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Ricky Martin was one of the biggest teen idols in Latin America during the '90s and a major figure in American pop music by the end of the decade. A lead singer of Menudo, Martin was blessed with good looks and a nice voice, which helped him become a Latin music star. He also became an actor, earning praise from the Mexican motion picture industry and starring on the American soap opera General Hospital, where he played Miguel Morez, a bartender who sings on the weekends. Martin (born December 24, 1971) was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a child, he sang in the choir and performed in school plays. When he was six, he began acting in television commercials. Shortly afterward, he took professional singing and acting lessons, which paved the way for his auditions for Menudo. In 1984, when he was 12 years old, he became a member of Menudo. For the next five years, he was the lead singer of the group, helping it to become an international sensation. Once he outgrew Menudo in 1989, he went back home to Puerto Rico, where he completed high school. After graduation, he moved to New York, where he simply relaxed for several months. Following a few months of inactivity, he began to work his way back into the entertainment industry. He returned to Mexico, where he acted on-stage for a year before returning to the music industry. In 1991, he released his self-titled debut album, which he co-wrote with his fellow Menudo alumnus Robi Rosa, who would become a regular collaborator over the course of Martin's career (often credited as Ian Blake). The album became a sizable hit on the Latin charts. Two years later, he followed it with the Juan Carlos Calderon-produced Me Amarás, which was an even bigger hit, launching him to superstar status in Latin America. In January 1994, he joined the cast of the soap opera General Hospital, playing Miguel Morez. His recurring role was so successful that it landed him a role on Broadway, where he played Marius in Les Misérables. He left General Hospital to perform in the production and stayed with the play for about a year. In 1995, he released his third album, A Medio Vivir, a record that had a harder rock edge yet also featured such Latin styles as flamenco and cumbia. In early 1998, he released his fourth album, Vuelve. His first English-language pop album -- which like his first long-player also happened to be titled Ricky Martin -- was released in the spring of 1999; it made him an international superstar thanks to blockbuster singles including "Livin' la Vida Loca" and "She's All I Ever Had." A year later, Martin sizzled again with the release of Sound Loaded. His biggest Spanish-language hits were collected on 2001's La Historia, while 2003's Almas del Silencio was an album of new Spanish material. Life, from 2005, was a return to English-language pop. Martin then released MTV Unplugged in 2006 in both CD and DVD formats. After the success of his MTV Unplugged concert, Martin embarked on a worldwide tour in 2007, and a live CD and DVD of the Black and White Tour appeared later that year. Following the final show in Madison Square Garden, Martin took a career break from music to focus on his private life, although a collection of his Spanish-language hits entitled 17 appeared in 2008. Martin returned to the limelight in 2010 with a tell-all autobiography and in 2011 his ninth studio album, Música + Alma + Sexo, arrived. Martin spent the next couple of years focusing his energy on his charitable Ricky Martin Foundation. He announced a new collection of romantic songs inspired by the end of a long-term relationship. The set's first pre-release single, "Adios," was released in October of 2014. In January of 2015, "Disparo al Corazon," the second pre-release single, hit the charts. The same month, a somewhat elaborate Internet hoax was perpetrated stating that Martin had passed away. He responded via Instagram, putting the rumor to rest. His tenth studio album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar, was released a month later. The album not only charted in the Top Five but, as a result of its strong singles and videos, landed in the top spot on Latin albums charts during the first week of 2016. Later that September, Martin dropped the hit single "Vente Pa' Ca," which featured Colombian singer Maluma. The single "Fiebre," featuring reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel, appeared in 2018. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   Livin' la Vida Loca
  3.   She Bangs
  4.   Mr. Put It Down by Pitbull
  5.   Maria
  6.   Tal Vez
  7.   Adiós
  8.   La Mordidita by Zion & Lennox
  9.   She's All I Ever Had
  10.   Vuelve
  11.   Más
  12.   Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú
  13.   Vida
  14.   Vente Pa' Ca by Reik & Maluma
  15.   Tu Recuerdo
  16.   Come with Me
  17.   A Medio Vivir
  18.   Volveras
  19.   Disparo al Corazón
  20.   Solo Quiero Amarte
  21.   Shake Your Bon-Bon
  22.   The Cup of Life
  23.   I Don't Care
  24.   Pégate
  25.   Te Extraño, Te Olvido, Te Amo
  26.   La Bomba
  27.   Fiebre by Wisin y Yandel
  28.   La Copa de la Vida
  29.   La Mordidita
  30.   Nobody Wants to Be Lonely
  31.   Vente Pa' Ca
  32.   Fuego Contra Fuego
  33.   Perdóname by Farruko
  34.   Adiós by Nicky Jam
  35.   Isla Bella
  36.   Bombón de Azúcar
  37.   Asignatura Pendiente
  38.   The Best Thing About Me Is You
  39.   Perdóname
  40.   Perdido Sin Ti
  41.   Frío
  42.   Bella (She's All I Ever Had)
  43.   Drop It on Me
  44.   Náufrago - Commentary
  45.   Corazon
  46.   Fiebre
  47.   Isla Bella - Commentary
  48.   Disparo al Corazón - Commentary
  49.   A Quien Quiera Escuchar
  50.   Vuleve
  51.   The Cup of Life (The Official Song of the World Cup, France '98)
  52.   Te Vas
  53.   Ay, Ay, Ay It's Christmas by Rosie O'Donnell
  54.   Drop It on Me
  55.   Besos de Fuego
  56.   I Count the Minutes
  57.   Spanish Eyes
  58.   Corazonado
  59.   Lola, Lola
  60.   Por Arriba, Por Abajo
  61.   No Importa la Distancia
  62.   Ser Feliz
  63.   Es Mejor Decirse Adios
  64.   Hagamos el Amor
  65.   Come to Me
  66.   And the Money Kept Rolling In (and Out)
  67.   I'm on My Way
  68.   Raza de Mil Colores
  69.   Eres Como el Aire
  70.   I Am
  71.   No Me Pidas Mas
  72.   A Quien Quiera Escuchar - Commentary
  73.   Mátame Otra Vez - Commentary
  74.   La Mordidita - Commentary by Yotuel
  75.   Perdóname - Commentary
  76.   Adiós - Commentary
  77.   Nada
  78.   Mátame Otra Vez
  79.   Cuanto Me Acuerdo de Ti
  80.   Náufrago
  81.   Freak of Nature
  82.   Sleep Tight
  83.   Dice Are Rolling featuring Elena Roger
  84.   Rainbow Tour featuring Elena Roger
  85.   On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada featuring Elena Roger
  86.   A Evita~A New Argentina featuring Elena Roger
  87.   Charity Concert featuring Elena Roger
  88.   The Best Thing About Me Is You
  89.   Soñador
  90.   Liar
  91.   Too Late Now
  92.   Tú y Yo
  93.   Será Será
  94.   La Copa de La Vida Spa
  95.   Cantame Tu Vida
  96.   Pegate/Raza de Mil Colores/Por Arriba, Por Abajo
  97.   Con Tu Nombre
  98.   Qué Más Da (I Don't Care) by Fat Joe
  99.   Dejate Llevar (It's Alright)
  100.   This Is Good
  101.   It's Alright
  102.   I Won't Desert You
  103.   Are You in It For Love
  104.   Jaleo
  105.   Las Almas del Silencio
  106.   Si Ya No Estás Aquí
  107.   Y Todo Queda en Nada
  108.   Nadie Más Que Tú
  109.   Bombom de Azucar
  110.   Dame Más (Loaded)
  111.   Ven a Mí (Come to Me)