Puerto Rico Welcomes Ricky Martin
February 12, 2000
Thousands of screaming, flag-waving fans are giving favorite son Ricky Martin a hero's welcome in his native Puerto Rico, packing a stadium for the pop star's first concerts here since he conquered the English-language music charts.
Fans crowded into the Hiram Bithorn Stadium Friday night for the first of the three shows in San Juan.
Martin had not performed in Puerto Rico for two years, but many on this Caribbean island of 3.8 million people are proud of his international success. At Friday's concert, Martin returned the sentiment.
"This flag is all over the world. That's Puerto Ricans - proud of who we are," Martin told the crowd, prompting deafening applause.
Martin also won the crowd's approval by voicing his opposition to the U.S. Navy's bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. The Puerto Rican government has agreed to allow limited exercises on Vieques for at least three more years, but many on the island are opposed to the Navy's presence.
"Not one bullet more, please," Martin yelled to the cheering crowd while waving the Puerto Rican flag. "Peace for Vieques!"
Martin kicked off the concert with his huge hit "Livin' La Vida Loca" and obliged fans' cravings for his latest radio favorite, "Shake Your Bon." He wrapped up with "The Cup of Life," the song he performed at last year's Grammy awards.
Martin just wrapped up a 28-city tour of the United States.
Ricky Arrives in Puerto Rico!
February 07, 2000
Screaming "Ricky, we love you!" dozens of fans welcomed Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin as he arrived home Monday for his first concerts on the island in two years.
Fans waved Puerto Rican flags as Martin stepped out of a private jet then boarded a helicopter that took him to an undisclosed location to rest. "I'm happy because I'm going to see my family (and) be able to breathe that air that you only can breathe in this land," Martin told reporters. Martin will give three concerts in San Juan over the weekend.
Martin said he might also visit Vieques, the Puerto Rican island where protesters have camped out on a Navy bombing range to thwart military exercises. Martin has taken their side, and he discussed the issue with one of President Clinton's advisers during a visit to the White House last week.
Stop Bomb Tests off Puerto Rico!
October 29, 1999
Martin has a meeting scheduled with US president Bill Clinton
during his trip to Washington for a benefit concert next week.
US military has been conducting bombing runs on the island for
many years now. Ricky will protest the test bombings on Vieques, a
small island off the eastern coast of Puerto
the US Navy owns most of the island, Puerto Ricans have united to
protest against the test bombings. Ricky has declared to be part
of it. He told a newspaper that he'll do his best to stop the
bombing on the island.
The Movie Star?
that he is doing a movie in LA. His acting career with ABC's
Hospital has boost his potential as an actor. We have not
heard anything about this weather it is true or not. He is
supposedly going to do a movie with a secret-famous movies star
Martin premieres the "Bella" video August 11, 1999
at 9:00 p.m., Puerto Rico will be frozen as the masses watch the
new video of Puerto Rico's newest superstar. The "Bella"
video, Spanish version of "She's All That", will be
transmitted simultaneously in the three principal channels of the
Island, "Televicentro" Channel 4, "Telemundo"
Channel 2 and "Teleonce" Channel 11. This
is Ricky Martin's second promotional single from his successful
Nigel Dick production, was filmed in various
sites of Los Angeles. He is part of the successful team of Aband
Apart Music Video Company. Also, Dick is well recognized in the
musical world as well as Wayne Isham, who produced the "Livin
La Vida Loca" video. Charlotte Ayana is the model that
will be working next to our Puerto Rican star in the "Bella"
an overwhelming acceptance, the presentation of the english
version of "Bella"
was shown recently in MTV cable channel. Last Monday was the
premiere in the US of Ricky's video, Spanish version, through
"Telemundo", the official channel of the Ricky Martin's
Tour, which will begin in October.
the Island's presentation of "Bella",
it is expected the same chaos that caused "Livin
La Vida Loca", which conquer the firsts spots in the
famous world lists of music and videos. The successful musical
production named "Ricky Martin" stills with its entire
apogee and our Puerto Rican icon continues his promotion
throughout the whole world.
