Artists’ Failed Reinventions

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Reinvention has been done by a lot of artists nowadays in order to refresh their image or rejuvenate their ailing careers. Some artists have been successful and some have failed miserably. Probably there isn’t a single artist out there who really mastered reinvention but this hasn’t prevented newer artists to brave new territories to seek greater success.
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Shakira May Join Ricky Martin For India Concert

Shakira in a black dress

With Ricky Martin set to perform in Agra, India on February 25th, Daily News & Analysis reports that Shakira may also be on the bill. Farooq Singh, co chairman of the 8th Wonder of the World Concert series said, “Ricky has confirmed his performance at the Taj Mahal concert and hopefully Shakira may end up sharing the stage with him.” Singh added, “Talks are on with Shakira. We have our fingers crossed. Only the dates are a problem. We are just waiting to sort that out.”

The story at dnaindia.com has since been removed.

Y100.7 Jingle Ball

Pussycat Dolls, Shakira, and Ricky Martin performed at the at the Y100.7 Jingle Ball on December 17th in Sunrise, Florida. Check out pictures from GettyImages and WireImage.

Microsoft Latin America & Ricky Martin Foundation Join Forces

Latin artist Ricky Martin

Contributed by Mehrunisa:

Recognizing their social responsibility to children, Microsoft Latin America and the Ricky Martin Foundation are joining forces to promote online child safety. Together, both organizations will work to develop educational strategies and activities for Internet safety that will help protect children in Latin American and Caribbean countries, and invite other companies and entities to participate in this effort.

“We are very proud to join efforts towards such a noble campaign that has as a goal to protect children in this online era. We’ve found Microsoft to be an active partner and we are sure that, together, we’ll take great strides to protect our most vulnerable population, children,” assured Ricky Martin, president of the organization that holds his name. The Ricky Martin Foundation commits its efforts to improve the quality of life for children and their families through diverse programs and projects of social interest that include three program areas: social justice, education, and health.

Ricky Martin’s Shower Secret

Singer Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin offered one of his sex secrets in an interview with Blender magazine. “I love giving the golden shower,” Martin revealed. “I’ve done it before in the shower. It’s like so sexy, you know, the temperature of your body and the shower water is very different.”

Ricky Martin To Release Show Tunes Album?

A source tells Neil Sean of Sky News that Ricky Martin has recorded an album of his favorite Broadway tunes. “I don’t plan on being a rock star forever,” said the singer, who found fame on Broadway in hit musical ‘Les Miserables’. “There are so many types of music that I want to sing.”

Ricky Martin Surveys Thai Housing Project

Ricky Martin, who was among the first celebrities to offer help to the devastated families in Thailand following the tsunami on December 26th, spoke with ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ about his recent return to the country to witness the work done on his charity homes. “More than a 1,000 people have been working on this project, literally, from all over the world, to put their work and love into the construction,” the Puerto Rican artist said.

Ricky Martin Visits ‘TV Total’

Ricky Martin dropped by ‘TV Total’ to chat with host Stefan Raab about his new album ‘Life’. Ricky talked about having a more global sound on the disc, did an impromptu ‘La Bamba’ and ‘La Cucaracha’ performance with Raab, and his training in Capuera, a Brazlian martial art — which he demonstrated with Raab. Video at tvtotal.prosieben.de has since been removed.

Ricky Martin Chats With Century FM

Ricky Martin joined Darren and Claire for Century FM Breakfast in Manchester, England, promoting his new album ‘Life’. He talked about the long layoff between albums, putting out Spanish and English albums, breaking up with his girlfriend after a 3 1/2 year relationship, and more. 1054centuryfm.com has since removed the audio.

David Spade Wonders About Ricky Martin

David Spade joked during his ‘The Showbiz Show’ news report the other night, “Ricky Martin says the fame and fortune he experienced in the late ’90s left him feeling bored. Hmmm… Thousands of female fans screaming and throwing themselves at you… hmmm…. I wonder why that would bore Ricky Martin? Real puzzler. Quite the Rubic’s Cube.”

