Amazon Studios Acquires Global Rights to J Balvin Documentary “The Boy From Medellin”

J Balvin’s colorful life story will be told around the world…

Amazon Studios has picked up the worldwide rights to director Matthew Heineman‘s The Boy From Medellín, a portrait of the 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer and Latin music star.

J Balvin

The Endeavor Content-backed feature-length documentary follows Balvin, the “Prince of Reggaeton” and a Latin Grammy-winning performer, in the lead-up to a sold-out 2019 homecoming concert performance in Medellín, Colombia.

The acquisition deal comes ahead of the documentary’s world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 11 via the Bell Digital Cinema platform.

“Representing my country, my city and Latin culture globally is a lifelong pursuit and I’m so proud to be a son of Medellín. I’m honored to be able to tell my story in this beautiful way and working with Matthew on this project was an incredible experience. Thank you to Amazon for making sure this story can be seen around the world,” Balvin said in a statement.

The Boy From Medellin  — from Heineman, the director behind the biopic Private War  is produced by Our Time Projects and SB Projects.

“Filmmaker Matthew Heineman is a master of his craft, and beautifully depicts the perspective of an international music icon. We are thrilled to welcome Matthew back to the Amazon family and to share J Balvin’s story with our global customers,” Javiera Balmaceda, head of international originals in Argentina, Chile and Colombia for Amazon Studios, said in a statement.

J Balvin is one of today’s best-selling Latin music artists with sales of more than 35 million records (albums and singles) worldwide. His breakthrough came in 2014 with “Ginza” and the single “6 AM” featuring Puerto Rican singer Farruko, which peaked at number 2 on theBillboard Hot Latin Songs chart.

Cabello, Pitbull & J Balvin Release English-Version of “Hey Ma”

Camila Cabello, Pitbull and J Balvin are switching tongues…

Following the release of the Spanish version of the trio’s “Hey Ma,” the Latino singers anticipated English version has dropped.

Pitbull, Camila Cabello & J Balvin

The upbeat track is part of the Fate of the Furious soundtrack, which features other artists including Migos, Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug.

The Spanish version of “Hey Ma” debuted at No. 5 on Billboards Hot Latin Songs (chart dated April 1) — Cabello’s first hit on the chart and Pit’s highest debut ever. And Balvin matched the debut of “Ginza,” which arrived at No. 5 in 2015.

The music video was shot in the colorful and historical street of Española Way in Miami. The clip includes scenes from the eight installation of the Fast and the Furious franchise set to bow in theaters April 14.

J Balvin’s “Ginza” Wins Big at the BMI Latin Music Awards

The accolades keep coming for J Balvin

The 31-year-old Colombian singer picked up a big prize at the annual BMI Latin Music Awards, which were held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

J Balvin

J Balvin, who recently joined voices with former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello and Pitbull on a single for the latest Fast & Furious movie, earned Contemporary Latin Song of the Year 2016 honors for his hit single “Ginza.”

Horacio Palencia won Regional Mexican Song of the Year for his hit “Solo con verte” (Banda MS). He was also awarded with the Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year for the sixth time.

The iconic East L.A. band Los Lobos, whose career spans more than four decades, was honored with the special BMI Icon Award and celebrated by taking the stage and performing a medley of their classic tunes.

For the second year in a row, the BMI Latin publisher of the year award went to Sony/ATV Music Publishing with 14 songs among the most popular of the year, including Gente de Zona‘s “La gozadera,” Ricky Martin‘s “La mordidita” and Yandel‘s “Encantadora.”

Here’s the complete list of honorees:

Below is the complete list of winners.

Icon Award

LOS LOBOS

Regional Mexican Song of the Year 2016

SOLO CON VERTE
Horacio Palencia
Briser Publishing

Contemporary Latin Song of the Year 2016

GINZA
J Balvin
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year 2016

HORACIO PALENCIA
Piénsalo
Por Si Estás Con El Pendiente
Solo Con Verte
Ya Te Perdí La Fe

Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year 2016

JOSÉ “GOCHO” TORRES
Ahora Que Te Vas
No Me Llamas
Si Lo Hacemos Bien

ARBISE “MOTIFF” GONZALEZ
La Gozadera
Me Voy Enamorando
Traidora

Latin Publisher of the Year 2016

SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
Ahora Que Te Vas
Disparo Al Corazón
Encantadora
Fanática Sensual
La Gozadera
La Mordidita
Lejos De Aquí
Me Voy Enamorando
No Me Llamas
Nota De Amor
Perdido En Tus Ojos
Si Lo Hacemos Bien
Te Busco
Traidora

Award Winning Songs

A Lo Mejor
Espinoza Paz
Don Corazon Publishing
GSALL Music
Universal Music-Careers

Ahora Que Te Vas
José “Gocho” Torres
Platinum Muse Music Publishing LLC
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Bonito Y Bello
Jesús Omar Tarazón
Grandes Exitos Arpa Musical
Songs of Melody

Borro Cassette
Juan “Maluma” Londono

Cajita De Cartón
Wilfran Castillo (SAYCO)
SER-CA Publishing, Inc.

