Ricky Martin
Singer, actor
Ricky Martin
Enrique Martín "Ricky" Morales, better known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican and Spanish pop singer and actor who achieved prominence, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991. Throughout his career, he has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. He is the founder of the Ricky Martin Foundation (in Spanish Fundación Ricky Martin), a non-profit charity organization aimed at ending human trafficking.
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Ricky Martin's personal information overview.
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Ricky Martin Opens Up About The Surprising Way He Met His Fiancé
Huffington Post - 3 days
Ricky Martin broke hearts around the world last November when he revealed that he and boyfriend Jwan Yosef were planning to tie the knot.  In a Radio Andy interview set to air Feb. 20, Martin opened up to host Andy Cohen about the engagement, revealing the surprising way he and Yosef were introduced.  “I met my fiancé on Instagram,” Martin, 45, said in a teaser video of the interview, which can be viewed above. Rest assured, though, it wasn’t a glammed-up headshot or a shirtless selfie that caught his eye. “I’m an art collector, and he’s an artist,” he said. “I’m scrolling and I see this beautiful piece of art and I’m like, ‘Whoa, how cool! Who’s this?’ Then I start checking and all of a sudden I’m like, ‘Ooh, ooh.’ ” And then I wrote to him.” Instagram turned out to be a surprisingly effective way for the men to communicate before they’d even met in, well, 3-D. “Then we were talking for like six months without me hearing his voice. We talked about art – noth ...
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Latin Superstar From The '90s Shares His Powerful Immigrant Story
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Selena Gomez Fans Think New Music Is Coming After This Instagram Post
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Selena Gomez’s first 2017 Instagram post has left fans wondering if she’ll be releasing new music soon. New year, new music, right?   Vente pa' ca A photo posted by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Jan 7, 2017 at 12:40pm PST The caption translated from Spanish means “come over here,” but savvy music connoisseurs may also recognize this as the title to Ricky Martin’s latest hit song “Vente Pa’ Ca,” which has also been released in English.  The Spanish caption could also hint at the fact that Selena Gomez is collaborating with Latin megastar Paulina Rubio on her upcoming album’s “danceable” hits. One thing’s for sure: The Selenators Twitterverse is absolutely LIVING for the possibility of new Selena Gomez jams. And we don’t blame them.  NEW MUSIC COMING AHH #Selenators #BestFanArmy #iHeartAwards #SG2 @SelenaGomez pic.twitter.com/dBQgNzTAlW — SMG_kindness (@SMG_Kindness) January 7, 2017 The only thing I know is that I need ...
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Idina Menzel Says 'Karma' Is Behind Donald Trump's Rumored Inauguration Day Problems
Huffington Post - 2 months
While President Barack Obama’s inaugural celebrations featured performances by megastars Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé, President-elect Donald Trump was reportedly having a more difficult time finding a singer. When Vanity Fair asked “Let It Go” singer Idina Menzel about those rumors on Wednesday night, she shared a theory.  “I think it’s karma, baby,” she told the outlet. “I mean, look: All the artists in the world got up and tried to get our girl [Hillary Clinton] elected, and it still didn’t happen, so we’re all still trying to recover from that.” Against tradition, zero local Washington, D.C., marching bands are planning to participate in the festivities on Jan. 20. This week, 16-year-old Jackie Evancho announced she will sing at the event on the “Today” show; classical singer Andrea Bocelli is slated to perform a duet with her. The 2017 inauguration may have more in common with former President George W. Bush’s second ceremony in 2005. The day’s events featured several ...
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Singer Ricky Martin to wed Syrian-born artist Jwan Yosef
Yahoo News - 3 months
Los Angeles (AFP) - Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin announced this week that he plans to wed his partner of one year, Syrian-born artist Jwan Yosef, whom he met after getting interested in his art.
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Newly engaged Ricky Martin off to Vegas for concert residency
Reuters.com - 3 months
(Reuters) - Latin superstar Ricky Martin is settling down with plans for marriage and a Las Vegas residency.