Jay Leno Not Sympathetic With Ricky Martin

Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “In People magazine, Ricky Martin says fame has left him feeling bored and embittered. Boo hoo hoo… Kind of like the people who bought that last album of his, okay?”

Leno Mocks Ricky Martin’s Troubles With Fame & Wealth

Ricky Martin arm tattoos

Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Monday night, “In an interview in People magazine, Ricky martin says that fame and money have left him bored and embittered. [Jay fakes crying] Oh, shut up! He thinks being rich and famous makes you bored and bitter, try being broke and unemployed. Okay? Let me know how that one works out.”

Ricky Martin Says Fame Left Him Bored

Ricky Martin tells People magazine that in wake of his late ’90s success with ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’, it left him feeling bored and embittered. “There was a moment (in 2002) when I was onstage and I was just so angry,” Martin explained. “I thought, ‘Something is wrong. I have the applause, I have a great band behind me, I live comfortably. … I was starting to become a victim of fame. Everything was too serious and I wasn’t enjoying it.”

Fame Fading For Ricky Martin?

Ann Montini of Sky News reports that when Ricky Martin dropped by GMTV last week, the singer was greeted by only a handful of fans gathered outside. “I remember when we had to hire in security just to get him in the building,” a source at the show said. “It came as a shock to him.”

Ricky Martin Video Chat

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin answered questions from fans on Univision.com yesterday ahead of today’s release of ‘Life’.

Video of his responses (in Spanish) to questions posted by fans on the network’s Ricky Martin forum, at univision.com has since been removed.

Fame Fading For Ricky Martin?

Ann Montini of Sky News reports that when Ricky Martin dropped by GMTV last week, the singer was greeted by only a handful of fans gathered outside. “I remember when we had to hire in security just to get him in the building,” a source at the show said. “It came as a shock to him.”
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Ricky Martin Visits Z100

Ricky Martin was live on the Zoo on Z100 in New York City on September 16th. The singer talked about toes, missing his bed, being on ‘Oprah’ and helping people, his dog, his first English language album in five years, the new song ‘I Don’t Care’, loving life, and who he collaborated with on ‘Life’.

The 4-part interview at z100.com has since been removed.
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On TV: Ricky Martin, Fiona Apple, Pussycat Dolls

Pop acts on television this week include Ricky Martin, who appears on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on Monday, ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday, ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Thursday, and ‘Today’ on Friday; Fiona Apple, who performs on ‘The Late Show’ on Tuesday; and the Pussycat Dolls, who perform on ‘The View’ on Thursday.

Ricky Martin Celebrates Album Release With WBLI

Ricky Martin arm tattoos

Maria of the Steve & Maria show on WBLI of Long Island was on hand for Ricky Martin’s ‘Life’ album release party ahead of its October 11th release at Pizza Bar in New York City the other night. Martin talked about his extended downtime, his Spanish release two years ago, the collaborations on the disc, the first single ‘I Don’t Care’, his tattoos, the charity work he’s done related to the tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, and more.

Pictures and the two-part interview audio at wbli.com has since been removed.

Ricky Martin Launches Katrina Children Relief Fund

Ricky Martin posted a message to fans at his fan club RickyMartinMusic.com in relation to Hurricane Katrina. Martin writes, “To witness thousands of nameless persons in despair is overwhelming. Mother Nature’s power makes us feel helpless, at first. But it also reminds us that in times of hardships, unity amongst nationalities is the means, the vehicle to give hope. Perhaps, I seem like an idealist to many but I believe in alliances. On August 29, Katrina’s rage left thousands homeless, killed hundreds, and displaced countless children. As I watched the images, I relived the devastation in Asia after the tsunami. Undoubtedly, in every natural disaster children are always the most vulnerable survivors. To deny them help is unacceptable. Organizing the agenda to visit Houston was strenuous, yet possible. We made it happen. Now it’s time to lend a hand, to the little ones.”

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