X 100pre (an abbreviation of "Por siempre" in Spanish, meaning "Forever"[A] and stylized in all caps) is the debut studio album by Puerto Rican Latin trap singer Bad Bunny. It was announced on December 23, 2018, and released on Christmas Eve, by Rimas Entertainment.[1] It features guest appearances from Diplo, El Alfa and Drake.

X 100pre
X100pre.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 24, 2018
Genre
Length53:57
LanguageSpanish
LabelRimas Entertainment
Producer
  • Tainy (exec.)
  • Bad Bunny
  • Diplo
  • DJ Luian
  • Ezequiel Rivera
  • Henry de la Prida
  • La Paciencia
  • Mambo Kingz
Bad Bunny chronology
X 100pre
(2018)
Oasis
(2019)
Singles from X 100pre
  1. "Estamos Bien"
    Released: June 28, 2018
  2. "Mia"
    Released: October 11, 2018
  3. "Solo de Mí"
    Released: December 14, 2018
  4. "Caro"
    Released: January 23, 2019
  5. "Si Estuviésemos Juntos"
    Released: February 14, 2019
  6. "La Romana"
    Released: April 6, 2019
  7. "200 MPH"
    Released: April 26, 2019
  8. "Ni Bien Ni Mal"
    Released: May 4, 2019

BackgroundEdit

Bad Bunny embarked on his La Nueva Religión Tour Part I and Part II in 2018, which concluded in September. The tour grossed more than $16 million worldwide.[2]

After releasing various singles during 2018, on December 23 he announced via social media that his debut album would be released at midnight on Christmas Eve.[3]

Following the release of the album, Bad Bunny revealed in an Instagram live video that he was not working under his first label Hear this Music and his previous manager DJ Luian because he was not able to release albums under his previous management.[4]

PromotionEdit

SinglesEdit

 
X 100pre billboard on the side of the Hospital Pavia Hato Rey building in San Juan, Puerto Rico

"Estamos Bien" was the first single to be released, accompanied by a music video on June 28, 2018.[5] On October 18, 2018, he released the single "Mia" featuring Drake, marking Drake's second song in Spanish.[6]

Following the success of "Mia", Bad Bunny released "Solo de Mí" on December 15, 2018.[7] On January 18, 2019, he released the video of "Caro". Ricky Martin sings backing vocals on the track.[8]

The video of "Si Estuviésemos Juntos" followed on February 14, 2019,[9] and the video of "La Romana", featuring Dominican dembow artist El Alfa, was released on April 6, 2019.[10]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic84/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
The Guardian     [12]
HipHopDX4.1/5[13]
Pitchfork8.2/10[14]
Rolling Stone     [15]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, X 100pre received an average score of 84 based on five reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[11] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian praised Bad Bunny's "off-kilter creativity", opining that Bad Bunny "feels less like part of the current pop landscape than an artist operating slightly adjacent to it. He is separated from the pack as much by a desire to take risks as by his roots."[12] He noted that the record contains a variety of musical genres, including pop punk, Andean music, Dominican dembow and "windswept 80s stadium rock".[12]

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from Spotify and Tidal.[16][17]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Ni Bien Ni Mal"
3:56
2."200 MPH" (featuring Diplo)Martinez
2:51
3."¿Quién Tú Eres?"
  • Martinez
  • Quentin Shemwell
  • Casey McMillan
  • Tainy
  • La Paciencia
  • Ric & Thadeus
2:39
4."Caro"
  • Tainy
  • La Paciencia
3:49
5."Tenemos Que Hablar"
  • Tainy
  • La Paciencia
3:45
6."Otra Noche en Miami"Martinez
3:53
7."Ser Bichote"Martinez
  • EZ Made da Beat
  • Henry de la Prida
  • La Paciencia
3:13
8."Si Estuviésemos Juntos"
  • Tainy
  • La Paciencia
2:49
9."Solo de Mí"Martinez
  • Tainy
  • La Paciencia
3:18
10."Cuando Perriabas"Martinez
  • Tainy
  • La Paciencia
3:09
11."La Romana" (featuring El Alfa)
  • Bad Bunny
  • Tainy
  • La Paciencia
  • Chael Betances
5:01
12."Como Antes"Martinez
  • Bad Bunny
  • Tainy
  • La Paciencia
3:51
13."RLNDT"
  • Martinez
  • Jesus Cortez
  • Tainy
  • La Paciencia
4:45
14."Estamos Bien"
  • Martinez
  • Ismael Flores
  • Bad Bunny
  • Tainy
  • La Paciencia
3:28
15."Mía" (featuring Drake)
  • Aubrey Graham
  • Ocasio
  • Joseph Velez
  • Noah Assad
  • Elvin Peña
  • Xavier Vargas
  • Francis Diaz
  • Edgar Vargas
  • Henry Pulman
  • Luian Nieves
  • Mambo Kingz
  • DJ Luian
3:30
Total length:53:57

