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Maluma Spills The Tea On His Relationship With J Balvin, Starring In A Movie With J Lo And What His Future Holds

It’s safe to say that Colombian music artist Maluma has got this success thing covered. If we’re looking at his online following, the Latin pop star has over 47 million followers on Instagram and his YouTube channel has a combined total of 13 billion views. His ticket sales are another huge win. Maluma has been selling out arenas around the world for years. This includes New York’s famous Madison Square Garden where the star just played a sold-out show in October of 2019. If these marks of professional achievement weren’t enough, the Latin star also recently added the accolade of “Pop Sensation of the Year” to his resume after it was awarded to him by “GQ Magazine.”

In his interview with the respected publication, Maluma talked about his surprising global fan base, his upcoming move to the big screen and his determination to stay true to HIS kind of music.

In the interview by Julyssa Lopez (photographed by William Ukoh), Maluma’s beginnings in the music business were explored. While he first had ambitions to be a professional soccer player, the Colombian decided at 17 years-old to use his natural charisma to pursue music instead. Using the first two letters of his mother’s, father’s and sister’s names, he took on the stage name Maluma to honor his family and began performing at local quinces.  

He started off using lighter reggaeton beats and blended in hip-hop and Latin trap. During this time, other music professionals pressured Maluma into exploring genres and styles he wasn’t comfortable with. However, the pop star was very confident in who he was as an artist — even while he is exploring his own sound — so he didn’t give into this pressure. 

“I think people at the beginning were confused because they thought I was strictly a reggaeton artist,” Maluma explains in the “GQ” interview. “My genre is the genre I do—it’s salsa, it’s reggaeton, it’s hip hop, it’s R&B, my genre is the genre of Maluma.”  

Staying true to his own sound has been a smart strategy because it has helped the pop star reach fans in unexpected places around the world. 

During his “GQ” interview, he recalled a large group of fans waiting for him outside the Madison Square Garden performance back in October. According to the interview, this group of fans was memorable because they had flown to New York all the way from China — a country that Maluma didn’t even realize already had access to his music.

In the interview, Maluma explained that the Chinese fans shared news of his huge fan base in the People’s Republic. However, he had never visited the communist country so they had to make the trip all the way to the US in order to see him. In the interview, Maluma says he promised to make it a priority to visit China in the future to meet these new fans; showing just how far-reaching his popularity already is.

Maluma’s ability to blend his style with different artists has also allowed him to collaborate with some of the biggest names in music.

As the “GQ” interview points out, Maluma’s absurdly popular music has featured a number of musicians from Ricky Martin, Ty Dolla $ign and Madonna to Steve Aoki, Jason Derulo, and Shakira. However, his more widely talked about collab came about this past year and the attention surrounding it was mainly caused by a supposed rivalry. In September, Maluma and J Balvin released the song for “Qué Pena” and made harmless fun of each other in the accompanying music video. 

Still, according to the “GQ Magazine” interview, there is a perceived rivalry between the two. 

“I never felt anything bad toward him, but all the attention on the genre and people created this tension between us,” Maluma says of Balvin. “I said to him, ‘Yo, bro, come on, I used to listen to your music when I was 14 years old. I used to go to quinceañeras, if you were performing there. I used to see you performing, I was your fan, cabrón.”

While 2019 was an phenomenal year for Maluma, 2020 will only be better thanks to his big move to the big screen. 

For his first shot at the movies, the Pop Sensation of the Year was hand picked by a fellow Latinx superstar. According to his interview with “GQ Magazine,” JLo chose Maluma to star in the film, “Marry Me,” opposite the superstar. Due out next year, the movie features JLo as a jilted pop star who marries a random person (Maluma) after being stood up by her fiance. Of course, shenanigans ensue. We can’t wait to see the chemistry and humor this duo brings to the big screen.

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Wisin and Myke Towers Align with Anitta and Maluma in “Mi Niña” Remix Video

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Wisin and Myke Towers Align with Anitta and Maluma in “Mi Niña” Remix Video

Puerto Rican icon Wisin and rising Boricua star Myke Towers updated their hit “Mi Niña” with a stellar remix. The duo teams up with Colombian pop star Maluma and Brazilian singer Anitta in the new, feel-good music video.

