Entertainment

Reggaeton Super Star Ozuna Doesn’t Care About Being ‘The King Of Reggaeton:’ ‘I Do It For My People’

The reggaeton superstar, Juan Carlos Ozuna has become a chart-topping artist with lots of accolades. The singer is best known for singing positive and uplifting songs and making a point of avoiding profanity out of respect for his daughter. His unique voice and the upbeat nature of his music have made him a global sensation. Except, this week, Ozuna told The New York Post that he doesn’t care to be called “The King of Reggaeton.”

Ozuna grew up in Puerto Rico, and has been writing songs since he was 12 years old. 

Credit: ozuna / Instagram

He dropped his first hit in 2015 with “Si Tu Marido No Te Quiere,” and in 2016 with “La Ocasion.” He released a remix to supertstar Daddy Yankee’s song “No Quiere Enamorarse” and racked up millions of views and streams. 

Ozuna’s first full-length album ‘Odisea’ topped the charts and he became a sensation.

Credit: yosoy_pito / Instagram

His first full-length album dropped in 2017. ‘Odisea’ featured guest appearances by Reggaeton icons like De la Ghetto, Anuel AA, J Balvin, and others. His debut album peaked at number one on the Top Latin Albums chart. And though he’s been hailed as “the new king of reggaeton,” Ozuna is reluctant to wear the crown. 

He doesn’t do music for titles or awards, “I work for my people.”

Credit: ozuna / Instagram

“I’m not doing music for everybody to call me ‘the king,’ ” says the 27-year-old Puerto Rican artist, who’s dropping his third album, “Nibiru,” on Friday. “I’m doing music for my people; I work for my people. I’m doing this because I love it.”

Ozuna loves his people, and they love him back. His albums have earned him multiple awards and lots of success.

Credit: ozuna / Instagram

When the love is genuine, it’s tangible, and reciprocated. In 2018, ‘el negrito ojos claros’ finished with the Top 2 LPs, his 2017 debut, “Odisea,” and its follow-up, “Aura,” on Billboard’s year-end Top Latin Albums Chart. In April of this year, he took home 11 trophies, including artist of the year, at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, becoming the biggest winner in a single night in the event’s history.

Now, the singer’s getting ready for what’s coming. He has a big week ahead of him.

Credit: ozuna / Instagram

In addition to the release of “Nibiru,” which will be his third studio album, the reggaetonero is scheduled to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and at the Prudential Center on Friday as part of the Mega Bash, an all-star Latin concert. 

The Puerto Rican singer has crossed over to U.S. audiences by collaborating with huge Hip Hop and pop stars.

Crossover audiences have gotten to know Ozuna, too, thanks to his international smash “Taki Taki” in collaboration with Cardi B, Selena Gomez and DJ Snake. Another high-profile collab that boosted his career, was 2018’s “La Modelo” with American rapper Cardi B, which marked Ozuna‘s first entry on the Hot 100.

“That’s my sister; that’s my family,” said Ozuna in an interview with The New York Post, about the Bronx rapper, who he first met in 2014. “I had a show in New York at La Boom [in Queens]. Somebody told me, ‘Yo, Cardi B’s coming to see you.’ I said, ‘Who’s Cardi B?’”

Although Ozuna has only recorded in Spanish so far, he’d like to expand his repertoire of songs in the future.

Credit: ozuna / Instagram

“Yeah, I want to record in English,” he says. “I’m working on my English right now.” Growing up in Puerto Rico, Ozuna was influenced by old school reggaeton stars like Don Omar, Wisin y Yandel, and Daddy Yankee; “the real, real reggaeton,” as he puts it. As well as taking in influences by hip-hop and R&B heavyweights such as Jay-Z and Usher. But music was already in his genes from his Dominican dad, who was a dancer for the reggaeton artist Vico C. “I got it in my blood,” Ozuna says of his father, who was fatally shot when the singer was just 3.

Ozuna is celebrating Thanksgiving with his family in New York. 

Credit: ozuna / Instagam

The reggaeton singer is bringing his family over from Puerto Rico, to be there with him at the parade. His family’s made up of his wife Taina Marie Meléndez and their two kids, daughter Sofia and son Jacob. About riding atop a float at the iconic parade, he says, “That’s a dream because I’ve seen it on TV for years. And now I’m going to perform. That’s awesome! So I’m going to bring the best energy.”

