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Chayanne (1968)

Elmer Figueroa Arce

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Elmer Figueroa Arce , best known under the stage name Chayanne, is a Puerto Rican Latin pop singer and actor. As a solo artist, Chayanne has released 21 solo-albums and sold over 20 million albums worldwide.


 Early life
Elmer Figueroa Arce was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, but moved with his family as a child to San Lorenzo on 29 June 1968. He was the third of five siblings. After the birth of two more siblings the family moved to San Lorenzo in the southeast part of the island (called El Pueblo de los Samaritanos - The Town of Samaritans - or La Tierra de las Leyendas - The Land of Legends). This is his home, where he frequently returns to visit his family. Elmer Figueroa became Chayanne while still a child; a nickname that was given to him by his mother after a favorite television series of the 1960s, Cheyenne.

 Career with Los Chicos

In the late 70s, he auditioned for Menudo, but he was told at the time that he was too young to be in the group. He became part of another group, Los Chicos, who made several #4 hits, including "Puerto Rico Son Los Chicos" and Ave María.

 Solo artist
After Los Chicos separated in 1984, Chayanne began his career as a solo artist. He signed with RCA Ariola and released his first album, Chayanne es mi Nombre, that year. His second album with RCA, Sangre Latina was released in 1986.

After three years with RCA, Chayanne switched labels to Sony Music and broke out with his first self-titled album in 1987. This album would feature a blend of ballads and dance tracks, a formula Chayanne would be famous for. It featured two #4 hits on the Hot Latin Songs, the ballad "Peligro de Amor" written by Michael Sullivan and Paulo Massadas and a song that would cement him as an overall performer, the upbeat dance track "Fiesta en America" written by Honorio Herrero.

In 1988, Chayanne released the eponymous second self-titled album, Chayanne. This album included several hit singles such as Honorio Herrero's "Tu Pirata Soy Yo", José María Cano's "Fuiste un Trozo de Hielo en la Escarcha" and "Este Ritmo Se Baila Así", composed by Pierre-Edouard Decimus, Jacob Desvarieux and Roberto Livi. At the same time, Chayanne became a spokesperson for Pepsi, with the airing of the first Spanish speaking advertising spot broadcasted on national television coast to coast during the 1989 Grammy Awards telecast.

In 1990 he released the album Tiempo de Vals, featuring some of his best-selling singles such as the title track, composed by José María Cano, "Completamente Enamorados", composed by Piero Cassano, Adelio Cogliati and Eros Ramazzotti and "Daría Cualquier Cosa", composed by Luis Gómez Escolar and Julio Seijas. He followed it with the album whose title track would eventually become Chayanne's signature song, Provocame . That album also featured the hit El Centro de mi Corazon (#1 U.S. Hot Latin, 1992). Two years later, he released the album Influencias , which was a tribute to some of his musical influences. In 1996, he released Volver a Nacer.

In 1998, he received his second Grammy nomination with the album Atado a Tu Amor, which featured his first #1 hit since 1992, "Dejaria Todo" as well as a long-lasting hit in the title track. The hot streak continued in 2000 when Chayanne released Simplemente with the top-ten hit "Candela" and the number-one hit "Yo Te Amo." In 2002, he released "Grandes Exitos," a greatest hits album with a few new tracks. One of those new tracks, "Y Tu Te Vas," was the number-one song of the summer in 2002. The next year, Chayanne released Sincero which featured two number-one songs, "Un Siglo Sin Ti" and "Cuidarte el Alma". In 2005, he did a tour along with Mexican Alejandro Fernández and fellow Puerto Rican Marc Anthony. That same year, he released two albums. First, a second greatest hits album, "Desde Siempre" with the new song "Contra Vientos y Mareas," followed by Cautivo with hits such as "No Se Por Que", "Te Echo de Menos" and "No Te Preocupes Por Mi."

Chayanne’s 13th album Mi Tiempo was released on April 2007. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Top Latin Album chart selling 17,000 copies in its first week of release. The first single off the album "Si Nos Quedará Poco Tiempo" reached No. 1 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.

Following the album's release, Chayanne began an international tour to promote Mi Tiempo. Among the places visited early in the tour were Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and the United States. On August 24, 2008, he began a series of presentations in Spain. When interviewed he noted that the concert would be fluid "like a musical", and "More Latin" than his previous presentations, being composed of "more pop, Brazilian, Caribbean and reggae rhythms" which he would use to "dance constantly".
He also gave a special performance in Miss Universe 2003 pageant.

