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Ricardo Arjona

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Ricardo Arjona was born in Antigua, Guatemala, on January 19, 1964. When he was 3 years old his family moved to Ciudad de Guatemala. By the age of eight he already knew how to play the guitar and as a student he always split his time between study and music. When he was 21 he produced his first record titled Dejame Decir Que Te Amo, but the final result didn’t please Arjona. He decided to take a break from music and dedicate to other activities. He worked as a teacher for low income kids while studying communication and specializing in publicity. He played basketball on the Guatemalan national team, holding the record for most points scored in a single game.

Even though music had taken a secondary role in Arjona’s life, he was offered the opportunity to record another album. Even though he was still unsatisfied with the result, he kept on trying to get more satisfying results. It was in 1990, with Jesus: Verbo No Sustantivo, that Arjona had his big break and became known through Latin America and the U.S. The title track remained several weeks in the lists in the several countries of the region.

Arjona then proceeded to move to Mexico, where he composed the theme song for the soap opera “Alcanzar una Estrella”. His next album, Animal Nocturno in 1993, was his first release under the Sony Music label. Several songs of the album became successful hit singles like “Mujeres", "Libre", "Primera Vez" and "Baila Conmigo". The album was awarded gold and platinum status in several countries including the U.S. Even more successful was his 1994 album titled Historias which consolidated him as a great performer and songwriter. That record sold two million copies and featured singles like “Señora de las 4 Décadas" and "Te conozco".

Continuing that line of success, 1996 saw Arjona’s release of the album titled Si el Norte Fuera el Sur with singles like the title track, “Tu Reputación” and “Ella y Él”. The album was followed by his record Sin Daños a Terceros in 1998 and with his tropical flavored Galeria Caribe done with collaborations of several Caribbean musicians. In 2002, Arjona launched his album Santo Pecado which included songs like “El Problema”, “La Nena” and “Duele Verte”. It was followed by his 2005’s release Adentro.

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