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A Smashing Start for Ricky Martin

May 01, 1999

The Ricky Martin blitz has begun. The Latin pop star's crossover campaign, which began with an eye-opening performance on the Grammy Awards telecast in February, has reached radio and retail with his first English-language single, "Livin' La Vida Loca," which debuted at No. 1 on both the Southern California and national sales charts. It will be followed by his English-language album, "Ricky Martin," due in stores May 11.

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TOP 10 ALBUMS *--*

Title, Artist (Nat'l Rank) Last Week 1 Sogno, Andrea Bocelli(10) 1 2 Fanmail, TLC(1) 2 3 I Am, Nas (2) 3 4 Matrix soundtrack(8) 4 5 Come on Over, Shania Twain(3) 6 6 Believe, Cher(4) 8 7 Americana, Offspring(7) 11 8 Thug Mentality 1999, Krayzie Bone(22) 5 9 ...Baby One More Time, Britney Spears(5) 10 10 Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill(15) 12

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TOP 10 SINGLES *--*

Title, Artist (Nat'l Rank) Last Week 1 Livin' La Vida Loca, Ricky Martin(1) -- 2 I Still Believe, Mariah Carey(16) 2 3 Believe, Cher(6) 3 4 Kiss Me, Sixpence None the Richer(8) 5 5 What's It Gonna Be, Busta Rhymes(3) 4 6 We Like to Party, Vengaboys(18) 12 7 Who Dat, JT Money(5) 15 8 Give It to You, Jordan Knight(4) 11 9 No Scrubs, TLC(2) 1 10 Somebody Like Me, Silkk the Shocker(10) 7

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Source: SoundScan Inc., for week ended April 25

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