Livin' la Vida Loca

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"Livin' la Vida Loca"
Single by Ricky Martin
from the album Ricky Martin
Released March 23, 1999 (1999-03-23)
Format
Recorded 1998
Genre Latin pop
Length 4:03
Label Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Desmond Child
  • Robi Rosa
Ricky Martin singles chronology
"Corazonado"
(1999)
"Livin' la Vida Loca"
(1999)
"She's All I Ever Had"
(1999)

"Livin' la Vida Loca" (La vida loca means "the Crazy Life" in English) is a number-one hit song by Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin. It was released on March 23, 1999 from Martin's self-titled debut English album (he had previously released several albums in Spanish). The song was composed by Desmond Child and Draco Rosa and topped the charts during 1999.

"Livin' la Vida Loca" is generally seen as the song that began the Latin pop explosion of 1999 and made the transition of other Spanish-speaking artists (first Enrique Iglesias, then later Shakira and Thalía) into the English-speaking market easier. Before this time, most non-Latino Americans had never heard of Martin until what CNN reported was a show-stopping performance of "La Copa de la Vida" at the 41st Grammy Awards show, which became a catalyst in bringing Latin pop to the forefront of the U.S. music scene.[1] "Livin' la Vida Loca" sold over 8 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time.

The song received various Grammy Awards nominations and Ricky Martin obtain enormous success inside the United States and worldwide. In 2007, the song was ranked at number 28 on the list of 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's by VH1.[2] It is Martin's signature song.

Martin performed the song on second series of The Voice Australia with fellow judges Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden and Seal.

Recording[edit]

This song was the first U.S. number one single to be recorded without using then-conventional recording studio equipment; instead the track was created at Desmond Child's Gentlemen's Club Studio,[3] which utilizes a 64-track Pro Tools system.[4] The recording is also noted for its exceptional use of dynamic range compression to increase the track's perceived loudness.[5]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Livin 'La Vida Loca" was directed by Wayne Isham and starring Croatian model Nina Morić in Los Angeles 1999. Aired later the same month, and received six nominations at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Choreography in a Video and Viewer's Choice. It won two primary awards for Best Pop Video, and Best Dance Video, and was voted three additional awards in the international Viewers Choice categories. It won also Ritmo Latino Music Award for Music Video of the Year.

The video features Ricky Martin performing in a pub with his band and hanging out with a lady (Nina Moric) at various different locations. Various snippets of the video seem to merge into each other, over the duration of the song. Towards the end of the video, Martin gets distracted by his lady partner while driving, causing another car to veer and hit a fire hydrant, releasing a fountain of water. This scene coincides with the line in the chorus "She'll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain".

Chart success[edit]

"Livin' la Vida Loca" is Ricky Martin's biggest hit. It is his first number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining at number one in the United States for five consecutive weeks and ranking at number ten on the year-end chart of 1999. The single was certified Platinum for sales over one million physical copies in the US alone. It topped the Hot Latin Songs for nine weeks, and Latin Pop Songs for ten weeks. Although released long before the digital era, it has sold 502,000 digital copies in the US, becoming Martin's best-selling downloaded track.[6] On the Canadian RPM Top Singles the song stayed at the top for eight weeks, and on the Canadian Singles Chart for three weeks.

In the United Kingdom, "Livin' la Vida Loca" debuted at number one and stayed there for three weeks. It has sold 832,000 copies and was certified Platinum. The song also reached number one in Ireland and New Zealand. "Livin' la Vida Loca" peaked inside top ten around the world and was certified Platinum, Gold and Silver in various countries.

Awards[edit]

"Livin' la Vida Loca" was nominated at the 42nd Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). The Spanish version of the song was also nominated for Record of the Year at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2000.

Out of many nominations for various awards, "Livin' la Vida Loca" won Lo Nuestro Award for Pop Song of the Year,[7] Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Singles Male Artist, Billboard Latin Music Awards for Latin Pop Track of the Year,[8] BMI Music Award for Song of the Year, and International Dance Music Award for Best Latin Dance Track. It also received an award for Song of the Year Pop/Ballad at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards of 2000.[9]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Australian CD maxi-single #1
  1. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Album Version) – 4:03
  2. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Scissorhands Push & Pull English House Mix) – 7:09
  3. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Trackmasters Remix) – 3:46
  4. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Pablo Flores English Radio Edit) – 4:07
  5. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Pablo Flores Spanish Dub-apella) – 7:51
Australian CD maxi-single #2
  1. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Album Version)
  2. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Spanish Version)
  3. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Spanglish Version)
European CD single
  1. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Pablo Flores English Radio Edit) – 4:07
  2. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Scissorhands English Radio Mix) – 3:43
European CD maxi-single
  1. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Pablo Flores English Radio Edit) – 4:07
  2. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Pablo Flores English Club Mix) – 10:04
  3. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Scissorhands English Radio Mix) – 3:43
  4. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Pablo Flores Spanish Radio Edit) – 4:08
Japanese CD maxi-single
  1. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Album Version) – 4:03
  2. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Scissorhands Push & Pull English House Mix) – 7:09
  3. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Track Masters Remix) – 3:46
  4. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Pablo Flores English Club Mix) – 10:04
  5. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Pablo Flores English Radio Edit) – 4:07
UK CD maxi-single #1
  1. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Album Version) – 4:03
  2. "La Copa de la Vida" (Spanglish Version - Radio Version) – 4:35
  3. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Joey Musaphia's Deep Vocal Edit) – 6:45
UK CD maxi-single #2
  1. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Album Version) – 4:03
  2. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Amen Eurostamp Mix) – 7:18
  3. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Joey Musaphia's Carnival Mix) – 8:48
US CD single
  1. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Album Version) – 4:03
  2. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Spanish Version) – 4:03
US CD maxi-single
  1. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Album Version) – 4:03
  2. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Scissorhands Push & Pull English House Mix) – 7:09
  3. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Trackmasters Remix) – 3:46
  4. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Pablo Flores English Radio Edit) – 4:07
  5. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Pablo Flores Spanish Dub-apella) – 7:51

Charts and certifications[edit]