Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin

AGE

43

HEIGHT

5’11”

BIRTH DATE

December 24, 1971

PLACE OF BIRTH

San Juan, Puerto Rico

BIOGRAPHY

Enrique Martín Morales is a Puerto Rican pop singer and actor who achieved prominence, first as a member of the Latin boyband Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991. During his career he has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. He is the founder of Ricky Martín Foundation a non-profit charity organization. He is considered a major star in the world of Latin pop and is considered to have opened the doors for some of his fellow Latin American singers.

What you didn’t know

In August 2008, Martin became the father of twin boys, named Matteo and Valentino. On March 29, 2010, Martin publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in a post on his official web site by stating, “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am”.

Ricky Martin sued again for stealing World Cup Song!

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Ricky Martin is being sued, yet again, for allegedly stealing song recorded for the 2014 World Cup.

According to the aspiring singer/songwriter Luis Adrian Cortes Ramos, the Puerto Rican superstar’s hit song Vida is nearly identical to a song he composed and submitted.

Prior to the 2014 World Cup (which was held in Brazil), Sony along with—Martin joining in—held a public contest titled “SuperSong” in 2013 which wanted young talented singers to submit their songs along with a music video that with the winning song becoming the FIFA World Cup of 2014’s anthem.

Now, the winner of the contest was announced as Elijah King, a Puerto Rican native as well, who is given credit as the writer of Vida which was re-recorded by Martin and featured on the World Cup’s album. However, Ramos is claiming he is the true winner.

As Ramos puts it he discovered the contest at the end of 2013 and participated in it—he even filmed the song’s music video in his hometown of Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico—and was eventually selected as one of the 20 finalists. But after receiving paperwork from Sony to sign—which he sent back, Ramos never heard from Sony or anyone until Martin’s Vida was released.

Ramos was surprised, disillusioned and suffered mental anguish because the song was almost identical to the one he composed. Until that moment, Martin was an idol for Ramos,” so states Ramos’s lawsuit against Sony & Martin.

According to court documents, Ramos is seeking $10 million dollars; $1 million is for being “humiliated, ill-informed, harassed and threatened,” $2 million for copyright violation, $2 million for “severe mental anguish he has suffered and continues to suffer for loss of his composition and creation without being credited or compensated,” and the remaining $5 million for his right “to compensation for direct or indirect profits” that Martin may have received thanks to his—allegedly—song.

This is Ramos’s second attempt at a lawsuit. Back in July 2014, Ramos attempted to sue both Sony and Martin but it was thrown out of court so this time he is only going after Martin.

Ricky Martin Releases New Music Video ‘Perdoname’

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By Florentina Narchet

Puerto Rican artist Ricky Martin announces his fans on Facebook & Instagram his fourth music video release worldwide ‘Perdóname’ (Forgive Me) of his latest album A Quien Quiero Eschuchar (To Those Who Want to Listen) Feb 9th on Univision’s Primer Impacto.

His fans did not wait to comment of this news, “I can’t wait to see ‘Perdoname,’” said Daisy Sepulveda, on Ricky Martin’s Facebook post.

Ricky Martin gave his fans a 15-second peak of his new music video ‘Perdóname’, which currently has 226,732 views.

According to a Latin Times article, this song was written by Yotuel Romero, Beatris Luengo and Antonio Rayo. Ricky Martin recognizes the imperfection of human being and the ability identify those mistakes and ask for forgiveness.

We are human beings and we make mistakes…and what’s most important is to be able to say ‘forgive me,’” said Ricky Martin. “There are times when we get carried away by the moment, by passion and by enthusiasm, and we end up hurting someone. I’m only human and I accept that. What matters is looking that person in the eye and saying: ‘I’m wrong and I am sorry. It wasn’t my intention, please forgive me,” added Ricky Martin.

This music video was directed by designer Carlos Pérez in Miami in December of 2015.Perez has directed other of Ricky Martin’s music videos; ‘Come with me’ and ‘Más y Más’ by Draco Rosa Ft. Ricky Martin.

A Quien Quiero Eschuchar is the 10thstudio album and was released February 10, 2015. This album has 10 songs; ‘Adios’, ‘Disparo al Corazon’, ‘Isla Bella’, followed by Perdóname. Track 6 of this album, ‘La Mordidita’ (The Nibble) Ft. Yotuel became sensational and reached the 226,589,760 views on YouTube.

