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Ricky Martin

Background information
Birth name Enrique Martin Morales
Also known as Ricky Martin
Born December 24, 1971 (1971-12-24) (age 38)
Origin San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres Pop, pop/rock, Latin pop, dance-pop, world/reggae, contemporary R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actor
Years active 1984–present
Labels Columbia (1999-present)
Sony Music Norte (2003-present)
Sony Discos (1995-2003)
Sony Music Mexico (1991-1995)
Associated acts Daddy Yankee
Menudo (band)
Website Ricky Martin Music.com

José Enrique Martin Morales (born December 24, 1971),[1] better known by his stage name Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican pop singer who rose to fame, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991.

His career has spanned over three decades and has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. He is the founder of Ricky Martín Foundation (in Spanish Fundación Ricky Martin) a non-profit charity organization.

Martin has been nominated one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine and its sister magazine People en Español in 2000 and 2006 respectively.


Early life

Martin was born on December 24, 1971, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to his mother, Nereida Morales, who was an accountant and his father Enrique Martín Negroni who was a psychologist. His parents divorced when he was two; his father remarried. Martin grew up in a Catholic home and was an altar boy until he joined Menudo.[2] His paternal great/4 grandfather Antonio Francisco Negroni Mattei (born Rogliano, Cap Corse, Corsica) emigrated to Puerto Rico in 1822 and died 1861 in Yauco, Puerto Rico.[3][4]


Ricky Martin rose to fame as a member of the Latin American boy band Menudo, after which he became a solo artist in 1990. He is considered a major star in the world of Latin Pop and is considered to have opened the doors for some of his fellow (Latin American singers).

Solo work

After completing high school, Martin left San Juan and moved to New York City. Later, Martin moved to Cancún where he started acting, first in theater productions, and then in a telenovela ("soap opera") titled Alcanzar Una Estrella II (Reach for a Star 2). A film based on the series was produced in which Martin played "Pablo," earning a Heraldo Award in 1993.

While acting in Mexico, Martin was signed to Sony Discos, the company's Latin imprint, in 1990. He released his first solo album, the Spanish-language Ricky Martin, in 1991, which included the single "Fuego Contra Fuego." The hit release earned gold records in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, and the United States, and he performed a string of sold-out concert dates across South America.

In 1993, Martin released his second solo album, Me Amarás, which sold more than a million copies worldwide.

In 1994, he moved to Los Angeles, California. He received a role as bartender and singer (Miguel Morez) in the American soap opera General Hospital.

In 1995, Martin refocused on his music career through his third album, A Medio Vivir. With this album, Martin made a shift from formulaic hit ballads to a more risky fusion of music centered around traditional Latin sounds. With the hit "Maria", which epitomizes this new sound. "Maria" broke Martin into Europe through Spain.[5] With the ballad "Te Extraño, Te Olvido, Te Amo", Martin began his expansion from Latin American and Spanish-speaking audiences to the European and Asian markets.


After the conclusion of a worldwide tour, Martin returned to New York to appear in a Broadway production for the first time. He played the romantic lead, Marius Pontmercy, in Les Miserables.

While on Broadway, Martin returned to the studio and recorded his fourth album, Vuelve, which was certified platinum by the RIAA and went on to sell eight million copies worldwide. He was chosen to sing the anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the famous hit "The Cup of Life"/"La Copa de la Vida", that reached number one on the charts in 60 countries.

Crossover to English

After several years as a major star in Spanish-speaking countries, Martin prepared his first English album in 1999. The self-titled album contained material by producers such as Desmond Child, Diane Warren, William Orbit, George Noriega and his longtime childhood friend (producer/singer) Robi Draco Rosa. The album also featured special guests Madonna (on the Spanish-English duet "Be Careful (Cuidado con mi Corazón)") and Meja (Private Emotion). As Turkey was one of the countries where Martin's popularity was at its peak, he sang the song with Sertab Erener, Turkish winner of the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest, instead of Meja in Turkish versions of the album.

The first and most prominent single was "Livin' la Vida Loca," which reached number one in many countries around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, and South Africa. He followed up with the hit "She's All I Ever Had" which peaked at #2 on The Billboard Hot 100. This album became one of the top-selling albums of 1999, and was certified 7 times platinum, selling over 22 million copies worldwide to date.

