OZUMA - 19th ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY   Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado (born March 13, 1992),[1] known by his stage name Ozuna, is a Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer.[2] His repertoire include hits such as "Si No Te Quiere", "No Quiere Enamorarse", "Dile Que Tu Me Quieres", "Te Vas", "Tu Foto", "El Farsante", "Se Preparó", "Quiero Repetir", "Síguelo Bailando", and "La Modelo",

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OZUMA – 19th ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY

 

Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado (born March 13, 1992),[1] known by his stage name Ozuna, is a Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer.[2] His repertoire include hits such as “Si No Te Quiere”, “No Quiere Enamorarse”, “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres”, “Te Vas”, “Tu Foto”, “El Farsante“, “Se Preparó”, “Quiero Repetir”, “Síguelo Bailando”, and “La Modelo“, and collaborations on De La Ghetto‘s “La Ocasión”, Bad Bunny‘s “Diles”, Daddy Yankee‘s “La Rompe Corazones“, Chris Jeday‘s “Ahora Dice“, Wisin‘s “Escápate Conmigo“, Romeo Santos‘s “Sobredosis“, Alex Sensation’s “Que Va”, Natti Natasha‘s “Criminal“, Reik‘s “Me Niego“, and the remixed version of “Te Boté“. He has released the albums Odisea (2017) and Aura (2018). He has won two Billboard Music Awards and three Latin American Music Awards. He made his acting debut in the film Que León. Ozuna is the artist with the most 1 billion-view videos on YouTube.[3]

Early life

Ozuna was born in San Juan to Dominican parents.[4][disputed ] As stated in the eponymous opening track from his album Odisea, he grew up poor and was mainly raised by his paternal grandmother. His father, who worked as a dancer for reggaeton performer Vico C for three years, was fatally shot when Ozuna was only three, and his mother was not financially stable enough to raise him.[5] He moved to New York City in 2010, where he lived for three years.[6] From an early age he had a passion for the Latin urban genre and at the age of twelve he started composing songs.[7]

Beginnings

He debuted as a singer in 2012 with the song “Imaginando”. He previously went by the name J Oz. He worked with Musicologo & Menes before gaining popularity.

In 2014, he signed a recording contract with Golden Family Records and began to publish his songs on YouTube. In that same year, he started his ongoing popular streak with the song “Si No Te Quiere”, originally featuring rapper D.OZi. That song achieved success on the radio, and was eventually well known across Latin America. He has since performed in many shows across South America.[8]

Breakthrough and Odisea

In early 2016, Ozuna rose to prominence for his appearance in the single “La Ocasión”, a collaboration with DJ Luian, Mambo Kingz, De La GhettoArcángel and Anuel AA. The single reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. In March, Ozuna released a remix of his song “No Quiere Enamorarse”, featuring Daddy Yankee. In September, he released his most popular single at the time, “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres”, which earned him a place at number 13 on the Billboard Latin chart at the end of the year. Ozuna also had two other songs make it on the ranking, “Si Tu Marido No Te Quiere (Remix)” (featuring Arcángel and Farruko) and “En La Intimidad”, which reached the top 30.[9]

In June 2017, VP Entertainment/DimeloVi president, Vicente Saavedra, signed an agreement with Sony Music Latin. The deal included distribution for all artists represented by Saavedra agencies, starting with Ozuna’s first studio album, Odisea. It was released on August 11.[10] The Odisea tour began on May 26, 2017 in Atlanta, and included over 25 cities, among them, ChicagoMiamiHouston, and Los Angeles.[11][12] Eventually, it was renamed the Odisea World Tour, with Ozuna visiting European cities and Latin America.[13]

The single “Te Vas” reached more than 690 million views on YouTube, making it Ozuna’s most played song on the website.[14] Achieving success in the Latin market made many important figures in the genre consider Ozuna to be one of the best artists and the most successful of the new generation of reggaeton artists.[15]

In 2017, Ozuna released many singles, including “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres (Remix)” (featuring Yandel), “Después de las 12” and, in April of that year, “Tu Foto”, which reached the 10th spot on the Latin Billboard list, and reached more than 750 million views on YouTube. He also released several collaborations, including “La Rompe Corazones” (featuring Daddy Yankee), “Escápate Conmigo” (featuring Wisin), “Ahora Dice” (with J BalvinArcángel and Chris Jeday) among others. “Se Preparó” was released on August 10, 2017 and, as of January 2019, has more than 1.0 billion views on YouTube.

Odisea spent over 30 weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, surpassing the 29-week record held by Luis Miguel‘s Segundo Romance.[16]

Aura

In December 2017, Ozuna released the single “La Modelo” featuring Cardi B.[17] Following the release, the song debuted at number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the chart dated January 6, 2018, becoming Ozuna’s first entry to the ranking as a lead act, following his featurings with Wisin’s “Escápate Conmigo” and Natti Natasha‘s “Criminal“, while all of them hit number three on the Hot Latin Songs chart.[18]

His second studio album Aura, released on August 24, 2018, debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200.[19] To promote the album Ozuna embarked on the Aura Tour,[20][21] which started on July 26, 2018, in Madrid,[22] while the US leg started on September 7 in Atlanta.[20] He was named YouTube‘s most-viewed artist globally of 2018.[23] He made his acting debut starring in the film Que Leon, which was also released in the US.[24]

Artistry

Ozuna is part of the newest wave of urban singers coming out of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Ozuna has more than 10 songs exceeding 200 million views on YouTube, echoing the beginnings of other successful urban artists, like Farruko and Maluma.[25][26]While many of his songs feature explicit sexual lyrics, he has avoided lyrics that explicitly objectify or disrespect women.[4] As described by a The New York Times article, Ozuna “can work across all these genres at the same time is a testament to the current fluidity of Latin pop, but also to the effectiveness of his singing. He has a sweet, nimble voice that he sometimes deploys like a balladeer, and sometimes like a rapper.”[27]

Personal life

Ozuna has described himself as a “typical boricua with dominican blood”.[28] Ozuna is married to Taina Meléndez.[29] They have two children, Sofía Valentina (2014) and Jacob Andrés (2016).[30] In 2017, he started the charity organization Odisea Children.[31]

On January 23, 2019, Ozuna confirmed through a statement that he was the victim of an extortion scam involving an explicit video filmed of him when he was a minor. In the statement, Ozuna’s management office said it filed a complaint and all the legal measures were being taken, as “sending and publishing videos of minors is a state and federal offense.” Ozuna also took the opportunity to issue an apology to his fans and family, saying, “What happened was a mistake of the past. Like many young people, I made a mistake, fueled by ignorance.” He further went on to say, “Today, I’m not only sorry for what happened, but I condemn it […] More importantly, I ask my family for forgiveness. They are my life’s priority and I will continue to fight for them always.”[32]

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