What are the odds? Two urban artists who go by the initial J have been holding strong positions on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart.
J Balvin, at No. 2 this week, has been in the top 10 on the chart for nine weeks with “Yo Te Lo Dije.” J Alvarez’s “La Pregunta,” at no. 6 this week, has been in the top 10 for a total of 37 weeks.
Alvarez, from Puerto Rico, and Balvin from Colombia, are two young urban artists who have gotten busy bringing back the dembow to international dance floors. Who do you think is the real leader of this reggaeton renaissance?
Balvin’s second studio album, “La Familia,” (Capitol Latin) will be out Oct. 29. Meanwhile, he’s recently toured Eastern Europe, where his single “Tranquila” hit the charts in Turkey and Romania. The Medellín-born José Alvaro Osorio Balvín also joined Robin Thicke and Pharrell on the Latin American version of “Blurred Lines,” and brought Spanish vocals to Ariana Grande’s bilingual version of “My Way.”
The video for “Yo Te Lo Dije” for has over 35 million views on YouTube. The song comes in at No. 14 on the Latin Airplay chart this week and is at No. 15 on Latin Digital Songs.
Alvarez, whose real name is Javid David Alvarez Fernandez, just signed a distribution deal with Sony Music Latin; his upcoming album “De Camino Pa La Cima” is expected later this fall. Influenced duely by legacy rappers like Busta Rhymes and roots reggaetonero Tego Calderon, Alvarez won the Best Urban Album award at the 2012 Latin Grammys for his “Otro Nivel de Música.” The latest single from his upcoming album, “Se Acabo el Amor,” joins “La Pregunta” on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart in the No. 16 position this week.
See the complete Billboard Latin charts updated Thursday on Billboard.com.