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Mi Gente – J Balvin – Willy William

Mi Gente – J Balvin – Willy William Description

Mi Gente” (English: My People) is a song recorded by Colombian singer J Balvin and French singer and producer Willy William. It was released on 30 June 2017 through Scorpio Music and Universal Music Latin. It is a remix of Willy William’s song “Voodoo Song”. The single was serviced to United States contemporary hit radio on 18 July 2017. A remix version featuring Beyoncé was released on 28 September 2017. J Balvin and Willy William released six more “Mi Gente” remixes on 20 October 2017 with Steve Aoki, Alesso, Cedric Gervais, Dillon Francis, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and Henry Fong.

Composition

“Mi Gente” is a reworking of Willy William’s previous single “Voodoo Song”, where tune is inspired from Bangla song “Heila Duila Nach.”

Commercial performance

The original version topped the charts in most Latin American countries.

In the United States, the original version of the song peaked at number two on the Hot Latin Songs chart and at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

In Canada, the remix version of the song featuring Beyonce peaked at number 2 on the Canadian Hot 100 and number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.

J Balvin and Willy William dropped six additional “Mi Gente” remixes with Steve Aoki, Alesso, Cedric Gervais, Dillon Francis, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and Henry Fong.

Music video

Directed by 36 Grados, the accompanying music video premiered on Vevo the same day of the single release. Leila Cobo from Billboard magazine described the video as “an explosion of color and dance” which features people from around the globe and that is all about unifying through music. It has many cameo appearances, including Italian millionaire Gianluca Vacchi.

The music video has over 2.7 billion views on YouTube as of July 2020, making it the 24th most viewed video on the site. The video won an MTV VMA

Controversy

Shortly after the song’s release, many listeners noticed a very similar resemblance to Pitbull’s grito, first appearing at 0:52 on the record, and twice more throughout the duration of the 3:09 track. The issue became very mainstream, with many reporters falsely believing that the grito was of Pitbull, which it was indeed not. Pitbull’s first action was releasing a remix to the record, including his own grito, titling the track “Mi Gente [Worldwide Remix]. After being released, many fans saw the striking resemblance between the two gritos being used. The Pitbull remix intentionally used both Pitbull’s and that of the original track to show the similarity.

On October 8, 2019, Pitbull’s legal team applied for a trademark on the popular “EEEEEEYOOOOOO!” grito, most popularly brought to market by Pitbull. On April 17, 2020, Pitbull was able to acquire a full trademark to the grito, thus becoming one of the less than 250 owners of a trademark for solely a sound. With this, the “EEEEEEYOOOOOO!” found in “Mi Gente” can no longer be copied or parodied in anyway without legal permission from Pitbull. This prevents the rerelease of the song, or any remix for that matter, to be published with that sound, unless it is removed, or permission is granted from Pitbull.

Chart (2017) Position
Argentina (Monitor Latino) 21
Australia (ARIA) 85
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 20
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders) 41
Belgium (Ultratop Wallonia) 56
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 35
Denmark (Tracklisten) 59
El Salvador (Monitor Latino) 1
Germany (Official German Charts) 15
Hungary (Single Top 40) 34
Hungary (Stream Top 40) 11
Israel (Media Forest) 13
Italy (FIMI) 17
México (AMPROFON) 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 16
Portugal (AFP) 12
Romania (Airplay 100) 55
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 54
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 41
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 51
US Billboard Hot 100 50
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard) 2
US Rhythmic (Billboard) 44
Chart (2018) Position
Argentina (Monitor Latino) 36
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 67
Germany (Official German Charts) 90
Portugal (AFP) 112
US Billboard Hot 100 99
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard) 2
Chart (2019) Position
Portugal (AFP) 483
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Mi Gente – J Balvin – Willy William Lyrics

[Letra de “Mi Gente”]

[Verso 1: J Balvin]
Si el ritmo te lleva a mover la cabeza
Ya empezamos como es
Mi música no discrimina a nadie
Así que vamos a romper
Toda mi gente se mueve
Mira el ritmo cómo los tiene
Hago música que entretiene
El mundo nos quiere, nos quiere
Me quiere a mí
Toda mi gente se mueve
Mira el ritmo cómo los tiene
Hago música que entretiene
Mi música los tiene fuerte bailando
Y se baila así

[Coro: Instrumental]

[Verso 2: Willy William]
Tamo’ rompiendo la discoteca
La fiesta no para, apenas comienza
C’est comme-ci, c’est comme ça
Ma chèrie, la-la-la-la-la
Francia, Colombia
Me gusta (Freeze)
J Balvin, Willy William
Le gusta (Freeze)
Los DJ’s no mienten, le gusta a mi gente
Y eso se fue mundial (Freeze)
No le bajamos, más nunca paramos
Es otro palo y ¡blam!

[Pre-Coro: J Balvin, Willy William]
¿Y dónde está mi gente?
Mais fais bouger la tête
¿Y dónde está mi gente?
Say yeah, yeah, yeah
Un, dos, tres, ¡leggo!
(Ay, di que sí)

[Coro: Instrumental]

[Verso 3: J Balvin]
Esquina a esquina, de ahí no’ vamo’
El mundo es grande, pero lo tengo en mi’ manos
Estoy muy duro, sí, ok, ahí vamos
Y con el tiempo nos seguimos elevando
Que seguimos rompiendo aquí
Esta fiesta no tiene fin
Botellas para arriba, sí
Los tengo bailando, rompiendo y yo sigo aquí
Que seguimos rompiendo aquí
Esta fiesta no tiene fin
Botellas para arriba, sí
Los tengo bailando, rompiendo

[Pre-Coro: J Balvin, Willy William]
¿Y dónde está mi gente?
Mais fais bouger la tête
¿Y dónde está mi gente?
Say yeah, yeah, yeah
Un, dos, tres, ¡leggo!
(Ay di que sí)

[Coro: Instrumental]

[Outro: J Balvin]
Worldwide
Willy William
J Balvin, man
Uh-huh
Uh-huh
Uh-huh
Uh-huh

Mi Gente – J Balvin – Willy William Music Video

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About Mi Gente – J Balvin – Willy William

Artist J Balvin
Featured Artist Willy William
Album Vibras
Release Date 30 June 2017
Length 3:09
Genre Moombahton, Reggaeton
Label Scorpio, Universal Latin
Songwriter(s) José Osorio, Willy William, Adam Assad, Andrés David Restrepo, Mohombi Nzasi Moupondo
Producer(s) Willy William
Format Digital download, Streaming
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