and “En La Intimidad” all reached the top 30 on the Billboard Latin charts. Some of the artists he collaborated with on those singles include Arcangel, Farruko, and Daddy Yankee.

9. After those successful singles were released in 2016, there was a switch-up with his management, and he was signed to Sony Music Latin. 

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At the time, all of the artists repped by Vincente Saavedra moved to Sony Music Latin. This affected the production of Ozuna’s debut album “Odisea.”

10. His first studio album, “Odisea,” dropped on August 25, 2017

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The album features 16 tracks, nine of which were released as singles. There are a ton of featured artists on the album, including De La Ghetto, Anuel AA, and J Balvin. “Odisea” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Latin charts, and hit No. 22 on the Billboard 200 album ranking. “Odisea” broke the record for the longest time at the top of the Billboard Latin charts, topping Luis Miguel’s 29-week record for “Segundo Romance” by one week.

11. “Odisea” went 11x platinum 

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This means that the record has sold at least 660,000 copies within the United States alone. Ozuna started touring to promote the album 3 months before it actually came out, starting in Atlanta and hitting major American cities like Miami, Houston, and Los Angeles before moving to South America and Europe.

12. He has two kids with wife Taina Melendez

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His wife Taina is an active promoter of her husband’s career. She’s also a full-time mother to their children. Sofía Valentina was born in 2014, and Jacob Andrés was born in 2016. The couple tries to maintain a normal family life for their two children, rarely posting photos of them on social media.

13. He tries to avoid disrespecting women on his tracks 

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Although he does sing about sex, drugs, and other adult subjects, Ozuna has said that he tries to avoid objectifying women on his tracks out of respect for his young daughter. During an interview with Argentinian newspaper Clarin, he said “I do not want to offend anyone with my music, I just want to convey a message of joy, but everyone is free to choose what they want to hear.”

14. He’s proficient in English, but isn’t fluent yet 

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He’s said that he’s practicing with the intention of being able to rap and record songs in English. He’s also stated that his goal is to become a multi-talented artist like Drake or Rihanna one day. However, even if he says his English isn’t great, he’s still fluent enough to be interviewed, in English, by the New York Times- which is pretty damn good.

15. The video for his 2017 single “La Modelo” was shot on location in Jamaica 

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The track, which is a collaboration with Cardi B, features shots of the two dancing under Rastafarian colors. It also marked the first time that we’ve heard Cardi sing on a track, and she knocked her verses out of the park. The video is split between shots of the duo in a massive oceanfront mansion, and on the dance floor of a Jamaican club.

16. He got in some trouble for hitting a security guard during a show in 2017 

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Apparently the guard stepped too close to the stage, and Ozuna, who had been suffering stress from the long tour, hit him in the head with a microphone. The New York Police Department declined to press charges.

17. His second album, “Aura,” was released in August 2018. 

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It debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Latin charts. The Aura tour started one month earlier in Madrid.

18. His success is super meaningful for the Latin music genre 

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The New York Times’ pop music critic wrote in September 2017 that the fact that Ozuna “can work across all these genres at the same time is a testament to the current fluidity of Latin pop.” His success mirrors the rise of reggaetón and Latin trap across North America.

19. He started a charity called Odisea Children in 2017 

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The foundation exists so that he can use his resources to help others. He’s currently helping people in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Maria.

20. He thinks of himself as a pretty normal guy. 

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In the past, he’s described himself as a ” típico boricua con sangre dominicana.” He loves extreme sports, spending time with his family, and making people laugh.

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21. He doesn’t want to remain in the spotlight for long 

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He’s said that he wants to save his money, and in a few years, return to living a more normal life with his family. He has several investments in Puerto Rico, but unlike many other famous artists, his are smaller, family businesses rather than luxuries like champagne or sports cars.

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2021 Latin American Music Awards Highlights: Ozuna, Eslabón Armado, Karol G and More

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2021 Latin American Music Awards Highlights: Ozuna, Eslabón Armado, Karol G and More

The 2021 Latin American Music Awards were last night and Bad Bunny emerged victorious. Even though the Puerto Rican superstar was absent, he won five awards.

Karol G and Nicki Minaj were big winners.

Right behind Benito, who took home Artist of the Year, was Karol G, with three wins. She won for her smash hit “Tusa,” which also made her collaborator Nicki Minaj a three-time winner. “Tusa” won the Song of the Year award over Bad Bunny’s “Yo Perreo Sola” and Colombian singer Maluma’s “Hawái.”

Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro also won big.

In the New Artist of the Year category, rising Puerto Rican pop star Rauw Alejandro took home the award. Like Bad Bunny, he was also absent from the ceremony. “Thanks to all those who voted for me,” Alejandro wrote in his Instagram stories. “I’ll see you all soon. Wait for me.”

The night was also filled with plenty of performances. Latido Music is here with five of our favorite Latin AMAs performances.

Eslabón Armado

Eslabón Armado is the Mexican-American trio that is reviving the sierreño sound in regional Mexican music. They’re doing it with their own emo spin on the genre. The guys won two awards: Favorite Regional Mexican Duo or Group and the Favorite Duo or Group general category. In one of their first major award show performances, the crowd was treated to Eslabón Armado’s “Con Tus Besos” live.

Ozuna

Last night Ozuna was honored with the Extraordinary Evolution Award for his incredible music career. The moment was extra special for the Puerto Rican superstar because his grandmother gave him the award. Ozuna was in tears of joy over the gesture. He also performed a medley of hits like “Vaina Loca” and “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres.”

