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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.

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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.

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J Balvin is Having a Baby with Valentina Ferrer

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J Balvin is Having a Baby with Valentina Ferrer

J Balvin’s greatest hit is on the way. The Colombian reggaetonero’s girlfriend, Valentina Ferrer, revealed that she is pregnant with their baby. She talked about her pregnancy with Vogue México.

Valentina revealed the news in a beautiful photo spread with Vogue México.

Ferrer is on a digital cover of Vogue México proudly showing off her growing baby bump. J Balvin can be recognized standing directly behind her because of his tattooed hands that are holding her stomach. On Instagram, Balvin commented on the photo with a heart emoji.

The photos don’t just end with the cover. There are more stunning photos of Ferrer striking a pose and smiling in her pregnancy glory.

Ferrer revealed that the pregnancy was a shock to her at first. “I took the pregnancy test in the bathroom and I repeated it three more times because I couldn’t believe it,” Ferrer told Vogue México. “But what surprised me the most was when I felt the baby kick for the first time.”

Valentina and J Balvin first met in one of his music videos.

This will be J Balvin’s first child with Ferrer. The two first met on the set of his “Sigo Extrañándote” music video in 2017. The emotional visual was for Balvin’s hit single from his 2016 album Energía. In 2018, they debuted as a couple at New York Fashion Week.

J Balvin is having a busy 2021 so far. The dad-to-be has teased his next album with the singles “Ma’ G,” “Tu Veneno,” and “Otra Noche Sin Ti” featuring Khalid. A documentary about his life, The Boy From Medellín, will be released to streaming on Amazon Prime on May 6.

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Read: Khalid Goes Reggaeton in J Balvin’s “Otra Noche Sin Ti” Music Video

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Miguel, A.CHAL, Cuco and More Music You Need For Nu Music Fridays

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Miguel, A.CHAL, Cuco and More Music You Need For Nu Music Fridays

Welcome to Nu Music Fridays, where we give you our best picks of the week in Latin music released on Friday, April 9th. Check out our full list below!

Miguel – Art Dealer Chic 4 EP

Miguel surprised fans by dropping a follow-up to his Art Dealer Chic series from 2012 with Art Dealer Chic 4. The project has 4 songs and features the previously released single “Funeral.” Get into ADC vibes.

Cuco – “Paradise”

Roll down your car windows, hold your significant other’s hand and blast “Paradise” to tell them how much they mean to you. Cuco is BACK, ladies and gentlemen.

Since we’re talking Cuco and Miguel, let’s bring back when they performed TUGETHER for us here at mitú.

Manuel Turizo – Dopamina album

Colombian crooner Manuel Turizo released his follow-up album to his 2019 debut ADN with Dopamina. The album comes packed with collabs with El Alfa, will.i.am, Farruko, Myke Towers, Rauw Alejandro, Dalex, Justin Quiles and Maluma. We actually had an exclusive interview with Maluma and he talked to us about working with Manuel for their new single “Amor en Coma.”

A.CHAL – TAPPD’N

Peruvian singer-songwriter A.CHAL sprinkled in some Spanish words in his new single “TAPPD’N.” The rise to the top hasn’t been easy, but A.CHAL is enjoying the process.

Cami – “Luna”

Argentinian singer Cami shows off her vocal prowess with new emotional single “Luna.”

Big Soto – The Good Trip album

Venezuela’s Latin Urban star Big Soto released his star-packed album The Good Trip, which also has an accompanying music video for each song.

J Balvin & Khalid – “Otra Noche Sin Ti

J Balvin and Khalid join forces on a slow R&B beat for “Otra Noche Sin Ti,” where they want their ex-lover to come back. Read more about the collab here and get into all the feels.

Imanbek & Sean Paul feat. Sofia Reyes – “Dancing On Dangerous”

Russian DJ Imanbek recruited Sean Paul and Sofia Reyes for a new EDM track “Dancing on Dangerous,” which will get you ready to blast it full volume this summer.

Jay Menez – “Promete”

The night looks promising and Dominican artist Jay Menez knows it. Check out his new single “Promete.”

Myke Towers & Ñengo Flow – “BURBERRY”

The release for Lyke Myke feels imminent and Myke Towers dropped Latin Trap anthem “BURBERRY” featuring Ñengo Flow to get us ready for the bangers that are on the way.

Young Gatillo Feat. Rochy RD – “Cintura de Mono Remix”

Two of Dominican Republic’s artists on the rise Young Gatillo and Rochy RD team up for Dembow hit “Cintura de Mono Remix.”

Mon Laferte – Seis album

Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte is back with her new album Seis, where she tackles different genres. We actually had the chance to interview Mon Laferte to talk about Seis, the Gloria Trevi collab and more here.

READ: Rauw Alejandro Lives His ’80s Pop Fantasy in Marc Seguí’s “Tiroteo” Remix Music Video

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