Wisin and Towers turned the original version into a hit.

Wisin, who is most known as one half of Wisin y Yandel, and Towers first released “Mi Niña” back in September. The song was later included on Wisin’s collaborative album Los Legendarios with La Base Music Group. “Mi Niña” is already certified Platinum in the U.S.

How did this song exist before without Anitta?

To keep the momentum for “Mi Niña” going, Maluma and Anitta join Wisin and Towers for the new remix. It’s hard to believe that this song existed without Anitta because she gives it a much-needed feminine touch. All the artists sing the chorus, but her take on it sounds the sweetest. Maluma adds his signature flirty flow to the track. Each artist shines as they align for this irresistible all-star remix.

The music video for the “Mi Niña” remix was shot by director Charlie Nelson. He filmed Wisin, Towers, Anitta, and Maluma in the streets of Miami. All the guys look great, but Anitta is the one that steals the show in her sparkling green bodysuit.

You should definitely check out the rest of the Los Legendarios album.

Wisin’s Los Legendarios album with La Base Music Group is pretty legendary actually. The 19-track LP features mind-blowing collaborations with stars like Nicky Jam, Sech, Jhay Cortez, Ozuna, Lunay, and Rauw Alejandro. That’s not even all the featured acts.

Impressively all the artists on the “Mi Niña” remix are nominated for April’s Latin American Music Awards. Maluma leads the remix squad with four nominations.

Read: J Balvin and Karol G Lead 2021 Latin American Music Awards Nominations, Bad Bunny Follows

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Maluma Announces US Dates for His 2021 Papi Juancho World Tour

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Maluma Announces US Dates for His 2021 Papi Juancho World Tour

Maluma baby is hitting the road this fall. The Colombian superstar announced the U.S. dates for his upcoming Papi Juancho World Tour. If you are a Maluma fan, go ahead and get those credit cards ready.

Maluma promises to abide by COVID-19 guidelines for the tour.

It looks like Maluma has hope the U.S. will get the COVID-19 vaccine situation under control by September. If all goes according to plan, his Papi Juancho World Tour will kick off on Sept. 2 in Sacramento, Calif.  

“I can’t believe I’m finally announcing my tour!” Maluma said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to return to the concert stage – it is what I have been dreaming about for months – and we are going to celebrate like never before. I am planning a brand new show full of surprises for my fans and lots of new music off my last two albums, Papi Juancho and #7DJ.”

Pre-sale tickets for the Papi Juancho Tour will go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 25. Maluma will be announcing a pre-sale code for his fans on his Instagram account this week. Tickets to the general public will be available the following day, Feb. 26, starting at 10 a.m. local time. More U.S. dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

You can bet on “Hawái” being on the setlist.

Maluma is still riding high off his Papi Juancho hit “Hawái.” Nearly half a year after the song’s release and it’s currently No. 2 on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart. The Spanglish remix featuring Canadian singer The Weeknd is getting “Hawái” played on pop radio.

At last week’s Premio Lo Nuestro, he won two awards. Maluma also performed a few songs off his latest album #7DJ (7 Días En Jamaica). Later in the night, he joined Mexican pop star Carlos Rivera to sing their duet song “100 Años.”

Papi Juancho World Tour U.S. Dates

September 2nd – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
September 3rd – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
September 4th – Las Vegas, NV @ Michelob Ultra Arena
September 9th – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
September 11th – Ontario, CA @ Toyota Arena
September 12th – San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena
September 18th – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
September 23rd – Phoenix, AZ @ Phoenix Suns Area
September 24th – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
September 25th – Odessa, TX @ La Hacienda Event Center
September 26th – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
September 30th – Bridgeport, CT @ Webster Bank Arena
October 1st – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
October 2nd – Washington DC @ Capital One Area
October 3rd – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
October 7th – Atlanta, GA @ StateFarm Arena
October 8th – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
October 9th – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
October 10th – Fort Myers, FL @ Hertz Arena
October 14th – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
October 15th – Laredo, TX @ Sames Auto Arena
October 16th – McAllen, TX @ Payne Arena
October 24th – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena

Read: Maluma on The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime Show: ‘Hawái Remix Was Missing’

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