Ozuna – Roma – 15 luglio 2021
Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado (born March 13, 1992), known simply by his surname Ozuna, is a Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer who is regarded as the "New King of Reggaeton". He has released two successful albums Odisea (2017) and Aura (2018), and since the beginning of his career, he has sold around 15 million records, making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists of all time.. He made his acting debut in the film Que León. Ozuna is the artist with the most one billion-view videos on YouTube.
Ozuna was born in San Juan. Multiple sources claim both of his parents are from the Dominican Republic, while other sources claim his mother is Puerto Rican, and his father is Dominican. 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. He moved to New York City in 2010, where he lived for three years. From an early age, he had a passion for the Latin urban genre, and at the age of twelve, he started composing songs.
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 his breakthrough hit "Si Tu Marido No Te Quiere", originally featuring D.OZi when released to platforms and websites, though he was taken down when the song hit the radio. That song achieved success on radio and was eventually well known across Latin America. He has since performed in many shows across South America.
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 that made it on the ranking, "Si Tu Marido No Te Quiere (Remix)" (featuring Arcángel and Farruko) and "En La Intimidad", which reached the top 30.
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. The Odisea tour began on May 26, 2017, in Atlanta, and included over 25 cities, among them, Chicago, Miami, Houston, and Los Angeles. Eventually, it was renamed the Odisea World Tour, with Ozuna visiting European cities and Latin America.
The single "Te Vas" reached more than 710 million views on YouTube, making it Ozuna's most played song on the website. 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.
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 780 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 October 2019, has more than 1.2 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.In 2018, he worked with DJ Snake, Cardi B, and Selena Gomez for releasing "Taki Taki".
In December 2017, Ozuna released the single "La Modelo" featuring Cardi B. 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.
His second studio album Aura, released on August 24, 2018, debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200. To promote the album, Ozuna embarked on the Aura Tour, which started on July 26, 2018, in Madrid, while the US leg started on September 7 in Atlanta. He was named YouTube's most-viewed artist globally of 2018. He made his acting debut starring in the film Que Leon, which was also released in the US.
Ozuna is part of the newest wave of urban singers coming out of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Ozuna has more than ten songs exceeding 200 million views on YouTube, echoing the beginnings of other successful Urbano artists, like Farruko and Maluma. While many of his songs feature explicit sexual lyrics, he has avoided lyrics that explicitly objectify or disrespect women. 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."
Ozuna has described himself as a "typical boricua with Dominican blood." Ozuna is married to Taina Meléndez. They have two children. In 2017, he started the charity organization Odisea Children.
On January 5, 2017, he was arrested along with his work team at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia, by immigration agents. The incident occurred after he and his producer acted violently before the agents, which caused the reprogramming of a concert scheduled in Manizales.
On July 30 of the same year, during a concert at United Palace, New York, Ozuna struck a security guard on the head, with his microphone, for being on stage. After receiving criticism for what he did, he expressed regret through Facebook.
In August of the same year, he was near where the murder of his friend, a drug trafficker named Carlos "Tonka" Báez Rosa. He said he heard the shooting and fled the scene leaving his vehicle, a Range Rover truck, and that the victim was his close friend. He was linked to the investigation of the crime when the police found his truck near the scene. On August 7, the car was seized by police, and he received a death threat from a group of drug traffickers. A few days later, it was claimed there was no direct link between his car and the shooting.
In January 2019, Ozuna confirmed he had been the victim of an extortion scam involving an explicit video filmed of him when he was a minor. The FBI investigated the case, and Ozuna's lawyer confirmed that Kevin Fret, an openly gay trap singer, was the person extorting Ozuna. Kevin Fret was murdered, and police said that Ozuna was not a suspect in the murder. For the video, which had been edited to cause Ozuna more damage, Ozuna apologized to his fans and family.
Ozuna has received numerous awards, including 5 Billboard Music Awards, 12 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 6 Latin American Music Awards, 8 Lo Nuestro Awards and has been Latin Grammy-nominated.