Ricky Martin’s next One World Tour performance is in San Juan, Puerto Rico – José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum the 12th, 13thand 14thof this month. On February 26thand 27thhe will be in Mendoza, Argentina – Arena Maipú. His last stop of this month will be the 29th, in Concepción, Chile – Estadio Regional De Concepción.

Romeo Santos, Jennifer Lopez & more Latinos star in HBO’s “The Latin Explosion: A New America!”

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Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Ricky Martin, Sofia Vergara, George Lopez are just a few of the Latino superstars who will appear in a new HBO documentary aimed specifically at spotlighting just how Latinos impact the United States of America.

In a recently released trailer, “The Latin Explosion: A New America,” is a documentary that brings together some of the hottest and well-known Latino celebrities in music, television, and film within the country and asks them: what it means to be a Latino in the U.S.? And the obstacles they have had to overcome.

Within the trailer, singer Gloria Estefan describes how at the start of her career she was advised that she should change her name because it would be too complicated to pronounce.

In candid interviews, stars like Cheech Marin, Rita Moreno, Shakira, Romeo Santos, and many more with the stars above take part in this project and also share or discuss their own personal experience within the entertainment industry in the U.S.

The documentary also will depict major historical events within the industry that had a large effect on impacting the Latino community today.

The U.S. is the 2nd largest Spanish-speaking country in the world,” said Ricky Martin, in the trailer for the movie, before adding, “Boom!” to demonstrate how impressive that idea is considering that there are numerous other Spanish-speaking countries in this world.

Tommy Mottola, a well-known Music Producer who has a hand in launching some of the music industry’s most popular stars like Marc Anthony, Mariah Carey, as well as Lopez, Martin, and Shakira served as the documentary’s producer.

In an interview about the documentary, Mottola said that a documentary has “assembled the largest array of Latino superstars ever in a film telling a powerful story of their history and immigration, politics, and rise from a small minority population to the most critical demographic in the United States.”

The documentary couldn’t be coming out at a more important time. With certain political candidates shining a negative light on the Latino community, the film can be a powerful tool in showing other groups outside of Latinos just how important and impactful the community is.

Latinos spend $1.3 trillion a year, making them one of the most powerful groups of consumers today,” Mottola added, noting that Latinos are known as one of the biggest consumer demographics within the United States.

In the trailer it is noted within a caption that “In 1950 1 in 50 Americans were Latino,” but “By 2050, it will be 1in 3,” which is a statistical prediction that has yet to be discredited, but continues to gain backing.

And being a community believed to growing, it is quite possible when Mottola explained that Latinos will also have a huge impact on the upcoming 2016 presidential election once again. Latinos presented a strong presence in the 2012 election, and not every Latino voted then.

Latinos may not just only impact the 2016 elections, but could be more of a presence down the road in politics.

There is no doubt in my mind that by 2025 we will have a Latino president,” Mottola said, and he may just be right.

The Latin Explosion: A New America, narrated by John Leguizamo will air Nov. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Latino.

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THE LATIN EXPLOSION: A NEW AMERICA

With more than 50 million Latinos now living in the United States, Latinos are taking their seat at the table as the new American power brokers in the world of entertainment, business, politics and the arts. As Latinos’ influence in American society has soared, they have entered mainstream American culture, and the proof is in the music.

Executive produced by legendary music mogul Tommy Mottola, THE LATIN EXPLOSION: A NEW AMERICA features a dazzling array of artists at the center of Latino cultural power and influence, including Marc Anthony, Emilio Estefan Jr., Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Jennifer Lopez, Los Lobos, Cheech Marin, Ricky Martin, Rita Moreno, Pitbull, Romeo Santos, Shakira, Thalía and Sofía Vergara. Narrated by John Leguizamo, the exclusive presentation debuts MONDAY, NOV. 16 on HBO and HBO Latino, and will be simulcast in Latin America and the Caribbean via HBO Latin America.

“We have assembled the largest array of Latino superstars ever in a film telling a powerful story of their history and immigration, politics, and rise from a small minority population to the most critical demographic in the United States,” comments Mottola. “Latinos spend 1.3 trillion dollars a year, making them one of the most powerful groups of consumers today. Latinos played a large part in the outcome of the last election and will certainly be a larger part in the upcoming 2016 election.

