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Marc Anthony is one of the most influential tropical salsa artists. With iconic singles, “You Sang to Me” and “I Need to Know”, he is credited with promoting the Latin music and culture at an international level. Anthony became a mainstream success in 1992, when he opened for the Latin legend, Tito Puente. This is around the time when influences of salsa legends such as Puente, Juan Gabriel and Rubin Blades began to show in Anthony’s music. After releasing his first and super successful Spanish language album, Otra Nota in 1993, the singer has never looked back.
Currently, the singer-songwriter is performing shows as part of his Full Circle Tour 2017. Dates for this tour have been announced. It is expected to last all the way through February 2018 – and you wouldn’t want to miss it. Grab your Marc Anthony tickets at the earliest!
Early Life and Music
Born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents, Marc Anthony was named after the famous Mexican singer, Marco Antonio Muniz. He got involved in the music industry by playing as a session vocalist for underground and freestyle New York house music artists. Soon, he started working as a songwriter and a backing vocalist for various pop performers such as the Latin Rascals and Menudo. He released a freestyle music record called “Rebel” in 1988 and also wrote songs for fellow freestyle artists.
Initially, Anthony did not want to become a salsa musician and declined an offer to sign to RMM Records. But after listening to Juan Gabriel’s “Hasta Que Te Conoci”, Anthony changed his mind and began showing interest in recording salsa tunes. His Spanish debut album, Otra Nota, was released in 1993 and was very warmly received.
Even though Marc Anthony’s first album was a hit, it was actually his 1995 second album, Todo a su tiempo that propelled him to superstardom. The album won him a Billboard award in the category of Hot Tropical Artist of the Year and was also nominated for a Grammy Award. Songs on this album included big hit numbers, “Te Conozco Bien”, “Se Me Sigue Olvidando and “Te Amare”. The album went on to sell over 800,000 copies and also received a gold certification in the US and Puerto Rico.
Subsequent Work and Continued Success
Marc Anthony released his third album, Contra La Coriente – also a Spanish language work. This album’s release was followed by a television special called Marc Anthony: The Concert from Madison Square Garden. The television special was aired on HBO on Valentine’s Day in 2000. It got nominated for Music Special of the Year by TV Guide.
It was this album by Marc Anthony that gave him his first number one single on the Billboard Hot Latin tracks – with the track “Y Hubo Alguien”. The album also got the honor of being the first musical work of its type to enter the English language Billboard 200 chart.
With his first three albums, Marc Anthony had managed to establish himself as a top-selling act in the history of salsa and Latin music genre, with the ability to sell out many prestigious venues, including the Madison Square Garden.
On to Sony Records
After having a fall out with RMM, Marc Anthony left the label and signed on to Sony Records. Here, he worked with artists such as Jennifer Lopez and Tina Arena. In 1999, following the examples of Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony made his own crossover attempt into the English music market. Working with multiple producers, including Dan Shea and Walter Afanasieff, he released a self-titled English language album. The album contained his US Top 5 single “I Need to Know”. His mega hit song “You Sang to Me” was also a part of this album and got featured in the movie, Runaway Bride. This album opened at number eight on the Billboard albums chart and was eventually certified platinum. “I Need to Know” earned the artist his first Grammy nomination for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
In 2001, Anthony released his album, Libre, with songs such as “Viviendo” and “Celos”. The album was at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums for 14 weeks and was certified Gold.
Anthony continued to work with other artists and made a duet with Jennifer Lopez called, “Escapemonos”. His 2004 album, Amar Sin Mentiras won the Latin Grammy Award for the best Latin Pop Album of the Year.
In 2011, Anthony collaborated with Pitbull and released the hip-hop song, “Let It Rain Over Me”, which peaked at number 30 on the Billboard charts and was very well received by audiences across the world.
The Spanish singer released another album, Vivir Mi Vida, in April 2013, which has since been certified Platinum. Following this, he embarked on the Vivir Mi Vida World Tour that saw him perform in 15 countries, across three continents.
Awards and Achievements
During the course of his career, Marc Anthony has received many awards and honors. He has won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated for eight. He has also won an impressive seven Latin Grammy Awards and has seventeen nominations in various categories. The list of his award wins goes on with 23 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 26 Lo Nuestro Awards and 2 American Music Awards. With more than 30 million albums sold worldwide, the singer is without doubt one of the most successful Spanish artists of all time.
Marc Anthony was inducted into the Billboard Hall of Fame in 2012 and was also given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington. He has also been honored with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award. With 25 Billboard chart hits and the honor of being the Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy standards, the musical contributions of Marc Anthony certainly have no bounds.
Marc Anthony Tour Tickets
Lucky for the fans of the Latin singer, Marc Anthony tour tickets are now available for his upcoming shows. He is expected to perform in multiple cities including Reading, Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Chicago and Mashantucket as a part of his Full Circle Tour. The set list for the tour is out as well and you can expect to enjoy some of your favorite Marc Anthony tunes, by getting your hands on these tickets. These tickets are expected to sell out fast, so you better get yours as early as you can!