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To Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary, Spongebob Is Working With J Balvin On A Clothing Line

Words I didn’t think I needed to hear until they were spoken into existence: J Balvin and SpongeBob SquarePants are collaborating. No, it’s not a “Con Altura” remix, the two, along with visual artist and designer Louis De Guzman, have teamed up for the 20th anniversary of the beloved it Nickelodeon cartoon. 

The Colombian artist has kept much of the details under wraps, but Billboard says the collaboration will include clothing, art, and home goods. This isn’t Balvin’s first foray into the fashion world, besides being an eclectic fashion icon himself, the “Que Pretendes” artist has partnered with GUESS and GEF in the past. In 2018, he debuted his first collection “Vibras by J Balvin x GEF” during Colombian Fashion Week in his hometown of Medellin.

Balvin is known for his eccentric, vibrant take on streetwear. Often changing his hair color to stark blondes, pinks, and carving out leopard prints, Balvin appears to never have met a color or bold print he couldn’t pull off. Thus, it won’t surprise fans that the Latin trap artist is ingratiating himself deeper into the fashion world.

J Balvin x SpongeBob SquarePants x Luis De Guzman

With barely a caption, Balvin dropped a video teaser on Instagram for the new partnership. The video features a logo with each of the names: J Balvin x SpongeBob SquarePants x Luis De Guzman. Then SpongeBob emerges and plays the cartoon’s theme song with his nose. What does it all mean?! 

“In honor of SpongeBob SquarePants‘ 20th anniversary, Chicago-based visual artist and designer Louis De Guzman joins forces with music superstar and fashion/Pop Art connoisseur J Balvin for a special collaboration of art, apparel, and home goods celebrating the iconic figure’s impact on pop culture over the last two decades,” one of Balvin’s representatives told Billboard. 

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The official SpongeBob SquarePants Instagram account posted a photo that is possibly some artwork by De Guzman. The rendering looks like De Guzman’s recognizable composition but Balvin’s signature lightning bolts give it all away. It’s unclear how the artwork will be used in the collaboration or if it just a promotional photo. 

The Chicago artist is known for his abstract interpretations of famous cartoons done with his unique linework. His social accounts are filled with punchy drawings of Gerald from Hey Arnold, Bugs Bunny, and Bart Simpson. SpongeBob appears to be next.

Vibras by GUESS x J Balvin

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Last year, Balvin collaborated with GUESS, making him the first Latinx man to front a campaign in the clothing brand’s history. Balvin designed 42 pieces for the “Vibras” collection. 

“Everything in this capsule is very 90’s Miami inspired,” said J Balvin in a statement. “The collection is about ‘Vibras’; nice energy, nice vibes, just smile and that’s what we need, all love. Partnering with Guess and designing my first collaboration with a global brand has been a dream, and this really is just the beginning.”

It included graphic T-shirts, hoodies, denim jackets, windbreakers, and tracksuits. As you might have imagined there was a vivid color palette including reds, yellows, and greens to evoke the feeling of the 1990s Miami. 

J Balvin x Guess x Friends With You

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Balvin collaborated with GUESS again this September, along with Friends With You to create an eight-piece capsule collection to be sold during his U.S. tour, Guess stores, and Guess.com. 

“It’s important to me to give my fans a complete experience from the music to the art and the clothes,” said the singer in a statement. “Thanks to my Guess family, FriendsWithYou and I were able to take things to the next level with this limited-edition capsule collection.”

In trend with Balvin’s style, there were lots of rainbows, clouds with happy faces, and tie-dye t-shirts and hoodies. 

Vibras by J Balvin x GEF

During the 2018 Colombiamoda Balvin made his debut as a fashion designer during Fashion Week in Medellin. The trap artist partnered with GEF France to create accessible streetwear. 

“I’m very happy to be in Medellin, Colombia,” Balvin wrote on Instagram. “It’s the first collaboration I did with the brand and it’s very special because we started at home. Later we’ll work on other collaborations but this one is very special for me.”

The entire thing was very on-brand for Balvin. Palm trees, smiley faces, lightning bolts, and dinosaur prints were combined with silver metallic tracksuits, baggy shorts, and bomber jackets. Because he is the everyman, items ranged from $4 to $45 with options for men, women, and children. 

Balvin continues to bring vibrancy to streetwear and fashion which bares contrast to the stoic, minimalism and neutrals that are trendy right now. Balvin is great at communicating joy with fashion and there is no better ally than the optimistic-to-a-fault SpongeBob. 

The Nominations For The Billboard Latin Music Awards Are Out And Here’s Who Made The List

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The Nominations For The Billboard Latin Music Awards Are Out And Here’s Who Made The List

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The nominees for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards are out and some of your faves are claiming several spots on the list. Bad Bunny and Ozuna are leading the pack with 14 nominations each. The two reggaetoneros claimed nominations for the coveted Artists of the Year award. All four nominees for Artist of the Year are male. Here the artists nominated for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.

First, let’s breakdown the nominees for Artist of the Year.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny had an exceptional 2019. The Puerto Rican artist teamed up with Colombian superstar J Balvin on the collaborative album “Oasis.” The album brought us hits like “Que Pretendes” and “La Canción.” The reggae star also become politically active this year joining other Puerto Rican celebrities to travel to the Caribbean island to participate in protests against former Governor Ricardo Rosselló and Rosselló’s proposed anti-LGBTQ legislation.

