Last month, Beyoncé surprised the Latin world when she released the remix to J Balvin & Willy William’s hit single “Mi Gente.” Following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber, who collaborated on a remix for “Despacito,” she sang her lyrics in Spanish. Queen Bey announced on social media that the funds raised from the song will be donated to those victimized by recent natural disasters: “I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands. To help go to Beyonce.com/reliefefforts,” she wrote.
Now, the hitmaker behind “Mi Gente,” J Balvin is revealing that Bey’s 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy spearheaded the collaboration. “I think Beyoncé was [going] crazy, with her daughter singing the song all day, every night,” he told BuzzFeed News. “One day I was in the studio in New York, and one girl that works with Beyoncé — she told me that Blue loved the song. She really loved the song.”
When the reggaetonero singer tapped Beyoncé to remix his hit single, he didn’t actually think she’d say yes. But to his surprise, she signed on two days later. “I almost passed out,” he admitted.
With Beyoncé’s powerful vocals, the multi-cultural song, which showcases Spanish and French lyrics, rocketed to the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. “You’re talking about one of the biggest pop artists around the world,” he said, “I’m still in shock. It is a blessing, you know. I’m really grateful. I really feel that the world needs more love and beautiful vibes. That’s why we made this song.”
Mainstream artists taking on Spanish-language songs seems to be the magic elixir for producing hits this year: “Despacito” dominated the top of the charts for 16 weeks in a row after Justin Bieber lent his vocals to the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee track.
Thrilled at the success of Fonsi’s summer hit, Balvin told Billboard: “It’s about no discrimination for my [Latin] people.” He also told the music magazine that it’s “just the beginning,” of his Latin takeover.