Watch: Nicky Jam Reveals Unexpected Musical Influences: My Music Moments
Nicky Jam is ready to dance with somebody.
And it's easy to understand why the reggaetón singer, whose real names is Nick Rivera Caminero, is in the mood to celebrate: Not only did he just release his hew song "Fan de Tus Fotos" with Romeo Santos, but he also voices Butch Cat in Tom & Jerry, which is now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. Both projects had major significance for the 40-year-old artist.
After collaborating with Romeo for the 2017 track "Bella y Sensual" with Daddy Yankee, Nicky was ready to do "a song alone" with the Bachata "king," telling E! News, "I'm a huge fan of Romeo Santos, I mean there's not a Spanish person that's not. He's a legend in our music, in Spanish music, in general."
But it took a little convincing, with Nicky showing Romeo several options before they found the "perfect song" in "Fan de Tus Fotos."
"It's meeting halfway," he explained, adding that it combines "the sexy romantic poetic vibe" and "the reggaetón urban beat."
As for taking on the part of Butch Cat in the live-action/computer-animated slapstick comedy Tom & Jerry, Nicky revealed someone very close to him was blown away when he landed the gig, even more than when he was in Bad Boys For Life and xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
"It's one of my dad's favorite cartoons ever," he shared. "He called me, 'I'm so happy for you, I'm so proud of you.' I'm like, 'Dad, what do you mean? I've done movies with Will Smith and Vin Diesel. What are you talking about?' He's like, 'None of those guys are bigger than Tom and Jerry.' So I feel that when you make you dad proud of something, it makes you enjoy the project more."
In celebration of his new projects, E! News asked Nicky to pull back the curtain on the songs and singers who have influenced him throughout his life and career. From the track you might not expect him to love to the one he wishes he'd written himself, this is the soundtrack to his life.
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The song/album that reminds me of childhood: I would have to say Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." It reminds me so much when I was seven, eight years old, my mom being young and crazy. You know, going out to hang out and listening to that song while she gets dressed. It was, like, happy times. It can't be more iconic than Whitney Houston and her voice. It was the first time the world saw somebody with so much magic and it was the first time I saw it as well. I think I was raised in a good era. The '80s was one of the best years, one of the funnest years. That song reminds me a lot, good things 'cause I had a hard past. I had a very dark past when I was a kid. Even when you live in a dark moment and hard past, you always have good moments. That song represents those good moments.