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Rob Kardashian Reveals That Sister Kim Kardashian Was His Childhood Crush
Huffington Post - 5 months
We know the Kardashians are all about family, but maybe this is a step too far. Rob Kardashian just revealed some information about a crush he had as a kid ― a crush on Kim Kardashian, his older sister. In a clip from E!, giggly lovebirds Rob and fiancée Blac Chyna chat about the people they liked when they were young. The couple is all smiles, especially as Rob reveals Chyna’s love of Ricky Martin and prompts her to (poorly) sing Martin’s classic, “Livin’ la Vida Loca.” Chyna doesn’t let Rob slide, though, blurting out that he loved Jennifer Lopez (because, come on, it’s J-Lo) and his sister Kim! Instead of denying the claim, Rob responds by saying, “That is also pretty accurate,” trailing off. Um. WHAT?! Chyna, pleased with herself, states, “These are facts.” It’s one thing to have an off-putting crush and keep it to yourself, but it’s another to tell your fiancée about it. Watch the short clip here:  Strangely, this isn ...
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Rihanna Visited Her Boobs, And, For Just A Moment, The World Was OK
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Rihanna posed alongside a monstrous sculpture of her headless self with giant boobs while visiting Berlin, and uploaded the evidence yesterday to Instagram. Went to visit my boobs the biggest they'll ever be by #JuanSebastiánPeláez at the @BerlinBiennale Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art! Too wild. #Berlin A photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Aug 17, 2016 at 10:08pm PDT The work, titled “Ewaipanoma (Rihanna),” by Colombian artist Juan Sebastián Peláez, features RiRi’s giant image photoshopped as an Acéfalo ― a headless monster with a face in its chest, an image used by early European explorers to depict Caribbean natives. Peláez remixed celebrities from the Caribbean region including J.Lo, Ricky Martin, Sofia Vergara and her holiness Rihanna in his takedown of cultural exploitation and image-hungry celebrity culture.  “It’s all the same today as it was 500 years ago,” Peláez explained to 032c. “Propaganda, advertisement, the crea ...
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Musicians use song, statements to respond to mass shooting
Yahoo News - 8 months
Elton John, Ricky Martin and Melissa Etheridge are among the gay artists using their voices to respond to the mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.
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Ricky Martin visits Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Yahoo News - 9 months
MINNIEH, Lebanon (AP) — Ricky Martin, the world-renowned singer and UNICEF goodwill ambassador, said that the word "refugee" had lost its value but that the international community should "open its heart."
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Eva Longoria And Jose Bastón Tie The Knot At Star-Studded Wedding Ceremony
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ricky Martin
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 44
    As of April 2016, he is dating Syrian Swedish painter Jwan Yosef.
    More Details Hide Details Martin is the founder of Fundación Ricky Martin (Ricky Martin Foundation), a non-profit organization. Among the events promoted by the foundation was a summer camp, which included Martin's personal participation. Martin has been honored with many accolades for his humanitarian efforts including: Leadership in the Arts Award, Billboards Spirit of Hope Award, ALMA Award, Vanguard Award, International Humanitarian Award by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, Hispanic Heritage Award for his humanitarian work through the Sabera Foundation in rescuing three orphan girls from the streets of Kolkata (September 2002). Martin has also collaborated with the International Organization for Migration on the Llama y Vive (Call and Live), a campaign which is aimed to facilitate prevention of human trafficking, protection of the youngest victims of child trafficking, and prosecution of the traffickers. For his work against human trafficking, the United States Department of State named Martin one of its Heroes in Ending Modern-Day Slavery in 2005.
  • 2015
    Age 43
    It was announced on December 24, 2015, Martin's 44th birthday, that he would not return to The Voice Australia in 2016 and will be replaced by Ronan Keating.
