Chayanne

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Chayanne
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Chayanne performing at the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, United States
Background information
Birth name Elmer Figueroa Arce
Born (1968-06-28) June 28, 1968 (age 45)
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Origin San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
Genres Latin pop
Occupations Singer, actor
Years active 1980–present
Labels Sony Music, RCA Records
Associated acts Los Chicos
Website Official website

Elmer Figueroa Arce (born June 28, 1968), better known under the stage name Chayanne, is a Puerto Rican Latin pop singer, actor and composer. As a solo artist, Chayanne has released 21 solo albums and sold over 30 million albums worldwide.[1] He holds the record for most album sales in Spain.

Biography[edit]

Elmer Figueroa's nickname "Chayanne" was given to him by his mother, in honor of his love for the 1950s television series, Cheyenne.[citation needed]

Career with Los Chicos[edit]

In the late 1970s, he auditioned for Menudo, but the producers told him that he was too young to be in the group.[citation needed] He joined another group, Los Chicos, they produced several hit recordings, including "Puerto Rico Son Los Chicos" and Ave Maria.

Solo artist[edit]

After Los Chicos separated in 1984, Chayanne began his career as a solo artist. He signed with RCA Ariola and released his first album, Chayanne es mi Nombre, that year. His second album with RCA, Sangre Latina was released in 1986.

Chayanne during a concert in Managua, Nicaragua.

After three years with RCA, Chayanne switched labels to Sony Music and broke out with his first self-titled album in 1987. This album featured a blend of ballads and dance tracks, a formula for which Chayanne would be famous. It featured two hit songs, the ballad "Peligro de Amor" written by Michael Sullivan and Paulo Massadas and a song that would cement him as an overall performer, the upbeat dance track "Fiesta en America" written by Honorio Herrero.

In 1988, Chayanne released the eponymous second self-titled album, Chayanne. This album included several hit singles including Honorio Herrero's "Tu Pirata Soy Yo", José María Cano's "Fuiste un Trozo de Hielo en la Escarcha", and "Este Ritmo Se Baila Así", composed by Pierre-Edouard Decimus, Jacob Desvarieux and Roberto Livi. At the same time, Chayanne became a spokesperson for Pepsi, with the airing of the first Spanish speaking advertising spot broadcast on national television coast to coast during the 1989 Grammy Awards telecast.

In 1990 he released the album Tiempo de Vals, featuring some of his best-selling singles such as the title track, composed by José María Cano, "Completamente Enamorados", composed by Piero Cassano, Adelio Cogliati, and Eros Ramazzotti, and "Daría Cualquier Cosa", composed by Luis Gómez Escolar and Julio Seijas. He followed it with the album whose title track would eventually become Chayanne's signature song, Provocame (1992). That album also featured the hit El Centro de mi Corazon (#1 U.S. Hot Latin, 1992), and was nominated for Pop Song of the Year at the Lo Nuestro Awards of 1993, while Chayanne was listed for Male Pop Artist.[2] Two years later, he released the album Influencias (1994), which was a tribute to some of his musical influences. In 1996, he released Volver a Nacer.

In 1998, he received his second Grammy nomination with the album Atado a Tu Amor, which featured his first number-one hit since 1992, "Dejaria Todo" as well as a long-lasting hit in the title track. The hot streak continued in 2000 when Chayanne released Simplemente with the top-ten hit "Candela" and the number-one hit "Yo Te Amo". In 2002, he released Grandes Exitos, a greatest hits album with a few new tracks. One of those new tracks, "Y Tu Te Vas", was the number-one song of the summer in 2002. The next year, Chayanne released Sincero which featured two number-one songs, "Un Siglo Sin Ti" and "Cuidarte el Alma". In 2005, he did a tour along with Mexican Alejandro Fernández and fellow Puerto Rican Marc Anthony. That same year, he released two albums. First, a second greatest hits album, Desde Siempre with the new song "Contra Vientos y Mareas", followed by Cautivo with hits such as "No Se Por Que", "Te Echo de Menos"" and "No Te Preocupes Por Mi".

Chayanne's 13th album Mi Tiempo was released April 2007. The album debuted at number two on the Top Latin Album chart selling 17,000 copies in its first week of release. The first single off the album "Si Nos Quedara Poco Tiempo" reached number one on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.

Following the album's release, Chayanne began an international tour to promote Mi Tiempo. Among the places visited early in the tour were Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and the United States.[3] On August 24, 2008, he began a series of presentations in Spain.[3] When interviewed he noted that the concert would be fluid "like a musical", and "more Latin" than his previous presentations, being composed of "more pop, Brazilian, Caribbean and reggae rhythms" which he would use to "dance constantly".[3] He also gave a special performance in Miss Universe 2003 pageant.[citation needed]

On November 3, 2009, Chayanne released a new single titled "Me Enamoré de Ti",[4] serving as the theme song for the 2009 soap opera "Corazon Salvaje". This single is featured in Chayanne's 2010 release, No Hay Imposibles.

Acting career[edit]

In the 1980s, Chayanne participated in several soap operas and starred in the comedy series Generaciones with Luis Antonio Rivera. More recently, he has received several offers for acting jobs, but he has declined most of them for conflicting with his musical career,[citation needed] which he considers his priority.

In 1998, he starred in his first Hollywood role, playing a Cuban dancer along with Vanessa L. Williams in Dance with Me. He also made a guest appearance on Ally McBeal.

In 1994 he played himself in Volver a empezar along with Yuri. That same year, he also starred in Linda Sara opposite former Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres. The film was written and directed by famous Puerto Rican Jacobo Morales. More recently he has starred in other projects like the Argentine soap opera Provócame, for which he made the soundtrack of the same name.

In 2008, Chayanne played the title role in a television series titled Gabriel: Amor Inmortal, who is a vampire.[5] To familiarize himself with the concept he adopted a different daily schedule, sleeping during the day and working at night.[5] He noted that the production wanted to "make things look as real as possible", but that the adaptation process was hard.[5] The series debuted on September 28, 2008, on Mega TV.

Personal life[edit]

Chayanne lives in Miami[6] and is married to attorney and former Venezuelan beauty queen Marilisa Maronesse. They have two children, Lorenzo Valentino and Isadora Sofia.[6][7]

Actor[edit]

Discography[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chayanne, cantante y actor Reporte
  2. ^ Lannert, John (March 30, 1993). "Secada Lead Latin Noms Following Grammy Win". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 105 (10): 10. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Irene Mahía (2007-08-19). "Flash!". Chayanne: En tierras españolas (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día. p. 95. 
  4. ^ First Look: "Me Enamoré De Ti" Chayanne
  5. ^ a b c "Chayanne con hábitos de vampiro" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-06-04. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b http://informe21.com/arte-espectaculos/chayanne-nada-imposible-mensaje-estos-tiempos-dificiles Chayanne: "Nada es Imposible" es un mensaje para estos tiempos difíciles (In Spanish: Chayanne: "Nothing is Impossible" is a message for these troubled times), published January 30, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  7. ^ "Chayanne: la coquetería mantiene vivo su matrimonio" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-07-31. [dead link]

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