Ozuna’s having a very busy Christmas this year.

Credit: likealocaltours / Instagram

As for the rest of the holiday season, the singer will be busy with the launch of his new album, preparing for a world tour in 2020 beginning in the Dominican Republic in February. “Man, I gotta work!” he says, although he plans to be back home in Puerto Rico with his family to have a feliz Navidad. “But for me,” he says, “every day is Christmas.”

The singer is dropping his third album, “Nibiru,” this Friday.

READ: Ozuna Shatters World Records, Honored With Four Guinness World Record Titles

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

2021 Latin American Music Awards Highlights: Ozuna, Eslabón Armado, Karol G and More

Latidomusic

2021 Latin American Music Awards Highlights: Ozuna, Eslabón Armado, Karol G and More

The 2021 Latin American Music Awards were last night and Bad Bunny emerged victorious. Even though the Puerto Rican superstar was absent, he won five awards.

Karol G and Nicki Minaj were big winners.

Right behind Benito, who took home Artist of the Year, was Karol G, with three wins. She won for her smash hit “Tusa,” which also made her collaborator Nicki Minaj a three-time winner. “Tusa” won the Song of the Year award over Bad Bunny’s “Yo Perreo Sola” and Colombian singer Maluma’s “Hawái.”

Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro also won big.

In the New Artist of the Year category, rising Puerto Rican pop star Rauw Alejandro took home the award. Like Bad Bunny, he was also absent from the ceremony. “Thanks to all those who voted for me,” Alejandro wrote in his Instagram stories. “I’ll see you all soon. Wait for me.”

The night was also filled with plenty of performances. Latido Music is here with five of our favorite Latin AMAs performances.

Eslabón Armado

Eslabón Armado is the Mexican-American trio that is reviving the sierreño sound in regional Mexican music. They’re doing it with their own emo spin on the genre. The guys won two awards: Favorite Regional Mexican Duo or Group and the Favorite Duo or Group general category. In one of their first major award show performances, the crowd was treated to Eslabón Armado’s “Con Tus Besos” live.

Ozuna

Last night Ozuna was honored with the Extraordinary Evolution Award for his incredible music career. The moment was extra special for the Puerto Rican superstar because his grandmother gave him the award. Ozuna was in tears of joy over the gesture. He also performed a medley of hits like “Vaina Loca” and “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres.”

Karol G

Fresh off her new album KG0516 topping Billboard‘s Latin Album chart, Karol G performed at the Latin AMAs. She gave her first live performance of “El Makinon” with rising Latina singer Mariah Angeliq. The sensual performance was a show of girl power at the awards.

Maluma

Maluma performed a few times at the Latin AMAs. He teamed up with Wisin, Myke Towers, and Anitta for their remix of “Mi Niña.” He also joined fellow Colombian act Piso 21 for their hit duet “Más de la Una.” His best performance of the night was “Tonika” from his 7 Días En Jamaica (#7DJ) album. He sang it with Jamaican music royalty Ziggy Marley for the first time.

David Bisbal and Carrie Underwood

In one of the most-anticipated moments of the night, Spanish singer David Bisbal teamed up with country music superstar Carrie Underwood. The duo debuted their duet “Tears of Gold” live and Underwood sang in Spanish.

Click here for Latido Music, 24/7 Latin music videos & more

Read: Karol G’s ‘KG0516’ Album Has Landed: Our 5 Favorite Songs

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Arthur Hanlon and Venezuelan Singer Nella Talk Recording HBO Special ‘Piano y Mujer’

Latidomusic

Arthur Hanlon and Venezuelan Singer Nella Talk Recording HBO Special ‘Piano y Mujer’

World-famous pianist Arthur Hanlon is premiering his HBO Latino special Piano y Mujer this Friday. The Detroit-born musician will be teaming up with Latina artists like Venezuela’s Nella, Puerto Rico’s Kany García, and Colombia’s Goyo. The collaborations are already available on Hanlon’s album of the same name. Hanlon and Nella talked with Latido Music about recording Piano y Mujer and a few of their career highlights.

