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Ricky Martin

'Silent' In The Morning

CheeksIn 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," due this week from Sony, 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).

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.

"I feel like the first day ... excited and thankful to everyone who has collaborated in this project," Martin says. "And thankful to radio and the audience for their backing. We'll continue to support our roots."