Como Tú No Hay Dos
J. Martin “El Cuate” Garcia
Ruben “El Cuate” Garcia
Gar-Mex Music

Culpa Al Corazón
Geoffrey “Prince Royce” Rojas
peermusic III, Ltd.

Debajo Del Puente
Salvador Aponte
Rogelio Salazar
Gar-Mex Music

Después De Ti, ¿Quién?
Espinoza Paz
Anval Music
Don Corazon Publishing
Los Compositores Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

Disparo Al Corazón
Pedro Capó
Ricky Martin
Dharmik Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Timbasoul Publications
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

El Amor De Su Vida
Julio Cesar Bahumea Ayala
JA International Publishing

El Papel Cambio
Cuitla Vega
Las Quintas Music Publishing, Inc.

Encantadora
Egbert Rosa “Haze”
Eduardo A. Vargas Berrios “Dynell”
Llandel Veguilla Malavé “Yandel”
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
La Leyenda Publishing
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Xuanlu Melody Music

Fanática Sensual
David Rafael Duran
Egbert Rosa “Haze”
Orlando Javier Valle Vega “Chencho”
Edwin F. Vásquez “Maldy”
Duran Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Ginza
J Balvin
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Juntos
Juanes
Parce Music LLC
Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.
Wonderland Music Company, Inc.

La Gozadera
Arbise “Motiff” Gonzalez
Pull The Plug Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

La Miel De Su Saliva
Alfonso Lizárraga
Editora Arpa Musical
LGA Music Publishing
Los Compositores Publishing
Máximo Aguirre Music Publishing, Inc.

La Mordidita
Beatriz Luengo
Ricky Martin
Dharmik Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Las Cosas De La Vida
Carlos Vives
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Write Bright Publishing

Lejos De Aquí
Víctor Viera Moore “Jumbo”
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.

Malditas Ganas
José Alfredo Ríos “El Komander”
peermusic III, Ltd.
Twiins House of Music

Me Voy Enamorando
Arbise “Motiff” Gonzalez
Miguel Ignacio Mendoza “Nacho”
Jesús Alberto Miranda “Chino”
Servando Moriche Primera Mussett
Pull The Plug Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Universal Music-Careers
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Muchachita Linda
Juan Luis Guerra
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Nada Más Por Eso
Jesús Omar Tarazón
BMG Platinum Songs
DEL Melodies

No Me Llamas
José “Gocho” Torres
Platinum Muse Music Publishing LLC
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

No Quería Engañarte
Wilfran Castillo (SAYCO)
SER-CA Publishing, Inc.

No Valoraste
Roberto Tapia
Roberto Tapia Music

Nota De Amor
Juan Luis Morera Luna “Wisin”
Marcos Alfonso Ramírez Carrasquillo
Víctor R. Torres Betancourt
Carlos Vives
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Yele Publishing

Panchito El F1
Mario Quintero
Canciones Primo Music

Perdido En Tus Ojos
Natti Natasha
Don Omar
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.

Piénsalo
Geovani Cabrera
Horacio Palencia
Briser Publishing

Pongámonos De Acuerdo
Alfredo Olivas
JA International Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

Por Si Estás Con El Pendiente
Horacio Palencia
Songs of Matanga Publishing

Que Aún Te Amo
Mario Alberto Zapata Montalvo
Editora Marcha Musical

¿Qué Tal Si Eres Tú?
Alejandro Bassi
Tigres Del Norte Ediciones Musicales

Qué Tiene Él
Keith Nieto
Aztekas Publishing

Si Lo Hacemos Bien
Norgie Noriega
José “Gocho” Torres
Noriega Music Publishing
Platinum Muse Music Publishing LLC
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Solita
D’Lesly Lora
Geoffrey “Prince Royce” Rojas
Yonathan Then
Dice World Publishing
Mickey Then Publishing
peermusic III, Ltd.
Tenyor Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Solo Con Verte
Horacio Palencia
Briser Publishing

Suena La Banda
Mario Quintero
Canciones Primo Music

Sunset
Tarik Johnston “Rvssian”
Shaggy
Nikolas “Sniggy” Silvera
NW Collections
Ten27 Diamond Music
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Te Busco
José Fernando Suárez “Cosculluela”
Eduardo Gonzalez
Luis Jorge Romero
Elijah Alexander Sarraga
Aquos Music Publishing
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Evo Black Music
Knockout Trax
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
peermusic III, Ltd.
Young Hollywood Music Group

Te Cambio El Domicilio
Jesús Omar Tarazón
Andaluz Music, Inc.