    More Details Hide Details Martin possesses a tenor vocal range. Martin cites a variety of the Latin music genres as influences, including salsa, merengue, and bolero. He also is inspired by artists such as the Fania All-Stars, Celia Cruz, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, and Gilberto Santa Rosa, some of which his mother played for him as a child. Martin credits these musicians with helping him "appreciate the richness of his island's culture." In addition, Martin ever thanked his all-time idols, including Michael Jackson, Cher, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Sting, Barbra Streisand, Daniel Day-Lewis.
  • 2014
    Age 42
    In November 2014, was the closing act of the opening ceremony for the 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games "Veracruz 2014".
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    His relationship with González Abella ended in January 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Martin has also expressed support for same-sex marriage in an interview on Larry King Live, and commented on his experience of being closeted and coming out. "Everything about saying that I am gay feels right ", Martin stated, adding "if I'd known how good it was going to feel, I would have done it ten years ago." Ricky Martin delivered a speech at the UN homophobia conference on November 12, 2012.
  • 2013
    Age 41
    In January 2013, he relocated to Sydney, Australia to accommodate his position on The Voice Australia.
    More Details Hide Details Martin was in an on-off relationship with Mexican TV host Rebecca de Alba for more than 14 years. The pair had spoken of starting a family together, and Martin had at one point considered proposing to her. In August 2008, Martin became the father of twin boys, Matteo and Valentino, born by a surrogate mother. After the success of "Livin' la Vida Loca", Martin's personal life became a subject of interest due to his large gay following, and he was questioned about his sexual orientation. In a December 2000 interview with The Mirror, Martin was asked to comment on the rumors surrounding his sexuality. He replied that "I don't think I should have to tell anyone if I am gay or not, or who I've slept with or not." On March 29, 2010, Martin publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in a post on his official website stating, "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am." Martin said that "these years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within, and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed." In 2010, prior to Martin coming out, Barbara Walters expressed some regret for pushing Martin in a 2000 interview to admit if he was gay. The Toronto Star quoted her as saying, "When I think back on it now, I feel it was an inappropriate question."
    Ricky Martin’s first children’s book, Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars, was published in November 2013.
    More Details Hide Details A Spanish-language edition entitled, Santiago El Soñador en Entre Las Estrellas was published simultaneously. The book was illustrated by Patricia Castelao. Martin was raised Catholic, but says he is open to all sorts of religious beliefs, especially the Buddhist philosophy. He feels that subscribing to a specific religion can "limit" an individual in certain aspects, and noted in 2006, "I really like the Buddhist philosophy but that doesn’t mean that I am of the religion. If I subscribe to Buddhism, I can’t be of anything else I am not going to follow those rules." Martin began practicing yoga after a trip to Thailand in 1997. He enjoys surfing, skydiving, and also vacationing in South Asian countries like India and Nepal, partly on account of his interest in Yoga and Buddhism. When asked on one occasion about his frequent travel to India and specifically, what brings him back so often, Ricky replied:
    In November 2013 Martin launched Piccolo Universe, an online community for parents and caregivers from all corners of the world to celebrate and share the joys and struggles of raising kids.
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    Since Martin's debut as a coach on The Voice Australia in 2013, he has continued on in Season 3 in 2014 alongside will.i.am, Kylie Minogue and Joel Madden.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to the panel alongside Delta Goodrem, Benji Madden teamed with his brother Joel Madden, and new comer Jessie J in 2015. Martin released his album A Quien Quiera Escuchar in February 2015.
    He also embarked on the 2013 Australian Tour in October 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2014, he appeared with Jennifer Lopez & Wisin on the single and video "Adrenalina" taken from Wisin's album El Regreso del Sobreviviente. The album version contains Spanish lyrics but the single was also made available in a Spanglish version. In April 2014, the single & video were released for "Vida", from the FIFA compilation album One Love, One Rhythm – The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album. Here, the album version contains Spanglish lyrics, but the digital EP contained versions in Spanish & Portuguese as well as various dance remixes. In July 2014, was announced as a coach on The Voice Mexico along with Italian singer Laura Pausini, Mexican pop singer Yuri and norteño singer Julión Álvarez The first episode of season four was aired on September 9, 2014. On October 3, 2014, Martin started his Mexican One World Tour on Mexico City, followed by Guadalajara, Monterrey and Ensenada.
