Artist of the Week: J Balvin

Welcoming 2018, the reggaeton musician released three new singles, which are 'Machika' featuring Anitta and Jeon, 'Ahora' and 'X' featuring Nicky Jam.

AceShowbiz - After years of working hard, J Balvin has become one the leaders of reggaeton's new generation. But it doesn't mean that he will take things slow after claiming the title. Welcoming the new year, the singer has released three new singles.

Back in January, Balvin released his highly-anticipated single "Machika" featuring Brazilian singer Anitta and newcomer Jeon. Just like his previous hit "Mi Gente", "Machika" also received positive reviews as it debuted at No. 10 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart. Balvin also received a platinum plaque for his collaborative track.

In the following month, Balvin surprised his fans by releasing a new track called "Ahora". The release of the single was accompanied by its music video treatment which featured him having fun with his friend's girlfriend.

And a week after the release of the track, Balvin once again drove his fans wild by unveiling a new track entitled "X" featuring his frequent collaborator Nicky Jam. Balvin wrote the song and called Jam, asking him to be featured on it. "Normally my songs are more romantic," Jam explained how the collaboration happened. "[Balvin] sent [the beat] to me and told me, 'Yo, Nicky I think this will be a good single for you,' and I agreed."

Not showing any sign of slowing down, Balvin is currently gearing up for a collaboration with Liam Payne. The title of the song will be "Familiar", and they have filmed the music video for the track in Miami. Payne took to social media to tease their upcoming collaboration, sharing a selfie of the two.

His latest releases aside, Balvin is the top nominee at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The Colombian singer leads the pack with 12 nods, including Airplay Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, Streaming Song of the Year and Top Latin Album of the Year for "Energia".

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