Last night, the Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin won the Best Urban Song Latin Grammy for “Con Altura,” his collaboration with Rosalía. He wasn’t there to collect it. Balvin, upset at how the Latin Grammys had shut him and his fellow urbano stars out of most of the major categories, boycotted the show. More »
When two hitmakers become one, the result is destined for radio wave domination. Such is the case with Major Lazer and J. Balvin, who teamed up with El Alfa for “Que Calor.” The Latin-infused production loosens up the dancefloor with titillating flute trills and fluid rhythms. Paired with spitfire verses from J Balvin and El Alfa, “Que Calor” becomes a song with global appeal.
The single already came alongside a vibrant video, but the frenzied response to it called for a new visual accompaniment. This time, Major Lazer, J Balvin, and El Alfa tapped their fans for the job, asking them to turn in videos of them dancing along with the song. A compilation of their movements has since materialized with a wide swath of talented dancers —including famous YouTuber Lele Pons—adding an even more personalized flair to the record.
When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
Because my car is not new or fancy enough to display song titles and artist names when I listen to the radio, I sometimes find myself Shazam-ing while driving. Most recently, while blaring my local Top 40 station, I encountered a minimalist electronic pop song accented with finger snaps, sighing background harmonies, occasional outbursts of … More »
New FIFA is just around the corner, and with it comes another premier soundtrack to get hooked on whilst playing one invigorating match after another. Each year, FIFA takes pride in their curation, collecting a variety of genres from an assortment of cultures—perfect for the international spectacle of soccer. This year is no different.
With tracks from Major Lazer, J Balvin, ROSALÍA, BJ The Chicago Kid, Skepta, Sofi Tukker, Jai Paul, The Knocks, Cautious Clay, half•alive, GoldLink, and many more, this small portion of the 38-piece soundtrack only begins to explain its diversity in sound. Not only is there a heavy mix of styles, but FIFA also places importance on music discovery by highlighting up-and-coming artists with as little as 50,000 streams on Spotify to their names.
FIFA 20 is the 27th edition of the highly popular gaming series, and it’s set to drop September 27, 2019.
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Major Lazer has teamed up with J Balvin and El Alfa for their newest single, “Que Calor.” Major Lazer has collaborated previously with both featured artists, and the track takes inspiration from each of their home countries. It samples Toto La Momposina’s traditional Colombian-cumbia classic “Curara” and Dominican dembow rhythms. The release is ultimately a feel-good song and the perfect trigger to get the listener dancing. To accompany the single’s release, the artists have also released an energetic music video.
The video starts with J Balvin surrounded by enthusiastic dancers. The setting is muted and dark, but the video then jumps to an ornate and brighter setting. Diplo rises out of fire to join J Balvin and El Alfa on a platform surrounded by flames and dancers, creating a dynamic visual accompaniment to the dance-worthy single.
Earlier this summer, J Balvin and Bad Bunny, quite possibly the two biggest stars in all of Spanish-language pop right now, teamed up for the surprise album OASIS, a monster-level collaboration that basically serves as an urbano version of Watch The Throne. When they dropped the album, they also shared a video for … More »