A Medio Vivir (album)

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A Medio Vivir
Studio album by Ricky Martin
Released September 19, 1995 (1995-09-19)
Recorded 1994-95
Genre Latin pop, pop rock, dance-pop
Length 52:26
Label Sony Music Latin, Columbia
Producer K. C. Porter, Ian Blake
Ricky Martin chronology
Me Amarás
(1993)
A Medio Vivir
(1995)
Vuelve
(1998)
Alternate cover
Singles from A Medio Vivir
  1. "Te Extraño, Te Olvido, Te Amo"
    Released: June 5, 1995 (1995-06-05)
  2. "María"
    Released: August 14, 1995 (1995-08-14)
  3. "A Medio Vivir"
    Released: November 27, 1995 (1995-11-27)
  4. "Fuego de Noche, Nieve de Día"
    Released: March 11, 1996 (1996-03-11)
  5. "Cómo Decirte Adiós"
    Released: May 6, 1996 (1996-05-06)
  6. "Bombón de Azúcar"
    Released: August 5, 1996 (1996-08-05)
  7. "Volverás"
    Released: January 6, 1997 (1997-01-06)
  8. "Nada es Imposible"
    Released: March 3, 1997 (1997-03-03)
  9. "Dónde Estarás"
    Released: May 5, 1997 (1997-05-05)
  10. "Corazón"
    Released: July 14, 1997 (1997-07-14)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

A Medio Vivir (English: Half Living) is the third studio album by the Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin. It was released in the United States on September 19, 1995.

A Medio Vivir was re-issued in 2002 under the title Colección de Oro.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The album has sold over three million copies, worldwide.[3] That number includes 1.3 million copies sold in Europe.[4]

A Medio Vivir was released at first in Latin America in 1995. It peaked at number eleven on the Top Latin Albums in the US. Five songs from this album charted on the Hot Latin Songs, including "María" and "Volverás", which both peaked at number six, "Te Extraño, Te Olvido, Te Amo" which reached number nine, "Nada es Imposible" (number twenty-three) and "A Medio Vivir" (number thirty-six). The album was certified 6× Platinum in Argentina.

In 1996, "María" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and peaked at number eighty-eight. The album has sold 287,000 copies in the US[5] and was certified Gold by the RIAA for shipping 500,000 copies. The same year, "María" charted in Spain and Finland, and A Medio Vivir followed peaking inside top ten in both countries. It was certified 4× Platinum in Spain and Gold in Finland.

However, the real international breakthrough came in 1997, when "María" became a hit all over Europe. A Medio Vivir debuted on the charts in various countries, peaking inside top ten in France and Belgium Wallonia. It was certified Platinum by the IFPI, after selling one million copies in Europe. It was certified Platinum in France[6] and Gold in Belgium and Switzerland.

After the success of "María", "Te Extraño, Te Olvido, Te Amo" was released as the second international single. It peaked inside top ten in France and Belgium Wallonia. "Volverás" was released as the third single and peaked at number forty-eight in France. "Corazón" was released in Finland reaching number twenty.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were produced by K. C. Porter and Ian Blake, except for "María" (Spanglish Radio Edit) which was remixed/produced by Javier Garza and Pablo Flores.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fuego de Noche, Nieve de Día"   Luis Gómez Escolar, K. C. Porter, Ian Blake 5:38
2. "A Medio Vivir"   Franco De Vita 4:41
3. "María"   Luis Gómez Escolar, K.C. Porter, Ian Blake 4:23
4. "Te Extraño, Te Olvido, Te Amo"   Carlos Lara 4:42
5. "Dónde Estarás"   Cristóbal Sansano, Mónica Naranjo 3:52
6. "Volverás"   Luis Gómez Escolar, K.C. Porter, Ian Blake, Ricky Martin 4:53
7. "Revolución"   Luis Gómez Escolar, K.C. Porter, Ian Blake 3:51
8. "Somos la Semilla"   K.C. Porter, Ian Blake, Manolo Tena 3:56
9. "Cómo Decirte Adiós"   Marco Flores 3:01
10. "Bombón de Azúcar"   Carlos Rolón, Mark Kilpatrick, Gustavo Laureano, John Lengel 4:59
11. "Corazón"   K.C. Porter, Luis Angel 4:20
12. "Nada es Imposible"   Alejandro Sanz 4:20
European bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "María" (Spanglish Radio Edit) Luis Gómez Escolar, K.C. Porter, Ian Blake 4:31
Limited European edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Corazón" (JS16 Radio Edit) K.C. Porter, Luis Angel 4:07
15. "Dónde Estarás" (Moon Mix Radio Edit) Cristóbal Sansano, Mónica Naranjo, José Nogueras 4:47

Charts and certifications[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[18] 6× Platinum 360,000x
Chile (IFPI)[19] Platinum 20,000x
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[20] Gold 29,363[20]
France (SNEP)[21] Platinum 300,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[19] Platinum 250,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[22] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[23] Gold 25,000x
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 500,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[25] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Medio Vivir (Coleccion de Oro). Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  3. ^ Ricky Martin Biography - Sony Music Poland. Sony Music Poland. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  4. ^ Billboard issue dated November 4, 2006. Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  5. ^ "Ask Billboard - Viva la 'Vida' singer". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  6. ^ http://infodisc.fr/Certif_Album.php
  7. ^ a b Billboard peak positions. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Peak positions. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  9. ^ Spanish Albums Chart. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  10. ^ Longplay-Chartverfolgung. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  11. ^ Hungarian Albums Chart. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  12. ^ a b "The Year in Music 1996". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1996-12-28. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  13. ^ "Rapports Annuels 1997". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  14. ^ "Classement Albums - année 1997". Disque en France. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  15. ^ "Swiss Year-end charts 1997". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  16. ^ "The Year in Music 1997". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1997-12-27. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  17. ^ "Myydyimmät ulkomaiset albumit vuonna 2000". IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  18. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Ricky Martin – A Medio Vivir". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  19. ^ a b http://www.eltiempo.com/archivo/documento/MAM-350176. Retrieved February 20, 1996.
  20. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  21. ^ "French album certifications – Ricky Martin – A Medio Vivir" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  22. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  23. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Ricky Martin; 'A Medio Vivir')". Hung Medien. 
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Ricky Martin – A Medio Vivir". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  25. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1998". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.