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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.

J.Balvin’s Spongebob Collaboration With Louis De Guzman And Nickelodeon Was The Most Iconic Collab Of The Decade

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J.Balvin’s Spongebob Collaboration With Louis De Guzman And Nickelodeon Was The Most Iconic Collab Of The Decade

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What exactly does a SpongeBob gallery pop-up installation look like? Especially when it includes the reggaeton megastar J. Balvin, an iconic children’s brand most millennials grew up on, and a hometown artist. Pictures on Instagram gave curious parties a hint through a series of snapshots featuring sculptures, paintings, and merchandise. But on Tuesday, Nov. 13, a number of people braved the low temperatures to find out for themselves. Let’s take a look back at the most impactful collab in 2019.Credit: Amy Tran

While visitors like Melanie Lopez were expecting to satiate their curiosity around the project, most were not prepared to have the “Mi Gente” cantante greet them in the space. The global superstar surprised guests and helped kick-off a five-day experience exclusive to Chicago. But how did this all come to be and why the Midwest of all places?

It all started at Complexcon last year where visual artist Louis De Guzman, a Chicago native who is the first from his Filipino family to be born in the United States, had a chance encounter with a Nickelodeon executive who took an interest in his work. The two discussed partnering on a project and parted ways. A short while later at the same event, the Filipino pop artist connected with J.Balvin. De Guzman says there was a mutual admiration for each other’s work and upon Balvin’s request, he slid into the singer’s DMs. The two built a friendship. Then the opportunity for them to fuse their creativity together to celebrate SpongeBob’s 20th anniversary presented itself. A partnership between Nickelodeon, J. Balvin and De Guzman happened organically.Credit: louisdeguzman / Instagram

“I was a big fan of [De Guzman] before I met him,” says Balvin. “We started talking and were like ‘why don’t we do a collab and do something with SpongeBob. [The cartoon character is] something people already know but [due to our diverse cultural background] we can add something to it. [De Guzman] is Filipino, I’m from Colombia. Exchanging cultures is beautiful.”

And so the work began with the support of arguably one of the biggest brands in children’s entertainment. 

“We’ve done many SpongeBob collaborations in many different ways with high-end designers but this was really the first time it was reimagined in this way, in this art style,” says Marielle Donahue, Director, Retail Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Nickelodeon. “SpongeBob fans love to share their fandom and I think from Louis and J. Balvin’s perspective, they wanted to share the feeling of being inspired to do whatever you can.”

Donahue says the partnership felt natural because both artists had already shown a public love and admiration for the Bikini Beach character. She also pointed out Balvin and De Guzman’s popularity among different audiences—both of which incorporate distinct cultural upbringings into their work—but they both shared a message for hope, love and positivity that aligned perfectly with the kooky sea creature. 

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“All three embrace positivity and good vibes,” echoes Jose Castro, Senior Vice President, Softlines and Global Fashion Collaborations at Nickelodeon 

And it’s perhaps this sentiment that will have people rooting for the project and the people behind it. 

De Guzman teared up when looking around the room and talking about the significance of the project and his motivation—his family. He hints at their struggle navigating an unfamiliar country and the difficulties that arose from their immigrant experience. Overcoming the false starts and failures are ultimately why he chooses to focus on the positive. He says time has shown him that by focusing on the work, good things will come.

Balvin shared a similar story when given the opportunity to talk about whatever he wanted. He says he wishes people would ask him why he decided to pursue a career in  music.

“It started because of my family. We went bankrupt and I was like ‘I love music’ but I didn’t know it was going to be the way to find a solution to help my family,” says Balvin. “If it wasn’t for my family and dad going bankrupt, I wouldn’t be able to be like ‘oh I have this talent and music to help them.’”

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“This is for the culture and God bless the Latino Gang,” said Balvin in a press release. 

And as for why Chicago got the plug it’s because “Chicago is known by so many artists, there’s so many talented people here. This is [De Guzman’s] place, it’s where he was born. He’s from the US. I was here in the U.S. you know let’s do this together. I’ll come to your place and let’s exchange vibes.”

Additional reporting contributed by Ermina Veljacic.

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Everyone Is Talking About The Giant Diamond Ring That J Balvin Gave To Justin Bieber, But What Does It All Mean?

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Everyone Is Talking About The Giant Diamond Ring That J Balvin Gave To Justin Bieber, But What Does It All Mean?

Justin Bieber received a massive diamond ring from J Balvin that has everyone wondering what is going on? The 25-year-old posted a photo of the ring as an Instagram story, thanking Balvin for the lavish accessory but he didn’t provide any context for the gift. 

The “What Do You Mean?” singer photographed his hand wearing the giant square-cut diamond on his index finger, along with his 18 karat gold Tiffany & Co. wedding band on his ring finger. Some wondered if the exchange was a sign the pair were going to collaborate again. 

Balvin responded to Bieber’s thank you note.

“J Balvin, thank you for the ring,” Bieber shared on his Instagram story featuring a tiny gif of Balvin himself. 

The 34-year-old “Mi Gente” singer wrote back on his account, “It’s all love Má g!!!” with a few laughing and crying emojis. Fans began to speculate that the two were collaborating on a song together possibly called “The Ring” or referencing a ring in the title. It wouldn’t be too big of a shock, the singers are connected in more ways than one. 

Rumors swirl that Balvin will be collaborating with Bieber.

Balvin previously worked with Bieber on the hit “Sorry” remix. Not only that, they share the same manager: Scooter Braun. The two also seemed to just vibe together according to Balvin.

“I was like ‘I love your kicks,’ and he was like ‘I like your jacket too,” Balvin told Hot 97 about meeting Bieber before they collaborated. “It was a good vibe. I have respect for everybody, so we were talking about life, fashion and two months later he was like ‘why don’t you do the remix?’ It was something real and organic. It was all about good energy and good vibes.”

Bieber has not said much about his new album which would be the first since 2015’s Purpose. Despite doing features with other artists like Billie Eilish and DJ Khaled he has only suggested that it would be released soon. But the timing could be right, Balvin just released a new single called “Blanco” off of his first and currently unnamed solo album since his joint effort Oasis with Bad Bunny. 

“I want to be that guy to make Spanish music global so I’m going to keep pushing it … it’s something Latino people have been working on for 100 years and now we’re seeing the effects … I know I’ve got a mission and the mission is to be inspiring, inspire the world. Good vibes. I represent culture, I represent youth, I represent the people that follow me. Because what we have is power, people listen to us,” Balvin told Hypebeast over the summer.

With the two possibly releasing new albums under the same management and around the same time, it seems all the more likely they might just be working together. 

Bieber is allegedly working on a new album. 

According to People, sources told the magazine that Bieber is already working on his first album in more than four years. 

“Hopefully in time for the holidays,” the source told People, adding it will be “released very soon.”

In October, Bieber told his fans that if a post on Instagram received 20 million likes he would release new music before Christmas. Bieber who has 121 million fans on the platform only received a little over 11 million likes. 

“If this gets 20 million likes Justin Bieber will release an album before Christmas,” Bieber wrote. “Share it, like it, post in your story, I gotta see the demand. Love you guys pumped for it! I’m almost done but your support will make me move faster.”

Bieber has been newly motivated to create new music after addressing some of his deeper mental health issues, according to People’s source. In April, Bieber crashed Ariana Grande’s Coachella appearance and performed with her on stage.

“I haven’t been on stage in like two years. I came out here I had no idea I was going to be on stage tonight. So anyway, this is my first time on stage in two years,” he told the audience. “I had to get my groove back, my swag back. By the way — album coming soon.”