Latin pop singer Gusttavo Lima grew up in the Brazilian town of Goiânia. In 1998, when Gusttavo was just 9, he joined a choir as a soloist and later taught himself guitar. After leaving home to pursue a career in showbiz, Lima performed in clubs for a number of years, before eventually signing with the Som Livre label. His debut album with them, Inventor dos Amores, spawned two minor hits, the title track which reached #24 on the Billboard Brasil chart and "Cor de Ouro" which peaked at #21.
This song became his first international success, helped by Brazilian football player Neymar's promotion of the tune. It became a huge chart hit in most of Europe, spending a record 13 weeks at #1 in the Netherlands as well as reaching the summit in France, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland and Switzerland.
'Balada' translates in English to "Party."
Lima penned the song with Cássio Sampaio. Its full title is, "Balada Boa (Tchê Tcherere Tchê Tchê)" based on the famous refrain.
Movie director Michel Gondry played live drums on the Late Registration track, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone." The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind filmmaker happened to be in the studio on a day when producer Jon Brion was setting up a drum kit