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Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny
Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio
Born (1994-03-10) March 10, 1994 (age 24)
San Juan, Puerto Rico, U.S.
Singer
Instruments Vocals
2015-present
Labels Hear this Music

Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio (born March 10, 1994), known by his stage name Bad Bunny, is a Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer.[1] While working in a supermarket as a bagger and studying at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, Bad Bunny gained popularity on SoundCloud. His breakthrough single, "Soy Peor", established him as a forerunner in the Latin American trap scene.[2] He has earned multiple top-ten entries on the US Hot Latin Songs chart. He collaborated with J Balvin and Prince Royce for the hit single "Sensualidad", and with Cardi B and J Balvin on the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "I Like It".

Early life and education

Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio was born on March 10, 1994 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[3] Martínez wanted to be a singer since he was five years old.[4]

He took courses in audiovisual communication at University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.[5]

Career

While working at a supermarket as a bagger, Bad Bunny also released music as an independent artist.[4][6] Bad Bunny's song "Diles", on SoundCloud, caught the attention of DJ Luian who signed him to his record label, Hear this Music. By DJ Luian signing him, he was able to work with more well-known Latin artists.[7]

In the summer of 2017, Bad Bunny signed a booking deal with Cardenas Marketing Network (CMD) for several Latin American countries.[8] His single "Soy Peor" charted at number 22 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.[8] He was featured in Becky G's single "Mayores", released in July 2017. In November 2017, Bad Bunny's "Tu No Metes Cabra" peaked at number 38 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.[9] At around the same time, the song "Sensualidad," released by as a collaboration between Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Prince Royce, peaked at number 10 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.[10][11] Starting in November 2017, Bad Bunny hosts Beats 1's first Spanish-language show, Trap Kingz.[12] He was featured on Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy album on the track "I Like It". In the single Bad Bunny raps in English and Spanish.[13] The song's music video was filmed in March 2018 in Miami.[14] It has reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100.[15] It became Bad Bunny's first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100.[16]

On July 21, 2018 Bad Bunny had a five-minute performance at the Tomorrowland Festival in Belgium as part of the set presented by DJ Alesso, who invited him to perform. He sang his lyrics to the Cardi B song "I Like It" in which he had a featuring.[17]

Artistry

Bad Bunny is primarily a Latin trap performer. As described by a Rolling Stone article, Bad Bunny sings and raps with a "conversational tone", employing "a low, slurry tone, viscous melodies and a rapper's cadence."[1]

Discography

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Latin Grammy Awards Best Urban Song "Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola" Nominated [18][19]
Best Urban Performance
Premios Juventud Breakthrough Artist Himself [18][19]
2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Latin Artist Himself [20]
MTV Video Music Awards Song of the Summer "I Like It"

References

  1. ^ a b Light, Elias (April 2, 2018). "Bad Bunny: The Four-Billion-Stream Man Leading the Latin Trap Explosion". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018. 
  2. ^ Leight, Elias (November 7, 2017). "Inside Latin Trap, the Viral Sound Too Hot for American Radio". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018. 
  3. ^ "10 cosas que no sabías sobre Bad Bunny". Monitor Latino (in Spanish). June 13, 2017. Retrieved 2018. 
  4. ^ a b PERU21, Redacción (2017-11-27). "Bad Bunny: "Hace un año trabajaba en un supermercado"". Peru21 (in Spanish). Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Cero, Radio Onda. "Bad Bunny estudiaba en la Universidad de Arecibo (VIDEO)". ondacero.com.pe (in Spanish). Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Farruko, Messiah & Bad Bunny Explain the Origin of Their Names | Billboard Latin Conference 2017". Billboard. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "How Bad Bunny Became the Poster Boy of Trap en Español". Remezcla. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ a b "Bad Bunny Signs Booking Deal With CMN". Billboard. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Bad Bunny No Metes Cabra Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "DJ Luian & Mambo Kingz's All-Star 'Sensualidad' Debuts in Top 10 on Hot Latin Songs". Billboard. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ ""Mayores" de Becky G feat Bad Bunny es un éxito global - TKM United States". TKM United States (in Spanish). 2017-11-06. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Apple Music's Beats 1 to Launch First Spanish-Language Show, 'Trap Kingz'". Billboard. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ Fernandez, Suzette (April 6, 2018). "Cardi B's 'I Like It' With Bad Bunny and J Balvin Goes Beyond Liking Material Things: See Lyrics". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  14. ^ Abravanel, Lesley (March 30, 2018). "This Miami nightclub is going to make a cameo in Cardi B's next music video". Miami.com. Retrieved 2018. 
  15. ^ Trust, Gary (June 25, 2018). "XXXTentacion's 'Sad!' Vaults From No. 52 to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 Following Rapper/Singer's Death". billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  16. ^ Trust, Gary (July 2, 2018). "Cardi B Becomes First Female Rapper With Two Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as 'I Like It', With Bad Bunny & J Balvin, Follows 'Bodak Yellow' to the Top". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  17. ^ "Facebook: Bad Bunny y su presentación en Tomorrowland invitado por Alesso". elcomercio.pe (in Spanish). July 22, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  18. ^ a b "Premios Juventud 2017 Nominations: Maluma, Chiquis, Camila Cabello Score Nods, Plus Full List". Latin Times. 2017-05-18. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ a b "Bad Bunny Nominated in Breakthrough Artist Category Premios Juventud 2017". Musical Notes Global. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ "2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards: See The Full List of Nominee". iHeartRadio. January 10, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 

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