J Balvin Kicks Off NPR’s “El Tiny” Home Concert Series in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Size doesn’t matter for J Balvin

The 36-year-old Colombian singer has kicked off NPR‘s “El Tiny” series in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Balvin’s performance on September 16 was the first of 10 “El Tiny” concerts that will feature Latin artists like Camila CabelloPrince RoyceSech, Nicki Nicole and Silvana Estrada. The series will run through October 15, the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Backed by the Brooklyn Bridge in the middle of the East River, the chart-topping artist kicks off his 15-minute mini concert, singing new tracks off his latest and most personal album yet, Jose. He kicks off the set with “Vestido” and goes on to perform “Que Locura,” “OTRO FILI,” “F40” and closes with fan favorite “In Da Getto.”

“Even though we have some of the biggest names in Latin music scheduled, our ‘El Tiny’ takeover of the Tiny Desk (home) concerts is more than just entertainment,” Felix Contreras, host of NPR Music‘s Alt.Latino, said in a statement. “I firmly believe that music has always been an accurate barometer of what’s going on in the Latin communities here in this country. Reggaetón hip-hop, soul, Afro Latino, jazz — it’s all reflected in our lineup and shows how diverse our listening habits, and our community, is.”

 

The nine-time finalist at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards recently spoke to Billboard about his 24-track set released on September 10. “The album was made thinking about myself and what I like to do,” Balvin said. “When I realized I didn’t have to box myself into a concept, like I did with Colores, I said, ‘The concept is me.'”

J Balvin Announces “Jose” Tour Dates

J Balvin is hittin’ the road…

After releasing his fifth studio album Jose, the 36-year-old Colombian singer, songwriter, rapper has revealed the dates for his 2022 U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico tour.

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Produced by Cárdenas Marketing Network (CMN), J Balvin’s 25-date Jose trek is set to kick off April 19 in San Antonio’s AT&T Center and wrap up June 4 at El Coliseo de Puerto Rico — with stops in Las Vegas, Miami and New York.

“I think he’s in the best moment of his life,” Henry Cárdenas, CEO of CMN, tells Billboard. “Between Balvin and CMN, we’re going to sell out.”

J Balvin has grossed more than $20 million and sold over 300,000 tickets, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

His new set — home to 24 tracks including the Grammy Award-nominated “Un Día (One Day)”  and “Qué Más Pues?” — follows Balvin’s 2020 Colores, which peaked No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart and at No. 15 on the Billboard 200.

The “Que Locura” singer has been busy this year releasing a handful of singles, jumping on star-studded remixes and slowly returning to live shows with sporadic performances at festivals such as Baja Beach Fest in Mexico and Neon Experience in Las Vegas, an event curated by the artist himself featuring artists such as Karol G, Nio Garcia and Jowell & Randy.

Most recently, Balvin logged his 31st No. 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Airplay chart thanks to the ’90s dance hit-interpolated, Skrillex-assisted “In Da Getto,” tying him with Enrique Iglesias for the most leaders in the chart’s history.

J Balvin is a nine-time finalist at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards. He’s garnered four nods for “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life),” the blockbuster track with Black Eyed Peas, and is also up for artist of the year.

Tickets will be available for presale September 13 at 12:00 pm local time and for general sale on September 17 through TicketmasterAXSSeatGeekEvenko.ca and Ticketerapr.com.

Jose 2022 tour dates:
April 19 — San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
April 20 — Austin, TX @ HEB Center
April 22 — Tucson, AZ @ Tucson Arena
April 23 — Las Vegas, NV @ Michelob Ultra Arena
April 24 — San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena
April 26 — Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena
April 28 — Portland, OR @ MODA Center
April 30 — San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
May 1 — Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
May 4 — El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
May 5 — Laredo, TX @ Sames Auto Arena
May 6 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
May 7 — Hidalgo, TX @ Payne Arena
May 8 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
May 11 — Ft Myers, FL @ Hertz Arena
May 13 — Miami, FL @ FTX Arena
May 14 — Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
May 15 — Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
May 18 — Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
May 20 — Washington DC @ Capitol One Arena
May 21 — Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
May 22 — New York, NY @ Barclays Center
May 25 — Bridgeport, CT @ Webster Bank Arena
May 26 — Boston, MA @ TD Garden
May 27 — Montreal, Canada @ Bell Centre
May 28 — Toronto, Canada @ Scotia Bank Arena
June 4 — San Juan, PR @ Coliseo de Puerto Rico

J Balvin Releases New Single “Que Locura” & Announces New Album “José”

J Balvin is unleashing the madness

The 36-year-old Colombian singer has released his new single “Que Locura,” which he launched with an accompanying music video.

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J Balvin, whose real name José Álvaro Osorio Balvín, also revealed that he will release his fifth studio album, Joséon Sept. 10.

José will be the follow-up project to 2020’s Colores, which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart and won the Latin Grammy for best urban album.

Balvin recently spoke to Billboard about how his Miller Lite campaign, titled “Es José Time,” which embraces his namesake and who he really is behind his onstage persona.

“I’m really getting to know me, because I’ve been so caught up on J Balvin that I started to forget about José,” he said. “That’s what I love about this campaign. It’s showing my human side, chilling with my friends and being a normal guy.”

J Balvin is a finalist for the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards with nine nods, including artist of the year, songwriter of the year and hot Latin song of the year for “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)” with the Black Eyed Peas.