Artist Information for Carlos Vives

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Name: Carlos Vives

Followers: 6,059,247

Monthly Listeners: 17,391,932

Top Cities:

  • Bogotá, CO (817,451 listeners)
  • Santiago, CL (698,300 listeners)
  • Mexico City, MX (523,241 listeners)
  • Lima, PE (502,499 listeners)
  • Madrid, ES (342,029 listeners)

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Biography:
Carlos Vives is a multiple Grammy- and Latin Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and actor from Colombia. He is globally renowned for his command of traditional styles such as vallenato, porro, cumbia, and champeta, as well as pop, rock, and reggaeton. He has sold tens of millions of recordings and his videos regularly garner billions of views. He has been releasing singles and albums since 1986, starting with Por Fuera y por Dentro (recorded while he was still a successful actor in telenovelas and films). Later outings, such as 1992's Clásicos de la Provincia, sold more than 1.2 million copies in Colombia alone. 2002's Déjame Entrar won the Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album, while 2015's Más + Corazón Profundo took home the award for Best Tropical Latin Album. Furthermore, Vives has won numerous Latin Grammys and been nominated more than 30 times; he has also won several Premios Nuestra Tierra industry prizes. He has duetted on videos with Sebastian Yatra ("Robarte un Beso") and Shakira ("La Bicicleta"), which have registered more than a billion views each and topped Latin Songs charts. In 2019, Vives was chosen by Billboard magazine as one of the Top Latin Artists of the 2010s (number 45 out of 100). The following year, he took home another Latin Grammy for Best Tropical Song for "Canción Para Rubén," with Rubén Blades, off 2020's Cumbiana. In 2021 he issued Latin Grammy-winning "Canción Bonita" with Ricky Martin and provided the theme song for the popular Disney animated film Encanto. Vives was born in 1961 in Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia. At age 12 his family moved to Bogota, where he first encountered rock & roll and took part in the local scene as a lead vocalist and guitarist in several garage bands. He attended and graduated from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University with a degree in marketing. While continuing to play music on the side, Vives got interested in acting and in 1982 won a role in the Colombian films Tiempo Sin Huella and a Spanish-language remake of David Copperfield (he played the adult lead). Later he extended his professional reputation by working on Puerto Rican television and more than a dozen films. After forming a band called La Provincia, the singer and guitarist began performing a popular national style known as vallenato. He successfully toured his own country and South America. He released half-a-dozen albums including 1987's No Podrás Escapar de Mí and 1993's Clásicos de la Provincia, a collection of vallenato standards that proved his commercial breakthrough. It was certified multi-platinum at home and platinum in the U.S. In 1994, "La Gota Fria" became his first smash single, climbing to the top spot on most Latin charts. 1995's La Tierra del Olvido marked the beginning of a transition: In addition to recording songs from both the classic and contemporary vallenato repertoires as he had from the beginning, it marked the first of his recordings to contain his own songs. In 1996, under the slogan of Unete a los Locales (Join the Local Ones), the talented musician created his own label, Gaira, to promote and provide incentive to local artists, though he continued to record for EMI. In 1998 he joined fellow top-tier Colombian stars Shakira and Charlie Zaa on-stage during a benefit for victims of an earthquake that destroyed Colombian coffee fields. Vives issued the smash El Amor de Mi Tierra in 1999, and in 2000 it received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Album. Released in 2001, Déjame Entrar won the artist his first Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album. He shifted direction for 2004's En Rock de Mi Pueblo, which added a healthy dose of rock & roll and rap to his vallenato grooves. The album received a Grammy nomination in 2005. Vives and EMI fell into a contract dispute after the recording was released and he didn't record again for five years. Clásicos de la Provincia II, issued in 2009, was a collection of early vallenato and traditional songs only released in Colombia through a supermarket chain. In 2012 he resurfaced as a coach for the Colombian version of The Voice. His contract difficulties behind him, he signed with Sony and the single "Volví a Nacer" was issued in the fall of 2012. It entered several international charts at number one. It was followed in January 2013 by the release of the album Corazón Profundo, which also reached the top spot. He followed it with a second hit single, "Como le Gusta a Tu Cuerpo" (featuring Michel Teló) and commenced touring. While on the road, Vives continued to record. Más Corazón Profundo appeared in 2014. It featured new songs (including duets with Choc Quib Town and Marc Anthony) as well as extended mixes of singles and "Volví a Nacer." In the summer of 2015, he released an audio/video document entitled Más + Corazón Profundo Tour: En Vivo Desde la Bahiá de Santa Marta. In 2017, Vives returned with his 15th studio album, Vives, which included the single "La Bicicleta," featuring Shakira. The single peaked at number two on the Hot Latin Songs chart while the full-length took the same spot on the Top Latin Albums list, while its video garnered more than 1.2 billion views, as did another video/single from the album, "Robarte Un Beso" with Sebastian Yatra. Singles from the album were issued throughout the following year; all charted at streaming. In 2019, after a world tour, Vives released a number of duets. They included "Si Me Das Tu Amor" (feat. Wisin) and "Indira II" (feat. Gusi). After being chosen by Billboard magazine as one of its Top Latin Artists of the 2010s, Vives began the next decade with several charting singles including "No Estas Solo: Canciones Para Es Enfermos" (feat. Rubén Blades) and "No Te Vayas," the latter peaked at number four on the Hot 100 in May. Its remix with Manuel Turizo followed immediately, becoming an international club hit within two weeks of release. In 2020, he released Cumbiana, which found him further embracing Latin pop and reggaeton. Included on the album was the song "Canción Para Rubén," again featuring longtime friend Rubén Blades. The track won Best Tropical Song at the Latin Grammy Awards. In April 2021, Vives joined Ricky Martin for "Canción Bonita." Later that year, Vives performed the Lin-Manuel Miranda-penned theme song for the Disney animated feature film Encanto. He followed it over the next two years with a variety of singles including the 2022 Camilo collaboration "Baloncito Viejo" and 2023's "Las Mujeres" with Juanes. ~ Drago Bonacich, Rovi