After the success of Ricky Martin, a new English-language album, Sound Loaded, was released in November 2000. Though the album did debut in the top ten (number four), it failed to reach number one. Three singles were released from Sound Loaded: the first was "She Bangs," which was followed by a duet with Christina Aguilera called "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely". Unlike the first two singles released from Ricky Martin, neither of the first two singles from this album reached the U.S. Top Ten on Billboard's Hot 100; they reached twelve and thirteen respectively. The third single, "Loaded" reached ninety-seven on Billboard's Hot 100. Sound Loaded eventually sold two million copies in the USA.

In 2001, Martin released a Spanish Greatest Hits album entitled La Historia, which went to number one in the Latin Charts and stayed there for five weeks. The album contained reworkings of two of his early songs Fuego contra fuego and El amor de mi vida. In the same year, he released his English greatest hits album, The Best of Ricky Martin, which went on to sell over one million copies. The album contained no new material save for two remixes of the track Amor. Both remixes were released to radio in some European countries and a single was also released.

In 2003, Martin released a new Spanish album "Almas del Silencio" ("Souls of Silence"). The first single, "Tal Vez", went to number one on the Latin Charts and stayed there for twelve weeks. He 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."[6] Almas del Silencio debuted at number twelve on the Billboard 200, reached number one on the Latin Albums charts and stayed there for six weeks. The next singles, "Jaleo" and "Y Todo Queda en Nada", reached number one on the Latin Charts, and the album sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.[7]

On October 11, 2005, Martin released his first English language album since 2000's Sound Loaded and the tenth album of his career. 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."[8] The album debuted at number six on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The first single from the album was "I Don't Care"/"Qué Más Da", featuring guest appearances by Fat Joe, Amerie and drummer Joseph Quevedo "Joey Q".

Another single was released "Drop It on Me", which did not chart. Soon after, Martin announced his Latin American tour called Una Noche con Ricky Martin/One Night Only, promoting his latest album Life. Starting in Latin America, the tour premiered on November 15 in Mexico City. After finishing the first leg of the tour (which included Latin America and the U.S.), he released his next single, "It's Alright" (Spanish version: "Déjate Llevar"). A different version appeared in France, which included additional vocals by French R&B singer M. Pokora. The song went to number 4 in France.[9]

Martin performed at the 2006 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Turin. A few days later, he announced the second leg of his world tour (which included Europe and Africa) called One Night Only/Una Noche Con Ricky Martin World Tour. The second leg started on April 21 in Manchester, U.K., and ended on June 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel, including shows that sold-out in two hours (Italy and Finland). In addition, he performed at the World Cup Fan Party in Berlin (Brandenburger Tor) on June 7, 2006, and at Lebanon's Beiteddine Festival on May 27 at the BIEL seafront hall in Beirut and on May 28 in Egypt , his first concerts in the Arab world following a promise to Queen Noor on his 2005 visit to the Arab Conference in Jordan. During this visit, he recorded an Arabic/Spanglish version of "Drop It on Me", "Enta Omri" with Arabic pop star Cheb Mami. An anticipated 8 month tour ended early due to a lack of advertising.

In 2007, Martin began a international promotional tour titled Blanco y Negro[10] which included a performance at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum and concluded with a presentation at the Madison Square Garden on October 14, 2007[10] In 2008, Martin released a greatest hits album entitled Ricky Martin 17.

In June 2009, the singer announced he was working on a new studio album, the first since 2005's 'Life'. The album, which will feature tracks in both English and Spanish, is expected to be ready for spring of 2010, with a first single releasing near the beginning of the year. His collaborators include producer Lester Mendez, who has penned hits for everyone from Nelly Furtado to Carlos Santana. It would be his 9th studio album and his 11th album overall.

The singer also announced through his Twitter account that he's currently penning a book, although the content of said book is still unknown.

MTV Diary and MTV Unplugged

MTV aired "MTV Diary: Ricky Martin" in November 2006, showcasing scenes from the "One Night Only" tour, on the road and onstage. MTV Latin America and MTV Tr3́s co-produced the "Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged" show to be taped in Miami on August 17, 2006 and premiered on MTV Latin America, MTV Tr3́s and MTV Puerto Rico in October 2006.

"Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged" was released by Sony BMG on November 7, 2006 in both separate CD and DVD formats, and in May 2007, was re-released together in a CD/DVD combo-package. Available exclusively at Wal-Mart with the original CD purchase is a separate Ricky Martin DVD titled "Making of Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged", which includes a 40 minute behind the scenes documentary and the music video to "Tu Recuerdo". (It should be noted the music video for "Tu Recuerdo" is just an extracted live performance of the song from MTV Unplugged.)

The first single of the album, "Tu Recuerdo", featuring La Mari from Chambao, reached number one on the U.S. Latin Charts. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Latin Charts and number thirty-eight on Billboard 200.

This album includes Puerto Rican influences, particularly "Tu Recuerdo" (based mainly on a Puerto Rican "aguinaldo jíbaro",[11] and finishing with an "aguinaldo orocoveño"[12]) and "Pégate", a Puerto Rican plena. Christian Nieves plays the Puerto Rican cuatro on both tracks. Viento de agua and Joseph Quevedo played the plena drums in "Pégate".

Personal life

Ricky Martin at a Puerto Rican Day annual parade in New York City

In the past Ricky stated he was in love with Mexican TV host Rebecca de Alba, with whom he had an off and on again relationship for over 14 years. They even talked of starting a family together.[13][14][15] And at one point Ricky Martin planned on proposing.[16] However with the release of "Life", Martin confirmed he and De Alba had parted ways.[17][18]

During the Livin' la Vida Loca era, Martin's personal life went under the microscope due to his large gay following, and he was questioned about his sexual orientation. Neither avoiding the questions nor answering that he is straight stopped the gay rumors. In the magazine Plus 7 Days he said: "I am a modern man, live a full life, do not feel any barriers inside myself. I perceive the contemporary world as an open forum, where nothing is taboo except criminal activity. If I were gay, why not admit it?...I am a normal man. I love women and sex. I am a real hot-blooded Puerto Rican, but I have never been attracted by sex with a man."[19] In the Sunday Express Martin said, "What are you going to do? I don't have a problem with homosexuality. I'm gay-friendly, i'm not gay."[20]

In August 2008, Martin became the father of twin boys. The babies were delivered via gestational surrogacy and were already a few weeks old. At the time of the press release, the children were already under Martin's full-time care.[21][22] On December 10, 2008, Martin told People magazine that the boys are named Matteo and Valentino. Martin's rep released a statement after the twins' birth, saying, "Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of the public spotlight in order to spend time with his children."[23][24]

In June 2009, Martin spoke about his sexuality in an interview with Hispanic magazine TV Aqui, reportedly hinting that he was bisexual. He stated that his "heart could belong to a woman or a man".[25] Later reports refuted this as a publicity stunt by TV Aqui. The gay publication The Advocate revealed in an article "Ricky Martin Coming Out A Lie": "Last week, via a leaked cover line and a vague Twitter post, Puerto Rican magazine TV Aqui suggested that Ricky Martin had inched toward the closet door in its latest issue by saying his heart could belong to a man or a woman. Now, with the issue on newsstands, it turns out the magazine cover text and Twitter post were nothing more than a ploy to get people to buy the magazine -- because that isn’t what he said at all." In translated text of the video footage, Martin says, "Eh, the heart of Ricky Martin? Look, whether it has or doesn't have a male owner or a female owner, I have never spoken about that topic, so don't..."[26]

Humanitarian work

Martin is the founder of Fundación Ricky Martin (English: Ricky Martín Foundation), a non-profit organization. Among the events promoted by the foundation was a summer camp, which included Martin's personal participation.[27]

Martin has been honored with many accolades for his humanitarian efforts including

Ricky 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 U.S. State Department named Martin one of its "Heroes in Ending Modern-Day Slavery" in 2005.


Ricky Martin in Congress. Luis Fortuño (far left) and Tom Lantos.

Martin was a headliner in the 2001 inauguration ball for President George W. Bush; he even invited the newly elected president to join him on stage to dance. This image was captured by photographers and broadcast in various media throughout the world. Martin would even go so far as to reference it in a later song, Asignatura Pendiente.

