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Ricky Martin (24.12.1971) - Puerto Rican singer.

Ricky Martin (real name Enrique Martin Morales) is a famous Puerto Rican musician, actor and author. His career began rather early. He was only twelve when he joined the boys band Menudo. He has released several Hispanic albums with this band in the 1990s. His first English album Ricky Martin was an instant success. It was sold in 22 millions of copies and became one of the best-selling albums of all times. The singer was born on December 24th, 1971, in San Juan. His mother was an accountant and his father was a psychologist. When he was only two, his parents divorced. Most of his childhood was spent at his fathers or grandmothers home. He has some Catalan and Corsican roots.

The boy grew up in a Catholic environment. He started singing at the age of six and he often translated English songs, performed by famous bands. One of his grandfathers was a poet. Thats why Ricky is good at songwriting. He was an active kid and he felt comfortable performing in front of the many people. He always wanted to be in public. At the age of 9 he appeared in several TV commercials. During his junior years he sang with Menudo. Then he began developing as a solo singer. In 1990 he was offered a part in Mexican series called Alcanzar Una Estrella. The next year he played in the second part of this film.

It was the time when he took his famous nickname Ricky Martin and signed a contract with Sony Discos. His albums were highly successful. The album Me Amaras sold millions of copies around the world. In 1994, he moved to California to continue his acting career. At first, he was playing the role in TV series General Hospital. Then he recorded his third album A Medio Vivir, which brought him popularity and recognition in Europe. Several years later he released the Vuelve album. Along with that he was chosen to compose the anthem for the FIFA World Cup. Starting from 1999, he began to work on his English albums.

The same year the whole world heard his most successful single Livin' La Vida Loca. His English albums included duets with several popular and world famous singers, including Madonna and Christina Aguilera. In 2005, Ricky released an album called Life. He was the co-author of most songs from this album. A year later he performed at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Turin. In addition to the career of the singer and actor, Martin is involved in various social activities. For example, he is the founder of the charity organization and of the camp for the poor. His personal life is full of secrets and rumors. It is known that he has twin sons born by a surrogate mother.



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