    In June 2013, he released a new English single titled "Come with Me".
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    In April 2013, Martin released his Greatest Hits: Souvenir Edition album in Australia, where it reached number two on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified Gold.
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  • 2012
    Age 40
    Martin endorsed President Barack Obama for his reelection campaign by hosting a fundraiser with the President in New York on May 21, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He endorsed the President for declaring his support for same-sex marriage.
    Ricky Martin was playing Ché in the Broadway revival of the show Evita, scheduled to begin previews on Broadway in March 2012, ahead of an opening in April 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He received mixed reviews.
    In November 2012, Martin was announced as a coach on The Voice Australia and debuted in the first episode of season two, on April 7, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The finale aired on June 17. His finalist was former Ten Tenors singer Luke Kennedy. He became Runner-up losing to eventual winner Harrison Craig.
    Martin premiered his "Ricky's Lip Conditioner" lip balm in April 2012 as part of the M.A.C Cosmetics "Ricky and Nicki for Viva Glam" campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The advertisements for the range paired him with rapper Nicki Minaj. Martin's signature is featured on the lip balm packaging.
    Martin guest-starred as a Spanish teacher on the Fox TV show Glee episode "The Spanish Teacher" on February 7, 2012.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    On March 25, 2011, Martin started his Música + Alma + Sexo World Tour, which ended on November 12, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The second single from the album, "Más" was released on April 5, 2011 and peaked at number seven on the Hot Dance Club Songs. "Frío" featuring Wisin & Yandel was chosen as the third single. 17: Greatest Hits was released on July 11, 2011 exclusively in the United Kingdom.
  • 2010
    Age 38
    Martin's single, "The Best Thing About Me Is You" featuring Joss Stone also premiered on November 2, 2010 and peaked at number seventy-four on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details The Spanish version, "Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú" topped the Hot Latin Songs for two weeks. It was followed by a new studio album, Música + Alma + Sexo released on January 31, 2011. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and became the highest charting, primarily-Spanish language album in the United States, since Dreaming of You by Selena. Música + Alma + Sexo also represents the highest ever chart debut on the Billboard 200 for a Sony Music Latin release. It spent two weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums.
    Ricky Martin's autobiography, Me, was published on November 2, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The book became part of the The New York Times Best Seller list, debuting at number five on the Hardcover Nonfiction list. A Spanish-language edition entitled Yo was published simultaneously.
  • 2008
    Age 36
    At the Latin Grammy Awards of 2008, MTV Unplugged received Latin Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Album and for Best Long Form Music Video.
    More Details Hide Details The first single, "Tu Recuerdo" which featured La Mari of Chambao, reached number one for three weeks on the Hot Latin Songs. The next single, "Pégate" peaked at number six on the Hot Dance Club Songs.
  • 2007
    Age 35
    After finishing his worldwide tour, Martin took a break from the music industry and focused on his private life. In November 2007, Sony BMG Norte released Ricky Martin Live: Black and White Tour on CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
    More Details Hide Details One year later, a Spanish-language greatest hits album was released, entitled 17. It was a summary of seventeen years of Martin's musical career, which included mostly Spanish-language songs.
    On February 19, 2007, Martin began his worldwide Black and White Tour which started with a performance at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in Puerto Rico and concluded with a presentation at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 14, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He also recorded a duet with Eros Ramazzotti, "Non siamo soli" which topped the Italian chart for eleven consecutive weeks.