again Ricky Martin is #1 on the Billboard
again, Ricky is in the news and his accomplishments are on the
cover of every magazine throughout the world. In just months, the
interpreter of "Livin
La Vida Loca", has put himself again in the #1 spot of
the prestigious Billboard
Chart. This time with his second single "Bella",
the Spanish version of "She's all That", which is in the
1st position of the "Hot Latin Track" and has been a
sensation in various important cities of the world.
and his acclaimed melodies of "She's All That" and
La Vida Loca" are still #1 in England and other cities of
Europe and America. In the past few weeks the Puerto Rican
mega-star conquered, with his music and talent, the countries of
the Orient, where he became an icon.
Ricky is preparing himself for his participation on the great
event of the MTV
Music Award, with six nominations. He is also ready for his World
Tour that begins in October and that will be transmitted by
Telemundo, the official Ricky Martin's Tour channel.
Martin's World Tour begins in Miami
July 6, 1999
there was "Livin
La Vida Loca", the single, then came, "Livin
La Vida Loca", the video. Now, Ricky Martin is preparing
to rock the world with "Livin
La Vida Loca", THE TOUR.
selling more than ten millions copies of his new album, conquering
the No. 1 spot on the prestigious Billboard
chart and receiving five platinum records in less than eight
weeks, the Puerto Rican super star will initiate his so expected
world tour on October 21 in the Miami Arena. This will be the
beginning of a journey around 17 cities that acclaims the
interpreter of "Livin
La Vida Loca" and "The
Cup of Life". The chaos that the music and presentations
of Ricky Martin have caused it's an anticipation that all his
concerts will be sold out. It is expected that the concert's
tickets will be sold in less than 48 hours.
Appears on British Television
May 19, 1999
a result of the huge success with his new musical production, and
his contagious song "Livin
La Vida Loca", the Puerto Rican super star arrived
yesterday in England in order to continue his promotional tour
throughout the world. England's television. The intervention will
be on the famous show "Top of the Pops", where he will
be the main figure. In this way, and by deference to the English
audiences, Ricky will say present for some hours to this nation in
which he has become an idol to many.
his great acceptance on well known USA television programs, such
as "Saturday Night Live",
O'Donnell Show", among others, and after being on the
cover of famous magazines as "TIME
Weekly", the success of "Livin
La Vida Loca", that stills #1 on the Billboards Charts,
has taken Ricky Martin to sustain the supremacy as the most
popular Latin artist of the world.
Martin paralyzes New York City
May 12, 1999
hours of the release of his new musical production, titled "Ricky
Martin", the world idol paralyzed New York City yesterday.
Ricky visited the program "MTV Live Request" and then he
went to TOWER RECORDS, located at 67 Avenue.
there, the Puerto Rican artist stood in front of approximately
twelve thousand people to sign autographs and to give a warm
welcome to his loyal fans. Metaphorically, in view of the reaction
of the New York police that were present at all times, the Puerto
Rican super star paralyzed the metropolis and started to live "la
are that from the early hours of dawn, young fans staled at the
streets in order to be the firsts to enter the music store and to
have the chance to see the famous artist.
the Latin and American media of the "Big Apple" covered
the activity describing it as a historical moment. It is expected
that in the next days Ricky Martin and his song "Livin
La Vida Loca" will break a super sales record marking a
new precedent for exceeding the five millions of copies sold in
the pre-sale in such a short period of time.
Ricky Martin Gay?
is the rumour thats going around at the moment. Im not sure if he
is or not but in any interviews he scarcely reports that he has a
girlfriend or even mentions girls. He has had video clips in the
Australian "Maria" with Drag Queens. Find out more here
April 28, 1999
latin music superstat is the first male artist to hit the top spot
in more than a year. He has the highest #1 sales figures in
Columbia Records' history.
