Already accustomed to the spotlight from the five years he spent in Menudo, Ricky Martin set-off on his own musical path with the 1991 release of his self-titled debut solo album. With his first two albums quickly establishing Martin as a superstar throughout the Spanish-speaking world, it did not take long before magnetic acting appearances in General Hospital and a Broadway run in Les Miserables also enticed wider audiences far-beyond the era’s perceived limitations of a Latin music artist. With the continuously escalating success of landmark singles such as “Maria” and his globally embraced 1998 World Cup Anthem “La Copa de la Vida” (“The Cup of Life”), Martin vaulted to the level of bona fide global superstar and the natural performer to lead an oncoming cultural revolution.
In a definitive example of stealing the show, Ricky Martin burst in the consciousness of American music fans with a historic performance of “The Cup of Life” at the 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards on the evening of February 24, 1999. The New York Times said the famed GRAMMY moment “put a match to the tinder of the pop-music world” and instantly established Martin as “the symbol of Latin culture’s new mainstream status in the United States.”
Declared “an international pop icon and Latin Music’s Global Ambassador” by Billboard and recognized by the Latin Recording Academy as it’s youngest-ever “Person of the Year” honoree, Ricky Martin has now sold over 60 million albums and continues to perform to sold-out stadium and arena audiences throughout the world. Martin has been the recipient of dozens of prestigious international awards saluting both his career achievements and far-reaching philanthropic efforts.
As essential a part of his persona as his love of music, Martin is an equally dedicated global advocate for tolerance and the well-being of children. Martin’s extensive charitable work is spearheaded through the programs of the Ricky Martin Foundation - which advocates for the well-being of children around the globe in critical areas such as social justice, education and health. Martin’s many efforts in this area have included speaking engagements before Congress and other world policy gatherings on the horrors of child trafficking, acting as a global ambassador for UNICEF, work with Bill Gates/ Microsoft to develop an online safety program for children in Latin America and personal visits to several international shelters for trafficked children. The RMF also has long-standing ties with Habitat for Humanity, working as a principal partner in rebuilding efforts following the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami and recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.
After taking two and a half years off from the music industry in order to devote time to raising his twin sons Matteo and Valentino, Ricky Martin returned to his natural place in the artistic spotlight with an even deeper understanding of his personal and musical journey. This latest chapter in Martin’s storied career began with his debut on the New York Times Bestseller list with the Fall 2010 release of his highly praised autobiography “ME,” and continued with the chart-topping success of his twelfth album "Musica+Alma+Sexo" in the spring of 2011. Wanting to share his latest music first-hand with fans around the world, Martin then launched the extensive and fiercely energetic “M.A.S. Tour” - performing in sold-out arena and stadium concerts across The United States, Europe, Latin America and more.
With the start of 2012, Ricky Martin is now fusing his love of musical performance with an expansion of his capability as an actor. His year began with a critically heralded guest appearance as Spanish teacher David Martinez on the hit television series GLEE - which E! praised as the show’s “hottest number ever” and “[deserving of] an Emmy nomination.” Now, Martin has embarked on his long-awaited return to Broadway, where he will appear throughout the year as “the voice of the people” in his new role as Che in the highly anticipated Broadway revival of EVITA. Critics have already declared Martin as a “Supernova of charisma… bringing a great big touch of star quality to the seductive revival… He sings beautifully, dances gracefully …& plays Che with an irresistible swagger… it’s time for Broadway to have a new rule: Put Ricky Martin in everything!”
Ricky Martin Career Chronology/Discography
Since his earliest days as a performer, Ricky Martin has always known that in order to have an enduring career, his musical evolution must never end. That is why he has honed his creative spirit by exploring the diversity of Latin music genres. Knowing that music has no boundaries has fed his artistic growth and inspired his voice to become a vehicle of diverse expression. With perseverance and hard work over the course of a two-decade career, Martin has become one of the world’s top- solo artists, having sold more than 60 million albums.
