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Martin smashes Latin sales record
Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin has not released an English-language album since 2000
Pop star Ricky Martin's latest Spanish-language album has broken sales records for a Latin American album in the US.

Martin's Almas del Silencio, which was released on 20 May in the US, sold more than 65,000 copies in its first week.

The previous record-holder was Luis Miguel's Romances, which sold 57,000 on its opening week in 1997, according to music industry analysts Nielsen Soundscan.

Almas del Silencio is Martin's fist Spanish-language album since Vuelve, his globally-successful 1998 album which predated 1999's breakthrough Ricky Martin, which was sung in English and featured the hit Livin' La Vida Loca.

The US is the biggest Latin American music market in the world because of its burgeoning Hispanic population.

Album plans

Almas del Silencio not only topped the Latin charts in the US, but also entered the Billboard 200 album charts at number 12, making it the joint-highest Spanish-language debut, alongside Enrique Iglesias' Quizas.

Martin had originally planned to release an English-language album this year, which he had been co-writing.

But he said: "I woke up five months ago, and I said, 'We're doing an album in Spanish, everyone went nuts. They said, 'You don't have time; you have to release an album in English because of timing issues with your career.'

"And that's fine. But I told them, 'In five months, you'll have a kick-ass album ,"' the 31-year-old singer said.

Martin, who was born in Puerto Rico, was originally a child star in the Latin American boyband Menudo, before embarking on a solo career.

His album Ricky Martin was one of the biggest-selling albums of 1999, topping album charts in 24 countries.

In 2000 Martin also released the English-language album Sound Loaded.

His forthcoming English-language record will now be released in March 2004.

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