September 2, 2017
Nick Rivera Caminero, known as Nicky Jam, is recognized around the world as a pioneer of Latin Urban music. Born in 1981 in Boston, as a boy he moved with his family to Puerto Rico. At the age of 11, he recorded his first album Diferente a Los Demás (Different From the Rest), which attracted the attention of DJs and artists on the island.
As a young adult, Nicky Jam quickly rose to the top of his genre with radio hits including “Yo No Soy Tu Marido”, “Me Voy Pa’l Party”, “Fiel A Tu Piel” and “La Combi Completa” among others. He toured the world and became one of Latin urban music’s first international stars.
Just as he was enjoying his hard-earned accomplishments, his life took a 180-degree turn. Suddenly, instead of being on stage, he was in prison, and he fell into a deep depression. Finally, after three years out of the limelight, Nicky Jam performed a show in Colombia. There, he found an audience that was ready to give him a second chance. He vowed to show his fans that he had escaped drugs and alcohol. With discipline and hard work he began to make up for lost time.
He soon decided to move to Colombia to rebuild his career. In 2012, he created a low-budget music video that went on to rack up over 15 million views on YouTube. In 2013, he debuted his new image and returned stronger than ever. He notched five radio hits: “Piensas en Mí”, “Curiosidad”, “Juegos Prohibidos”, “Voy a Beber” and the global hit “Travesuras”. At the time, “Travesuras,” was Nicky’s international comeback hit after a 10-year absence from the charts It peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs.
His social-media following grew 3000 percent by late 2014, making him one of Latin urban music’s most talked-about and respected artists.
In February 2015, Nicky Jam teamed up with Enrique Iglesias to release “El Perdón”, his most internationally acclaimed single to date. Tallying over 1 million YouTube views on the day of its release, “El Perdón” was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin songs charts for 30 weeks (second longest-running single in the chart’s history). An English version, titled “Forgiveness”, helped the song peak at No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 2015.
In January 2016, Nicky released “Hasta el Amanecer”, which also became the biggest Latin song of the year. The single was #1 on Billboard’s “Hot Latin Songs” for 18 weeks, which was the longest run of 2016. The official music video reached 100 million views in the first month, averaging over 3 million views per day.
In fact, the top Hot Latin Songs track of 2016 belongs to Nicky Jam’s “Hasta El Amanecer.” It also scores the No. 1 year-end spot on the Latin Airplay, Latin Pop Airplay, Latin Rhythm Airplay, Latin Rhythm Digital Song Sales, and Latin Digital Song Sales charts. A remix featuring Daddy Yankee and an English version (“With You Tonight”) helped the song to spend 19 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at No. 73).
2017 promises to be Nicky’s biggest year yet with the release of his next single, “El Amante” and his first album in 10 years, titled “Fenix”. Nicky will also make his big screen debut on Vin Diesel’s upcoming film “XXX: Return of Xander Cage”, which hits theatres on January 20th, 2017.