  • 2006
    Age 34
    On August 17, 2006, Ricky Martin taped his MTV Unplugged concert in Miami.
    More Details Hide Details It premiered on MTV Latin America, MTV Tr3s and MTV Puerto Rico in October 2006 and was released on CD and DVD in November 2006. The album was a critical and commercial success. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums and number thirty-eight on the Billboard 200.
    After finishing the first leg which included Latin America and the United States Martin performed at the 2006 Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Turin.
    More Details Hide Details A few days later he announced the second leg of his world tour which included Europe and Africa. The second leg started on April 21, 2006 in Manchester, UK and ended on June 3, 2006 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • 2005
    Age 33
    Soon after Martin announced his One Night Only with Ricky Martin tour which started in Mexico City on November 15, 2005.
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    In October 2005 Martin released his first English-language album since 2000's Sound Loaded and the tenth album of his career.
    More Details Hide Details Most of the songs on the album called Life were co-written by Martin. He commented on the album: "I was really in touch with my emotions. I think this album is very multi-layered, just like life is. It's about feeling anger. It's about feeling joy. It's about feeling uncertainty. It's about feeling. And all my emotions are part of this production." The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200. The first single from the album "I Don't Care" featured guest appearances by Fat Joe and Amerie. It peaked at number three on the Hot Dance Club Songs and number sixty-five on the Billboard Hot 100. Another song from the album "It's Alright" was re-recorded as a duet with French singer M. Pokora. It was successful in French-speaking countries reaching number four in France.
  • 2003
    Age 31
    In May 2003 Martin released a new Spanish album Almas del Silencio.
    More Details Hide Details The first single "Tal Vez" debuted at number one on the Hot Latin Songs and stayed there for eleven weeks becoming the best performing Latin single of the year. Martin said of the new album: "I really needed to go back to focus, to my center, to the beginning. I had the need to search within, and really dig deep, and find those emotions that, because of the adrenaline and the euphoria that I lived for a couple of years, were probably sabotaged." Almas del Silencio debuted at number twelve on the Billboard 200 and reached number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums where it stayed for six weeks. The album sold more than one million copies worldwide. The next singles, "Jaleo" and "Y Todo Queda en Nada," reached number one on the Hot Latin Songs. "Jaleo" also topped the chart in Spain for four weeks.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 29
    Martin was a headliner in the 2001 inauguration celebration for President George W. Bush; he even invited the newly elected president to join him on stage to dance.
    More Details Hide Details This image was captured by photographers and broadcast in various media throughout the world. Martin referred to it in a later song, "Asignatura Pendiente". Martin has since changed his position on the former President. In a concert in Puerto Rico during the song Asignatura Pendiente Martin thrust his middle finger disapprovingly in the air while singing the line "photo with Bush". The gesture met with audience approval but caused a minor controversy with the media. Martin said in an e-mail statement sent to the Associated Press via a spokesman: "My convictions of peace and life go beyond any government and political agenda and as long as I have a voice onstage and offstage, I will always condemn war and those who promulgate it". During his appearance at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 29, 2010, Martin expressed his disagreement with the Arizona SB 1070 act, a law that requires police officers to request documents from individuals who they suspect to be illegal immigrants. He criticized the law for "discriminating against us for the simple fact of looking Latino" and further addressed the Latino community by saying, "Long live love, long live peace You are not alone. We are with you. Put a stop to discrimination. Put a stop to hate. Put a stop to racism."
    In November 2001, an English-language greatest hits album, The Best of Ricky Martin was released outside North America.
    More Details Hide Details It contained two new remixes of "Amor".
    In February 2001, Martin released a Spanish greatest hits album entitled La Historia, which went to number one for five weeks on the Billboard Top Latin Albums and debuted at number eighty-three on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details It also topped the chart in Sweden for three weeks. The album contained reworkings of two of his early songs "Fuego Contra Fuego" and "El Amor de Mi Vida".