In 1991, Martin unveiled his self-titled first album Ricky Martin. With hits such as “El Amor de Mi Vida,” “Fuego Contra Fuego” and “Dime Que Me Quieres” capturing the attention of critics and fans, it is the first taste of Martin’s music with traces of global character.
It was with that global vision and the hand of the famous producer; Juan Carlos Calderón that Martin recorded his second album Me Amarás. Boasting the hits “Entre el Amor y los Halagos,” “Que Día es Hoy” and the title track “Me Amarás,” Martin completed his second extensive tour of Latin America in support of the album.
“A Medio Vivir”
In 1995, Martin joined forces with the songwriter/composer Robi Draco Rosa and producer K.C. Porter to create his third album A Medio Vivir. The hit single "María" and the ballads “Te Extraño, Te Olvido, Te Amo,” “Fuego de Noche, Nieve de Día” and “Volverás” have now became repertoire favorites for Martin. Without question, this is the album that laid the groundwork for Martin’s fast-approaching international superstardom. It was also at this time that Martin first took to Broadway, playing “Marius” in the beloved show “Le Miserables.” Martin’s run in the production was met with eleven weeks of sold-out houses and critical praises for his performance.
In 1998 Marin returned with his fourth album Vuelve. It was with this effort that Martin was catapulted to the forefront of international world pop music, as the single "La Copa de la Vida" (“The Cup of Life”) became the theme for the 1998 World Cup in France and quickly reached #1 on the charts in more then 60 countries across the globe. Millions of fans also embraced additional famed tracks as “Perdido Sin Ti,” “La Bomba” and the title track “Vuelve”.
“Ricky Martin” (first English Album)
Following the path established by Vuelve and his-post GRAMMY reception, Martin released his first English album in 1999 with the again self-titled Ricky Martin. The worldwide hit “Livin' La vida Loca” redefined global pop music success and spearheaded album sales of over 17 million copies. Martin again reached out to fans directly with a groundbreaking tour performing 250 concerts in 80 cities across 35 global countries.
For his second English album, Martin worked once again with producer Desmond Child and once again delivered multi-platinum success. Released in 2000, the singles “She Bangs,” “Nobody Wants to be Lonely” with Christina Aguilera and “Loaded” became worldwide hits.
“Almas del Silencio”
In 2003, showing loyalty to his Spanish language fan base, Martin releases Almas del Silencio - a production on which he worked with a wide-range of friends, composers, and musicians to pay tribute to the richness of Latin music. The album reached #1 on the Billboard charts and produced the hits “Tal Vez,” “Jaleo” and “Todo Queda en Nada”.
With the production of Life in 2005, Martin explores his interests in spiritual richness and international travels. With elements of Middle Eastern music, African sounds to the emergence of Latin Urban and Reggaeton, Martin delivers an album that the press says is brimming with “confidence and musical diversity”. Supporting new hits such as “Drop it On Me,” “I Don’t Care” and “It’s Alright,” the “Una Noche con Ricky Martin” tour performs to capacity audiences through Latin America, Europe, The Middle East, and United States.
“Ricky Martin: MTV Unplugged”
In the fall of 2006, Martin released his long-awaited unplugged album. Recorded in the traditional acoustic format of the iconic MTV series, Ricky Martin: MTV Unplugged boasted lush orchestration and arrangements, while still capturing Martin’s entrancing performance energy. With the stripped down production and new arrangements applied to many of Martin’s famed hits, and select new songs highlighting his proud Puerto Rican Roots, Ricky quickly managed to top both album and singles sales at iTunes. In fact, Ricky Martin: MTV Unplugged was “the most downloaded album of the year” at iTunes Latino, while chart-topping single “Tu Recuerdo” was the year’s “most downloaded track”. Martin’s musical peers heralded his new musical chapter by bestowing both the album and single with Latin Grammy Awards.
