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Livin' la vida loca since 1999.
Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author. His career began at age 12 as a member of the Boy Band Menudo, but he has since released several solo albums throughout the 1990s. He has also achieved modest stardom on stage and television in Mexico, and appeared on the American soap opera General Hospital in 1994 as, ummm... a Puerto Rican singer.

His musical career received a second kick in the backside in early 1999, when his performance of "Cup of Life" at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards brought Latin pop to the attention of the U.S. music scene.


Note: Albums released during his tenure with Menudo will be listed on that page.

  • Ricky Martin (1991)
  • Me Amarás (1993)
  • A Medio Vivir (1995)
  • Vuelve (1998)
  • Ricky Martin (1999)
  • Sound Loaded (2000)
  • Almas del Silencio (2003)
  • Life (2005)
  • Música + Alma + Sexo (2011)
  • A Quien Quiera Escuchar (2015)





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His music contains examples of:

  • All Women Are Lustful:
    "And she bangs, she bangs
    Oh baby
    When she moves, she moves
    I go crazy
    'Cause she looks like a flower but she stings
    Like a bee
    Like every girl in history
    She bangs, she bangs"
  • Back to Front: "Private Emotion" displays him and his love interest first coated in ice, then the ice melting back to water, which returns to the sprinkler heads, so that the fire ignited by their passion reappears before un-igniting.
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: Ever since coming out in 2010, he started performing some of his hits from a gay male perspective (eg. "He's All I Ever Had") in concert.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: "Livin' La Vida Loca" implies that the lady in question took advantage of the singer.
    She took my heart, and she took my money
    She must've slipped me a sleeping pill
  • Gratuitous French: "The Cup of Life (La Copa de la Vida)" has "Allez, allez, allez" and "Une, deux, trois".
  • Hydrant Geyser: In the video for "Livin' La Vida Loca", a car goes out of control and hits a hydrant, busting it instantly and creating the geyser.
  • Intercourse with You: As part of the Latin Lover image, this is a prominent theme in his music.
  • Lyrical Shoehorn: "Livin' La Vida Loca" had a dilemma in its chorus: the only workable English word to rhyme with "loca" is "mocha". But a reference to coffee in a song about a Femme Fatale would seem weird. But the solution they came up with was equally odd and tortured.
    Her lips are devil-red
    And her skin's the color mochanote 
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: The girl in "Livin' La Vida Loca" will "make you live her crazy life," but the result is that "She will wear you out" and "She'll make you go insane." She's quite an experience but also dangerous.
  • Mating Dance: Ricky really works his pelvis in a suggestive manner while performing "Come With Me (En Vivo)".
  • Power Ballad: Ricky has two in particular: "She's All I Ever Had" and "Nobody Wants to be Lonely" (the latter a duet with Christina Aguilera).
  • Starbucks Skin Scale: In order to make a rhyming scheme for "Livin' La Vida Loca", the girl was described as having skin the color of mocha.
  • Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: "Shake Your Bon-Bon", which prominently features those words in the chorus.
  • Unscaled Merfolk: The music video for "She Bangs" features both standard mermaids and an octopus-merman.