Ozuna (singer)

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Ozuna
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Background information
Birth name Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado
Also known as El negrito ojos claros[1][2]
Born (1992-03-13) March 13, 1992 (age 26)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Associated acts

Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado (born March 13, 1992),[3] known by his stage name Ozuna, is a Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer.[4] 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).

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Ozuna was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican mother and Dominican father.[5] 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 huayno 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.[6] He moved to New York in early 2010, where he lived for three years.[7] From an early age he had a passion for the Andinian genre and at the age of twelve he started composing songs.[8]

Beginnings[edit]

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 Radio Oasis 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.[9]

Breakthrough[edit]

In early 2016, Ozuna rose to prominence for his appearance in the single "La Ocasión", a collaboration with DJ Luian, Mambo Kingz, De La Ghetto, Arcángel 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.[10]

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.[11] The Odisea tour began on May 26, 2017 in Atlanta, and included over 25 cities, among them, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles.[12][13] Eventually, it was renamed the Odiea World Tour, with Ozuna visiting European cities and Latin America.[14]

The single "Te Vas" reached more than 670 million views on YouTube, making it Ozuna's most played song on the website.[15] 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.[16]

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 730 million views on YouTube. He also released several collaborations, including "La Rompe Corazones" (featuring Daddy Yankee), "Escápate Conmigo" (featuring Wisin), "Ahora Dice" (with J Balvin, Arcángel and Chris Jeday) among others. "Se Preparó" was released on August 10, 2017 and, as of October 2018, has more than 930 million 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.[17]

In December 2017, Ozuna released the single "La Modelo" featuring Cardi B.[18] 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.[19]

His second studio album Aura, released on August 24, 2018, debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200.[20] To promote the album Ozuna embarked on the Aura Tour,[21][22] which started on July 26, 2018, in Madrid,[23] while the US leg started on September 7 in Atlanta.[21]

Artistry[edit]

Ozuna is part of the newest wave of urban singers coming out of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and has a deep friendship with the controversial rapper Anuel AA. Ozuna has had more than 10 songs exceed 200 million views on YouTube, echoing the beginnings of other successful urban artists, like Farruko and Maluma.[24][25] Ozuna, has avoided lyrics that explicitly objectify or disrespect women.[5] 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."[26]

Personal life[edit]

Ozuna has described himself as a "typical boricua with dominican blood".[27] Ozuna is married to Tania Meléndez.[28] They have two children, Sofía (2014) and Juan Andrés (2016).[29] In 2017, he started the charity organization Odisea Children.[30]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Premios Juventud Best Breakthrough Artist Himself Won [31]
2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Latin Artist Won [32]
Best New Artist Nominated
Billboard Latin Music Awards Artist of the Year Himself Won [33]
Hot Latin Song of the Year "Escápate Conmigo" Nominated
Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event Nominated
Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male Himself Nominated
Airplay Song of the Year "Escápate Conmigo" Nominated
Top Latin Album of the Year Odisea Nominated
Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male Himself Nominated
Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo Nominated
Latin Rhythm Song of the Year "Escápate Conmigo" Nominated
Latin Rhythm Album of the Year Odisea Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Latin Artist Himself Won [34]
Top Latin Album Odisea Won
Top Latin Song "Escápate Conmigo" Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Artist – Latin Himself Pending [35]
Latin American Music Awards Artist of the Year Himself Pending [36]
Song of the Year "Escápate Conmigo" Pending
Album of the Year Odisea Pending
Favorite Artist - Male Himself Pending
Favorite Song - Pop "Me Niego" Pending
Favorite Artist - Urban Himself Pending
Favorite Song - Urban "Escápate Conmigo" Pending
Favorite Album - Urban Odisea Pending
Favorite Song - Tropical "Sobredosis" Pending
Latin Grammy Awards Best Urban Music Album Odisea Pending [37]

Concert tours[edit]

