J Balvin ar­rives to US with “Mi gente” high in the charts

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK » J Balvin has kicked off the U.S. leg of his “En­er­gia Tour” with seven sold-out con­certs and the hit “Mi gente” high up on the Spo­tify and Bill­board charts.

The reg­gae­ton star’s “Mi gente” is the third fastest to reach 500 mil­lion views in YouTube and al­ready ex­ceeds 746 mil­lion since its re­lease 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.

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