J Balvin

The Colombian music star has been everywhere this year. Balvin not only partnered with Bad Bunny for collaborative album “Oasis,” he released a slew of new songs in 2019. The singer teamed up with Maluma to create “Qué Pena” and we spent most of last year jamming out to that single. Balvin is in tied in second place with Daddy Yankee with 12 nominations.

Ozuna

Despite a longterm scandal involving extortion and a sex tape, Ozuna kept things going and delivered high power music last year. The Puerto Rican singer joined Karol G, Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, and J Balvin on “China,” which has garnered more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

Romeo Santos

Romeo Santos spent 2019 collabing with so many different artists. His year of collaborations includes “Me Quedo” with Zacarias Ferreira and “ileso” with Teodoro Reyes. Santos has been nominated for five other awards including Canción del Año, Streaming for “Ella Quiere Beber” with Anuel AA, Top Latin Album, Artista del Año, Masculino, Categoria Tropical, Canción Tropical del Año for “Aullando” with Wisin and Yandel, and Álbum Tropical del Año for “Utopia.”

Here is a full list of nominees in the top categories for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year:

Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Artista del Año, Debut / Artist of the Year, New:

Jhay Cortez
Manuel Turizo
Paulo Londra
Sech

Gira del Año / Tour of the Year:

Bad Bunny
Chayanne
Jennifer Lopez
Marc Anthony

Artista del Año, Redes Sociales / Social Artist of the Year

Anuel AA
Becky G
Daddy Yankee
Lali

Artista Crossover del Año / Crossover Artist of the Year

DJ Snake
Drake
Katy Perry
Snow

Check out the full list of nominees by clicking here.

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J Balvin Dropped A Podcast All About His Mental Health Struggles, His Career, Relationships, And Family

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J Balvin Dropped A Podcast All About His Mental Health Struggles, His Career, Relationships, And Family

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In the past J Balvin has been open about dealing with depression and anxiety.  He’s published many Instagram posts and stories about it, and he’s even written letters to his fans about it. Now, el chico de Medellin, is opening up even further. J Balvin released an 8-episode podcast all about his life, his career, his relationships and all the obstacles he’s faced, including his mental health.

The singer just released a new podcast series called “Made in Medellin” on Spotify.

In “Made in Medellin,” Balvin shares intimate details about his life, career, relationships and all the obstacles he faced while reaching for his dreams of becoming a global artist. “I know a lot about J Balvin and little about José,” he says at the start of the podcast, hinting that he’s going to take listeners on a journey to get to know the real him.

The eight-episode podcast will take fans into his personal struggle with mental health.

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Each episode focuses on a different topic and time in his life. “I dedicated myself a lot to the character,” he continues in his opening lines. “But without José, there is no J Balvin. In the end, that character is me, I can’t separate from him.” 

Fans will also get to delve deeper into the top Reggaeton artist’s personal life.

We will be let listeners in on details about his life and career through conversations with the people closest to him. His parents Alba Balvin and Álvaro Osorio are included in episodes as well as his past girlfriend of 10 years.

The Colombian singer himself narrates the never-before-told stories.

From dreaming big in Medellin, to his struggles with anxiety and depression while on tour, to the time he actually proposed marriage. Balvin is also accompanied by some of his closest friends; Andrés López “Papa” and Carlos Torres, as well as “La Mona” Osorio, who was his girlfriend for 10 years.

The podcast isn’t only about Balvin’s life and work.

Aptly titled “Made in Medellin,” the podcast is built upon the backdrop of the Colombian city of Medellín itself, with its vibrant adoption of reggaeton as the basis for his own rise to success in the first place. Balvin pays homage to some of the genre’s legends, including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Wisin and Yandel. Otherwise, the episodes’ theatrics are sparse, yet thoughtfully produced — you’ll often hear a signature dembow beat thumping through, or the gentle hum of city chatter making its way to the surface.

With global hits such as “Mi Gente,” “Ay Vamos,” and “Ginza,” Balvin has taken the reggaeton movement to some of the biggest stages.

Balvin has taken his Latin flow to the biggest spheres of music, including the Tomorrowland electronic music festival in Belgium and as a headlining act at Coachella in California.

José Álvaro Osorio Balvín is a crossover king who understands the power of innovation and partnership. 

With musical roots steeped in rap, R&B, bachata, reggae, and champeta, the Colombian-born has crossed over into the world with his Latin sound and charmed listeners from every nation. How? Collaborating, innovating and creating something fresh. Do you want proof? Here it is: his growing list of chart-topping collabs with today’s hottest pop and hip-hop artists include Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams (he has also toured with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull).

In 2018, Balvin snagged Spotify’s top spot with the Most Monthly Listeners Globally.

Balvin surpassed Drake’s long-held record, with over 48.1 million monthly listeners. He officially became the most popular artist on the platform that year.

“Dreams are the reason for everything I do. The reason why I get up. And the beauty of dreams is that they are infinite,” he says in the recording.

J Balvin, one of the top recording artists in the world, is readying his new album to be released in the Spring. He is also the first reggaeton artist to perform on the main stage at Coachella, leading EDM festival Tomorrowland, and the first-ever Latin artist to headline at Lollapalooza.

Fans can listen to all episodes of the “Made in Medellin” podcast here.

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