Nicky Jam and J Balvin released an all-star remix of “X” on Friday, with new verses from the versatile Puerto Rican hitmaker Ozuna and the Colombian pop-reggaeton star Maluma. The addition of these singers is sure to boost “X,” which is already one of the year’s most dazzling and popular tracks, amassing more than 975 million views on YouTube in less than four months.
Jam and Balvin know not to mess with a good thing, so the instrumental remains unchanged on the “X” remix. Ozuna handles the first verse, lobbing come-ons across the dance floor in his tender, instantly recognizable tone, changing up his vocal patterns at will. He also shouts out the native countries of all the participating singers, one of his favorite tactics – see “Siguelo Bailando,” one of his standout singles from last year. Maluma follows Ozuna’s lead, also choosing to experiment with multiple flows….