NICKY JAM RELEASES X /EQUIS HIS NEW SINGLE WITH J BALVIN TODAY
THIS IS THE FIRST SINGLE FROM NICKY JAM’S FORTHCOMING ALBUM SCHEDULED
TO BE RELEASED IN LATE SUMMER
Toronto, ON – March 2, 2018 – The highly anticipated single, X/Equis, by Nicky Jam and J Balvin is available today via Sony Music Latin from all digital-music outlets, and is shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated collaborations of the year.
Featuring Nicky Jam's Puerto Rican-influenced flow and J Balvin's trademark Medellín wordplay, X/Equis, brims with the artists' chemistry and camaraderie. Fusing Afro-Caribbean rhythms with dancehall and reggae, this track dazzles us with its rhythmic prowess.
X/Equis was written by Nicky Jam and J Balvin, with production by Afro Brother and Jeon that features the stamp of Saga WhiteBlack and Alejandro Patiño. It's a dream team that the entertainment company, La Industria Inc. organized in Medellín to create a track that will delight the artists' fans, along with music lovers all over the world.
X/Equis is Nicky Jam’s first single from his forthcoming album to be released in late summer. In addition to J Balvin, other prominent guest artists will be featured on this album. This single's music video was filmed in Miami by the renowned director, Jessy Terrero, and showcases many of the city's most iconic vignettes.
At the moment, Nicky Jam is filming his biographical series, El Ganador (The Winner), which will premiere at the end of summer on Telemundo in the United States and Puerto Rico, and on the Netflix entertainment platform in the rest of the world.
Awards and Recognitions
2015 Latin GRAMMY® Best Urban Performance - El Perdón
2015 Latin American Music Awards (3)
2015 Premios Tu Mundo (2)
2016 iHeart Radio Music Award - Latin Song of The Year
2016 Premios Lo Nuestro (3)
2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards (7)
2016 Premios Lo Nuestro (3)
2016 Billboard Music Awards Top Latin Song
2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards (6)
2017 Premio Lo Nuestro - Best Urban Song
2017 Billboard Music Awards Top Latin Song
2017/2018 RIAA Diamond certifications for his album Fénix and its singles El Amante (The Lover), El Perdón (Forgiveness) and Hasta El Amanecer (Until Dawn).
About Nicky Jam
Nick Rivera Caminero, known as Nicky Jam, is recognized around the world as a pioneer of Latin urban music. Born in 1981 in Boston, as a boy he moved with his family to Puerto Rico. At the age of 11, he recorded his first album Diferente a Los Demás (Different From the Rest), which attracted the attention of DJs and artists on the island. As a young adult, Nicky Jam quickly rose to the top of his genre with radio hits including Yo No Soy Tu Marido (I'm Not Your Husband), Me Voy Pa’l Party (I'm Off to the Party), Fiel A Tu Piel (Faithful To Your Skin) and La Combi Completa (The Complete Combination) among others. He toured the world and became one of Latin urban music’s first international stars.
Just as he was enjoying his hard-earned accomplishments, his life took a 180-degree turn. Finally, after three years out of the limelight, Nicky Jam performed a show in Colombia. With discipline and hard work he began to make up for lost time. He soon decided to move to Colombia to rebuild his career. In 2012, he created a low-budget music video that went on to rack up over 15 million views on YouTube. In 2013, he debuted his renewed persona and returned stronger than ever. He notched five radio hits: Piensas en Mí (You Think About Me), Curiosidad (Curiosity), Juegos Prohibidos (Forbidden Games), Voy a Beber (I'm Going to Drink), and the global hit, Travesuras (Mischief). Travesuras was Nicky’s international comeback hit after a 10-year absence from the charts. It peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs. His social-media following grew 3,000 percent by late 2014, making him one of the genre's most talked-about and respected artists.
In February 2015, Nicky Jam teamed up with Enrique Iglesias to release El Perdón (Forgiveness), his most internationally acclaimed single to date. Tallying over 1 million YouTube views on the day of its release, El Perdón was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs charts for 30 weeks (second longest-running single in the chart’s history). In January 2016, Nicky released Hasta el Amanecer, which also became the biggest Latin song of the year. The single was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs for 18 weeks, which was the longest run of 2016. The official music video reached 100 million views in the first month, averaging over 3 million views per day. In fact, the top Hot Latin Songs Track of 2016 belongs to Nicky Jam’s Hasta El Amanecer. It also scored the No. 1 year-end spot on the Latin Airplay, Latin Pop Airplay, Latin Rhythm Airplay, Latin Rhythm Digital Song Sales, and Latin Digital Song Sales charts. 2017 became another remarkable year for Nicky with the release of his single, El Amante (The Lover), his first album in 10 years titled Fénix, and his big-screen debut on Vin Diesel’s film XXX: Return of Xander Cage.
About J Balvin
Hailing from Medellín, Colombia, José Álvaro Osorio Balvin - better known to a legion of global fans as J Balvin - has been praised by Billboard as "the biggest breakout act Latin music has seen in many years." With a distinctive style that pays reverence to the first-wave of reggaetón stars from Puerto Rico, but fused with additional Colombian and mainstream hip-hop rhythms, more seductive than boastful lyrics, and a strong passion for fashion, J Balvin has become the undeniable leader of a second-generation reggaetón revolution propelling urban music back to the forefront of Latin music worldwide. Between his game-changing major-label debut album LA FAMILA, global smash hit successor ENERGIA and landmark single, Mi Gente (My People), J Balvin has quickly notched eight #1 Latin singles, garnered nearly 50 million social media followers, and over 9 billion total YouTube views. J Balvin has also become one of Latin music's most in-demand collaborators, having worked with artists, writers and producers such as Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Major Lazer, PooBear, French Montana, Juanes, Daddy Yankee and Camilla Cabello.
Major award recognition has also quickly followed, as J Balvin has won back-to-back Latin GRAMMY® Awards, multiple Billboard Latin Awards, the BMI's Songwriter Award for Contemporary Latin Song of the Year, and the overall Artist Of The Year recognition two years in a row at Univision's Premio Lo Nuestro.