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Top 10 Albums

Babel Album Image Babel
Label: Sony Music Latin
Release Date: 2022-05-03
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Canción Bonita Album Image Canción Bonita
Label: Sony Music Latin
Release Date: 2021-04-13
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Conquista (Masters en Parranda) Album Image Conquista (Masters en Parranda)
Label: Gaira Musica Local / WK Records/ Carlos Vives appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC
Release Date: 2021-11-25
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Coleccion de Oro Album Image Coleccion de Oro
Label: Sony Special Products
Release Date: 2002-06-18
Track Count: 15
Total Play Count: 0
Déjame Quererte (feat. Cholo Valderrama, Cynthia Montaño, Elkin Robinson, Kombilesa Mí & Velo de Oza) Album Image Déjame Quererte (feat. Cholo Valderrama, Cynthia Montaño, Elkin Robinson, Kombilesa Mí & Velo de Oza)
Label: Sony Music Latin
Release Date: 2019-01-18
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
La Bicicleta (feat. Maluma) [Remix] Album Image La Bicicleta (feat. Maluma) [Remix]
Label: Sony Music Latin
Release Date: 2016-08-19
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Cumbiana Album Image Cumbiana
Label: Sony Music Latin
Release Date: 2020-05-22
Track Count: 10
Total Play Count: 0
La Bicicleta (Versión Pop) Album Image La Bicicleta (Versión Pop)
Label: Sony Music Latin
Release Date: 2016-08-19
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
El Sombrero de Alejo (feat. Alfonso Zuleta, Jorge Oñate, Felipe Peláez, Peter Manjarres, Jorge Celedón, Silvestre Dangond & Ivan Villazon) [Canción Oficial 51º Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata Homenaje a Carlos Vives] Album Image El Sombrero de Alejo (feat. Alfonso Zuleta, Jorge Oñate, Felipe Peláez, Peter Manjarres, Jorge Celedón, Silvestre Dangond & Ivan Villazon) [Canción Oficial 51º Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata Homenaje a Carlos Vives]
Label: Sony Music Latin
Release Date: 2018-04-06
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Tambores Album Image Tambores
Label: Universal Music Spain S.L.
Release Date: 2021-03-18
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0

Top 10 Tracks

La Bicicleta Track Image La Bicicleta
Playcount: 699,246,791
Duration: 03:47
La Bicicleta Track Image La Bicicleta
Playcount: 697,812,826
Duration: 03:49
Robarte un Beso Track Image Robarte un Beso
Playcount: 658,645,563
Duration: 03:14
Robarte Un Beso Track Image Robarte Un Beso
Playcount: 658,645,563
Duration: 03:13
Canción Bonita Track Image Canción Bonita
Playcount: 231,964,723
Duration: 02:49
Canción Bonita Track Image Canción Bonita
Playcount: 231,964,723
Duration: 02:49
Nota de Amor (feat. Daddy Yankee) Track Image Nota de Amor (feat. Daddy Yankee)
Playcount: 225,395,229
Duration: 03:52
Nota de Amor (feat. Daddy Yankee) Track Image Nota de Amor (feat. Daddy Yankee)
Playcount: 225,395,229
Duration: 03:52
Volví a Nacer Track Image Volví a Nacer
Playcount: 186,480,222
Duration: 03:41
Volví a Nacer Track Image Volví a Nacer
Playcount: 186,480,222
Duration: 03:42

Top 10 Collaborating Artists (Tracks)

KOGIMAN Artist Image KOGIMAN
Collaborations: 16
Michel Teló Artist Image Michel Teló
Collaborations: 7
ChocQuibTown Artist Image ChocQuibTown
Collaborations: 7
Shakira Artist Image Shakira
Collaborations: 6
Maluma Artist Image Maluma
Collaborations: 6
Nacho Artist Image Nacho
Collaborations: 6
Wisin Artist Image Wisin
Collaborations: 6
Diego Torres Artist Image Diego Torres
Collaborations: 5
Elkin Robinson Artist Image Elkin Robinson
Collaborations: 5
Cholo Valderrama Artist Image Cholo Valderrama
Collaborations: 5