1. Enrique Martn Morales (born December 24, 1971), commonly known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author.
2. Martin began his career at age twelve with the all-boy pop group Menudo.
3. After five years with the group, he released several Spanish-language solo albums throughout the 1990s.
4. He also acted on stage and on TV in Mexico, becoming a modest star in the country.
5. In 1994 he starred on the American TV soap opera General Hospital, playing a Puerto Rican singer.
6. 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. 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.
7. After achieving a small amount of fame in Puerto Rico for his work in television commercials, Martin auditioned for membership in Puerto Rican boy band Menudo.
8. In 1990, Martin was signed to Sony Discos, the Sony Music Entertainment’s Latin imprint.
9. “Fuego Contra Fuego” was certified Gold in Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and the United States.
10. After the success of Ricky Martin and its subsequent tour, Martin’s record company met him with acclaimed producer Juan Carlos Caldern on his second solo album, Me Amars.
11. In 1995, Martin refocused on his music career, and began work on his third album, A Medio Vivir.
12. The first single, the ballad “Te Extra?o, Te Olvido, Te Amo”, written by the producer of Lynda Thomas, Carlos Lara, was reminiscent of his earlier work. 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”.
13. In a 1996 interview with The Miami Herald, Martin expressed an interest in performing on Broadway.
14. 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.
15. While on tour, Martin returned to the studio to record his fourth album, Vuelve (1998).
16. It was awarded Pop Song of the Year at the 1999 Lo Nuestro Awards. The title track and the ballad “Perdido Sin T” both hit number one on the Hot Latin Songs.
17. Further singles included: “La Bomba”, “Por Arriba, Por Abajo” and “Corazonado”.
18. Vuelve spent twenty-six weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums.
19. It became Martin’s first top forty album on the Billboard 200 in the United States, where it was certified platinum by the RIAA.
20. The album also went to number one in Spain and Norway, and sold over eight million copies worldwide.
21. His acclaimed performance of “La copa de la vida” earned Martin an unexpected standing ovation and introduced him to the mainstream American audience.
22. Being aware of performing on the Grammy, he said that:”The excitement is more than being nominated for the award.
23. To get the acceptance of your peers really means a lot.” His appearance sparked nationwide interest in Latin music.