IN THE SPOTLIGHT
this summer, according to Balvin’s label, Universal Music Group. It is in the top five of Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart and is in the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“I am really super grateful. All I can do is thank God and the audience for the blessings they have given me,” Balvin said from his native Colombia. “I believe this is only the beginning,” he added. “I feel it very deep within me. I am a man of great faith and I believe that I am just starting.”
“Mi gente,” a collaboration with DJ Willy Williams of France, is Balvin’s eighth No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay. It is one of very few Spanish songs that can be heard on the U.S. top 40, and comes right after Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s megahit “Despacito.”
Balvin said dealing with the pressure and temptations of fame hasn’t been a problem for him.
“It’s not hard,” he said firmly. “When you know that these are blessings that not everyone has it lets you be more thankful. Few people have this gift, so we need to behave well.”
Something that he says has helped him stay grounded — surrounding himself with good people. “Childhood friends, my family, my blood — that helps a lot,” he said. “To a great extent, you should not allow yourself to be swayed much by it, you have to simply enjoy it.”
J Balvin performs during the Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Fla.