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His third Spanish-language album, 1995's A Medio Vivir (produced by fellow Menudo veteran Robi Rosa), broadened his fan base by introducing rock stylings into the Latin mix, and generated the international hit single, 'Maria'. Martin also performed 'No Importa La Distancia' for the Spanish language version of Walt Disney's Hercules, and landed the role of Marius in the Broadway production of Les Miserables. Vuelve was released in February 1998, and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Latin chart. The title track topped the Latin singles chart for four weeks, while 'La Copa De La Vida', the official song of the soccer World Cup, was also highly successful when released as a single, reaching number 1 in several countries. Martin won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance, and his sensational performance at February's ceremony caused a dramatic surge in sales of Vuelve.

All of a sudden Martin's media-friendly face was everywhere, and he was hyped as the leading figure in a new wave of Latin pop stars including Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Chris Perez and Luis Miguel. Exploiting the hype to the full Martin released the lively 'Livin' La Vida Loca', which reached number 1 in the US Hot 100 in May 1999, and stayed at the top for five weeks. In the process, it became Columbia Records' biggest-selling number 1 single of all time. His self-titled English language debut, produced by Rosa and Desmond Child, entered the US album chart at number 1 at the end of the month, although it was soon knocked off the top by the Backstreet Boys' Millennium. In July, 'Livin' La Vida Loca' entered the UK singles chart at number 1. Martin's crucial follow-up single, 'She's All I Ever Had', climbed to US number 2 in September. Another sparkling transatlantic hit single, 'She Bangs', served as an effective launch pad for the excellent Sound Loaded. After a lengthy time out of the hot spotlight Martin returned, a little older and a little wiser with Las Almas Del Silencio in 2003.

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When Ricky Martin crossed over to English language audiences in 1999, he seemed to come out of nowhere. But this former member of Menudo had been a Latin Pop star for most of the 1990s. The charismatic Martin is a throwback to a time when musicians were also entertainers. He can sing up a storm, dance, and smile, all at the same time -- a refreshing change of pace in an era when most modern pop and hip-hop stars have little to offer but seriousness. Martin may not have the substance of Marc Anthony, but he is one of the hardest-working people in show business, seemingly able to work in any musical style -- neo Salsa, romantic ballads and Jangle Pop, to name a few.

b. Enrique Martin Morales, 24 December 1971, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Formerly a member of the perennially youthful boy band, Menudo, Ricky Martin has established himself as one of the leading Latin pop stars of the 90s. By the end of the decade he had also enjoyed crossover success on the back of the chart-topping English language single, 'Livin' La Vida Loca'. Martin first began acting and singing in grade school, and when he was 10 gained an audition with Latin teen-idols Menudo. Martin eventually joined Menudo in 1984, and continued to record and tour with them until the late 80s (to ensure the band's youthful image, members were required to leave when they reached the age of 16). Martin spent a short period in New York before moving to Mexico, where he gained a regular slot in the Mexican soap opera Alcanzar Una Estrella II. His recording career also took off when his self-titled debut and Me Amaras achieved gold status in several countries. Martin moved to Los Angeles in 1994, and broke into the North American television market playing singing bartender Miguel Morez in the long-running soap opera General Hospital.
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