Livin' la Vida Loca

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"Livin' la Vida Loca"
Single by Ricky Martin
from the album Ricky Martin
ReleasedMarch 23, 1999 (1999-03-23)
FormatCD single, digital download
Recorded1998
GenreLatin pop, dance-pop, pop rock
Length4:03
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Luis Gómez Escolar, Desmond Child, Draco Rosa
Producer

Desmond Child, Draco Rosa

Model: Nina Moric
Ricky Martin singles chronology
"Corazonado"
(1999)
"Livin' la Vida Loca"
(1999)
"She's All I Ever Had"
(1999)
 
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"Livin' la Vida Loca"
Single by Ricky Martin
from the album Ricky Martin
ReleasedMarch 23, 1999 (1999-03-23)
FormatCD single, digital download
Recorded1998
GenreLatin pop, dance-pop, pop rock
Length4:03
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Luis Gómez Escolar, Desmond Child, Draco Rosa
Producer

Desmond Child, Draco Rosa

Model: Nina Moric
Ricky Martin singles chronology
"Corazonado"
(1999)
"Livin' la Vida Loca"
(1999)
"She's All I Ever Had"
(1999)

"Livin' la Vida Loca" (English: "Livin' the Crazy Life") is a number-one hit song by Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin (he had previously released several albums in Spanish). It was released on March 23, 1999 from Martin's self-titled debut English album. The song was composed by Desmond Child and Draco Rosa and topped the charts during 1999. It received various Grammy Awards nominations and helped Ricky Martin obtain enormous success inside the United States and worldwide. In 2007, the song was ranked at number twenty-eight on the list of 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's by VH1.[1] It is Martin's signature song.

"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 Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias, then later Shakira and Thalía) into the English-speaking market easier. Before this time, most non-Latino Americans had never heard of Ricky 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.[2] Livin' la Vida Loca sold over 8 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time.

Martin performed it on Season Two 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 Childs' 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 model Nina Moric 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 Male Artist, BMI Music Award for Song of the Year, and International Dance Music Award for Best Latin Dance Track.

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)
  1. "Livin' la Vida Loca" (Spanish Version)
  1. "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]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[8]1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8]7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8]6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8]6
Canada (RPM)[9]1
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[10]1
Canada Dance (RPM)[11]1
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[12]4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8][13]1
France (SNEP)[8]7
Germany (Media Control Charts)[14]6
Ireland (IRMA)[15]1
Italy (FIMI)[16]5
Japan (Oricon)[17]5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18]9
New Zealand (RIANZ)[8]1
Norway (VG-lista)[8]1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19]2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8]4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8]1
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[20]1
US Billboard Hot 100[21]1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[22]1
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs[21]1
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[21]5
US Billboard Hot Latin Songs[21]1
US Billboard Latin Pop Songs[21]1
US Billboard Tropical Songs[22]1
US Billboard Pop Songs[21]1
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[22]1
Chart (2008)Peak
position
Italy (FIMI)[8]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999)Position
Australian Singles Chart[23]21
Belgian Flandres Singles Chart[24]35
Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart[25]40
Canadian RPM Top Singles[26]1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[27]14
Dutch Single Top 100[28]52
French Singles Chart[29]34
Swedish Singles Chart[30]12
Swiss Singles Chart[31]18
UK Singles Chart[32]6
US Billboard Hot 100[33]10
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs[33]14
US Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales[33]2
US Billboard Hot Latin Songs[33]5
US Billboard Latin Pop Songs[33]2
US Billboard Pop Songs[33]3
US Billboard Tropical Songs[33]8

Certifications[edit]

CountryCertification
Australia2× Platinum[34]
BelgiumGold[35]
FranceSilver[36]
GermanyGold[37]
New ZealandGold[38]
NorwayGold[39]
SwedenGold[40]
United KingdomPlatinum[41]
United StatesPlatinum[42]
Preceded by
"Si Te Pudiera Mentir" by Marco Antonio Solís
Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number-one single
April 24, 1999 – June 19, 1999
Succeeded by
"No Me Ames" by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
Preceded by
"No Scrubs" by TLC
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 8, 1999 – June 5, 1999
Succeeded by
"If You Had My Love" by Jennifer Lopez
Preceded by
"No Scrubs" by TLC
Canadian RPM Dance/Urban number-one single
June 14, 1999 - June 21, 1999 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Skin" by Charlotte
Preceded by
"I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys
RIANZ (New Zealand)
number-one single

June 20, 1999
Succeeded by
"You Needed Me" by Boyzone
Preceded by
"9 PM (Till I Come)" by ATB
UK Singles Chart number-one single
July 11, 1999 – July 31, 1999
Succeeded by
"When You Say Nothing at All" by Ronan Keating

Cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's
  2. ^ CNN.com - Ricky Martin Leading The Latin (music) revolution
  3. ^ The Gentlemen's club: DESMOND CHILD'S VIRTUAL AESTHETIC
  4. ^ The Making of a Hard Disk Hit
  5. ^ See Chapter 8 of 'Perfecting Sound Forever: the Story of Recorded Music' by Greg Milner. Granta Books, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86207-942-7
  6. ^ "Ask Billboard - Viva la 'Vida' singer". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  7. ^ Lo Nuestro 2000
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Ricky Martin - Livin' la Vida Loca (song). Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  9. ^ Top Singles - Volume 69, No. 6, May 31 1999. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  10. ^ Top Singles - Volume 69, No. 7, June 07 1999. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  11. ^ Top Singles - Volume 69, No. 8, June 14 1999. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  12. ^ "Hits of the World: Eurochart Hot 100 (IFPI/Nielsen Marketing Research) 07/03/99". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 111 (27): 61. July 3, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  13. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 205. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  14. ^ Single-Chartverfolgung. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  15. ^ The Irish Charts. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  16. ^ Top Italian singles of 1999
  17. ^ Ricky Martin singles sales ranking. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  18. ^ Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  19. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Ricky Martin – Livin' la vida loca" Canciones Top 50.
  20. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  21. ^ a b c d e f Livin' la Vida Loca - Ricky Martin. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  22. ^ a b c Billboard Singles. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1999". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  24. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1999". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  25. ^ "Rapports Annuels 1999". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  26. ^ Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13 1999. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  27. ^ Adult Contemporary - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13 1999. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  28. ^ "Jaaroverzichten - Album 1999". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  29. ^ "Classement Singles - année 1999". Disque en France. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  30. ^ "Årslista Singlar - År 1999". Grammofon Leverantörernas Förening. Retrieved 2011-04-18. 
  31. ^ "Swiss Year-end charts 1999". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  32. ^ "Yearly Best Selling Singles 1999". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  33. ^ a b c d e f g "The Year in Music 1999". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1999-12-25. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  34. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2013 Singles. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  35. ^ Awards 1999. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  36. ^ Certifications Singles Argent - année 1999. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  37. ^ Gold-/Platin-Datenbank. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  38. ^ Top 40 Singles Chart. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  39. ^ Søk i troféer. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  40. ^ År 1999. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  41. ^ Certified awards search. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  42. ^ Gold & Platinum: Searchable Database. Retrieved January 21, 2011.

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