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Maluma

Maluma

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Biography

Maluma, real name Juan Luis Londoño Arias, is a Colombian singer and songwriter from Medellín. Born on January 28, 1994, the musician is one of the forerunners of the Urbano genre, a sound that comprises elements of reggaeton, dancehall, funk, hip-hop, Latin trap, and more. 

He’s best known for his collaborations with Shakira, J Balvin, Madonna, Ricky Martin, and many other big names in pop music. He’s released five studio albums, with his most recent, Papi Juancho, dropping on August 21, 2020. Maluma also has several singles that have charted on Billboard Hot Latin Songs and is well-known among contemporaries like Bad Bunny. 

Want to learn more about Maluma? Keep reading.

instruments played
Vocals
Name

Maluma

Nationality

Colombia

Maluma’s Early Life 

Before he ever embarked on a world tour or hit the Billboard Hot 100, Maluma was just a kid living in Colombia. Growing up, he loved soccer, playing on local teams well into his middle school years, and even attracted the notice of the media when playing. In high school, he earned a reputation for having a great singing voice and ended up competing locally in singing contests.  At just 15 years old, Juan wrote a song called “No Quiero” with help from a friend. Juan’s uncle, a longtime supporter of his music, gave the teenager the chance to record the track at a local studio. It was Juan’s first opportunity to record music – but it wouldn’t be his last. 

Making It Big With Magia 

In 2010, Maluma started releasing music independently for the first time. His first single, “Farandulera,” became a major hit in Latin America, gaining Maluma the attention of Sony Music Colombia. His next single was “Loco.”The artist was offered a deal with the label, who signed him for his debut studio album.  That album was Magia, Maluma’s major-label debut. The record features the single “Obsesión,” which was accompanied by a music video that racked up over 185 million views on YouTube. The album also includes the tracks “Miss Independent” and “Pasarla Bien,” both of which became hits in Latin America. The music video for “Miss Independent” earned nearly 50 million views on YouTube, and the video for “Carnaval” did well. Following the release of Magia, Maluma was nominated for the Shock Award for Best New Artist at the 2012 ceremony. 

2015's Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy: A Successful Second Album and World Tour 

On October 30, 2015, Maluma released his second mixtape, Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy, via Sony Latin. The record features the singles “El Tiki,” “Borró Cassette,” “El Perdedor,” and “Sin Contrato” and is known for showing two sides of the singer’s persona. The lyrics on many of the songs showcase the “pretty boy” side of the artist, whereas the more seductive, risque lyrics on the “dirty boy”-themed songs offer a sharp contrast. Several of the biggest names in Latin music, including Farruko, Leslie Grace, El Micha, Arcangel, and others, are featured. Its release was followed by the Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy World Tour, the artist’s first headlining tour ever. The string of shows brought Maluma to numerous continents, including Europe, Asia, and North America. Opening acts along the tour included Nicky Mackliff, Rock & Blasty, Miss Bolivia, and Danny Romero.  Maluma played some of his biggest hits while touring in support of the album, including “El Tiki,” “La Temperatura,” “Cuatro Babys,” “El Perdedor,” and more. “Cuatro Babys” stirred some controversy over lyrics, with a petition circulating calling for it to be removed from digital platforms.

F.A.M.E. and 11:11

On May 18, 2018, Maluma followed up Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy, with his third studio album, F.A.M.E. The record debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums Chart, thanks in large part to the success of its two singles, “Corazón” and “El Prestamo.” Tracks on the album feature some big-name North American artists like Jason Derulo and Timbaland. These guest appearances helped Maluma gain even more of a following in the United States.  On May 17, 2019, nearly a year to the day after the release of F.A.M.E., Maluma put out one of his biggest successes to date – 11:11. His fourth studio album features Ty Dolla Sign, Madonna, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Ricky Martin, and several other notable artists. 11:11 is another Maluma release that debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.  11:11 features the singles “HP,” “11 PM,” “Instinto Natural,” and “No Se Me Quita.” After the release of 11:11, Maluma put out a high-profile collaboration with J Balvin, “Qué Pena.”

Papi Juancho and Upcoming Projects 

Maluma’s most recent full-length release is Papi Juancho, his fifth studio album to date. The album’s singles, including “ADMV,” “Hawái,” and “Parce,” have been wildly successful since the record’s release. “Hawái” was later remixed and reissued, this time featuring American pop icon The Weeknd.  Maluma has also recently been featured in several documentaries, including X and Lo Que Era, Lo Que Soy, Lo Que Sere. In 2022, he’s set to play Bastian in the film Marry Me, which co-stars Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, John Bradley, and Sarah Silverman.

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