In an attempt to reconnect with his Latin roots, global superstar Ricky Martin put his in-progress English-language CD on hold to deliver his first Spanish-language studio album in five years.

In an attempt to reconnect with his Latin roots, global superstar Ricky Martin put his in-progress English-language CD on hold to deliver his first Spanish-language studio album in five years. For Almas del Silencio, he enlisted top-notch singer/songwriters, including Franco de Vita ("Tal Vez," a gently rocking piano ballad that has already topped Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart). Martin makes good use of the can't-miss Emilio Estefan Jr. songwriting team, but he also commissions ballads from Grammy Award winners Juanes and Alejandro Sanz. Best-known for his Afro-Latin dance fusions, Martin again gives clubs plenty to drool over ("Jaleo" and "Asi Es Que Te Quiero Juramento"). With Martin's successful crossover and the long wait for new material, Almas del Silencio is poised to become the fastest-selling Latin album in North American history.—RB

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