Ricky Martin fever grips America, the C2/Columbia Recording
La Vida Loca" has shot to #1 with a bullet on the
billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week with both Power Pick
Sales (greatest pin in sales) and Power Pick Airplay (greatest
gain in airplay). In fact, with true first week's sales of "Livin
La Vida Loca" totaling more than 280,000 pieces, Ricky
Martin has achieved the highest #1 sales figures in Columbia
Records history and has the fourth highest #1 sales in the history
of the Hot 100 following Elton John's "Candle In The Wind
1997", Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On", and
Brandy & Monica's "The Boy Is Mine". Ricky Martin is
the first solo Latin male artist of the SoundScan era to hit #1 on
the Hot 100 and is the first male artist to have the #1single on
the Hot 100 in over a year (the last was Will Smith's "Gettin'
Jiggy Wit lt" in March 1998).
rise of "Livin
La Vida Loca" has been nothing short of phenomenal. Based
solely on airplay, "Livin
La Vida Loca" entered the Hot 100 at #54 with a bullet
the week of April 4, 1999. A week later, it had bulleted to 032
and was that week's Power Pick Airplay record. In its third week,
the irresistible single shot to #8, again with a bullet and Power
Pick Airplay. When the true first week's sales were factored in
during the singles fourth week on the chart, the rise to numero
uno was inevitable.
this month, Picky Martin created pure pandemonium when between
5,000-7,000 of his fins showed up for his in-store appearances in
Miami and Los Angeles.
Martin galvanized more than a billion television viewers across
the globe with his electrifying performance of "The Cup of
Life (La Copa de Ia Vida)" at this year's Grammy Awards
ceremony. Ricky's last album, Vuelve, won the Best Latin Pop
Performance Grammy and has sold some 6 million copies worldwide.
recently, Ricky walked off with two Billboard Latin Music Awards
including Album of the Year, Male (Vuelve) and Hot Latin Track of
the Year (Vuelve).
Number One in Billboard Charts
April 30, 1999
his sensational presentation in Milan, Italy, for the world
launching of his new production, the Puerto Rican star Ricky
Martin, in less than a week, has put himself in the No. 1 spot of
the American Hot Chart Billboard 100 with his successful single
La Vida Loca".
is another triumph for the mega star since no other Puerto Rican
has ever conquered such worldwide-recognized position. Also,
La Vida Loca" has already sold 300,000 units and it
hasn't been out on the market yet.
La Vida Loca" is causing sensation throughout the whole
First Appearance on Worldwide Television
April 30, 1999
Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin will appear today in the Latin
Billboard Music Award in Miami. During the ceremony the super star
will perform his successful single "Livin
La Vida Loca" and will receive the awards for Male Artist
Album of the Year and Pop Hot Latin Track Album, both for his
successful production of Vuelve
which has exceeded six millions copies sold.
his triumphal career around the world, it is most important for
the Puerto Rican star that his Latin fans will be the first to
watch his appearance in worldwide television.
event will take place at Club Tropigala in Fountainbleau Hilton
Tower Hotel and it will be transmitted worldwide via "Telemundo"
Television Network in May 16, 1999 at 7:00 p.m.
martin on Top of the World with: Sting, Elton John, and Billy Joel
March 11, 1999
by British Super -Star Sting, our Ricky Martin will arrive to New
York's Carnegie Hall on April the 17th at 7:00 p.m. to participate
along with other big music starts in one of the most spectacular
annual events, the "Tenth
Annual Rainforest Benefit", founded ten years ago by
Styler, and Sting.
to Ms. Styler: "This year, the artists have been asked to
perform their favorite Frank Sinatra songs and we're doing it his
way". Through these annual benefit concerts almost ten
million dollars has been raised to support the Rainforest
Foundation's mission of protecting the rights and environment of
the people who live in the world's rainforests. The benefit
Concert will be a part of Rainforest
Awareness Week that features various fund and awareness
raising activities including the Empire State Building glowing
green in tribute and the street outside Carnegie Hall being
temporarily renamed" Rainforest Way".