Martin has since changed his position on the 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".[28]

Ricky Martin supported Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama in the landslide Clinton victory in the Puerto Rican Democratic primary on June 3, 2008.[29]


Studio albums in Spanish
Studio albums in English
Live albums
Compilation albums


  • 1987 : Por siempre amigos (TV series) as Ricky
  • 1990 : Alcanzar una estrella (TV series) as Pablo Loredo
  • 1991 : Alcanzar una estrella II (TV series) as Pablo Loredo
  • 1992 : Más que alcanzar una estrella as Enrique
  • 1993 : Getting By (TV series) as Martin
  • 1993 : General Hospital (TV series) as Miguel Morez (unknown episodes 1994-2005)
  • 1996 : Barefoot in Paradise (TV series) as Sandoval
  • 2002 : Les Diables as Brian Rodriquez
  • 2003 : Ricky Martin: En la intimidad (TV) as a guest star

Ricky Martin performed at Broadway for the first time to play in a romantic show.

Television appearances


Ricky Martin Tour (1992)
Me Amaras Tour (1993 - 1994)
A Medio Vivir Tour (1995 - 1997)
Vuelve World Tour (1998)
Livin' la Vida Loca World Tour (1999 - 2000)
Una Noche Con Ricky Martin World Tour (2005 - 2006)
Black & White Tour (2007)
Untitled Upcoming Tour (2010)

Records and achievements

  • Martin was chosen along with Félix Trinidad in 1999, to lead Puerto Rico's worldwide tourism campaign, both exemplifying Puerto Rico's youthfulness, enthusiasm and indefatigable character.
  • In February 2004, Martin received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lo Nuestro Awards in Miami, Florida.
  • Martin was honored as the 2006 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy on November 1, 2006. He was chosen for his accomplishments as a world renowned entertainer, consummate performer and passionate humanitarian. A portion of the proceeds from the evening's tribute dinner was used for benefitting Ricky Martin's charitable efforts.
  • On October 16, 2007, Martin received the 2351st Hollywood Walk of Fame star,[30] shortly after receiving the key to the city of Miami Beach, Florida on October 11. The star is located besides the Hollywood and Highland complex. Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Rita Moreno were invited to the unveiling ceremony.[10]

In addition to the numerous awards received throughout his musical career, Martin has also been honored with many accolades for his humanitarian efforts.

Preceded by
Luis Miguel
Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album
for Vuelve
Succeeded by
Rubén Blades
Latin Grammy
Preceded by
Gloria Estefan
No Me Dejes de Querer
Latin Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video
for She Bangs
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ricardo Arjona
Latin Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, Male
for MTV Unplugged
Succeeded by
La Vida... Es un Ratico
Preceded by
Diego El Cigala
Blanco Y Negro En Vivo
Latin Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video
for MTV Unplugged
Succeeded by
Julieta Venegas
MTV Unplugged

