Dance-pop singer Ricky Martin, full name Enrique Martin Morales, was born on December 24 1971 in Santurce and was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ricky Martin was one of the biggest teen idols in Latin America during the '90s. A lead singer of Menudo, Martin was blessed with good looks and a nice voice, which helped him become a Latin music star. He also became an actor, earning praise from the Mexican motion picture industry and starring on the American soap opera General Hospital, where he played Miguel Morez, a bartender who sings on the weekend.

As a child, he sang in the choir and performed in school plays. When he was six, he began acting in television commercials. Shortly aftereward, he took professional singing and acting lessons, which paved the way for his auditions for Menudo. In 1984, when he was 12 years old, he became a member of Menudo. For the next five years, he was the lead singer of the group, helping them become international sensations. Once he outgrew Menudo in 1989, he went back home to Puerto Rico, where he completed high school. After graduation, he moved to New York, where he simply relaxed for several months. Following a few months of inactivity, he began to work his way back into the entertainment industry. He returned to Mexico, where he acted on stage for a year before returning to the music industry.

In 1991, he released his self-titled debut album, which he co-wrote with his fellow Menudo alumnus Robi Rosa, who would become a regular collaborator over the course of Martin's career (often credited as Ian Blake).

Ricky Martin became a sizable hit on the Latin charts. Two years later, he followed it with the Juan Carlos Calderon-produced Me Amaras, which was an even bigger hit, launching him to superstar status in Latin America.

His first English album, which happens to be called Ricky Martin, was released in the spring of 1999;

It made him a international superstar through the megahit "Livin' la Vida Loca" en "She's All I Ever Had".

On November 6, 2000 his latest album has been released and is called "Sound Loaded". The singles, which are released from this album are "She Bangs" and "Nobody want to be lonely". The last one is a duet with Christina Aguilera.