Ricky Martin's October concert, coming on the eve of a new Guatemalan election has him caught in the candidate's campaigns. Manuel Baldizón, one of the countries favourite candidates, has been apparently boasting that he would ¨turn Ricky Martin straight¨ as part of his presidential campaign. Whether he has a plan for that has yet to be seen. But the fact that even one of the country's top candidates is using Ricky Martin's spotlight as a promotional campaign for Guatemala's largely conservative population is hardly shocking considering the outstanding fame of the Puerto Rican singer.
While still remaining wildly popular with Latin audiences, Ricky Martin's fame mostly took off after he started singing in English. His most popular songs include “Livin' la Vida Loca"¨, "She Bangs" and "She's All I Ever Had". Later on, in 2003, Ricky Martin went back to singing in Spanish, his “roots”, and the language he had missed and found emotional inspiration in. He, with the exception of his MTV Unplugged
world tour, has taken a break from the music industry to focus on his personal life.
His major controversies have been his “coming out of the closet” in 2010, support of same-sex marriages and his disapproval of President George W. Bush in 2001 even after performing at the President's inauguration ball.
It has been awhile since big pop stars like Ricky Martin have performed in Guatemala. Others that have come to the country mostly include hard rock bands like Metallica and Korn. It is understood that the country seemed excited about having the Latin pop star on their official “Revolution Day” (October 20th). Tickets were mostly sold in paper as opposed to online as were average in other countries; however, offers were flying around Facebook and Twitter for discounts and even freebees.