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Ricky Martin

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin's first taste of stardom came in grade school when he acted in school plays and sang in the choir. As a young boy Ricky appeared in numerous television commercials and immersed himself in singing lessons. At the age of 12, Ricky landed a spot with the Latin boy group of the '80s, Menudo. For five years, Ricky maintained a gruelling regime of recording work and tours.

It wasn't until 1989 that he decided to move to New York and go solo with his career. A year went by with no work for the aspiring entertainer. This misfortune led him to Mexico, where he became a cast on the soap opera Alcanzar una Estrella II. While in Mexico, Ricky completed his first two Spanish Albums, Ricky Martin and Me amarás. Each achieved gold status in several countries. Having this great success, Ricky decided to return to the States. 1995 would see a breakthrough in his professional career, with the release of Medio vivir, an album that combined Latin styling with a rock orientation. More success would turn his way when he was awarded the prestigious role of Marius in the Broadway production of Les Miserables.

February 1999 was when Ricky established himself as a household name in America. This was due to his electrifying performance of his smash hit, La copa de la vida at the Grammy Awards show. International superstar Ricky Martin detonated the Latin Pop explosion, paving the way for other Latin Pop stars like Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Luis Miguel, and Mark Anthony. Ricky Martin appears to be handling his success with great style, but this Latin heartthrob's success is far from over. The Ricky Martin fever will continue to burn in the music industry, as long the Latin Sensation is out there singing and shaking his Bon Bon.

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