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Apparently, Beyoncé Did The "Mi Gente" Remix Because Of Blue Ivy

"Mi Gente" singer J Balvin jokingly suggested Beyoncé for the remix after learning about Blue Ivy's obsession with the song.

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By now, you've likely heard the remix of J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente," which features the one and only Beyoncé.

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The Lemonade artist dropped the remix just two weeks ago and announced that she'd donate all of her proceeds from the song to disaster relief efforts in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean islands that have been affected.

Since then, "Mi Gente"
has surged from No. 21 to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. (It's also Bey's highest peaking song on the Hot 100 since "Drunk in Love.")

Me: *listens to Beyoncé’s new single once* Me, 10 minutes later: *updates resumé to include “Spanish - business/conversational”*

Beyoncé made a new song to donate the proceeds to Puerto Rico, Mexico, and other Caribbean islands nothing but respect for MY President

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beyonce really got me trying to google translate this new song.

Blue was reportedly obsessed with the original "Mi Gente."

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"I think Beyonce was [going] crazy, with her daughter singing the song all day, every night," Balvin told BuzzFeed News a week after the track debuted.

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"One day I was in the studio in New York, and one girl that works with Beyoncé — she told me that Blue loved the song. She really loved the song," the reggaeton star explained.

That's when he jokingly suggested Beyoncé for the remix.

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"I was like, 'OK, so why don't you tell Beyoncé to jump on the remix?'" he recalled. "But I was making a joke ... I wasn't serious."

Two days later, Beyoncé's team called with the news that she'd agree to lend her vocals to the track, much to Balvin's amazement. "I almost passed out," he said.

"You're talking about one of the biggest pop artists around the world. I'm still in shock," Balvin continued.

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And if Beyoncé were ever to perform "Mi Gente," Balvin is positive she'd nail her Spanish lines...

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...unlike Bieber, who revealed he didn't know the words to "Despacito" earlier this summer.

"Well, you know. It's not his language. He's a kid. At the end of the day, he's doing whatever a kid will do when they don't remember the lyrics," Balvin said of the controversy around Bieber forgetting his lyrics. "I'm good with that."

But he has no doubt Beyoncé would have her Spanish down pat. "She's the queen ... she knows what she's doing. I don't know who else is going to be more professional than that lady in this business, you know?"

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Overall, Balvin was grateful for the opportunity to work with Bey and for the song's positive reception.

"It is a blessing, you know. I'm really grateful. I really feel that the world needs more love and beautiful vibes. That's why we made this song."

Susan Cheng is an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Susan Cheng at susan.cheng@buzzfeed.com.

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