Press Release
  • July 9, 2019

J BALVIN AND BAD BUNNY’S “OASIS” SCORES LATIN MUSIC’S BIGGEST ALBUM DEBUT OF THE YEAR

J BALVIN AND BAD BUNNY’S OASISSCORES LATIN MUSIC’S BIGGEST ALBUM DEBUT OF THE YEAR

“OASIS” Debuts At #1 On Billboard’s Top Latin AlbumsAnd “Latin Rhythm AlbumsChart, While Also Achieving J Balvin & Bad Bunny’s First “Billboard 200” Top-10.

Likewise Claiming #1 Apple Music Debuts in 20 Countries,

The Album Also Notches A Latin Music First With EVERY Song Debuting On

Spotify’s “Global 100 Chart” & Billboard’s “Hot Latin Songs” Chart

Lead By The #2 ‘Hot Shot Debut’ Of First-Single Qué Pretendes

“Stronger Together, J Balvin And Bad Bunny Dominate Billboard’s Latin Singles Chart – When J Balvin and Bad Bunny get together, hits happen. So it should come as no surprise that all eight songs of the urbano duo’s recently released surprise mini-album release Oasis appear this week on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs”-Forbes

With The Arrival Of “OASIS,” J BALVIN Is Once Again, The World’s #1 YouTube Music Artist, With Bad Bunny Also Surging To #3 On The “Global Top Artists” Chart

“J Balvin and Bad Bunny Make Summer Hot Again with Oasis – A surprise collaborative album has wide cultural implications.. These two artists are affirming their status as titans—but more impressively, they’re using their powers to expand the limits of what music’s titans can do.” – GQ

“Ambassadors of a new wave… expanding the reach and rules of Latin music. Over the past few years, the pair has exploited the collapse of genre and the nearly limitless reach of digital streaming and YouTube to cross over in unprecedented ways— while singing and rapping exclusively in Spanish. …On ‘Oasis,’ Balvin and Bad Bunny… continue to cycle through a summery suite of pan-Latin sounds, positioning themselves as ambassadors and guides through the increasingly global world of popular music.” – New York Times- “Arts” COVER story (..or read the complete feature in Spanish here)

Oasis is Historic and Legitimately Joyful … J Balvin and Bad Bunny have remade the future of Caribbean culture and Spanish-language hip-hop in their image and, more importantly their heritage. If there is a revolution to be had in the new crossover market, these men have done so by sticking to their guns, and mining their countries’ sonic and social riches, not America’s, for gold…  These two collaborating on a full album is as big a deal for world music and urbano as Taylor and Ariana teaming up would be for domestic pop… Their ‘Oasis’ isn’t just a location along the Latin continuum. It’s a universal state of mind.” VARIETY

“a blockbuster collaboration [from] two of the biggest artists on the planet… J Balvin and Bad Bunny [Have] Made the Album of the Summer… ‘Oasis’ is their global victory lap … a document of how far Balvin and Benito have come, and a blueprint of where they are headed. Hip-hop has long embraced the joint album format, and Oasis echoes the intentions of that genre’s earlier ventures into this territory — take Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne’ and Drake and Future’s ‘What a Time to Be Alive’ — effectively reinforcing these peers’ domination of their respective genres. …lead single, ‘Qué Pretendes’ raises the bar for 2019 summer jams [and] Balvin makes one of the most striking vocal performances of his career.” – Rolling Stone

“Why Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s Joint Album Is So Historic – Oasis marks the first time that a pair of Latin urbano stars at the height of their careers have teamed up for an album designed to shift the tectonic plates of the global music industry. It’s the official, long-form union of two titans who have defied the expectations-and confines – of Latin artistry by giving an effective middle finger to the so-called Anglo crossover model.”-Vulture

“Bad Bunny & J Balvin’s ‘Oasis’ Proves ‘Latino Gang’ Is More Than a Catchy Phrase; It’s a F#cking Movement … the two global perreo proctors finally surrender their long-awaited joint EP to the masses – any and all previous songs of summer lists be damned …. when Balvin offers up the welcome ‘Bienvenido a Oasis,’ during the crunchy -opening reggaeton bop, it sounds refreshing…  But this is more than just an invitation to listen to a set of songs, it’s promulgation of the Latino Gang’s power… this EP is an unapologetic celebration of Latinidad. It’s for us, and the rest of the world is welcome to partake.” – Remezcla

“Best New Rap Music: Bad Bunny and J Balvin Are Even More Exciting Togetherwhat’s really happening on Oasis is two of urbano’s titans luring or outright shoving one another into new, interesting corners and hearing one another battle his way out. One of the record’s great strengths is its refusal to aim for the all-things-to-all-people middlebrowness that such a high-profile collaboration would seem to necessitate.” –Vulture

“Oasis is J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s bid for world domination The two urbano titans’ collaborative project is a historical step for the genre. …Oasis is a bellwether of change in urbano. Its succession of songs… is an escape to a lawless land where music needs not be defined… the deft use of new production techniques and risky fusion of genres — make this project incomparable to anything that’s come before it in the Latin music landscape… Bad Bunny and J Balvin show us this moment is about more than a genre or a people

— it’s about creating a unifying, global sound, and honoring its roots.” – THE FADER

“We expected it to be a smash, and it is. Each track here is eminently commercial, even when the tempos slow down.…Oasis, is nimble and engaging, with Balvin and Bunny playing off each other’s pop instincts on some songs and challenging each other to innovate on others… .One of the strongest tracks on the album,

‘Que Pretendes’ makes for an obvious lead single and summer anthem’ – Billboard

“J Balvin and Bad Bunny are a dream team on ‘Oasis’ …it reflects the fertile cross-pollination of styles and genres — from reggaeton to trap to R&B to bachata to flamenco to dembow — driving the rapid spread of música urbana. … the generation led by Balvin and Bad Bunny rarely sing or rap in English  And instead of streamlining their approach, they exult in using their music to draw geographical and historical connections … …the songs are sleek and propulsive, with glistening melodic hooks… Balvin and Bad Bunny also put across an easy kinship that makes you hope there’s lots more where “Oasis” came from.” 

Los Angeles Times

“One Of The Best Albums of June… Oasis’ has finally arrived, and it was worth the wait…  it’s clear this thing is going to stay in rotation all summer long.”Complex

“Today’s big story is ‘Oasis,’ the collaboration between J Balvin and Bad Bunny…all the news outlets are writing about it.”  – Bob Lefsetz

PRESS

Universal Music Latin Entertainment-  Carlos ‘Charly’ Perez | carlos.perez@umusic.com

Universal Music Latin Entertainment-  Albert Piedrahita | albert.piedrahita@umusic.com

J Balvin-  John Reilly | jreilly@rogersandcowan.com

Bad Bunny- Sujeylee Solá |sujeylee@acoustylecommunication.com