Karol G

Fresh off her new album KG0516 topping Billboard‘s Latin Album chart, Karol G performed at the Latin AMAs. She gave her first live performance of “El Makinon” with rising Latina singer Mariah Angeliq. The sensual performance was a show of girl power at the awards.

Maluma

Maluma performed a few times at the Latin AMAs. He teamed up with Wisin, Myke Towers, and Anitta for their remix of “Mi Niña.” He also joined fellow Colombian act Piso 21 for their hit duet “Más de la Una.” His best performance of the night was “Tonika” from his 7 Días En Jamaica (#7DJ) album. He sang it with Jamaican music royalty Ziggy Marley for the first time.

David Bisbal and Carrie Underwood

In one of the most-anticipated moments of the night, Spanish singer David Bisbal teamed up with country music superstar Carrie Underwood. The duo debuted their duet “Tears of Gold” live and Underwood sang in Spanish.

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Arthur Hanlon and Venezuelan Singer Nella Talk Recording HBO Special ‘Piano y Mujer’

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Arthur Hanlon and Venezuelan Singer Nella Talk Recording HBO Special ‘Piano y Mujer’

World-famous pianist Arthur Hanlon is premiering his HBO Latino special Piano y Mujer this Friday. The Detroit-born musician will be teaming up with Latina artists like Venezuela’s Nella, Puerto Rico’s Kany García, and Colombia’s Goyo. The collaborations are already available on Hanlon’s album of the same name. Hanlon and Nella talked with Latido Music about recording Piano y Mujer and a few of their career highlights.

Hanlon fuses his jazz sound with his love of Latin music.

Hanlon is an Irish-American musician who has made an impact in the Latin music world thanks to his incredible piano-playing skills. Previously, he’s collaborated with artists like Luis Fonsi, Juanes, Marc Anthony, Lunay, and Prince Royce.

“It’s the rhythms more than anything,” Hanlon tells mitú about his fascination with Latin music. “That was the main attraction for me. La bachata, la salsa, and la merengue. There’s so much piano in those genres. For me, it was like a marriage made in heaven.”

“You can tell how much Arthur is passionate about Latin rhythms,” Nella adds. “It’s like he was born in Latin America. It’s a beautiful thing to play with [Arthur] because you also have the influence from the Anglo world, which I love.”

Hanlon also teamed up with Ozuna for a stellar collaboration.

Most recently, Hanlon featured on Puerto Rican superstar Ozuna’s Aura album. It was a feature on the most important song on the album, the title track, and he didn’t know about it until the eleventh hour.

“It was a great vibe,” Hanlon says. “He sent me an idea about a mirror called espejo. I just took that idea and I tried to play a mirror [on the piano] is what I did. I sent it back to him and I never heard anything back. I swear to God the night before, it was like, ‘Dude, it’s the title track. It’s not espejo anymore. It’s called ‘Aura.” That was cool.”

Nella is a Latin Grammy winner.

Nella is one of the women that’s featured in Hanlon’s Piano y Mujer album and HBO special. She’s in the company of García, ChocQuibTown’s Goyo, Spanish singer Natalia Jimenez, and Evaluna Montaner, the daughter of Argentine icon Ricardo Montaner. Nella rose to prominence after winning the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2019.

“My music doesn’t exactly follow the radio format,” Nella says. “I was like, ‘I’m very glad to be nominated. I’m not expecting anything.’ When I heard my name, that was freaking crazy I’ve got to admit. It makes me so happy and proud to know that an album that was made with roots [in Venezuela] and vanguardia was recognized by The [Latin Recording] Academy. It was obviously a before and after in my life.”

Nella recently received a co-sign from Juan Luis Guerra.

A recent high in Nella’s career includes featuring on a song with Dominican icon Juan Luis Guerra. When she was a reference vocal in the song “Mi Guitarra” by Javier Limón, Guerra decided to keep her voice on there.

“When Juan Luis Guerra returned the song back to Javier, he didn’t delete my voice,” Nella says. “He kept my voice and did harmonies with my voice. It was such a beautiful and humble thing for him to do that he didn’t need to. It was a great honor to be chosen by him.”

For Piano y Mujer, Hanlon worked with Nella on songs that spoke to her Venezuelan roots.

Hanlon arranged the music for Piano y Mujer with Venezuelan producer Motiff. Hanlon played piano on two songs that are personal to Nella. The first one is “Caballo Viejo,” a popular folk song in Venezuela.

“I’ve listened to it since I was a baby and it’s been in my blood, but I’ve never performed it,” Nella says. “It was such a great opportunity to do this for the first time. It’s always beautiful for me to sing a little bit of my roots.”

Hanlon and Nella also worked together on “Me Llaman Nella.” That song was the lead single from Nella’s debut album Voy that helped her win her Latin Grammy.

“I always dreamed about having a remix of that song and there you go,” Nella says. “People got to know me [with that song] because it also tells my story. That’s going to be like my ‘Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey. That song that you’re going to sing your whole freaking life. It was beautiful to hear with a different rhythm that respected the melody and the essence of the song.”

Hanlon and Nella also told us about who they want to collaborate with next.

As for what’s next, Hanlon says that he’s working on something that will hopefully make Colombian icon Carlos Vives’ Cumbiana Dos album. Nella reveals that she wants to work with more women. At the top of her list is Mayra Andrade, who hails from Cape Verde. Nella’s next album will be released on April 30.

Hanlon’s Piano y Mujer special airs on HBO Latino this Friday at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The show will be available to stream on HBO Max afterward.

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