  • 1999
    Age 27
    In October 1999, Martin embarked on a very successful year-long Livin' la Vida Loca Tour.
    More Details Hide Details After this success, a new English-language album, Sound Loaded, was released in November 2000. It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and was certified 2× platinum by the RIAA. "She Bangs" and "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" (duet with Christina Aguilera) peaked at number twelve and thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. Both singles reached number one on the Hot Latin Songs. Sound Loaded has sold over 8 million copies worldwide.
    Ricky Martin became one of the top-selling albums of 1999, and was certified 7× platinum in the United States, selling over 22 million copies worldwide.
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    After receiving commercial success throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America, Martin prepared his first English album in 1999 in an attempt to cross over to the United States market.
    More Details Hide Details The self-titled album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 661,000 copies in its first week of release, became the most successful album debut on the Billboard charts by a Hispanic artist. It contained material by writers and producers such as Desmond Child, Diane Warren, William Orbit, George Noriega and his longtime childhood friend Draco Rosa. The album also featured special guests: Madonna on the Spanish-English duet "Be Careful (Cuidado con mi Corazón)" and Meja on "Private Emotion". Two weeks after the album's release, Martin was featured on the cover of Time with the title "Latin Music Goes Pop!". Before the album's release, Janet Jackson collaborated with Ricky Martin for the Latin American version of "Ask for More", a promotional single and commercial released as part of an advertising campaign for soft drink company Pepsi.
    In late 1999, after releasing several albums in Spanish, Martin performed "The Cup of Life" at the 41st Grammy Awards show, which became a catalyst in bringing Latin pop to the forefront of the U.S. music scene.
    More Details Hide Details Following its success, Martin released "Livin' la Vida Loca" which helped him obtain enormous success worldwide and is generally seen as the song that began the Latin pop explosion of 1999 and made the transition easier for other Spanish-speaking artists to move into the English-speaking market. Since its release, the song has sold over 8 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time. His first English-language album (also titled Ricky Martin), has sold 22 million copies and is one of the best selling albums of all time. His other studio albums include: Me Amarás (1993), A Medio Vivir (1995), Vuelve (1998), Sound Loaded (2000), Almas del Silencio (2003), Life (2005), Música + Alma + Sexo (2011) and A Quien Quiera Escuchar (2015).
  • 1998
    Age 26
    He performed the song at the World Cup final in the Stade de France on July 12, 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The performance, which was broadcast to over a billion viewers in 187 countries, was described as a "global moment for Latin pop". "La copa de la vida" reached No. 1 on the charts around the world and went gold and platinum in various countries. It was awarded Pop Song of the Year at the 1999 Lo Nuestro Awards. The title track and the ballad "Perdido Sin Tí" both hit number one on the Hot Latin Songs. Further singles included: "La Bomba", "Por Arriba, Por Abajo" and "Corazonado". Vuelve spent twenty-six weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums. It became Martin's first top forty album on the Billboard 200 in the United States, where it was certified platinum by the RIAA. The album also went to number one in Spain and Norway, and sold over eight million copies worldwide.
    As he was finishing the record, the singer was contacted by FIFA to write a song for the 1998 World Cup; Martin subsequently wrote "La copa de la vida" with K. C. Porter and Draco Rosa.
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  • 1997
    Age 25
    In the summer of 1997, Martin embarked on a tour of Spain, performing 45 shows in 36 cities.
    More Details Hide Details While on tour, Martin returned to the studio to record his fourth album, Vuelve (1998). He called the experience of touring and recording at the same time "brutal and incredibly intense".
    In 1997, Martin was invited to the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival in Sanremo, Italy.
    More Details Hide Details After landing in Milan, Martin's scheduled helicopter trip to Sanremo had to be postponed due to poor weather conditions. Hoping to arrive at the festival on time, Martin and his crew drove through the mountainous terrain at over 120 miles per hour. The car then turned too quickly and flipped over. However, "none of us had more than a couple of scratches and bruises" and he arrived at the festival on time by taxi later that day.
