Ricky Martin.
By Drago Bonacich.        (Español)
Ricky Martin's major achievement has been
open the doors for the Latin pop genre in the
U.S., an opportunity many artists were waiting
for in order to prove it was not just about one or
two different styles. In fact, there was an entire
underground movement trying to get a
well-deserved place in the pop music scene.
After all it doesn't matter what language you
speak, what it really matters is how good you are
as a performer. Enrique Martin Morales was born
in Puerto Rico on December 24, 1971. He started
getting involved in show business at a young
age, playing roles in tv commercials and later
attending singing and acting classes. In 1984 he
joined the teen-pop sensation act Menudo, group
he left in 1989, moving to New York soon after. In
Mexico he had the chance to play a main role in
a popular soap opera. Ricky Martin's first solo
record is released in 1991 followed by "Me
Amaras" in 1993. In January, 1994 he joined the
cast of "General Hospital". A year later the salsa
and flamenco-inflected "A Medio Vivir" is
released, featuring the hit single "
Maria" (video).
By early 1998 "Vuelve" sells seven million
copies worldwide. His catchy performance at the
1999 Grammy Awards, singing "
La Copa De La
Vida" (video) became a major event in his
career, followed by the success of "
Livin' La
Vida Loca". In 2000 "She Bangs" anticipated his
album "Sound Loaded". In 2003 "Almas Del
Silencio" is released, featuring the hit single "Tal
Vez". In August, 2005 "I Don't Care", sung in both
English and Spanish, becomes the first single
out of "Life". In November, 2006 he receives the
Person of the Year award at the
Latin Grammy
2006 in New York. "Ricky Martin MTV
Unplugged" is released that same month,
featuring "
Tu Recuerdo" (video) and "Pégate"
(
video). In December of 2010 Ricky Martin
returns with "
The Best Thing About Me Is You"
(
video) recorded along with Joss Stone, followed
by "
Mas" (video) and "Frio" (video), featuring
Wisin & Yandel.  In June 2013 the Latin pop
singer releases the song "
Come With Me"
(
video) and in 2014 he returns with "Vida" (video)
followed by "
Adiós" (video), "Disparo Al
Corazón" (video), "La Mordidita" (video) and
"
Perdóname" (video). In 2016 Ricky Martin and
Maluma released "Vente Pa´ Ca" (video),
followed by the
English version recorded along
with Wendy of Red Velvet. In February of 2018
the Latin pop artist is joined by
Wisin & Yandel
on "
Fiebre" (video).