There is no doubt in my mind that by 2025 we will have a Latino president –  Tommy Motola

THE LATIN EXPLOSION celebrates the artists and visionaries who have exploded onto the U.S. music scene and gone on to become global superstars, showing how they have influenced every aspect of American society, from culture to politics to the economy. The film ranges from the cha-cha and mambo crazes of the ‘50s, with Desi Arnaz and Rita Moreno, and the edgier ‘60s, reflected by Carlos Santana and Jose Feliciano, to the exciting new sound of salsa in the ‘70s and the emergence of superstars Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan in the ‘80s.

THE LATIN EXPLOSION also spotlights the Latino boom of the late ‘90s, led by Ricky Martin, Shakira, Mark Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, and today’s hottest stars, Pitbull and Romeo Santos. Some of the featured artists discuss how their crossover hits have played a role in defining the American experience, setting the stage for today’s Latin Explosion.

NEW AMERICA, premiering Monday, November 16 at 9PM on HBO and HBO Latino.

WHY MENUDO MATTERED

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They were five boys who were not yet teenagers with voices that had not yet changed. But when they wore their tight outfits and danced in unison, the girls went wild. They were called Menudo and in the late 70’s and early 80’s, they gave Puerto Rican youth something to emulate or admire. That was hardly so during this time when Puerto Ricans had little to be inspired by and was basically ignored on the world stage.

Even in New York, long before the rise of Reggaeton put the island on the map of popular culture, Puerto Ricans were perceived as lovers of Salsa alone, non English-speaking, though most second and third generation Nuyoricans were usually English first, and devoid of anything original to catch anyone’s fancy. Then, Menudo came along. Puerto Rican-born, they were the template for later boy bands that used in sync dance numbers and youthful voices to make tweens’ hearts fail.

It also did something else. It furnished national pride and when they came to New York’s Madison Square Garden, they packed the arena while the activity around it drew comparisons to groups like the Beatles who drew serious intensity in their fan base when they first arrived.

Secondly, they drew Puerto Ricans to learn Spanish as they picked up the lyrics to their favorite songs bringing with it a renewed love of their original language. It also was something for the boricuas of the early 80’s to own. It was theirs and it defined a period they could recall with pride. Later on Menudo would add a boy named Ricky Martin, and in 1983, with roster practically fully changed, they picked a Long Island kid, Robbie Rosa, to spearhead the attempt at an English crossover. He was the first Puerto Rican from the United States mainland to be selected.

Looking back like all things 80’s, the word cheesy is used. But you will not talk to any forty-something Latina today who does not remember Menudo and what it meant in their early years. Except they were Puerto Rican made. What did it mean to a people with no real status and history recognized by anyone? It was everything. Menudo mattered and in July they will be coming with the original members to the Beacon Theatre to perform in New York for the first time in 17 years. Yes, it matters. From the VCR to Blue Ray, Menudo is still relevant to those who cared.

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Premios Performances a Powerhouse Success!!

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It seems to me that Premios have taken its tone of repetiveness. Every year or more like every season we look forward to seeing out favorite artists perform their hit single on that main stage full of lavish lights and sexy standstill performances. One of biggest hits this year was ‘6am’ by J Balvin. This urban youth stole the night from his platform performance on the red carpet to winning numerous awards and dynamic performances on Stage during the cncert with Prince Royce.

Ricky Martin along with Univision producers had us in suspense during the pre concert moments. With mentions of an annnouncement, fans were full of crazy ideas.. “New Baby coming?” “Marriage?” Even my favorite, “Is Ricky switching teams? God would I love him to play on my team for a few bases and home runs. This ballad performance of ‘Disparo al Corazon‘ had me praying during every close that cupid would come target me.

Pablo Alboran came on stage with a very relaxed fit look. With his rustic voice he put his foot on the pedal of this baby grand piano and began to sing his heart out that fans became nostalgic even in the dark. This Spanish superstar has vocals to tell a story of broken heart and brave combat to conquer the one he loves.

Becky G. and Thalia performed a collaboration that I haven’t seen in a while. Thalia angelic appearance with sensual induendo in contrast to Becky G.’s moxiness kept the audience o