Ozuna (singer)
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Ozuna Singer
Ozuna
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Background information
Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado
Born (1992-03-13) March 13, 1992 (age 27)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres
Singer
InstrumentsVocals
2012-present
Labels

Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado (born March 13, 1992),[1] known simply by his surname 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", "Baila Baila Baila" 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]

Career

Early life

Ozuna was born in San Juan. Multiple sources claim both of his parents are from the Dominican Republic while other sources claim his father is Dominican and his mother is Puerto Rican.[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 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.[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, Chicago, Miami, Houston, 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 760 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 March 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]

Discography

Filmography

Year Title Role
2018 Que León José Miguel León
TBA Que León 2

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Premios Juventud Best Breakthrough Artist Himself Won [33]
Heat Latin Music Awards Best New Artist Nominated [34]
2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Latin Artist Won [35]
Best New Artist Nominated
BMI Latin Awards Award Winning Songs "Dile Que Tú Me Quieres" Won [36]
Billboard Latin Music Awards Artist of the Year Himself Won [37]
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 [38]
Top Latin Album Odisea Won
Top Latin Song "Escápate Conmigo" Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Artist - Latin Himself Nominated [39]
Latin American Music Awards Artist of the Year Himself Nominated [40]
Song of the Year "Escápate Conmigo" Nominated
Album of the Year Odisea Won
Favorite Artist - Male Himself Nominated
Favorite Song - Pop "Me Niego" Nominated
Favorite Artist - Urban Himself Won
Favorite Song - Urban "Escápate Conmigo" Nominated
Favorite Album - Urban Odisea Won
Favorite Song - Tropical "Sobredosis" Nominated
Latin Grammy Awards Best Urban Music Album Odisea Nominated [41]
Heat Latin Music Awards Best Male Artist Himself Pending [42]
Best Urban Artist Pending
Best Collaboration "Me Niego" Pending
"Criminal" Pending
2019 Telemundo's Tu Musica Urban Awards Male Urban Artist Himself Pending [43]
Urban Pop Song "Vaina Loca" Pending
"Me Niego" Pending
"Imposible" Pending
"Taki Taki" Pending
Remix of the Year "Te Boté" Pending
"Asesina" Pending
Collaboration of the Year "Vaina Loca" Pending
"Me Niego" Pending
Album of the Year Aura Pending
Video of the Year "Vaina Loca" Pending
"El Farsante" Pending
"Te Boté (Remix)" Pending
"Asesina (Remix)" Pending
"Imposible" Pending
Artist of the Year Himself Pending
Song of the Year "Única" Pending
Concert of the Year Aura Pending
Humanitarian Award of the Year Himself Pending
Premios Lo Nuestro Pop/Rock Song of the Year "Me Niego" Won [44]
[45]
Pop/Rock Collaboration of the Year Won
Single of the Year Won
Collaboration of the Year Won
Song of the Year Won
Urban Song of the Year "Única" Nominated
Male Urban Artist of the Year Himself Won
Crossover Collaboration of the Year "Taki Taki" Won
Remix del Año "Te Boté (Remix)" Won
Tour del Año Aura Won
Billboard Latin Music Awards Artist of the Year Himself Pending [46]
Hot Latin Song of the Year "Te Boté" Pending
"Taki Taki" Pending
Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event "Te Boté" Pending
"Taki Taki" Pending
Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male Himself Pending
Airplay Song of the Year "Te Boté" Pending
"Me Niego" Pending
Digital Song of the Year "Te Boté" Pending
"Taki Taki" Pending
Streaming Song of the Year "Te Boté" Pending
"El Farsante" Pending
Top Latin Album of the Year Aura Pending
Odisea Pending
Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male Himself Pending
Latin Pop Song of the Year "Me Niego" Pending
Tropical Song of the Year "Sobredosis" Pending
Latin Rhythm Song of the Year "Te Boté" Pending
"Me Niego" Pending
Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo Himself Pending
Latin Rhythm Album of the Year Aura Pending
Odisea Pending
Songwriter of the Year Himself Pending
iHeartRadio Music Awards Latin Song of the Year "Me Niego" Pending [47]
Latin Artist of the Year Himself Pending
Best Music Video "Taki Taki" Pending

Concert tours

  • Odisea Tour (2017)[11]
  • Odisea World Tour (2017)[13]
  • Aura Tour (2018)[20]

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