  • 1996
    Age 24
    In a 1996 interview with The Miami Herald, Martin expressed an interest in performing on Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details Days after the interview was released Martin received a phone call from producer Richard Jay-Alexander, offering him the role of Marius Pontmercy in the play Les Misérables. After the conclusion of a worldwide tour in support of A Medio Vivir, Martin returned to New York to appear in the play in an eleven-week run. He greatly enjoyed the experience, calling his time in the play an "honor" and "the role of his life". Martin continued to tour after the conclusion of the show's run, and noted that his audiences were growing in both size and enthusiasm.
  • 1995
    Age 23
    In 1995, Martin refocused on his music career, and began work on his third album, A Medio Vivir.
    More Details Hide Details The first single, the ballad "Te Extraño, Te Olvido, Te Amo", written by the producer of Lynda Thomas, Carlos Lara, was reminiscent of his earlier work. With the song, Martin furthered his expansion from Latin American and Spanish-speaking audiences to the European and Asian markets. However, the record also made a shift from his traditional ballad-style compositions to a more risky fusion of music centered around traditional Latin sounds, epitomized by the song "Maria". Taken aback by the starkly different musical style, record label executives felt that the song would ruin Martin's career. Despite this, "Maria" was chosen as the album's second single, and became a breakthrough hit, reaching number one in France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Turkey, and the entire continent of South America. With A Medio Vivir, Martin was credited, along with singers Chayanne and Marc Anthony, for popularizing the music of Puerto Rico in Spain. The album has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
  • 1994
    Age 22
    In 1994, Martin's agent encouraged him to move to Los Angeles to act in an American sitcom called Getting By.
    More Details Hide Details The show was canceled after two seasons, but soon after, Martin was given the role of singer/bartender Miguel Morez on the soap opera General Hospital. Martin felt that he lacked chemistry with the rest of the General Hospital cast, and observed that people treated him differently because of his Puerto Rican accent. At the time, it was relatively uncommon for Hispanic people to appear on American television, and people suggested that he take accent reduction classes, which he refused. It was during this time, however, that Martin began his first committed relationship with a man. He "stopped fearing his sexuality", and soon came out to his mother, who was supportive of him. However, after the relationship ended, Martin "locked his feelings even deeper inside", and began dating women again. He recalled, "I already felt it was hard to be a Latino in Hollywood; what could have been more difficult than being Latino and gay?"
  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 19
    After working "around the clock" to finish filming Alcanzar una estrella II and recording music, Martin released his debut solo album, the Spanish-language Ricky Martin, in November 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Ricky Martin included the singles: "Fuego Contra Fuego" and "El Amor de Mi Vida". "Fuego Contra Fuego" was certified Gold in Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and the United States. To promote the album, Martin toured throughout Latin America, which the singer referred to as "an indescribable feeling, almost like coming home." After the success of Ricky Martin and its subsequent tour, Martin's record company met him with acclaimed producer Juan Carlos Calderón on his second solo album, Me Amarás. Although Martin felt "very grateful" for the opportunity to work with Calderón, he noted, "I always felt that that record was more his than mine." Released in May 1993, Me Amarás features a Spanish-language cover of the Laura Branigan song "Self Control", titled "Que Dia Es Hoy". In his review, Alex Henderson of AllMusic wrote, "The CD isn't without its pleasures but on the whole, Me Amarás is too glossy, too calculated, and much too contrived for its own good."
  • 1990
    Age 18
    In 1990, Martin was signed to Sony Discos, the Sony Music Entertainment's Latin imprint.
    More Details Hide Details Eager to make his first solo album, Martin signed the contract without reading it and inadvertently signed a deal in which he would only be awarded one cent of royalties for each album sold. Despite viewing the contract as unfair, Martin referred to the record as "the start of something phenomenal" for him.
