J. Balvin | The People’s Champ
Colombiano J. Balvin is officially for the people, by the people. Teaming up with track originator Willy William (and then Beyonce on the remix), Balvin dropped “Mi Gente” and the track’s signature siren notes forced our necks to bop. Proceeds from the track went to hurricane relief charities in Mexico and the Caribbean islands and performances on the re-booted TRL and The Ellen Show bought in a new audience of Balvin-lovers.
Gente de Zona | Nuevo Clásico
Dynamic duo Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom are newcomers to the scene but have already linked up with top Latin artists toward Cuban reggaeton success. If these compadres sound familiar it’s probably from their infectious 2013 track “Bailando” featuring Enrique Iglesias and other singles featuring fellow and former duo Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez and the always worldwide Pitbull. As for the group’s thoughts on the current wave of success, Delgado told Billboard, “I just want to represent the Cuban people, and give the best of me.”
Ozuna | This Year’s Prince, Next Year’s King – 2018 MVP
The reggaeton, trap dread-head has been ahead of his time since crashing on the scene in 2012, and this year his debut album Odisea laid out recognizable hits for the wireless waves like “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres” and “Tu Foto”. At the fresh faced age of 25, this Boricua heads into the new year ready to take on new slew on fans in the States and we’re sure to see him dawn a golden crown.