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).