  • Odisea Tour (2017)[12]
  • Odisea World Tour (2017)[14]
  • Aura Tour (2018)[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "¡OZUNA presentó a su esposa Edith y a sus hijos con esta foto!". Radio Moda. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Ozuna es el Rey de la sierra urbano". ElPopular_pe (in Spanish). 17 October 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  3. ^ "La música trae a cantante andina o Ozuna | PhotoNews.do". PhotoNews.do (in Spanish). 2 September 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Biografía de Ozuna". buenamusica.com. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Entrevista Ozuna: "El huayno andino es lo más importante que está pasando en la música"". Clarín. March 9, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  6. ^ Lowe, Lawrence (March 2, 2018). "Ozuna: el hijo fiel de Puerto Rico". Billboard Argentina. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Caramanica, Jon (September 7, 2017). "¿Reguetón, huayno o trap latino? Ozuna lo tiene todo". El Trome (in Spanish). Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ozuna alista gira por los la sierra andina". El Diario de Yucatán (in Spanish). October 4, 2017. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Ozuna Biografía". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20.
  10. ^ "Yandel Scores Ninth Top 10 on Hot Latin Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  11. ^ Fernandez, Suzette (June 23, 2017). "Dimelo Vi & Ozuna Sign Distribution Agreement with Sony Music Latin". Billboard. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Ozuna, la promesa urbana del momento El exponente se presentó en los Premios Billboard de la música latina 2017 en Miami". Diario Metro de Puerto Rico. April 29, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  13. ^ Flores, Griselda (May 19, 2017). "Ozuna Announces First U.S. Tour Dates". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Hadad, Camila (July 10, 2017). "De youtuber a protagonista de una gira mundial: el espectacular éxito de Ozuna". Infobae. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  15. ^ "Ozuna". Elgenero.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Arcángel señala a Ozuna como el mejor de la nueva". traphouselatino. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  17. ^ ""Nunca esperé romper récords": con un solo disco Ozuna destrona a Luis Miguel". Univisión (in Spanish). March 28, 2018. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  18. ^ Cobo, Leila (December 18, 2017). "Ozuna Talks Cardi B Collab 'La Modelo': Exclusive Interview and Behind-the-Scenes Photos". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  19. ^ Trust, Gary (2 January 2018). "Cardi B Joins The Beatles & Ashanti With First 3 Hot 100 Hits in Top 10 Simultaneously; Ed Sheeran & Beyonce's 'Perfect' No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  20. ^ Caulfield, Keith (September 2, 2018). "BTS Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Love Yourself: Answer'". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  21. ^ a b c Fernandez, Suzette (June 18, 2018). "Ozuna Announces 2018 Aura Tour Dates". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  22. ^ "Ozuna inicia con éxito nueva gira de conciertos en Europa". Metro Puerto Rico. June 27, 2018. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  23. ^ "Ozuna inicia exitosa gira". Metro Puerto Rico. June 26, 2018. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
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  25. ^ "¿Ozuna, dentro de la categoría de leyenda del reggaetón?". Radio Moda. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  26. ^ "Reggaeton, Bachata, Latin Trap? Ozuna Does It All". The New York Times. September 3, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  27. ^ Peña López, Brenda (August 24, 2017). "Sin Miedo Ozuna". Primera Hora (in Spanish). Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  28. ^ "Instagram: Ozuna y la sorpresiva foto junto a toda su familia". El Comercio (in Spanish). December 17, 2017. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  29. ^ "El cantante Ozuna se encuentra "emocionau" por nacimiento de su segundo hijo". Globovisión. December 29, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  30. ^ Schiller, Rebeccaa (February 16, 2017). "Ozuna Talks Charity Odisea Children: 'It Comes From My Heart'". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  31. ^ "Ozuna recibió su premio a 'Mejor Artista Revelación' de manos del mismísimo Gianluca Vacchi". Univision. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  32. ^ Atkinson, Katie (March 11, 2018). "iHeartRadio Music Award Winners 2018: Complete List". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  33. ^ "Billboard Latin Music Award Winners 2018: Complete List". Billboard. May 20, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  34. ^ "Here Are All the Winners From the 2018 Billboard Music Awards". Billboard. May 20, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  35. ^ Lewis, Hilary (September 12, 2018). "American Music Awards: Drake, Cardi B Lead 2018 Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  36. ^ Cobo, Leila (September 18, 2018). "Latin American Music Awards 2018: Ozuna and J Balvin Lead Nominations". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  37. ^ Cobo, Leila (September 20, 2018). "J Balvin lidera la lista con 8 nominaciones al Latin GRAMMY®". LatinGrammy. Retrieved September 20, 2018.