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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.