Juan Luis Londoño Arias (Born January 28, 1994, Medellín, Colombia), is a singer of Colombian nationality. He began his musical career at an early age in his hometown of Medellín, there has developed an established career in Latin America, becoming nominated for several awards from major musical relevance.
Prior to becoming a singer, Maluma started in football, which he practiced for eight years in a row, reaching the lower divisions of the equipment Atlético Nacional and La Equidad. In an interview with the newspaper El Universal, the artist spoke of what football left in his life: "...the time came when things in football were getting difficult, some doors were closing, but many others in music were opening". Thus, at the age of 17 years, when he was a senior in high school in his hometown, the singer decided to start his career as musician. His debut single, "Farandulera" was released on radio stations Colombia.
After "Farandulera" It became a local radio hit, the label Sony Music and its subsidiary label in Latin Sony Music Colombia, decided to hire the singer to record their first studio album. So the seal launches next single "Loco" where was inspired by the quote rampant and uncontrolled love. The next single was "Obsession" which featured a music video to promote the theme, which was held at the Railway Station Antioquia Department and included the participation of Colombian model Lina Posada, who had previously participated in the music video for the song "Taboo" (2011) of Don Omar. So far the video has more than forty-two million views on YouTube.
He began his musical career in 2010, recording singles. In 2012 he signed an exclusive contract with Sony Music Colombia, that same year he released his first studio album, entitled "Magia". The album was promoted with the singles, "Obsesión", "Miss Independent", and "Pasarla Bien" which he reached the third place in the list of Colombian 'successes' National Report and became the first top Five performer on that list he was nominated for the SHOCK Awards 2012 as "Best New Artist" with all of them charting in Latin charts.
In 2013, the artist pitched the final two singles from his debut album; "Primer Amor" and "Miss Independent", which had a promotional music video, recorded in Medellín and has more than 15 million views on YouTube. Alternate visited this Peru, where he participated in the TV show Combate. In Colombia, the subject took second place in the list of successes National Report the number one issue was Como Le Gusta a Tu Cuerpo in Carlos Vives duet with Brazilian Michel Teló. The first single from the upcoming album artist is named "La Temperature", a duet with Puerto Rican singer Eli Palacios, which achieved the seventh position National Report.
The issue also became his first single to enter the US charts for the Latino audience of Billboard; theme debuted at thirty-eight position in the list Tropical Songs, and the thirty-six of 'position' Latin Pop Airplay, besides achieving fourth place in the "Latin Rhythm Airplay".
That same year the artist is nominated for several awards, including the Shock 2013 Awards in the category "Best Song Radio" with the theme "temperature", which eventually won, Shock 2013 as well as nominations in the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in the category Best Latin America Central Act and the Latin Grammy Awards of 2013 as Best New Artist, where the winner was the Guatemalan Gaby Moreno.
In 2014, he released the music videos for the singles "La Curiosidad", "Carnaval" and "Addicted". He also collaborated with singer Elvis Crespo, on the theme song "Olé Brazil" recorded for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On July 16, 2014, Maluma appeared at the 2014 Premios Juventud, where he performed "La Temperatura". That same month, the singer was confirmed as a judge/coach on Caracol Television's The Voice Kids, alongside Fanny Lu and Andrés Cepeda. In August, he made his debut as a host at the inaugural awards Kids' Choice Awards Colombia of 2014.
In early 2015, Maluma released the mixtape PB.DB The Mixtape, a compilation of various singles. His second album Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy was released in late 2015, containing elements of reggaeton, pop and urban music. The singles "Borró Cassette", "El Perdedor" and "Sin Contrato" entered the top 10 on Billboard Hot Latin Songs.
In 2016, he collaborated with artists Thalía, Ricky Martin and Shakira. He embarked on The Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy World Tour in May 2016. In December 2016, Maluma was featured in the remix of "Me Llamas" by Colombian band Piso 21.
In 2017, his hit single "Felices los 4" became his fifth top 5 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
Maluma has cited Hector Lavoe, Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson as his main music influences. He defines his music as "urban pop". A Billboard editor wrote, "Maluma’s brand of reggaetón syncs nicely with his image, managing to be both romantic and raw. His sound represents an evolution of the genre." In an interview in 2016 he stated:
"I grew up with this genre (reggaeton) that literally became life. It is one of the genres that I sing, because I am not a reggaetonero, I am an urban performer, I sing reggaeton. If you listen to my last album there are ballads, mambo, merengue and reggaeton and underground stuff. I like to show the versatility that I have to perform."
Maluma was born to Marlli Arias and Luis Londoño and grew up with an older sister. He took an early interest in football which he started playing as a toddler though middle school, competing in the lower divisions in the teams Atlético National and Equidad Sports Club. Additionally, he developed a keen interest in music during his early teenage years and was famed as a good singer in his high school. He graduated from "Hontaranes School' in El Retiro where he was encouraged by many of his friends to enter local singing competitions.
He got his first musical break when he was fifteen after he composed, together with a close friend, a song titled “No quiero”; a year later Juan Parra, his uncle, offered him to record it in a studio as his birthday present.
He adopted the stage name of Maluma, which is a combination of the two first letters of the names of his mother Marlli, his father Luis and his sister in Manuela. Citing his parents as a major influence on his career, “It is a tribute to them because I love them and they are the drive of my career”.
Maluma's romantic life has been the subject of much speculation which he has kept private for the most part. However, in an interview with Telemundo's Al Rojo Vivo in January 2018 he admitted to being in relationship with Cuban-Croatian model Natalia Barulich whom he met during the recording of his music video "Felices Los 4". He said of the relationship:
"We have a great time together, we have fun, we love each other, and we also support each other...I think those are the fundamentals. It's the most important thing. Right now, we're dating. We like what we have, I like her company, and she supports me and loves me, so you're all seeing me like never before."
In 2013, Maluma was nominated for several awards, including for MTV Europe Music Award for Best Latin America Central Act at the 2013 MTV EMAs, and the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist, as well as a win for "Best Radio Song" at the 2013 Shock Awards for "La Temperatura". In 2017, Maluma was nominated for two categories at the Billboard Music Awards, including Top Latin Artist.
Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy (2015)
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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