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Everyone Is Talking About Who J Balvin Partied With Before His LA Concert And We Get Why

After two months on the road, J Balvin officially wrapped up his 2019 ArcoirisTour on Saturday,  at the Staples Center in LA. The reggaeton titan had a few celebs accompany him on and off the stage. The Black Eyed Peas had their own number on stage with the Colombian singer and Kylie Jenner  attended the concert and hung out with Balvin ahead of the show. Here’s everything that went down.

Few people were prepared for what this reggaetonero had in store for his ‘Arcoiris’ tour. And his last show was a true gem.

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The Colombian artist is known for his mind-blowing, surreal spectacles, and his 2019 ‘Arcoiris’ tour lived up to the hype. They say there’s a treasure to be found at the end of the arcoiris, and that’s just what J Balvin delivered this Saturday on the last show of his tour; a music-filled, star-studded, surreal gem. 

Arcoiris went out with a bang on its last night. 

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After selling out arenas all across the U.S., J Balvin was able to bring, nearly 21 thousand fans together in LA. The sold out show at Los Angeles’ iconic Staples Center saw people from every background come together to dance to the Colombian’s reggaeton and urbano beats. 

The reggaetonero paid tribute to other iconic reggaeton singers and staged an animated duet with Rosalia.

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Accompanied by longtime DJ and hypeman David Rivera Mazo and a small band, Balvin started with his hit “Reggaeton” and roared through a set that contained not only many highlights from his career — “Con Altura,” featuring a hilarious video animation of duet partner Rosalia, “Ginza,” “Otra Vez,” “Bonita,” “Ambiente,” “Mojaita,” and more — but also a tribute to reggaeton’s forebears, including a medley of N.O.R.E.’s “Oye Mi Canto,” Wisin y Yandel’s “Rakata” and Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina,” and later a short bugalu interlude at the end of “I Like It.”

The 2000s band ‘The Black Eyed Peas’ joined Balvin on-stage to sing their latest single ‘RITMO’.

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Balvin was joined on stage by everyone’s 00s favorites, The Black Eyed Peas to perform their recent collaboration “Ritmo,” part of the Bad Boys for Life soundtrack.  “RITMO” contains a prominent sample of Corona‘s 1995 Eurodance smash “The Rhythm of the Night,” which reached No. 7 on Dance Club Songs and No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in the day. “Rhythm” was remade featuring reggaeton beats, and J Balvin’s fun Spanish lyrics.

Ahead of the show, Balvin was joined backstage by makeup mogul and ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star, Kylie Jenner. 

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Another one of the special guests to party with J Balvin at the Staples Center, was Kylie Jenner, who attended the concert and hung out with the singer backstage ahead of the show. The two took a photo together, showing Jenner and Balvin throwing the ‘Latino Gang’ sign with their fingers. Jenner, who went to the concert with her star-studded squad, shared several videos on Instagram stories, jamming to Balvin’s live show and singing to Rosalia’s “Con Altura.” 

Kylie left Stormi at home while she had some fun with her friends on Saturday.

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The queen of Instagram, Kylie Jenner went to J Balvin’s concert accompanied by bff, Sofia Richie, and Will.I.Am. In true King-Kylie fashion, the makeup mogul wore a totally extra, black leather dress, accessorized with pointed toe heels and sheer black tights —and rest assured, she took to Instagram to document her eventful night. The two best friends shared videos of themselves pre-gaming backstage with a bottle of tequila. Later on in the night, Will.I.Am joined in on the fun, presumably after his number on stage. 

J Balvin’s ‘Arcoiris’ tour was definitely a show like no other. 

Created in partnership with the immersive and often hilarious arts collective FriendsWithYou, the show is like a cross between a live cartoon and an awesome hallucinogenic experience. ‘Arcoiris’ premiered at Coachella in April, and it’s safe to say the show was like no concert production ever staged before.

The show found Balvin surrounded by wildly adorned dancers and giant, comical, blobby characters that ranges from dancing mushrooms to giant ice-pops with faces to figures resembling Michelin men with clouds for heads —the smiling cloud-head is essentially FriendsWithYou’s signature mascot. 

There was also a huge toy horse that Balvin and the dancers rode for a couple of songs, and a gigantic cartoon-ish character seated onstage with a starfish on one ear, a hoop earring in the other, a teddy-bear-like creature sitting on its head and another cloud-head in its lap. Arcoiris, the album, and show, were a huge hit with everyone, adults and kids. This little girl loved the cartoon-esque vibe so much, that she even threw a Balvin-themed birthday party.

J Balvin first rose to prominence in 2010 after dropping his debut album ‘Real’. But it wasn’t until 2016 when he burst into the mainstream with ‘Safari’ featuring Pharrell Williams. He found global fame in 2017 when his hit ‘Mi Gente’, alongside Beyonce, became a worldwide sensation.

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McDonald’s Just Announced Their Newest Menu Item: The ‘J Balvin Meal’

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McDonald’s Just Announced Their Newest Menu Item: The ‘J Balvin Meal’

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If you thought J Balvin couldn’t get any more successful than he already is, you were wrong.

On Monday, McDonalds announced a surprise collaboration with the chart-topping Colombian reggaeton singer.

According to their press release, McDonalds and J Balvin have teamed up to create a signature “J Balvin Meal”. The meal will consist of a Big Mac, fries with ketchup and an Oreo McFlurry. Customers who order the meal through the app will get the McFlurry for free. The meal will be available until November 1st, so it is indeed, a limited-time offer.

“As a longtime McDonald’s fan, I am excited to join the short list of global icons who have had a meal named in their honor,” Balvin said in the press release. “I am looking forward to sharing my signature order with my fans, along with more surprises that are to come with this partnership. ¡Lego!”