Traidora
Arbise “Motiff” Gonzalez
Pull The Plug Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Un Desengaño
Cesar Andres Alaffa
Juan José Paez Paez (SACM)
SER-CA Publishing, Inc.

Vete Acostumbrando
Rodolfo Carlo Pérez Bribiesca
Sodin Productions LLC

Y Por Lo Pronto
Alfredo Olivas
Universal Music-Careers

¿Y Qué Ha Sido De Ti?
Espinoza Paz
Don Corazon Publishing
Los Compositores Publishing
Sublime Lyrics
Universal Music-Careers

Ya Te Perdí La Fe
Horacio Palencia
Ferca Global Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

 

J Balvin’s “Bobo” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

It’s another chart topper for J Balvin

The 31-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer’s latest single “Bobo,” which broke Spotify and Vevo records after its release, rises 3-1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart (dated July 2), earning him his third chart-topping hit.

J Balvin

“Bobo” reaches No. 1 in only its sixth charting week.

A 31 percent rise in streams helped push the song to the summit, earning the Streaming Gainer tag and increasing to 2.4 million U.S. on-demand plays in the week ending June 16, according to Nielsen Music.

YouTube claims the most clicks, with 69 percent of the overall streams. Over on the Latin Streaming Songs chart, “Bobo” reaches a new peak — rising 4-2.

“Bobo” is the second single from Balvin’s Energia album, which will be released June 24. Most recently, he spent 22 weeks atop Hot Latin Songs with the set’s lead track, “Ginza.”

Two additional preview songs from the album were released exclusively on Apple Music on June 17; “Safari,” featuring Pharrell, BIA and Sky, and “Malvada,” which could impact the charts dated July 9.

Balvin Expands Universal Music Worldwide Publishing Deal to the U.S.

J Balvin is heading stateside…

The 31-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer and rapper has extended his exclusive, worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), weeks before he prepares to release his new solo album this summer.

J Balvin

Balvin, who was previously signed to UMPG Colombia, will now join the publishing company’s U.S. roster and UMPG will continue to administer his entire catalog, including his upcoming album.

The move comes in the wake of rising interest from brands and Hollywood studios in Balvin’s music.

Last year, Balvin’s “Ginza” notched 22 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart and it was the only Latin song on Spotify’s list of most streamed viral songs of 2015.

Balvin was also named Vevo’s Latin artist of the year for 2015. Prior to that, previous hits “6 A.M.” and “Ay Vamos” also hit No. 1 on the Hot Latin songs chart.

In the last year, he has also collaborated in remixes with mainstream market acts like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, French Montana and Nicky Jam.

“I consider J Balvin one of the greatest global contemporary songwriters/artists in any genre,” said Evan Lamberg, UMPG President, North America in a statement. “He will be a force for years to come.”

“The massive appeal and magic of J Balvin is yet another example the world is waking up to Latin songwriters and what they can bring to making hits,” added Alexandra Lioutikoff, EVP, Latin Music for UMPG.

Nicky Jam’s “Hasta El Amanecer” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

Nicky Jam is back on top…

The 34-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer-songwriter has earned his second No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart as “Hasta El Amanecer” rises 2-1.

Nicky Jam

The new chart-topper follow’s Nicky Jam’s 30-week summit run alongside Enrique Iglesias with “El Perdon” in 2015.

Nicky Jam’s feat ends a 22-week reign at the top of the charts for J Balvin’s “Ginza,” which became the longest running No. 1 for a solo act, unaccompanied by another. (All of the other longer-leading No. 1s were duets or by soloists featuring a guest star.)

“Amanecer” takes Digital Gainer honors on the chart, selling 3,000 downloads in the week ending March 3 (up four percent, according to Nielsen Music), while a seven percent hike in weekly streams (to 1.7 million domestic plays) also aids in the crowning rise. Increased radio play also causes “Amanecer” to step 2-1 on the Latin Airplay chart, where he notches his third No. 1, rising nine percent to 13.3 million audience impressions (in the week ending March 6).

Over on the Top Latin Albums chart, his Greatest Hits, Vol 1 reaches a new peak (No. 21), earning the Pacesetter tag, after debuting at No. 46 on the May 30 chart.

J Balvin’s ‘Ginza’ Makes History on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

J Balvin makes Billboard chart history…

The 30-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer spends a 21st consecutive week at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart with “Ginza.”

