Despite a rough childhood, Ozuna has made a name for himself as a talented musician. He has recorded remarkable success in the music industry and is yet another proof of the Latin pop fluidity. From Reggaeton to Latin Trap and Bachata, Ozuna has thrived in all of these genres.
Born on the 13th of March 1992, Jan Carlos Ozuna Rosado is of Dominican heritage through his father and Puerto Rican through his mother. He had a tough childhood as he lost his father at the young age of three. A former professional dancer, Ozuna’s father was fatally shot and his death consequently threw his family into untold hardship. His mother, Yomary Rosado Marrero, struggled to make ends meet, thus the singer was mainly raised by his paternal grandmother.
Ozuna Began Building His Musical Career As a Teenager
Ozuna’s musical inclinations were evident from an early age. He began making music as a teenager. The singer then relocated to New York in 2010 and remained in the city for three years. It was while in NY that Ozuna debuted as a singer with his 2012 song Imaginando. He later returned to his hometown of San Juan and began focusing mainly on his musical career. The reggaeton star gradually gained popularity while working with Musicologo & Menes and recorded remarkable success within a short while.
He signed a recording contract with Golden Family Records in 2014 and began uploading his songs on YouTube. It was in that year that Ozuna dropped the song Si No Te Quiere featuring rapper D.OZi. The song was a great commercial success in Latin America and quickly earned Ozuna fame. By 2015, the singer could boast of amazing performances in over 300 Puerto Rican shows.
2016 was a big year for Ozuna. After the collaborative hit single La Ocasión, which featured several stars including De La Ghetto, DJ Luian, Arcángel, Mambo Kingz, and Anuel AA, Ozuna dropped the No Quiere Enamorarse Remix featuring Daddy Yankee in March. The song was a bigger hit and earned Ozuna over 80 million views on his YouTube channel. The Boricua singer’s biggest hit yet was later released towards the end of 2016. Dile Que Tú Me Quieres not only surpassed its predecessors in commercial success but was also a top Billboard chart climber. Ozuna quickly followed up with two other singles Si Tu Marido No Te Quiere Remix and En La Intimidad.
He Solidified His Relevance With The Release of Studio Albums
The recording artist eventually released his debut studio album Odisea in 2017. Notably, the song Te Vas was the biggest track in the album after it garnered millions of views on social media. That same year, Ozuna released other singles including Dile Que Tu Me Quieres (Remix), Tu Foto, Se Preparó, and Despues de las 12 which were also viral hits and top charts climbers.
He also recorded successful collaborative efforts in 2017; notable among them are Escápate Conmigo with Wisin, La Rompe Corazones with Daddy Yankee, La Modelo with Cardi B, and Ahora Dice with J Balvin, Arcángel & Chris Jeday. The reggaeton star’s sophomore album Aura was released in August 2018 to critical acclaim. His third album Nibiru came the following year and all this solidified his emergence as the new King of Reggaeton.
The musician largely owes much of his fame to the influence of social media. Besides his YouTube channel, the singer has amassed millions of fans on other popular social networking sites. Fans can connect with Ozuna on his Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
Awards That Justifies His Reign As The King of Reggaeton
Ozuna’s remarkable music success has been recognized at various industry levels. Notably, he clinched the Best Breakthrough Artist award at the 2017 Premios Juventud. In 2018, he was named YouTube’s most-viewed artist globally and won the Best New Latin Artist award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. In 2019, Ozuna won three Billboard Music Awards and eleven Billboard Latin music awards, including artist of the year.
Disregarding the foregoing, he has won many more awards and numerous nominations, so much that anyone wouldn’t bother to count. These include Urban Music, Teen Choice, Soberana, Premios Tu Musica Urbano, Premios Lo Nuestro, Premios Juventud, NRJ DJ, MTV Video Music, MTV Millennial, Latin Grammy, Latin American Music Awards, and much more.
Impressively, he holds four Guinness World Records as of 2020. The records are for Most Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart (Male), Artist with The Most Videos to Reach One Billion Views on YouTube, Most Billboard Latin Music Award Wins for a Single Artist In a Single Year, and Most Billboard Latin Music Award Nominations For a Single Artist In a Single Year.
Does His Financial Status Befits His ‘Kingly’ Status?
Besides his musical career, Ozuna has other credits in the entertainment industry. He has caught the acting bug and debuted as an actor in the film Que Leon. On TV, Ozuna featured in the Hispanic drama series Hermanos en la clandestinidad. More so, the singer has appeared in a Puerto Rican special edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has featured in TV commercials for top brands like Toyota.
All of that has undoubtedly contributed to his wealth which has been variously estimated to be around $3 and $5 million. Considering how successful his music career has been, it is difficult to believe he is only worth that much. But then, the figures are guesswork and it is totally possible it doesn’t reflect the true value of Ozuna’s wealth.
One thing is certain though, he is worth so much that people attempt to blackmail him for financial gains. In 2017, Jan Carlos Ozuna Rosado was embroiled in a blackmail controversy. The singer fell victim to a blackmail scheme, involving a raunchy video of him when he was underage. In the extortion plot, which was reported to both the FBI and Miami Police Department, trap singer Kevin Fret claimed to have an intimate video of 16-year-old Ozuna performing a sex act for which Fret demanded money to keep it out of public view.
Ozuna who eventually paid Fret $50,000 before reporting to the FBI, later issued a public apology in 2019. The urban artist not only apologized but also condemned the act while admitting that the video was a product of a juvenile mistake fueled by ignorance.
The Puerto Rican star is one of those celebrities who spend their wealth on philanthropy. Among other efforts, he launched a charity organization called Odisea Children in 2017.
Meet Ozuna’s Wife, Taina Marie Meléndez
Jan Carlos Ozuna Rosado is happily married to his heartthrob, Taina Marie Meléndez. There is a scarcity of information about the couple’s romance from the outset as well as their wedding date.
Based on information gathered from her Instagram page, Taina is a model and an actress. She also describes herself as an artist and songwriter. It has been reported in some quarters that she is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Apart from these facts, it is hard to tell anything about the woman the popular musician is married to.
They Are Parents To Two Lovely Kids
However, Ozuna and Taina have since expanded their family and are proud parents to two children; a daughter named Sofia Ozuna Meléndez and a son named Jacob Andres Ozuna Meléndez.
The couple has been relatively private with details of their personal life. However, it is safe to say they have found true love in each others’ arms and are living their best lives yet. In fact, Ozuna appears to have strong family values as he has publicly stated his intent to remain in the spotlight for just a few more years, before retreating from public life in order to spend more time with his family.
Interestingly, the singer’s sexuality has raised eyebrows in some quarters but his relationship status and dating history should be a pointer to the obvious.