1989 the Rainforest
Foundation was originally created to help protect the Kayapo
Indian's homeland in the Amazon.
performers to this event include regulars Elton John, Sting and
James Taylor who will be joined by: Charles Aznavour, Tony
Bennett, Sandra Bernhard, Don Henley, Bill Joel, Ricky Martin, and
as always, concert producer Trudie
Styler promises special surprise guests.
the honor of participating in this great event, Ricky Martin will
leave to Los Angeles to continue with his career responsibilities.
Makes a Show-Stopping Debut at the GRAMMYS
performer Ricky Martin brought the Grammy
audience to its feet last night with his energetic performance of
the song "La
Copa De La Vida". The audience awarded the Latin pop
artist with a standing ovation after his debut performance on the
show. Ricky later went on to win a Grammy in the "Best Latin
Pop Performance" category for his Spanish album "Vuelve".
This was Martin's first nomination and first win as a solo artist.
native of Puerto Rico, Ricky has been performing and amazing
audiences worldwide with his Latin pop sound from an early age.
which was released last summer, has sold over 6 million records
and has hit number one in Australia, Japan and France.
looks forward to his first crossover album in English, due out on
June 1st. "It's all about communication," Martin said.
I've done recordings in French, in Portuguese, why not English?
I'll never stop singing in Spanish. I'm very proud of where I came
from. But let's communicate right? Why not?"
to Perform "La Copa de la Vida" on the 41st Grammy
Awards on Feb 24 on CBS
January 27, 1999
Martin will be performing "La
Copa De La Vida" on the 41st Annual Grammy
Awards, it was officially announced today by Michael Greene,
President/CEO of The Recording Academy and Pierre Cossette of
Cossette Productions. The February 24 CBS telecast will be hosted
by Rosie O'Donnell. Madonna will also perform on the show, as
previously announced. Martin's LP Vuelve is nominated for "Best
Latin Performance". This is Martin's first nomination as a
solo artist; he was formerly nominated twice as a member of
are delighted to have such a talented performer on the 41st Annual
GRAMMY Awards", commented Michael Greene. "As both an
actor and performer, he brings a special energy to the show. We
are also committed to represent more Latin Music in our future
endeavors. This year we added categories in this field, in
addition to the R&B and Classical fields. The Recording
Academy has also moved to develop an awards framework for the
first Latin Grammy Awards and Sergio Rosenblatt has become the new
Executive Director of LARAS.
in all 95 categories of the Music industry's most prestigious
awards will be revealed during the 41 Annual Grammy Awards at Los
Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on Wednesday, February 24. The live
telecast will be seen on the CBS Television Network from 8-11 p.m.
(ET/PT) and overseas via satellite to over 1.5 billion viewers in
41st Annual Grammy Awards is a Recording Academy event in
cooperation with Cossette Productions. Pierre Cossette is the
executive producer; Walter C. Miller is producer/director; Ken
Ehrlich, producer; John Cossette is the supervising producer and
Tisha Fein is the coordinating producer of the show.
is the recording Academy's official partner to sponsor and produce
the official Webcast of the 41st Annual Grammy Awards. The Grammy
webcast, on www.grammy.com,
will launch in early February with extraordinary, exclusive,
behind the scene coverage reaching its crescendo on February 24.
One, America's # 1 Radio Network, is the Official Grammy Radio
Network, Westwood One produces and distributes special programming
and exclusive coverage live from backstage at the Grammy in nine
different formats to radio stations around the World.
Invited to Sing at the Grammys
January 13, 1999
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (N.A.R.A.S.),
entity that organizes the prestigious Grammy Awards, has confirmed
that Ricky Martin will join the artistic cast that will perform
the night of the awards, during the live transmission, which will
reach more than two thousand millions of persons around the World.
a result, Hispanics will have a representation that establishes a
precedent. The event occurs on Wednesday February the 4th, in the
Shrine Auditorium of Los Angeles, California. It will be
transmitted live Via Satellite- to the World by CBS (9:00 PM
to 12:00 Puerto Rico time).
following stars will also participate in this event: Celine Dion,
Whitney Houston, Madonna, Mariah Carey, and Will Smith among
Ricky Martin this is not only a commitment, but also, another
opportunity to continue promoting the Hispanic culture.
