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Maluma Drops A Surprise Album Featuring His Alter Ego, Papi Juancho

Last week, so many of us were wondering what the actual f*** was going on with Maluma. The reggaetonero had appeared to delete his Instagram (where were we supposed to get our daily thirst traps?!) and there were rumors he had done so in haste after hearing that his ex-girlfriend was dating soccer superstar Neymar.

But it turns out that Maluma was simply building to a major climax – the surprise release of his fifth studio album, PAPI JUANCHO.

Maluma surprised his fans on Friday with a new album.

Maluma gave his fans a very happy Friday with the release of a new, surprise album – PAPI JUANCHO. The reggaetonero announced the new album in an Instagram Live at the stroke of midnight.

“This year has been, like, full of surprises, and they’ve not been that positive,” he said. “I wanted to give a good, very positive surprise.”

PAPI JUANCHO is Maluma’s fifth studio album and was produced alongside longtime collaborators Rude Boyz. Although the album features Maluma’s alter ego as the main star, it also includes several guest appearances from a number of reggaetón royals, including Justin Quiles, Lenny Tavarez, Myke Towers, and Jory Boy. PAPI JUANCHO was made during quarantine between the singer’s hometown of Medellín and Miami, his U.S. base.

The album arrives just nine days before Maluma is set to take the stage in New York for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, where’s been nominated for the best Latin video (“Que Pena” with J Balvin).

“I’ve been working like crazy making new music,” Maluma said of the 22-track set. “When quarantine started, I was in Europe, and then I had to postpone the whole tour, so I went back to Colombia … I started recording by myself again, the way I used to do it when I started my career. I was, like, connected with myself, remembering my roots because I was there in Medellín.”

The album features Maluma’s alter ego – Papi Juancho.

Papi Juancho, whose title riffs off Maluma’s nickname of “Juancho” (short for Juan Luis) is apparently also the singer’s alter ego. And he features this side of him quite heavily in several tracks.

Maluma — whose real name is Juan Luis Londoño Arias — got back in touch with “this little kid, this little dreamer” who started out in the reggaeton game 10 years ago, he told the New York Post. “I was feeling that energy again,” he said.

Just last week, Maluma had deleted his Instagram and fans were left with nothing but conspiracy theories.

Despite a week of politics, where the Democratic National Convention was meant to be center stage, Maluma became a trending topic on Twitter – before he even released his album. His Instagram, which has more than 50 million followers, had gone dark and fans were left wondering what was going on.

Speculations and rumors began circulating. Was it because his ex Natalia Barulich was dating footballer Neymar? Or because Neymar dissed Maluma by posting a video of his team singing his new single “Hawái” – a breakup song — on Instagram?

Turns out Maluma was simply gathering steam prior to the surprise release PAPI JUANCHO.

Despite quarantine, Maluma has been keeping himself busy.

While most of the world has been on lockdown thanks to Coronavirus, Maluma has been keeping himself busy. PAPI JUANCHO is Maluma’s third album in as many years, following 2019’s widely successful 11:11 and 2018’s F.A.M.E.

The album includes Maluma’s recent single “Hawái” and April’s “ADMV,” which he released with a video where he appeared as an old man. Last year, Maluma also joined Madonna on her Madame X track “Medellín.” He’s scheduled to perform as part of MTV’s remotely organized Video Music Awards on August 30.

“All I could do during lockdown in Medellin was work alone in my studio,” Maluma told Billboard in an exclusive interview. “That’s why this album has so much of my true essence; because I did so much of it alone.”

And Madonna isn’t the only superstar diva who’s been paying attention to Maluma: Jennifer Lopez reached out to him to make his movie debut in the upcoming romantic comedy “Marry Me.”

“I wanted to become an actor,” he said, “and then Jennifer Lopez called me and said that she wanted me to be part of this project.” Maluma shot his scenes in New York, including one during his sold-out Madison Square Garden concert last October. Lopez herself joined him onstage to sing “No Me Ames.”

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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

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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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Exclusive: Maluma Talks “Amor En Coma” with Manuel Turizo and Supporting Colombian Artists

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Exclusive: Maluma Talks “Amor En Coma” with Manuel Turizo and Supporting Colombian Artists

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Rising Colombian heartthrob Manuel Turizo released his new album Dopamina. One of the most hotly-anticipated tracks on the LP, “Amor En Coma” featuring Maluma, is also out. In an upcoming interview with Latido Music, Maluma talked about supporting the new wave of Colombian acts like Turizo.

Turizo sounds better than ever on his second album.

Dopamina is the second album from Turizo. He’s back with a fresh collection of reggaeton bangers that reflect the 20-year-old’s growth from his last LP. His signature baritone voice is richer and there’s more emotional depth in the lyrics. The songs are more grown too. Let’s just say “Caliente” with will.i.am and Dominican star El Alfa lives up to its name.

Manuel and Maluma team up for the emotional “Amor En Coma” music video.

“Amor En Coma” is one of the more romantic moments on the album. Two of Colombia’s hottest stars come together for the soaring track. In his career, Turizo is at a place that Maluma once was with his breakthrough album, 2016’s Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy. In a preview of his interview with Latido Music, Maluma spoke about supporting artists like Turizo.

“These collaborations I’m doing with these artists that are kind of new, I’m doing it because no one did with me at the beginning,” Maluma tells mitú. “I want to tell the world that there is a lot of talent here in Colombia and Latin America. This new wave that is coming is pretty big. I’m happy to help them and be a part of their process. I feel like it’s a good moment to start helping new projects, start helping new artists, and to keep going.”

Maluma and his compatriots are proudly representing Colombia.

In the past few years, Maluma, J Balvin, and Karol G have helped Colombia become a force in the reggaeton music scene. Like Shakira before them, these superstars are also pushing back on negative stereotypes of the country that are often reinforced in movies and TV shows like Netflix’s Narcos.

“It’s nice to go out to the states or Europe and when people talk about Colombia, they’re not talking anymore about Pablo Escobar, or about war, or about drugs,” Maluma says. “They talk about good music, good actors, good culture, and good sports. That makes me pretty happy that we’re changing the face of our culture.”

Turizo’s album also features OG reggaetoneros like Wisin y Yandel. One of the best moments is his collaboration with fellow heartthrobs-on-the-rise Rauw Alejandro and Myke Towers in “La Nota.” Stay tuned for our full interview with Maluma very soon. For now, check out the dates for his Papi Juancho Tour this fall.

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Read: Maluma Announces US Dates for His 2021 Papi Juancho World Tour

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