So, it’s been a year since I started popolio.com and kicked it of with my first MY TOP 10 Countdown in September 2008. Since popolio.com was jumping off, I kicked it off with MY TOP 10: 90s/00s Pop/R&B Diva Music Video Jump-Offs. Well, this is the twelfth month, so I thought it would create nice symmetry if I presented the men as a bookend to that very first countdown before Year 2 officially begins. This time around the Div-Os, or Divos, will get the spotlight.
7. Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
This man and this song is what kicked off the Latin explosion of 1999. This is what paved the way for Number 8, Enrique Iglesias (click here), as well as Marc Anthony, J.Lo, Shakira, Thalia and Paulina Rubio. Though his US appeal was somewhat limited, no one made a bigger splash, at the time, than Mr. Martin. It is from his self-titled English debut. The BONUS is his live performance of “The Cup of Life” at the 1999 Grammys that preceded this single and set things off for him and the Latin thang’ in the US. This performance went down in history as one of those it performances.
***BONUS*** Ricky Martin “The Cup of Life” 1999 Grammy Performance