December 10, 1998
his spectacular success in India, Ricky Martin traveled to Spain
to record a Christmas special for TVE (Television Española).
During this special Ricky Martin will perform his greatest hits of
the year, with which he has traveled and succeeded all around the
to the enjoyment of our brothers and sisters in the Iberian
Peninsula, the famous 'boricua' will participate in the New Year's
Eve Gala of the important television chain, Antenna 3. During this
gala, Ricky Martin will share the stage with renowned artists such
as Julio Iglesias, Alejandro Sanz, Shakira, Juan Gabriel, and Joan
Manuel Serrat among others.
in Spain, Ricky Martin will also record the video for his next
single "Por arriba, Por abajo". Afterwards Ricky will
travel to Sidney, Australia, host of the Year 2000 Olympic Games
where he will record a commercial for Pepsi with the famous
American singer: Janet Jackson.
of Asia Goes Latin!
December 2, 1998.
Martin, the mega star from Puerto Rico, continues his un-stoppable
and ascending career, and proves it with his absolute triumph in
the City of Singapore.
thousands of fans, the 'boricua' idol had everyone dancing to the
rhythms of "Maria" and "La Copa de la Vida" in
the Harbour Pavillion of this great city.
are thousands and thousands of persons in the Orient that closely
follow Ricky Martin's tour, which has already surpassed by far the
five million mark of Vuelve
soon, Ricky Martin will present his concert in Oriental cities
such as: China, and India among others.
December 2, 1998
Martin arrived today in China to offer his world famous concert
and inspire his thousands of fans to dance to his catching songs
"Maria" and "La Copa de la Vida".
the Hispanic Ambassador to the World, Ricky Martin continues his
un-stoppable and ascending career. This time he will conquer the
Chinese with his concert in the Gongren Stadium in Beijing.
will be the first performance of a Hispanic artist in this
country, one of the most populated in the world, and to the honor
of Latin America he will sing his whole repertoire in Spanish.
his visit to China, Ricky Martin will visit the Great Chinese
Launches first Peurto Rican Theme Restaurant
Florida / World famous Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin announced
today, during his USA Tour Press Conference, that an important
part of his 1998 plans include the opening, in South Beach
Florida, of Casa Salsa, the first Puerto Rican Theme restaurant of
Worldwide venture, the first Casa Salsa will open in mid December,
at 524 Ocean Drive, South Beach, Florida.
I travel around the World, I miss my island a whole lot, so when
the opportunity came to join forces with some other Puerto Rican
entrepreneurs to open a restaurant that would, in essence, be a
reflection, a recreation through its food, its atmosphere,
its flavor of what Puerto Rico is and has to offer, I
jumped in," expressed Ricky." And added, "when you
walk into Casa Salsa, you walk into an environment where you feel
like you have walked into a modern Puerto Rican house, offering
you one of the best cuisines in all of Latin America, the world's
best rums and coffee, top quality tobacco, live music, our
traditions and of course, salsa, that famous collage of tropical
rhythms, sweeping the World."
Salsa is a Florida based Corporation formed by a group of eight
Puerto Rican entrepreneurs: Luis Sierra, one of the principal
partners of the sierra, Cardona y Ferrer, architectural firm; the
Muñiz brothers, Rafo and Pedro, both well known Puerto
Rican radio, film, and television producers and marketing
promoters; Angelo Medina, one of the island's top music and
entertainer's promoters, besides being Ricky Martin's Manager; the
Benitez-Gorbea brothers, Manuel and José, owners of world
famous Ajili Mojili, Puerto Rico's top gourmet criollo cuisine
Mojili is my first stop in Puerto Rico every time I go back home;
it reminds me so much of the food my grandmother used to cook for
me, that I just can't fly out of the island, without making a
stopover there," stated Ricky.
Casa Salsa project represents a first for islanders, since it is
the first time a group of Puerto Rican entrepreneurs join forces
to promote the customs, traditions, food and music of the
Caribbean island, which is home to some of the world's best
entertainers and athletes.