Livin' La Vida Loca

"Livin' la Vida Loca" is a song performed by Ricky Martin. It was released on March 23, 1999, from Martin's self-titled debut English-language album (he had previously released several albums in Spanish).


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TO PLAY ALONG WITH THE VIDEO IN GCEA TUNING, you'll have to tune down to F#, B, D#, G# - then turn up the music, play, sing, and dance!

The song was composed by Desmond Child and Draco Rosa. La vida loca is Spanish for "the crazy life."

"Livin' la Vida Loca" is generally seen as the song that began the Latin pop explosion that followed and made the transition of other Spanish-speaking artists (first Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony and later Shakira, Paulina Rubio 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. Livin' la Vida Loca" is Martin's biggest hit and is his signature song. It's one of the best selling singles of all time.

The song received various Grammy Awards nominations and Ricky Martin obtained 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. The video for "Livin' la Vida Loca" was shot in Los Angeles. It 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 also won Ritmo Latino Music Award for Music Video of the Year. It was his first number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining at the top in the United States for five consecutive weeks and ranking at number ten on the year-end chart of 1999. (Wikipedia)

And in Spanish!

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