Ricky Martin

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Ricky Martin (born Enrique Martín Morales on December 24, 1971) is a Puerto Rican pop singer and actor who achieved prominence, first as a member of the Latin boyband Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991.

During his career he has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.[1] He is the founder of Ricky Martín Foundation (in Spanish Fundación Ricky Martin), a non-profit charity organization. Ricky Martin's exuberant 1999 single "Livin' La Vida Loca" made him an avatar of dancable, hip-swiveling Latin pop. Martin got his start with the all-boy pop group Menudo; after five years with the group, he released his Spanish-language solo album, Ricky Martin, in 1991. He also acted on stage and on TV in Mexico, becoming a modest star there. In 1994 he jumped to the American TV soap opera General Hospital, playing a Puerto Rican singer. In 1999, after several albums in Spanish, he released his first English-language album (also titled Ricky Martin), which included the salsa-style "Livin' La Vida Loca." The album sold 17 million copies and put Martin on the map for good. His other albums include A Medio Vivir (1995), Vuelve (1998), Sound Loaded (2000, with the hit "She Bangs"), Life (2005), and the compilation album Ricky Martin 17 (2008). In 2010 Martin announced that he was a "fortunate homosexual man," ending years of fan speculation on the topic.

On the edge of the new millennium, Puerto Rican pop sensation Ricky Martin—almost by himself—gave Latino music an international face. An electrifying perfor-mance at the 1999 Grammy Awards launched Martin into worldwide super-stardom. As Entertainment Weeklys Andrew Essex reported, "his leather-pants, electro-pelvis version of "La Copa de la Vida single-handedly goosed a very dull [Grammy] telecast, earning him a standing ovation." It earned him a legion of fans, as well, who quickly snapped up copies of Martin’s CDs the next day.

Martin's twin sons, Matteo and Valentino, were born via a surrogate mother in 2008... Martin co-owns a Miami restaurant, Casa Salsa... He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.


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