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J Balvin Has Made History Out Of Lollapalooza And Becomes The First Latino Headliner In The Festival’s 28 Years

I don’t care how tired you are, what language you speak, where you have to go next, if the DJ decides to pop on some reggaeton at the club, your plans just changed. The genre has been hitting big with U.S. audiences, especially with pop superstars like Cardi B giving it a wider audience to enjoy those thumping bass lines. It’s the perfect music to roll your hips and run your fingers through your hair to while you work off that double shot you took earlier. Some might say it’s also the perfect music to play at the carne asada or to clean the house or to write an essay or…

If you need an introduction to the genre, look no further than J Balvin.

His songs continually perform well in Latin Music charts and his videos are known to grab millions of views within hours of posting. Whether he’s singing about not remembering what happened last night in “6 AM” or the joys of dirty dancing in “Ginza”, or writing a love song to all of us in “Mi Gente“, the smooth sound of his voice mixed with the beat and latin rhythms hits a certain pleasure center in the brain that is absolutely infectious.

Also, I think we would make really beautiful babies. Just sayin…

Over the weekend, J Balvin became the first Latinx headliner at Lallapalooza, a festival that has been in existence for 28 years.

Yep. I said first. Because in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Nineteen, Latinos still have firsts to break through.

And the fans were here for it.

Across social media and in reviews from Rolling Stones to Billboard, many are saying that this was the most intense headline event ever. Way to represent J Balvin!

Seriously, y’all, the show was lit.

I mean…absolutely hyped up.

J Balvin also brought out Wisin y Yandel.

LOST THEIR MINDS.

Lollapalooza, as a festival, started in 1991 as a project of Perry Farrell, the frontman of a popular 90s alt rock band Jane’s Addiction.

The festival was mostly known for its alternative rock and grunge offerings that were indicative of the times. Bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, and Nine Inch Nails would travel the country with the festival. While rock music was the main focus, the lineups were eclectic and featured rap acts like Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, and A Tribe Called Quest as well as  electronic music and, yes, Latinx music. Mexican rock band, Café Tacvba were the first to play the festival in 1992. 

Since then, Latinx acts have been part of the North American Lollapalozza festival lineup, which is now rooted in Chicago, but not a huge part. What makes the fact that J Balvin is the first Latinx headliner even more baffling is that the first satellite Lollapalooza festival was in Chile starting in 2011. The next two were in Brazil and Argentina. You would think the North American branch would play nicer with its sister cities.

American audiences have been slow to come around to Latinx entertainment though. Probably the first representation we had in the mainstream consciousness was Desi Arnaz in I Love Lucy. It’s the first example I can think of where a large chunk of the American population loved a Latinx singer whether she was singing in English or Spanish. Since then, Latinx acts have typically had to develop English albums to make an impact in the U.S. market – Gloria Estefan, Selena, and Ricky Martin come to mind.

So when bands like Los Tucanes de Tijuana find themselves on a major summer fest lineup and then are given the key to the city, it’s kind of a big deal. It means that promoters are taking Latinos seriously as a demographic to market to. It also means promoters are ready to support the entertainers Latinos love with real money. 

It’s apparent that J Balvin understands the importance of this legacy.

In this instagram post he says, “”This is dedicated to dreamers to Latinos and those who know that in life everything is cause and effect, and that we deserve to be here.” 

J Balvin deserves to be here and we can only hope it’s the start of the beginning for more Latinx artists to break through.

If You’re Struggling With Mental Health Problems, J Balvin Wants You To Know You’re Not Alone

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If You’re Struggling With Mental Health Problems, J Balvin Wants You To Know You’re Not Alone

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J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. His ‘Arcoiris’ tour, which holds a partnership with arts collective “Friends With You,” stayed true to its name, bringing light, color, and positivity to every city it stopped in. The tour of the US started in September and ended just a few weeks ago in LA’s Staples Center. The Colombian reggaeton icon kept up his signature high energy and used the tour as a platform to shine a light on a very taboo subject in the Latino community; mental health.

J Balvin used his tour as a platform to talk about mental health issues.

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The Colombian singer’s “Arcoiris Tour” officially launched Sept. 11 in Atlanta and then headed off to Miami, Toronto, Boston, New York, and Tulsa. The itinerary also included visits to Phoenix, El Paso, San Jose, and Las Vegas before wrapping up in Los Angeles on Oct. 26 and in all of those stops Balvin took a moment to talk about immigration, mental health issues, love, and compassion. 

Arcoiris was a bright and energetic show that shone a light on issues close to the singer’s heart.

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The Arcoiris Tour, or “rainbow” tour in English, stayed true to its name as every night, a venue was covered with neon lights, dancers dressed in elaborate costumes that ranged from walking clouds to mushrooms. All the while, the performers were accompanied by a huge cloud-shaped screen and two smaller screens that displayed colorful graphics throughout the night.   

J Balvin performed his big hits and paid tribute to other icons of the genre.

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Balvin performed some of his biggest hit songs like “Bonita” and “Ginza,” as well as iconic songs by fellow reggaeton singers, such as Wisin y Yandel’s “Rakata” and Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina.” He would later move on to perform “La Canción,” which is part of Balvin’s collaborative album with Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny, titled “Oasis.” 

The singer then came to a halt to share his important message.   

During ‘La Cancion’ Balvin took a moment during the interlude to first speak on the importance of addressing one’s own mental health, encouraging people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and letting the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

The singer also addressed immigration issues, by sharing his own story. 

J Balvin explained that eight years ago he came illegally into the U.S. where he painted houses and fixed roofs for a living. “Vine con ese sueño de echar para adelante y seguí soñando. Después de pintar casas, pasé a pintar mis sueños.”  

“I came with a dream to move forward,” Balvin said in Spanish. “I followed that dream and after painting houses, I started painting my dreams.”   

The fact of the matter is that Latino culture tends to disregard mental health.

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Balvin highlighted this by reminding the audience that as much as we can trust God to pull us through difficult situations, we must be more willing to seek out professional help when we need it.

In fact, only 20 percent of Latinos with symptoms of a psychological disorder talk to a doctor about their concerns, and only 10 percent contact a mental health specialist, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. J Balvin took the opportunity to raise awareness about how both depression and anxiety affect Latinos and emphasized on the need to address it. 

In social media, Balvin highlights the fact that even artists who seemingly are on top of the world, struggle with mental health issues. 

Balvin has been very transparent with fans about his mental health struggles in recent months. While the hugely successful reggaetonero is having a major moment in his career, he hasn’t remained immune to depression or anxiety. This is why Balvin has used his platform as an urbano superstar to normalize experiences of mental illness for his fans. 

In recent social media posts, the reggaetonero has shared his own experiences as an example of how help and recovery are possible. 

In a video posted on Instagram, J Balvin revealed that he is feeling better now, only after receiving professional help.“I want to thank you all for the good vibes. After two months, I’ve left this chapter of anxiety and depression. Thanks to God, thanks to the professionals, to the medication, and thanks to you for the support. Definitely, sometimes we don’t prioritize these things, but we can always learn to,” he said in the video.

He’s also taken to Twitter to share his evolution with mental illness.

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In a recent tweet, the singer expressed that these two months have been “hell,” but he is now feeling on top of the world. “Seek professional help,” he wrote, “Anxiety and depression are real.” If you struggle with depression and/or anxiety, seek help by reaching out to a trusted friend, relative, teacher, or counselor. You can also reach out for help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contacting the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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

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

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

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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.