“Ricky Martin Live – Black & White Tour” CD/DVD
Released in November of 2007, the Ricky Martin Live – Black & White Tour” CD/DVD was recorded/filmed during Ricky’s record-setting SIX night run at the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in Puerto Rico and captures Martin in peak performance form during his critically-praised year-long tour. With Martin reaching #1 on Billboard’s “Boxscore” chart of the industry’s top drawing concerts, as he filled stadiums and arenas around the world, this special live release demonstrates why the Miami Herald raved that: “at a sold-out arena [Martin] showed he's deepened and solidified his artistry… he puts on a hellaciously good show” and the Chicago Sun-Times echoed: “[Ricky Martin] remains a natural showman… Martin came out at mach speed and rarely let up on the furious tempo”
In November of 2008, Sony Music released the special “17” CD and DVD collection – 17 songs and 17 videos representing the 17 years of hits. The included tracks, selected by Ricky himself, are fan favorites from throughout his career.
“ME” / “ YO”
In November of 2010, Ricky Martin stepped back into the public spotlight with the release of his very personal and spiritual autobiography “ME”. For the first time, Martin openly shared details about his early childhood, his experiences in Menudo, the challenges of increased fame, his continued growth as a musician, and his unique personal connection with millions of fans around the world. Martin also explores his life-changing decisions like coming to terms with his sexuality, becoming a father, and devoting himself to helping children around the world. The public embrace of the book was immediate, as thousands of fans turning out for book signings across the country propelled “ME” to a debut on the New York Times Best-seller list. The Spanish language version of Martin’s memoir “YO” likewise became one of the longest-charting Spanish book titles of all time. Critics and advocates across the world praised Martin’s very intimate and forthcoming work as a milestone in the expansion of tolerance around the world, and a landmark appearance Martin made on the final season of the Oprah Winfrey show was heralded with a GLAAD Award for Best Talk Show Appearance of the Year.
Creatively energized by how his journey of self-discovery also influenced his musical growth, Ricky Martin Released his twelfth album “Musica+Alma + Sexo” (‘Music+Soul+Sex) in February of 2011. With the New York Times declaring: “The album pours on pop craftsmanship in a show of confidence and pride,” Musica+Alma + Sexo” instantly propelled Martin back to the top of the charts- achieving the highest chart debut for a principally Spanish language album in over 15 years. Ricky likewise took control of the Latin singles charts once again, as the album’s first released song “Lo Mejor De Mi Vida Eres Tu” (“The Best Thing About Me Is You”) leapt to #1on both the “Hot Latin Songs” and “Latin Pop Airplay” charts. Kicking-off with an astounding four-sold-out nights in his native Puerto Rico, Martin embarked on a journey to share his new music with the world – taking the highly energetic “M.A.S. Tour” to arena and stadium audiences across The United States, Latin America, and Europe.
After beginning 2012 with a widely praised guest appearance as new school Spanish teacher David Martinez on the hit TV series “GLEE,” Ricky Martin is now fully immersed in assuming another character persona – ‘the voice of the everyman’ as Che in the long-awaited Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s beloved musical EVITA. Having recently opened April 5th at the Marquis Theatre in Times Square, EVITA finds Martin joining with Olivier Award-winning Argentine actress Elena Roger as Eva Perón and Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón, in what NBC has already called “the hottest ticket on Broadway”.
In his two-decade career, Ricky Martin has received numerous international awards, including the prestigious “Person of the Year” recognition from the Latin Recording Academy for both his artistic excellence and extensive philanthropic work. A sampling of his other awards include: a “Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a GRAMMY and THREE LATIN GRAMMY awards, MTV Asia Awards, the MTV European Music Award, a World Music Award, an American Music Award, and multiple Premio Lo Nuestro, Latin Billboard, Premios Alma and GLAAD Awards.
Humanitarian Work & Social Media Voice
Convinced that being both a musician and a humanitarian have made him stronger, Ricky Martin continues his extensive work as a philanthropist. His most passionate agenda is to bring justice, education, and protection to children around the World. Spearheading this fight for children’s rights is the artist’s personal foundation – The Ricky Martin Foundation. Ricky is now also widely heralded as one of the most influential Latino voices on Social media outlets across the world - utilizing Twitter, Facebook and more to maintain an often-daily conversation with more than eight million followers.