Since its release, the song has sold over 8 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time. His parents divorced when he was two years old, and Martin spent much of his childhood shifting between his father's home in the suburbs of University Gardens, a suburban middle-class neighborhood of San Juan, and his paternal grandmother's house nearby.
Martin grew up in a Roman Catholic home and was an altar boy throughout his childhood. After achieving modest fame in Puerto Rico for his work in television commercials, Martin auditioned for membership in the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo. Although the executives enjoyed his dancing and singing at his first two auditions, Martin was rejected because he was too short.
That was the discipline of Menudo: You either did things the way you were told or you were not part of the group. Although Martin enjoyed traveling and performing onstage with Menudo, he found the band's busy schedule and strict management exhausting, and later reflected that the experience "cost" him his childhood.
He developed an interest in philanthropy when the group became UNICEF ambassadors, often working with impoverished children in third world countries. By , Menudo's record sales began to decline, and the group changed its image, adopting an edgier look and performing more rock-influenced songs. After recording 11 albums with the group, Martin left Menudo in July , at age 17, hoping to rest and evaluate his career path.
While he was performing onstage in Mama Ama el Rock , a producer in the audience took notice of Martin's acting and offered him a role in the Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una estrella after the show. Eager to make his first solo album, Martin signed the contract without reading it and inadvertently signed a deal in which he would only be awarded one cent of royalties for each album sold. In , Martin refocused on his music career, and began work on his third album, A Medio Vivir. Taken aback by the starkly different musical style, record label executives felt that the song would ruin Martin's career.
After landing in Milan, Martin's scheduled helicopter trip to Sanremo had to be postponed due to poor weather conditions. The car then turned too quickly and flipped over. While on tour, Martin returned to the studio to record his fourth album, Vuelve He called the experience of touring and recording at the same time "brutal and incredibly intense". Porter and Draco Rosa. Vuelve spent twenty-six weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums.
The album also went to number one in Spain and Norway, and sold over eight million copies worldwide. His acclaimed performance of "La copa de la vida" earned Martin an unexpected standing ovation and introduced him to the mainstream American audience. Being aware of performing on the Grammy, he said that: The audience in front of me are people who are hard to please.
To get the acceptance of your peers really means a lot. Writing for Billboard on April 24, , Michael Paoletta noted, "In the weeks since [the performance], it seems like every record label exec has been in a heated search for the next Latin hottie. After receiving commercial success throughout Asia , Europe , and Latin America , Martin prepared his first English album in in an attempt to cross over to the United States market.
The album also featured special guests: 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, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand. Both tracks peaked at number one on the Hot Latin Songs.
After this success, a new English-language album, Sound Loaded , was released in November Both singles reached number one on the Hot Latin Songs.
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Sound Loaded has sold over 8 million copies worldwide. In February , Martin released a Spanish greatest hits album entitled La Historia , which went to number one for five weeks on the Billboard Top Latin Albums and debuted at number eighty-three on the Billboard It also topped the chart in Sweden for three weeks. It contained two new remixes of " Amor ".
The first single " Tal Vez " debuted at number one on the Hot Latin Songs and stayed there for eleven weeks becoming the best performing Latin single of the year. 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. The album sold more than one million copies worldwide.
In October , he released his album Life. He commented on the album: I think this album is very multi-layered, just like life is. It's about feeling anger.
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It's about feeling joy. It's about feeling uncertainty. And all my emotions are part of this production. Another song from the album " It's Alright " was re-recorded as a duet with French singer M. It was successful in French-speaking countries and reached 4 in France. After finishing the first leg which included Latin America and the United States Martin performed at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Turin. A few days later he announced the second leg of his world tour which included Europe and Africa.
The album was a critical and commercial success. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums and number thirty-eight on the Billboard After finishing his worldwide tour, Martin took a break from the music industry and focused on his private life.
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One year later, a Spanish-language greatest hits album was released, titled It was a summary of 17 years of Martin's musical career, which included mostly Spanish-language songs. Ricky Martin's autobiography, Me , was published on November 2, A Spanish-language edition entitled Yo was published simultaneously. Greatest Hits was released on July 11, exclusively in the United Kingdom. The advertisements for the range paired him with rapper Nicki Minaj. Martin's signature is featured on the lip balm packaging.
In November , Martin was announced as a coach on The Voice Australia and debuted in the first episode of season two, on April 7, His finalist was former Ten Tenors singer Luke Kennedy. He became Runner-up losing to eventual winner Harrison Craig. In April , Martin released his Greatest Hits: In June , he released a new English single titled " Come with Me ".
The album version contains Spanish lyrics but the single was also made available in a Spanglish version. The first episode of season four was aired on September 9, Since Martin's debut as a coach on The Voice Australia in , he continued as a coach on Season 3 , in , alongside will.
He returned to the panel alongside Delta Goodrem , Benji Madden teamed up with his brother Joel Madden , and newcomer Jessie J in ; before leaving the show before the fifth series to focus on music commitments. It was announced on December 24, that he would not return to The Voice Australia in and will be replaced by Ronan Keating.
The song skyrocketed in music charts with over 1 billion views on the music video as of June The show was praised but Martin's performance and characterization of D'Amico received mixed reception. Martin possesses a baritone vocal range. The book was illustrated by Patricia Castelao. Martin was raised Catholic but says he is open to all sorts of religious beliefs, especially the Buddhist philosophy.
If I subscribe to Buddhism, I can't be of anything else I am not going to follow those rules. In November , he acquired Spanish nationality in recognition of his artistic talents and for having roots in the country — Martin's grandmother is Spanish, and he owns a residence in Madrid. In September , he sold his home in Miami. I made the request for Spanish citizenship some time ago, I was just waiting for a response. This step is part of planning for the future within a global community of whom I am part.
Spain is a country with which I share many memories and strong ties born of my roots and the love they have given me since I first visited. In , he relocated permanently to Los Angeles, California. The pair had spoken of starting a family together,    and Martin had at one point considered proposing to her. After the success of "Livin' la Vida Loca," Martin's personal life became a subject of interest due to his large gay following, and he was questioned about his sexual orientation.
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