Hanlon fuses his jazz sound with his love of Latin music.

Hanlon is an Irish-American musician who has made an impact in the Latin music world thanks to his incredible piano-playing skills. Previously, he’s collaborated with artists like Luis Fonsi, Juanes, Marc Anthony, Lunay, and Prince Royce.

“It’s the rhythms more than anything,” Hanlon tells mitú about his fascination with Latin music. “That was the main attraction for me. La bachata, la salsa, and la merengue. There’s so much piano in those genres. For me, it was like a marriage made in heaven.”

“You can tell how much Arthur is passionate about Latin rhythms,” Nella adds. “It’s like he was born in Latin America. It’s a beautiful thing to play with [Arthur] because you also have the influence from the Anglo world, which I love.”

Hanlon also teamed up with Ozuna for a stellar collaboration.

Most recently, Hanlon featured on Puerto Rican superstar Ozuna’s Aura album. It was a feature on the most important song on the album, the title track, and he didn’t know about it until the eleventh hour.

“It was a great vibe,” Hanlon says. “He sent me an idea about a mirror called espejo. I just took that idea and I tried to play a mirror [on the piano] is what I did. I sent it back to him and I never heard anything back. I swear to God the night before, it was like, ‘Dude, it’s the title track. It’s not espejo anymore. It’s called ‘Aura.” That was cool.”

Nella is a Latin Grammy winner.

Nella is one of the women that’s featured in Hanlon’s Piano y Mujer album and HBO special. She’s in the company of García, ChocQuibTown’s Goyo, Spanish singer Natalia Jimenez, and Evaluna Montaner, the daughter of Argentine icon Ricardo Montaner. Nella rose to prominence after winning the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2019.

“My music doesn’t exactly follow the radio format,” Nella says. “I was like, ‘I’m very glad to be nominated. I’m not expecting anything.’ When I heard my name, that was freaking crazy I’ve got to admit. It makes me so happy and proud to know that an album that was made with roots [in Venezuela] and vanguardia was recognized by The [Latin Recording] Academy. It was obviously a before and after in my life.”

Nella recently received a co-sign from Juan Luis Guerra.

A recent high in Nella’s career includes featuring on a song with Dominican icon Juan Luis Guerra. When she was a reference vocal in the song “Mi Guitarra” by Javier Limón, Guerra decided to keep her voice on there.

“When Juan Luis Guerra returned the song back to Javier, he didn’t delete my voice,” Nella says. “He kept my voice and did harmonies with my voice. It was such a beautiful and humble thing for him to do that he didn’t need to. It was a great honor to be chosen by him.”

For Piano y Mujer, Hanlon worked with Nella on songs that spoke to her Venezuelan roots.

Hanlon arranged the music for Piano y Mujer with Venezuelan producer Motiff. Hanlon played piano on two songs that are personal to Nella. The first one is “Caballo Viejo,” a popular folk song in Venezuela.

“I’ve listened to it since I was a baby and it’s been in my blood, but I’ve never performed it,” Nella says. “It was such a great opportunity to do this for the first time. It’s always beautiful for me to sing a little bit of my roots.”

Hanlon and Nella also worked together on “Me Llaman Nella.” That song was the lead single from Nella’s debut album Voy that helped her win her Latin Grammy.

“I always dreamed about having a remix of that song and there you go,” Nella says. “People got to know me [with that song] because it also tells my story. That’s going to be like my ‘Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey. That song that you’re going to sing your whole freaking life. It was beautiful to hear with a different rhythm that respected the melody and the essence of the song.”

Hanlon and Nella also told us about who they want to collaborate with next.

As for what’s next, Hanlon says that he’s working on something that will hopefully make Colombian icon Carlos Vives’ Cumbiana Dos album. Nella reveals that she wants to work with more women. At the top of her list is Mayra Andrade, who hails from Cape Verde. Nella’s next album will be released on April 30.

Hanlon’s Piano y Mujer special airs on HBO Latino this Friday at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The show will be available to stream on HBO Max afterward.

Click here for Latido Music, 24/7 Latin music videos & more

Read: Meet Breakout Pop Star Camilo: Our 5 Favorite Songs on ‘Mis Manos’

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com