We have no idea what “tu pum pum” means but never really stopped to think about it because the song is so damn good.
It’s like El General had the exact formula for a catchy song that would instantly get people on the dance floor. Was it something in his DNA, or perhaps he was a child prodigy of reggaetón? That must be it, right?
Edgardo Armando Franco, known to the world as El General, is now a 47-year-old Jehovah’s Witness who says he was influenced by “bad company.”
“When I was young, I had dreams of becoming a famous singer, but I knew the truth,” Franco said to El Nuevo Dia. “What happened was that I didn’t remove those dreams from my heart and I began to listen to these bad influences.”
He goes on to say that the lyrics caused him great conflict, but after a few drinks, he went ahead and recorded the now-famous songs.
Last week, so many of us were wondering what the actual f*** was going on with Maluma. The reggaetonero had appeared to delete his Instagram (where were we supposed to get our daily thirst traps?!) and there were rumors he had done so in haste after hearing that his ex-girlfriend was dating soccer superstar Neymar.
But it turns out that Maluma was simply building to a major climax – the surprise release of his fifth studio album, PAPI JUANCHO.
Maluma surprised his fans on Friday with a new album.
Maluma gave his fans a very happy Friday with the release of a new, surprise album – PAPI JUANCHO. The reggaetonero announced the new album in an Instagram Live at the stroke of midnight.
“This year has been, like, full of surprises, and they’ve not been that positive,” he said. “I wanted to give a good, very positive surprise.”
PAPI JUANCHO is Maluma’s fifth studio album and was produced alongside longtime collaborators Rude Boyz. Although the album features Maluma’s alter ego as the main star, it also includes several guest appearances from a number of reggaetón royals, including Justin Quiles, Lenny Tavarez, Myke Towers, and Jory Boy. PAPI JUANCHO was made during quarantine between the singer’s hometown of Medellín and Miami, his U.S. base.
The album arrives just nine days before Maluma is set to take the stage in New York for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, where’s been nominated for the best Latin video (“Que Pena” with J Balvin).
“I’ve been working like crazy making new music,” Maluma said of the 22-track set. “When quarantine started, I was in Europe, and then I had to postpone the whole tour, so I went back to Colombia … I started recording by myself again, the way I used to do it when I started my career. I was, like, connected with myself, remembering my roots because I was there in Medellín.”
The album features Maluma’s alter ego – Papi Juancho.
Papi Juancho, whose title riffs off Maluma’s nickname of “Juancho” (short for Juan Luis) is apparently also the singer’s alter ego. And he features this side of him quite heavily in several tracks.
Maluma — whose real name is Juan Luis Londoño Arias — got back in touch with “this little kid, this little dreamer” who started out in the reggaeton game 10 years ago, he told the New York Post. “I was feeling that energy again,” he said.
Just last week, Maluma had deleted his Instagram and fans were left with nothing but conspiracy theories.
Despite a week of politics, where the Democratic National Convention was meant to be center stage, Maluma became a trending topic on Twitter – before he even released his album. His Instagram, which has more than 50 million followers, had gone dark and fans were left wondering what was going on.
Speculations and rumors began circulating. Was it because his ex Natalia Barulich was dating footballer Neymar? Or because Neymar dissed Maluma by posting a video of his team singing his new single “Hawái” – a breakup song — on Instagram?
Turns out Maluma was simply gathering steam prior to the surprise release PAPI JUANCHO.
Despite quarantine, Maluma has been keeping himself busy.
While most of the world has been on lockdown thanks to Coronavirus, Maluma has been keeping himself busy. PAPI JUANCHO is Maluma’s third album in as many years, following 2019’s widely successful 11:11 and 2018’s F.A.M.E.
The album includes Maluma’s recent single “Hawái” and April’s “ADMV,” which he released with a video where he appeared as an old man. Last year, Maluma also joined Madonna on her Madame X track “Medellín.” He’s scheduled to perform as part of MTV’s remotely organized Video Music Awards on August 30.
“All I could do during lockdown in Medellin was work alone in my studio,” Maluma told Billboard in an exclusive interview. “That’s why this album has so much of my true essence; because I did so much of it alone.”
And Madonna isn’t the only superstar diva who’s been paying attention to Maluma: Jennifer Lopez reached out to him to make his movie debut in the upcoming romantic comedy “Marry Me.”
“I wanted to become an actor,” he said, “and then Jennifer Lopez called me and said that she wanted me to be part of this project.” Maluma shot his scenes in New York, including one during his sold-out Madison Square Garden concert last October. Lopez herself joined him onstage to sing “No Me Ames.”
I know we’re all in quarantine and millions are still in lockdown. But Bad Bunny is making these super strange times a bit less horrible thanks so his constant stream of entertainment.
From his album ‘YHLQMDLG’, which he just released in March, to free concerts on Instagram Live and some seriously perfect Instagram stories – Bad Bunny is making sure we’re all well-stocked with Bad Bunny content during this pandemic.
And now, our beloved Conejo Malo kicked off his Mother’s Day celebration by dropping a collection of tracks – which were definitely teased during his next-level Instagram Live from last weekend – titled Las Que No Iban a Salir, or The [tracks] That Weren’t Going to be Released.
Las Que No Iban a Salir is just the latest in epic drops from the epic reggaetonero.
Just two months after the release of his last album, Bad Bunny is back with a surprise new album. It’s called Las Que No Iban a Salir. Among the guests on this surprise 10-track collection are: Zion & Lennox, Yandel, Don Omar, Nicky Jam, Jhay Cortez and his girlfriend, Gabriela Berlingeri.
The new album comes just two months after his sophomore album, YHLQMDLG, made history.
Bad Bunny released YHLQMDLG in March and it made history on the Billboard charts. YHLQMDLG debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, scoring the highest charting all-Spanish-language album ever.
Listeners have returned to the album consistently in the weeks since its release. YHLQMDLG hasn’t left the Top Ten, and its racked up nearly a billion streams in the U.S. alone. The album conquered old-school mediums as well as the digital world. “Yo Perreo Sola” and “La Dificil,” a pair of legit reggaeton singles, are both Top 20 on Latin radio this week.
There are some serious bops on this album. I’m already obsessed with ‘En Casita’!
“En Casita” (At Home) features his girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri, who he has been quarantined with in his native Puerto Rico during the Coronavirus pandemic. Berlingeri who previously avoided the spotlight has been making frequent appearances on Bad Bunny’s social media channels.
Then there’s his SNL skit which was hilarious.
The Latin Grammy Award-winning artist made his debut on Saturday Night Live during their April 25 broadcast where Kenan Thompson played baseball star David Ortiz, better known as Big Papi. The skit titled “Big Papi’s Cooking Show” featured Bad Bunny as a character named Big Bunny ready to sell audiences pots and pans for any kitchen, as well as sweatpants.
Bad Bunny is living his best life during this pandemic and I am so grateful he’s helping us all cope with new music during these truly strange times.