|Juan Luis Londoño Arias
|January 28, 1994
|Colombian Singer, Songwriter, Actor
Maluma is the stage name for Juan Luis Londono Arias. He is one of the most, if not the most popular Latin star at the moment. The Colombian singer and actor developed an interest in music at a young age. He started his career when he was just 16 years old. Born in 1994, he released his debut album in 2012. His latest collaboration with Madonna broke records.
He has several singles charting within the top 10 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs. Some of them include Corazon, El Perderor, Borro Cassette, and Felices Los 4. Besides Madonna, he also worked with Ricky Martin, Shakira, Thalia, and Anitta.
Maluma has two Latin American Music Awards, Latin Grammy Award, and nominations for Best Latin Pop Album. His music falls into the Latin trap, pop, and reggaeton category.
Career Ups and Downs
Malum started his career in 2010. He was just 16 years old at the time. He released his first single, Farandulera and it was a hit. Sony Music Colombia signed the signer for his first studio album. Under the Sony brand, he released his next single, Loco.
The Latin singer released his debut album, Magia, in 2012. For the Obsesion video, he invited Colombian model Lina Posada to be in the video. She was also in the music video for Taboo by Don Omar. This video accumulated more than 180 million views on YouTube.
In 2013, he began working on his mixtape. He released La Temperature featuring Eli Palacios, a Puerto Rican singer, as the first single. This was his first single to enter the US charts for the Latin audience by Billboard.
Between 2014 and 2018, Maluma had a prolific career. He released several music videos and songs. Most of them reached more than 100 million views on YouTube. In 2014, he collaborated with singer Elvis Crespo on the Ole Brazil theme song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This is when the world started noticing him. In July 2014, he became a judge/coach for the Colombian The Voice Kids.
In 2015, he released his PB.DB The Mixtape, featuring various singles. Later the same year, he released his second album, Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy. For his second album, he focused on urban music and pop paired with reggaeton. Three of the singles entered the top 10 on Billboard Hot Latin Songs.
Maluma spent most of 2016 touring. He started his Dirty Boy World Tour in May 2016. In 2017, he got his fifth top 5 single on the Hot Latin Songs chart with Felices Los 4. The music video for this song reached 1 billion views on YouTube. The same thing happened with the next song, Corazon.
In 2018, he recorded the Spanish version of Colors, a theme song of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The same year he released the third studio album, F.A.M.E. It means Faith, Alma, Music, and Essence. Alma is Spanish for “soul”. Daddy Yankee, Jason Derulo, and Prince Royce worked with him on this album.
In 2019, Maluma and Madonna recorded the Medellin songs. This song broke almost all records. In May 2019, he released his fourth studio album.
Maluma has a vocal range of a tenor. He says that Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake are his biggest inspiration in music. They influenced him when he was young. You can define his music as urban pop. His brand of reggaeton syncs nicely with his image in a romantic and raw way.
He grew up with reggaeton and that is part of his life. But he is an urban performer. But if you listen to his songs, there are also ballads, mambo, merengue, and other styles.
Awards and Nominations
Maluma has won several awards and got even more nominations. In 2013, he earned Best Latin America Central Act nomination at the MTV EMAs. He also got a nomination for Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In 2017, he got two nominations at the Billboard Music Awards, including Top Latin Artist.
Net Worth, Income and Earnings
Maluma is one of the hottest acts at the moment. He sells out concerts easily. The popular singer and songwriter has four albums under his belt. And his singles rank high on the charts.
Besides his music career, he is also a TV host, a coach on a reality competition, and appeared in a few movies. But most of his earnings come from music. Maluma fortune is a bit more than $12 million.
He has more than 10 million followers on his VEVO account on YouTube. His videos accumulated more than 6 billion views. VEVO pays $15,000 for every 1,000,000 views on vides. So do the math.
One of his most successful year in terms of earnings was 2017. This is when he was on a World Tour. During this period, he earned between $160,000 and $250,000 per month. In 2018, his earnings fall slightly to between $120,000 and $160,000 per month. In 2019, he earned between $80,000 and $110,000 per month.
Maluma grew up with an older sister. When he was little, he showed an interest in football. He played as a toddler all the way up to middle school. The reggaeton singer even competed in the lower divisions in the Teams Atletico National and Equidad Sports Club.
But during his teenage years, he developed an interest in music. During his high school years, teachers praised his singing.
Maluma is a Catholic but takes aspects from other religions as well. His romantic life is always a topic for speculations. But the singer keeps it private for the most part. In January 2018 he admitted that he dates the Cuban-Croatian model Natalia Barulich. Yet, the two broke up in 2019.