Number 948 Ricky Martin "Livin' la Vida Loca" (1999) . .
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17 Million copies sold!
"After satisfying his fans with his Spanish material for years worldwide, he prepared his first English album. The album was self-titled "Ricky Martin" and crafted by some of the music industry's most outstanding producers, such as DesmondChild, DianneWarren,WilliamOrbitand his long time childhood friend (producer/singer) Robi Draco Rosa. Also, the album had special guests, such as the queen of popMadonna (on the Spanglish duet "Be Careful (Cuidado con mi Corazon)") and Meja (on the single of his album called "Private Emotion"). The first and most prominent single was the unforgettable "Livin' La Vida Loca," which became a colossal hit, climbing to #1 in many different countries and continents around the world, including the U.S, the U.K, Australia, France, Italy, Greece, Israel,Brazil, Russia, South Africa, India, Mexico,Argentina and Japan. This album became one of the top albums of 1999, staying at the #1 spot of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in the U.S. for weeks, was certified 7x platinum, receiving great critical approval. This album had sold over seventeen million copies worldwide, making him a Latin pop phenomenon around the world".
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So, What does Rolling Stone think anyway?
When this former Menudo singer started wooing the pop mainstream in 1999, everybody tipped him as a major star. Yet the Puerto Rican stud was out the door faster than the mocha seductress he sang about in "Livin' La Vida Loca." His English-language debut, Ricky Martin, had electric-salsa disco sleaze such as "The Cup of Life" and "Shake Your Bon Bon," but the crap ballads drove all his new fans away. The followup, Sound Loaded, flopped despite "She Bangs," a me-want-woman song so unbelievably idiotic it verged on genius. Adam Ant could have written the chorus, and that's a compliment. He opted to play the Bush inauguration, shaking his bonbon at the Lincoln Memorial and asking, "Mr. President, may I have this dance, please?" Surprisingly, the White House never invited Martin back to sing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President." Not so surprisingly, Martin split with his agent and went crawling back to the Spanish-language market with La Historia, a collection of early hits.~ [Source:Rolling Stone - ROB SHEFFIELD] For more Ricky Martin seeNumber 903
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