  • 1989
    Age 17
    After recording eleven albums with the group, Martin left Menudo in July 1989 at age seventeen, hoping to rest and evaluate his career path.
    More Details Hide Details He performed his final show with the group at the same venue as his first performance as a member. Martin returned to Puerto Rico to graduate from high school, and thirteen days after turning eighteen, he moved to New York City to celebrate his financial independence; since he was a minor during his time as a member of Menudo, Martin was not allowed to access his own bank accounts. He was accepted into New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, but months before classes began, Martin dropped out and moved to Mexico City to perform in the play Mama Ama el Rock (Mom Loves Rock). While he was performing in onstage in Mama Ama el Rock, a producer in the audience took notice of Martin's acting and offered him a role in the Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una estrella after the show. He also joined the cast for the second season of the show, titled Alcanzar una estrella II. A film based on the TV series entitled Más que alcanzar una estrella was also produced in which Martin starred and earned an El Heraldo Award in 1993 for his role. The show centered around a fictional musical group called Muñecos de Papel in which Martin played Pablo Loredo, one of the six members; the group toured several cities in Mexico and recorded two albums. Although he had hoped to take a break from touring after Menudo, Martin enjoyed the experience because he got along with the other members well.
  • 1984
    Age 12
    By the third audition, his persistence impressed executives and in 1984, twelve-year-old Martin became a member.
    More Details Hide Details A month after joining Menudo, he made his debut performance with the group at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center in San Juan. During this performance, he inadvertently disobeyed the choreography by walking around the stage when it was planned that he would stay still, and was chastised by the band manager after the show: "The mistake was such a big deal that from that moment on, never again did I move when I wasn't supposed to move That was the discipline of Menudo: You either did things the way you were told or you were not part of the group." The song "Asignatura Pendiente" from Almas del Silencio (2003) was inspired by the first time Martin left Puerto Rico to tour with Menudo. Although Martin enjoyed traveling and performing onstage with Menudo, he found the band's busy schedule and strict managing to be exhausting and later reflected that the experience "cost" him his childhood. He considered leaving the group while on tour in Brazil, but ultimately decided to stay out of fear of media backlash and being sued for breach of contract. Martin also began struggling with his sexuality, noting the stark contrast between his status as a sex symbol and his own emotions. Despite this, Martin acknowledged his "opportunity to have so many amazing experiences with so many amazing people" during his time with the group. He developed an interest in philanthropy when the group became UNICEF ambassadors, often working with impoverished children in third world countries.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Martin was born on December 24, 1971, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the son of Nereida Morales, an accountant, and Enrique Martín Negroni, a psychologist.
    More Details Hide Details His parents divorced when he was two years old and Martin spent much of his childhood shifting between his father's home in the suburbs of University Gardens, a suburban middle-class neighborhood of San Juan, and his paternal grandmother's house nearby. Martin has two maternal half-brothers, Fernando and Ángel Fernández, and two paternal half-brothers, Eric and Daniel Martín, and a paternal half-sister Vanessa Martín. Martin in an interview with Vanity Fair described his origins as Spanish, with Basque ancestry from his great-grandparents, plus some Corsican through his paternal grandmother. Martin grew up in a Roman Catholic home and was an altar boy throughout his childhood. He began singing at age six, using wooden kitchen spoons as pretend microphones; he often interpreted songs by Menudo as well as English-language rock groups such as Led Zeppelin, Journey, and REO Speedwagon. His mother's side of the family was musically inclined and his maternal grandfather was a poet, which inspired young Martin to write songs. Martin later reflected on his time spent with his family as a child: "Every time I find myself in front of an audience, be it twenty people or one hundred thousand, once again I feel the energy that consumed me back at the family gatherings of my youth." After discovering a newspaper advertisement about auditions for commercials with his father, nine-year-old Martin began appearing in Puerto Rican television commercials for products such as soft drinks, toothpaste, and fast-food restaurants.
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