Ricky Martin (1999 album)

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This article is about Ricky Martin's second eponymous album, released in 1999. For his eponymous debut album, released in 1991, see Ricky Martin (1991 album).
Ricky Martin
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Studio album by Ricky Martin
Released May 11, 1999 (1999-05-11)
Recorded October 1998[1]-March 1999
Genre Latin pop
Length 60:01
Language
Label Columbia
Producer
Ricky Martin chronology
Vuelve
(1998)
Ricky Martin
(1999)
Sound Loaded
(2000)
Singles from Ricky Martin
  1. "Livin' la Vida Loca"
    Released: March 23, 1999
  2. "She's All I Ever Had"
    Released: June 15, 1999
  3. "Shake Your Bon-Bon"
    Released: October 12, 1999
  4. "Private Emotion"
    Released: February 8, 2000

Ricky Martin is the fifth album by the Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin released on Columbia Records on May 11, 1999. The album is one of the best selling albums of all time and has sold 22 million copies, worldwide.[2][3][4] This album is Martin's third which marketed in the United States and is his first album in English. Ricky Martin includes the singer’s first US number one hit "Livin' la Vida Loca."

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
The Village Voice C[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave Ricky Martin a "C" and dismissed its "slicked-up rhythm workouts and romantic pap" as conventional tactics from "one more crappy pop star."[8] Rolling Stone magazine's James Hunter gave it three out of five stars and felt it lacks the excitement of Martin's 1998 album Vuelve because of its remixes and Diane Warren-penned songs. However, he said that Martin's take on Latin pop is made interesting enough by highlights such as "Livin' la Vida Loca", "Shake Your Bon-Bon", and the "perfectly constructed ballad" sung with Madonna.[9]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album four out of five stars and said that despite moments of filler and outdated production, its songs are balanced well between uptempo dance-pop songs, power ballads, and midtempo pop songs on "a big, bold album with something to please everyone, from his longtime Latin fans to housewives with a weakness for dramatic ballads.[10]

Chart performance[edit]

Ricky Martin has sold 22 million copies worldwide, becoming Martin's best selling album.[2][3][4]

It peaked at number one in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Finland and Norway, and reached top ten elsewhere, including number two in the United Kingdom.

The album sold 661,000 copies in its first week in the United States and debuted there at number one. The next week it sold 458,000 copies.[11] After selling seven million copies,[12] the album was certified 7× Platinum in the United States. Also, after selling one million copies in Canada and in Japan, it was certified with Diamond and Million awards, respectively. In Europe, Ricky Martin received 2× Platinum IFPI award for selling there two million copies.

The album includes Martin's biggest worldwide hit, "Livin' la Vida Loca", which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and also topped the charts in Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand. Second single, "She's All I Ever Had" peaked at number two in the United States. On the Hot Latin Songs, "Livin' la Vida Loca" topped the chart for nine weeks, and "Bella" (Spanish-language version of "She's All I Ever Had") also reached the top for three weeks. Worldwide it was the fourth best selling album with 13.1 million copies sold in 1999, its debut that week worldwide was of nearly 1.7 million copies sold, the third biggest behind Backstreet Boys' 'Millennium' with 2.2 million and Japanese Hikaru Utada's 'First Love' with 2.1 million copies sold in its first week

Awards[edit]

Ricky Martin was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 42nd Grammy Awards. It won the Japan Gold Disc Awards for International Pop Album of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Latin Artist, and was nominated for the Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist. It was also nominated for the Juno Award for International Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2000. Also nominated an Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 for the Favorite CD.

Track listing[edit]

Ricky Martin — North America edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Livin' la Vida Loca"
  • Child
  • Rosa[a]
4:03
2. "Spanish Eyes"
  • Rosa
  • Child
  • Child
  • Rosa[a]
4:05
3. "She's All I Ever Had" 4:55
4. "Shake Your Bon-Bon"
  • Rosa
  • Noriega
  • Child
  • Noriega
  • Rosa[a]
  • Estefan, Jr.[b]
3:12
5. "Be Careful (Cuidado Con Mi Corazón)" (duet with Madonna)
  • Madonna
  • Orbit
4:02
6. "I Am Made of You"
  • Rosa
  • Child
  • Child
  • Rosa[a]
4:39
7. "Love You for a Day"
  • Rosa
  • Randall Barlow
  • Child
  • Barlow
  • Rosa[a]
  • Estefan, Jr.[b]
3:45
8. "Private Emotion" (performed by Ricky Martin and Meja)
  • Child
  • Rosa[a]
4:01
9. "The Cup of Life" (Spanglish Radio Edit) (The Official Song of the World Cup, France '98)
  • Rosa
  • Child
  • Luis Gómez Escolar
4:37
10. "You Stay with Me" Diane Warren
  • Child
  • Rosa[a]
4:12
11. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Spanish Version)
  • Rosa
  • Child
  • Escolar
  • Child
  • Rosa[a]
4:03
12. "I Count the Minutes" Warren Afanasieff 4:17
13. "Bella" (She's All I Ever Had)
  • Rosa
  • Noriega
  • Secada
  • Escolar
  • Secada
  • Noriega
  • Rosa[a]
  • Estefan, Jr.[b]
  • Afanasieff[c]
4:54
14. "María" (Spanglish Radio Edit)
4:31
Notes
  • ^a signifies a co-producer
  • ^b signifies an executive producer
  • ^c signifies an additional producer
  • ^d signifies a remixer

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[59] Platinum 60,000*
Australia (ARIA)[60] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[61] Gold 25,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[62] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[63] Diamond 1,000,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[64] Gold 39,664[64]
France (SNEP)[65] Gold 144,300[66]
Germany (BVMI)[67] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[68] Million 1,000,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[69] Platinum+Gold 225,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[70] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[71] 8× Platinum 120,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[72] Platinum 50,000*
Philippines[73] Gold 20,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[74] Platinum 100,000*
South Korea 260,220[75]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[76] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Sweden (GLF)[77] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[78] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[79] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[80] 7× Platinum 7,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[81] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*
Worldwide 22,000,000[2][3][4]

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

See also[edit]

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