McDonald’s had been teasing the meal for days, tweeting out messages like “reply to this tweet and we’ll tell you a secret about our next collab meal”. They also sent out a cryptic tweet where they just posted a bunch of rainbow-colored circles (for those of you who don’t know, J Balvin loves rainbow colors so much that he named his fifth studio album “Colores” and called his tour the “Arcoiris” tour).

The J Balvin x McDonald’s collab comes on the heels of the fast food chain’s wildly successful collaboration with rapper Travis Scott.

The Travis Scott Meal (which was literally just a quarter pounder with cheese topped with lettuce and bacon, fries with barbecue sauce, and a Sprite) was so popular that McDonald’s reported nationwide shortages of the meal’s key ingredients, like lettuce, slivered onions, and bacon.

It makes sense that the most popular artist in the world is getting his own McDonald’s meal. And naturally, fans have some thoughts…

The opportunity to express their opinions about this unconventional collaboration was just too tempting to pass up.

The memes about the possibility of multi-colored burgers were plentiful.

If McDonald’s offered multi-colored burgers, something tells us they would have people lining up out the door.

Of course, people couldn’t help but take a jab at McDonald’s *constant* broken ice-cream machines.

McDonald’s might as well have added a disclaimer to their press release explaining that the McFlurries would only be available at locations in the U.S. with working ice-cream machines (all ten of them).

Some people were even brain-storming ideas for the next famous artist and McDonald’s collab:

Considering McDonald’s prides itself as a family-friendly establishment, we’re not sure how they could pull this one off…although we’d love to see them try!

We wonder what artist McDonald’s plans to collaborate with next!

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Latin Grammy Nominations Are In And What A Difference A Year Makes

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Latin Grammy Nominations Are In And What A Difference A Year Makes

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Seriously, it was just last year that some of the world’s most popular artists – reggaetoneros and trap artists like Bad Bunny and J Balvin – were completely ignored. I mean it was so serious there was even a hashtag: “Sin Reggaetón, No Hay Grammy.”

At the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards, the top award categories very conspicuously left out these very artists. However, this year they’re dominating all the categories and bringing in a record number of nominations.

The 2020 Latin Grammy nominations are in and they definitely do a better job at representing the community than last year’s.

In 2019, the Latin Grammy’s went viral but really for all the wrong reasons. social media exploded as Latin artists posted images of the Grammy logo with a large red “X″ across it, with words on the image reading in Spanish: “Without reggaeton, there’s no Latin Grammys.” Balvin even skipped the live show and Bad Bunny, who won best urban music album during the telecast, told the audience: “With all due respect, reggaeton is part of the Latin culture.”

This definitely forced the Grammy’s to reconsider this year’s awards.

“Over the last year, we continued engaging in discussions with our members to improve the awards process and actively encouraged diverse Latin music creators to join and participate,” Latin Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said in a statement, calling this year’s nominees “a group that reflects the constant evolution of Latin music.”

To honor Latin rap and reggaeton performers, the Latin Grammys added new categories this year, including best reggaeton performance and best rap/hip-hop song.

J Balvin leads the pack with an astonishing 13 Grammy nominations.

In announcing this year’s nominees, J Balvin is in the lead with 13 total nods, including two nominations Album of the year, thanks to his own album Colores and his collab with Bad Bunny, OASIS.

The Colombian reggaetonero has a chance to win his first album of the year prize — a category with 10 contenders – and his chances look pretty good. However, even if he doesn’t pick up that, he’s in the running for several other awards.

Bad Bunny is close behind with nine nominations for what was a record-breaking year for the artist.

Bad Bunny is included in the Album of the Year category for his album YHLQMDLG (which was this year’s best-selling Latin album), however, his surprise album, LAS QUE NO IBAN A SALIR, wasn’t recognized in any category.

In the Best Urban album category, Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG is up against Anuel AA’s Emmanuel, Benito’s Oasis with J Balvin, Balvin’s Colores, Feid’s Ferxxo: Vol. 1 M.O.R., Ozuna’s Nibiru, Sech’s 1 of 1, and rising Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers’Easy Money Baby.

Meanwhile, the Album of the Year category could get pretty interesting with this caliber of nominees.

This year’s Album of the Year category prove what an incredible year 2020 was for Latin music. We were blessed with hit after hit which was all the more important considering what a traumatic year it’s been.

Bad Bunny and J Balvin are both competing for the award. San Benito’s YHLQMDLG faces off against Balvin’s Colores and their joint album OASIS. Meanwhile, albums from Camilo (Por Primera Vez), Ricky Martin (PAUSA EP), and Kany García (Mesa Para Dos), are all up for the same award. What’s extra special about this category this year is that it’s also featuring three nominees from the LGBTQ community.

This year’s top-selling record, “Tusa”, is also up for a Grammy.

Colombian reggaetonera Karol G along with Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj are nominated for this hit song that has just blown up the airwaves this entire year.

“Tusa” is the sole Latin trap nominee in the song of the year category, where 11 tracks are in contention. It’s a departure for Karol G, who didn’t receive a single nomination last year and was part of the group of uber-successful Latin trap and reggaeton artists who were dissed in top categories like album, song and record of the year. This year, the Colombian performer who was named best new artist in 2018 has four nominations, including two shared with Minaj.

It’s encouraging to see the academy actually reflect what is happening in Latin music. The inclusion of this larger variety of artists helps illustrate just how diverse the Latin music industry really is. But to see who actually takes home the awards will be a different story. The Latin Grammy Awards will air live from Miami on Nov. 19 on Univision.

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