Justin Bieber and J Balvin remix 'Sorry'
It’s a Canada-meets-Colombia music mashup
Justin Bieber has dropped a hot new remix for his hit single “Sorry,” that features Colombian reggaeton artist J Balvin, a bilingual collaboration that makes the most of the tropical-flavored tune.
The remix dropped Thursday night on iTunes and Spotify, and features Balvin singing and rapping one of the verses in his native Spanish. Dubbed the “Latino remix,” the song& was teased by both artists in a two-part Instagram video ahead of its midnight release.
“Yeah, the Latino girls are going to go crazy,” Bieber, 21, tells Balvin, who affectionately calls the Canadian-born singer his “parcero.” (Colombian slang for brother.)
Squarely aimed at both Latino and mainstream audiences, the remix has already begun to make its way up pop music charts. As of Friday morning, “Sorry – Latino Remix” had nabbed the #1 spot on iTunes chart of top 100 songs in Mexico. (A fact that Balvin, 30, announced on Instagram.)
The single – which downright infectious with its Latino spin – is the second major collaboration between a mainstream artist and Colombian chart topper, following Will Smith’s bilingual remix to Bomba Estéreo’s hit “Festival.” The party anthem became a hit following its September release, and Smith is set to join the group for a performance of the remix onstage at the Latin Grammy Awards on Nov. 19. Balvin is also scheduled to perform at the Latin music awards ceremony, where he’s been nominated in two categories.
“Sorry” is the second official single from Bieber’s fourth studio album Purpose, which arrives Nov. 13.