J Balvin

With its latest frame at the top of the charts, the song makes history as the longest-leading No. 1 by a single act, unaccompanied by another.

“It’s amazing how dreams are limitless, and how discipline, along with good music, can bring you to live the unimaginable,” said Balvin in an interview with Billboard.

“Ginza” passes three other 20-week No. 1s by acts unaccompanied by other artists: Flex‘s “Te Quiero” (2008), Juanes‘ “Me Enamora” (2007-08) and Son by Four‘s “A Puro Dolor” (2000).

Overall, “Ginza” is the fourth-longest-leading No. 1 in Hot Latin Songs history (which dates to 1986) but rules as the only non-collaborative track to spend as many as 21 weeks atop the tally (which shifted from solely airplay audience measurement to a blend of airplay, sales, and streaming in October 2012). Enrique Iglesias leads with 41 weeks at No. 1 with “Bailando,” featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona (2014-15), followed by Nicky Jam and Iglesias’ “El Perdon” (31 weeks, 2015) and Shakira‘s “La Tortura,” featuring Alejandro Sanz (25 weeks, 2005).

Sustained streaming has helped to keep “Ginza” atop Hot Latin Songs, with 1.9 million U.S. streams logged in the week ending Feb. 18, according to Nielsen Music (an 8 percent hike), lifting it to No. 1 on Latin Streaming Songs for the first time. YouTube and Vevo on YouTube views account for 58 percent of overall clicks, including views stemming from the official music video (which has amassed more than 420 million worldwide streams since its July 2015 premiere). At its height, “Ginza” was streamed 2.4 million times in the U.S. during a single tracking week (reflected in the Oct. 31, 2015 chart week).

The reign of “Ginza” is also propelled by continued airplay on Latin stations, as it steps 3-2 on Latin Airplay with 12 million audience impressions in the tracking week. It previously dominated for 12 weeks on the airplay chart, peaking in September. Meanwhile, downloads of the song are up 14 percent to 3,000 downloads, earning it the No. 3 spot on Latin Digital Songs (following its No. 2 peak on the chart). The track has sold 153,000 downloads to date.

Balvin debuted the reggaeton track via a live performance on Univision‘s Premios Juventud awards show July 17, 2015, and it rose to No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs (in its 11th chart week) Oct. 17. “Ginza” is his second No. 1 on the chart, following a week atop the ranking with “Ay Vamos” earlier in the year (March 7).

J Balvin’s “Ginza” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

J Balvin is back at the top of the charts…

The 30-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer notches his second No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart with the ascent of “Ginza” (on the chart dated Oct. 17).

J Balvin

The track — released through Capitol Latin — rises 2-1 in its 11th chart week, bumping Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias’ “El Perdon” from the perch after a marathon 30-week rule (the second-longest No. 1 run ever).

Balvin previously hit No. 1 earlier in 2015 with “Ay Vamos,” which spent one week atop the chart (dated March 7).

The Hot Latin Songs chart blends airplay, streams and sales to determine the most popular Latin songs of the week in the U.S.

“Ginza” also reigns for a fifth consecutive week on the Latin Airplay chart (with 16 million in audience impressions in the frame ending Oct. 4, according to Nielsen Music; up 2 percent).

The single holds at No. 2 on both the Latin Digital Songs and Latin Streaming Songs charts (though with gains in both measurements).

J Balvin’s “Ginza” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

It looks like J Balvin likes it the view from the top…

The 30-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer has earned his third No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart as his latest single “Ginza” rises 2-1.

J Balvin

The song is up 18 percent in airplay, with 13.7 million audience impressions.

“Ginza” likewise steps 6-5 on Billboard’s Latin Streaming Songs chart, reaching a new peak, logging 1.3 million domestic streams during the tracking week ending Sept. 3.

The music video for J Balvin’s dancetastic track, which was uploaded to Vevo on July 21, has racked up more than 75 million global views since its release.

Upon its debut, Vevo announced that “Ginza” collected more first-day views than any other Spanish-language music video when it logged 2.5 million streams in its first 24 hours.

J Balvin’s “Ginza” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay Chart

J Balvin is back at the helm this year…

The 30-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer jumps 3-1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay chart with his latest single “Ginza.”

J Balvin

The track is up 4 percent in plays at the format.

The spike in airplay nudges “Ginza” 3-2 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, where it also takes Streaming Gainer honors (up 38 percent to 1.2 million weekly streams).

The track sold 5,000 downloads during the week ending Aug. 28, causing it to climb 4-3 on Billboard’s Latin Digital Songs chart.

It’s J Balvin’s second No. 1 on the Latin Pop Airplay chart.

Earlier this year, J Balvin spent three weeks at No. 1 with “Ay Vamos.”