Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise: Ozuna
The new generation of reggaetoneros is slowly but surely making their way into the big leagues. One of them is Puerto Rican reggaetonero Ozuna, who at only 24 years old is already dropping chart-topping singles and becoming a YouTube sensation with music videos that have amassed more than 800 million views combined.
"I never imagined my career would take off this fast," Ozuna tells Billboard. "I think my music has connected with the audience because I always have a clear vision about my songs. I want everyone to identify with my tracks and for all of us to be part of it in some way or another. Whether my lyrics are about love or something else, I always make sure I'm connecting with my fans and to see their support is definitely a motivation."
With four tracks on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs, Ozuna's debut album will include major collaborations with urban superstars. "I can't reveal yet any of the names, but they are big names," he tells us. In the past, he's collaborated with Farruko, Arcangel and Coscuella.
Meet this week's Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise:
Name: Jan Carlos Ozuna Rosado
Major accomplishment: "Dile que tu me quieres" has become Ozuna's best charting song yet, going from from 25-13 on Hot Latin Songs chart (dated Dec. 3). The upbeat reggaetón track takes Streaming Gainer honors for the second straight week, rising to 1.6 million weekly U.S. streams, doubling its stream count.
Recommended song: The track "Dile que tu me quieres" is not only Ozuna's best-positioned song on Billboard's charts, the music video is also among his most popular on YouTube with more than 108 million hits since its debut two months ago.
What's next: After releasing chart-topping singles throughout the year, the Puerto Rican reggaetonero will drop his debut album in February. Ozuna will also perform at Mega 97.9's Mega Bash on Dec. 2 alongside Enrique Iglesias, Juanes and Ricky Martin.