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VIVA LA 'VIDA' SINGER

Hi Gary,

Since Ricky Martin is releasing his new album, "MAS (Musica + Alma + Sexo)," Tuesday (Feb. 1), could you please provide the Nielsen SoundScan sales totals for his top-selling albums?

Also, could you rank his five best-selling digital songs?

Thanks,

Maxwell Gorecki
Berlin, Germany

Hi Maxwell,

Martin recently spoke with Billboard's Leila Cobo, opening up about his personal life, new book and, of course, the album.

"When I get up on stage, the first thing I say is, 'We're here to forget everything and to have a blast the next two hours'," Martin said. "And, when I work with my producers, we look for that liberty.

"(The new album is) up-tempo because I'm at a point in my life where I simply want to be, and be free and not be contrived at all."

While waiting for the set's arrival, here is a look at Martin's top-selling sets, per SoundScan:

6,958,000, "Ricky Martin," 1999
1,679,000, "Sound Loaded," 2000
883,000, "Vuelve," 1998
287,000, "A Medio Vivir," 1995
274,000, "Life," 2005
261,000, "Almas Del Silencio," 2003
220,000, "La Historia," 2001
197,000, "Ricky Martin: MTV Unplugged," 2006

Martin's career U.S. album sales stand at 10,972,000, according to SoundScan.

And, here are Martin's five best-selling downloaded tracks:

502,000, "Livin' La Vida Loca"

152,000, "She Bangs"
141,000, "La Copa De La Vida"
124,000, "I Don't Care/Que Mas Da"
82,000, "Tu Recuerdo"

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