Notes

  • "Ni Bien Ni Mal" and "Mía" are stylized in all caps
  • "Caro" features uncredited background vocals by Ricky Martin[18]
  • "¿Quién Tú Eres?" contains portions and excerpts from Narcos instrumental, written by Ric & Thadeus[19]

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[17]

  • Noah "40" Shebib – mixing (track 15)
  • Noel "Gadget" Campbell – mixing (track 15)
  • Greg Moffett – mixing assistance (track 15)
  • Chris Athens – mastering (track 15)
  • David "D.C." Castro – engineering (track 15)
  • Lindsay Warner – engineering (track 15)
  • Les "Bates" Bateman – engineering (track 15)

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[29] Diamond (Latin) 600,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In Spanish, x (indicating multiplication) is pronounced 'por' and 100 is pronounced 'cien', sounding like "por siempre".[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Cobo, Leila (December 24, 2018). "Bad Bunny to Drop Debut 'X100PRE' Album on Christmas Eve: Exclusive Interview". Billboard. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Frankenberg, Eric (September 14, 2018). "Bad Bunny's La Nueva Religion Tours Have Earned $16 Million (And Counting)". Billboard. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Wicker, Jewel (December 23, 2018). "Bad Bunny will drop his album at midnight". The Fader. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.diaadia.com.pa/fama/problemas-entre-bad-bunny-y-dj-luian-bunny-confiesa-todo-lo-que-paso-348846
  5. ^ Ch, David (June 29, 2018). "Bad Bunny Sets Out On Vacation In 'Estamos Bien'". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Hussein, Wandera (October 11, 2018). "Bad Bunny and Drake team up for 'Mia'". The Fader. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  7. ^ Renshaw, David (December 14, 2018). "Listen to Bad Bunny's new song 'Solo de Mí'". The Fader. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Bad Bunny Opens Up About His Personality, Gender Equality & More in 'Caro' Video". Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Bad Bunny Unveils Video For Wistful 'Si Estuviésemos Juntos': Watch". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Watch Bad Bunny, El Alfa Play With Fire in New 'La Romana' Video".
  11. ^ a b "X 100PRE by Bad Bunny Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  12. ^ a b c Petridis, Alexis (January 3, 2019). "Bad Bunny: X 100PRE review – off-kilter debut from Puerto Rican powerhouse". The Guardian. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  13. ^ Spielberger, Daniel (December 27, 2018). "Review: Bad Bunny's Latin Trap 'X 100PRE' Is Exciting & Fresh". HipHopDX. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  14. ^ Ruiz, Matthew Ismael (January 3, 2019). "Bad Bunny: X 100PRE". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  15. ^ Leight, Elias (December 24, 2018). "Review: Bad Bunny Mastered the Hit Single. With 'X100PRE,' He Arrives as an Album Artist". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  16. ^ "X 100PRE". Spotify. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "MIA (feat. Drake) / Bad Bunny – TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  18. ^ NotiCel (December 24, 2018). "Bad Bunny sorprende con colaboración junto a Ricky Martin". Perú.21 (in Spanish). Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  19. ^ "Ric & Thadeus on Instagram: "Another credit and a nice way to finish the year."". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  20. ^ "Bad Bunny Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Bad Bunny – X 100PRE" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  22. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Bad Bunny – X 100PRE". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  23. ^ "Top 100 Streaming Álbumes: Semana 52 (2018)". El portal de Música (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Bad Bunny – X 100PRE". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  25. ^ "Bad Bunny Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  26. ^ "Top 200 Albums". Rolling Stone. June 27, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  27. ^ "Bad Bunny Chart History (Top Latin Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  28. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2019". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  29. ^ "American album certifications – Bad Bunny – x 100pre". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 9, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click Type, then select Latin, then click SEARCH.