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Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin is a chart-topping recording artist whose polished urban singles ("Yo Te Lo Dije" and "Mi Gente"), and multi-platinum-selling albums (including 2012's La Familia) have made him a top-tier Latin pop crossover act whose focus has been to break the segregation of the American music industry's language barrier. His numerous number one singles (multi-platinum album sales and hit videos that have garnered over ten-billion views) have made him one of the most recognizable members of the second generation of reggaeton artists and a trendsetter for new and high fashion. Born José Álvaro Osorio Balvin in Medellín, Colombia, he became interested in music at a young age while listening to rap, champeta, bachata, and reggae on the radio. He was also a big fan of music videos; it was from these that he began to develop his dance moves and cultivate his own style. He signed to EMI Colombia in 2009 and released his first single, "Ella Me Cautivó," which charted at 35 on the U.S. tropical chart. This was followed by the release of the full-length Real in 2010. Balvin contributed four tunes to the soundtrack of the Tim Bulot film El Negocio. All of them charted, including "En Lo Oscuro," which hit the top spot in his native country. Balvin was a featured vocalist on the Colombian version of Robin Thicke's smash single "Blurred Lines," which was issued in October of 2013, just prior to his own second album, La Familia. All four singles from the album charted in Colombia's Top Ten, and "Yo Te Lo Dije" hit number two on the rhythm chart and number nine on the Latin pop chart in the U.S. The B Sides collection appeared in September of 2014, featuring two more radio chart-topping singles in "6 AM" and "Ay Vamos." The latter won a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Song. His 2015 single "Ginza," the official pre-release for his next album, entered the Hot Latin Songs chart at number one, topped several others, and was certified platinum. Balvin's collaborations were as notable as his own work that year. He and Julión Álvarez were featured on Juan Gabriel's single "La Frontera." His "Latino Remix" of Justin Bieber's smash "Sorry" scored big for both artists at Latin pop radio and in digital streaming and downloads. In 2016, Balvin won the Premios Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year Award and was a featured guest on both Sofia Carson's charting debut single, "Love Is the Name," and on Alejandro Sanz's "Cuando Seas Grande" -- from a performance at La Voz -- along with Gloria Trevi and Los Tigres del Norte. In May he released the single "Bobo"; it topped the Latin songs chart. "Safari," featuring Pharrell Williams, BIA, and Sky, was released in June, followed by the full-length Energia. The album, produced by Sky and featuring contributions from Bull Nene, Daddy Yankee, Fuego, Yandel, and Juanes, hit the top spot on several Latin album charts. The following year, he scored a hit with a remix of his track "Mi Gente" that featured Beyoncé. The song became his first U.S. Top Ten single. Balvin kicked off 2018 with a handful of collaborative singles: "Machika" with Jeon and Anitta; "X" with Nicky Jam; and Cardi B's "I Like It" with Bad Bunny. After leading the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalists' list with nominations in 12 categories, Balvin announced the May release of Vibras, his 14-track, fifth long-player. Again working with producer Alejandro Ramírez, (aka Sky Rompiendo el Bajo), who has been his musical partner since La Familia, the set moved reggaeton in new directions and sounds as it played host to a slew of guests including Carla Morrison, Wisin y Yandel, Zion y Lennox, L.A.-based flamenco singer Rosalía, Brazilian pop star Anitta, and Aruban singer Jeon. Vibras debuted at number 15 in the Top 200--the highest charting debut for any Latin album--and number one at both the Top Latin Albums and Latin Album Sales the week of release. Sales earned Balvin platinum status in the United States and multi-platinum status in Mexico and Colombia. In addition, the recording placed at either number one or two on various global streaming outlets. Riding the success of the album, Balvin threw himself into touring and working with other artists. During the first half 2019 he made several more Hot 100 appearances: He collaborated with Benny Blanco, Tainy, and Selena Gomez on "I Can't Get Enough," with Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, Farruko, and Anuel AA, on the smash "Baila Baila Baila." In early May he and El Guincho appeared on Rosalia's Top Ten hit "Con Altura," and later that month on DJ Khaled's "You Stay," alongside Meek Mill, Lil Baby, and Jeremih. On June 28, the album Oasis by Balvin and fellow urbano prince Bad Bunny was released without advance notice. Saturated in dembow and trap beats and crafted specifically as a soundtrack for summertime, it entered at number one on the Latin Rhythm charts two weeks after release, and debuted at number nine on the Top 200. The album's first single, "Que Pretendes," entered the Hot 100 as well. ~ Thom Jurek
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  2.   Mi Gente
  3.   Safari
  4.   Familiar
  5.   X by Nicky Jam
  6.   Machika
  7.   Bobo
  8.   Sigo Extrañándote
  9.   6 AM by Farruko
  10.   Ay Vamos
  11.   Reggaeton
  12.   Bonita
  13.   Ginza
  14.   Blanco
  15.   No Es Justo
  16.   Hey Ma
  17.   Noches Pasadas
  18.   Fiesta
  19.   Ambiente
  20.   Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola by Jory Boy / Bad Bunny
  21.   Tranquila
  22.   Ahora
  23.   La Rebelión
  24.   Peligrosa
  25.   35 Pa las 12
  26.   Positivo
  27.   Yo Te Lo Dije
  28.   Mi Gente
  29.   Sola
  30.   Mil Fantasías
  31.   Brillo
  32.   Bajo La Luna
  33.   Safari
  34.   Hola
  35.   Malvada
  36.   Cuando Tú Quieras
  37.   Vibras
  38.   Dónde Estarás
  39.   Snapchat
  40.   Mi Corazón
  41.   Como Yo
  42.   Mami
  43.   What a Creation
  44.   La Venganza
  45.   En Lo Oscuro
  46.   En Mí (Interlude)
  47.   Solitario
  48.   Acércate
  49.   Por un Día
  50.   Pierde los Modales
  51.   Busca Otras
  52.   Porque Tu
  53.   Live in Stereo by Motiff
  54.   Extasix Remix
  55.   Extasis
  56.   Invisible
  57.   Pandereta
  58.   Sin Compromiso
  59.   Como Un Animal
  60.   Me Gustas Tu
  61.   Dame Mas
  62.   No Me Vuelvo a Enamorar
  63.   Con Flow Mátalo featuring Dragon & Caballero
  64.   Tu Verdad
  65.   No Hay Título
  66.   Primera Cita
  67.   Ay Vamos by Artista Rosario & Nan2 El Maestro De Las Melodias
  68.   Imaginándote
  69.   Desnúdate
  70.   Déjate Llevar
  71.   LLego Navidad
  72.   Dime Quien Te Enseño
  73.   Un Dia Sin Ti
  74.   Tranquilo
  75.   Shortly Make it Clap
  76.   Pa La Tumba
  77.   Fantasia
  78.   Noche de Pasion
  79.   Ella Me Cautivo
  80.   Se Aloca
  81.   Hola Que Tal
  82.   Dime Tu
  83.   Abrázame
  84.   Seguiré Subiendo
  85.   Un Sueño
  86.   Inalcanzable
  87.   Sobrenatural
  88.   Algo Magico
  89.   Lose Control by Vein
  90.   Eras Así
  91.   Tranquila
  92.   Tú Tienes Algo
  93.   Veneno
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