See also


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Ricky Martin - Biography". Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fpfuxq85ldje~T1. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  2. ^ he work on commercials since the age of 7The Rolling Stone Interview: Ricky Martin
  3. ^ "Enrique Martin Morales familytree". Familytreemaker.genealogy.com. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/o/n/Jaime-Montilla/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0857.html. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  4. ^ "familytreemaker.genealogy; Antonio Francisco Negroni". Familytreemaker.genealogy.com. 1996-08-15. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/o/n/Jaime-Montilla/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0026.html. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  5. ^ Nancy CollinsPosted Aug 05, 1999 12:00 AM (1999-08-05). "Rolling stone interview: Ricky Martin". Rollingstone.com. http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/rickymartin/articles/story/5938081/the_rolling_stone_interview_ricky_martin. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  6. ^ "Livin' The Serious Life; Ricky Martin's New Album Matches His Outlook". Puertorico-herald.org. http://www.puertorico-herald.org/issues/2003/vol7n26/LivinSerious-en.html. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  7. ^ Adams, Steve: "Martin's World View", Billboard magazine, November 4, 2006, p. 64-66.
  8. ^ Font size Print E-mail Share By Tatiana Morales (2005-11-11). "Ricky Martin Lets 'Life' Happen". Cbsnews.com. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/11/11/earlyshow/leisure/music/main1038774.shtml. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  9. ^ Classement des 100 Singles Classement des meilleures ventes de singles réalisé par l'IFOP pour le SNEP
  10. ^ a b c "Flash!/Cine" (in Spanish). Ricky Martin: Bien ubicada su estrella. Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día. 2007-10-14. p. 94. 
  11. ^ http://www.cuatro-pr.org/Home/Audio/Indexaudio/Instrmusaudio/Genres/Seises/seisesvidal/27Aguinaldojibaro.mp3 A sound sample of an aguinaldo jíbaro, played by cuatro player Efraín Vidal
  12. ^ "A sound sample of an aguinaldo orocoveño, played by cuatro player Efraín Vidal". http://www.cuatro-pr.org/Home/Audio/Indexaudio/Instrmusaudio/Genres/Seises/seisesvidal/8Aguinaldoorocoveno.mp3. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  13. ^ "Ricky Martin". Hellomagazine. http://www.hellomagazine.ca/profiles/rickymartin/. 
  14. ^ "Ricky Martin". Hellomagazine. http://www.hellomagazine.ca/music/2003/06/20/rickymartin/. 
  15. ^ "Rebeca de Alba saw Ricky Martin as the father of their children (translated)". TelemundoLA. http://www.telemundo52.com/cotorreando/4537195/detail.html. 
  16. ^ "Ricky Martin likes to be alone". Metro. http://www.metro.co.uk/fame/article.html?in_article_id=59812&in_page_id=7&in_a_source=&expand=true. 
  17. ^ "Ricky_Martin_Pulse_Interview". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjdwrxtfHm0. 
  18. ^ "Ricky_Martin_Radio_Interview_part_4". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO9Gu1Hq9Oo. 
  19. ^ "Ricky_Likes_Girls". 2000-11-17. http://www.planetout.com/news/feature.html?sernum=185. 
  20. ^ Found at RMTEE - Press Center, Archived Articles, Press articles 1999 (archive before 07-2001)
  21. ^ New York Times - Ricky Martin a father of twin boys, publicist says
  22. ^ « Ricky Martin is father of twins », peoplestar.co.uk, August 20, 2008.
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ Posted on Dec 15, 08 at 7:00AM. "Ricky Martin Introduces Twins Valentino and Matteo – Celebrity Baby Blog – People.com". Celebrity-babies.com. http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2008/12/ricky-martin-in.html. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  25. ^ "Ricky Martin comes out as bisexual - from Pink News - all the latest gay news from the gay community". Pink News. 2009-06-19. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-12896.html. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  26. ^ The Advocate article: Ricky Martin "Coming Out" a Lie
  27. ^ "Ricky Martin sorprende a sus "ahijados"" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2008-07-09. http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/farandula/espectaculosasi/ricky_martin_sorprende_a_sus_ahijados/208318. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  28. ^ "Singer Ricky Martin 'Fingers' Bush for Iraq Criticism". Associated Press, February 16, 2007.
  29. ^ Ricky Martin endorses Hillary Clinton - Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times,February 16, 2007.
  30. ^ Ricky Martin gets Walk of Fame star - Boston.com

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Ricky Martin
Background information
Birth name Enrique Martín Morales
Also known as Ricky Martin
Born December 24, 1971 (1971-12-24) (age 39)
Origin San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres Pop music, Latin music, Dance-pop music,
Pop/Rock music, R&B music
Occupations singer, actor
Instruments Voice
Years active 1984–present
Labels Sony Music and Columbia
Associated acts Menudo

Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), is a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican pop singer. He rose to fame, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991. He has sold over 55 million albums around the world, charting twenty one top-ten hits on the U.S. Latin Charts, eight of which reached number one, and a total of over thirty hit singles.


Studio albums
  • 1991: Ricky Martin
  • 1993: Me Amarás
  • 1995: A Medio Vivir
  • 1998: Vuelve
  • 1999: Ricky Martin
  • 2000: Sound Loaded
  • 2003: Almas del Silencio
  • 2005: Life
Live albums
  • 2006: MTV Unplugged
  • 2007: Black & White Tour
Compilation albums
  • 2001: La Historia
  • 2001: The Best of Ricky Martin
  • 2008: Ricky Martin 17
  • 1999: One Night Only
  • 1999: Ricky Martin: The Video Collection
  • 2001: Ricky Martin: The European Tour
  • 2001: La Historia"
  • 2006: MTV Unplugged
  • 2007: Black & White Tour
  • 2008: Ricky Martin 17


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