On November 3, Chayanne released a new single titled "Me Enamoré de Ti", serving as the theme song for the 2009 soap opera "Corazon Salvaje". This single is featured in Chayanne's 2010 release, No Hay Imposibles.

 Acting career
In the 1980s, Chayanne participated in several soap operas and starred in the comedy series "Generaciones" with Luis Antonio Rivera. More recently, he has received several offers for acting jobs, but he has declined most of them for conflicting with his musical career, which he considers his priority.

In 1998, he starred in his first Hollywood role, playing a Cuban dancer along with Vanessa L. Williams in Dance with Me. He also made a guest appearance on Ally McBeal.

In 1994 he played himself in Volver a empezar along with Yuri. That same year, he also starred in Linda Sara opposite former Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres. The film was written and directed by famous Puerto Rican Jacobo Morales. More recently he has starred in other projects like the Argentine soap opera Provócame, for which he made the soundtrack of the same name.

In 2008, Chayanne played the title role in a television series titled Gabriel: Amor Inmortal, who is a vampire. To familiarize himself with the concept he adopted a different daily schedule, sleeping during the day and working at night. He noted that the production wanted to "make things look as real as possible", but that the adaptation process was hard. The series debuted on September 28, 2008, on Mega TV.

 Personal life
Chayanne lives in Miami and is married to a lawyer, attorney and former Venezuelan beauty queen Marilisa Maronesse. They have two children - Lorenzo Valentino and Isadora Sofia.

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Name Duration Released
Siento 03:50 23/02/2010
Me enamoré de ti 04:23 23/02/2010
Por esa mujer 03:47 23/02/2010
Me pierdo contigo 03:56 23/02/2010
Dame, dame 03:27 23/02/2010
Si no estás 04:17 23/02/2010
No hay imposibles 05:08 23/02/2010
El hombre que fui 03:50 23/02/2010
Besos en la boca 03:00 23/02/2010
Tu boca 03:22 23/02/2010
Sin Palabras de Relleno 03:35 10/04/2007
Te Amaré 03:55 10/04/2007
Bailarina 04:23 10/04/2007
Indispensable 04:02 10/04/2007
Tengo Miedo 04:06 10/04/2007
Cuestion de Feeling 04:19 10/04/2007
Juicio Final 04:14 10/04/2007
Lola 04:14 10/04/2007
Loco por Vos 03:18 10/04/2007
Si Nos Quedara Poco Tiempo 03:19 10/04/2007
Me Voy a Río 03:50 10/04/2007
No Te Preocupes por Mí 03:28 27/09/2005
Antes de Dormir 04:02 27/09/2005
Te Echo de Menos 03:28 27/09/2005
Me Llenas de Tís 04:19 27/09/2005
En La Orilla 03:51 27/09/2005
Nada Sin Tu Amor 03:13 27/09/2005
Swing 03:08 27/09/2005
Después de Todo 04:30 27/09/2005
No Sé Por Qué 04:20 27/09/2005
Cúrame 03:32 27/09/2005
El Centro de Mi Corazón 03:47 2005
Contra Vientos y Mareas 04:03 2005
Vaivén 04:33 26/08/2003
Un Siglo Sin Tí 04:41 26/08/2003
Caprichosa 03:06 26/08/2003
Dulce y Peligrosa 03:52 26/08/2003
Quédate Conmigo 04:10 26/08/2003
No Hay Más 03:25 26/08/2003
Sentada Aquí en Mi Alma 04:02 26/08/2003
Al Pan, Pan y Al Vino 03:50 26/08/2003
La Mujer de Pedro 04:37 26/08/2003
Cuidarte el Alma 04:12 26/08/2003
Santa Sofía 03:35 26/08/2003
Yo Te Amo 04:49 03/10/2000
Te Necesito 03:50 03/10/2000
Candela 03:57 03/10/2000
Mi Cafetal 02:50 03/10/2000
Las Horas Pasan 03:41 03/10/2000
Quien Puso Más 00:00 03/10/2000
Simplemente 03:56 03/10/2000
Mariana Mambo 03:54 03/10/2000
Oye Mar (Canção Do Mar) 04:57 03/10/2000
Cuando un Amor Se Va 04:29 03/10/2000
Dame 04:24 03/10/2000
Ay Mamá 03:43 03/10/2000
Boom Boom 04:24 03/10/2000
Hasta Que el Alma Resista 04:21 03/10/2000
Vivo 04:04 03/10/2000
Salomé 04:13 29/09/1998
Refugio de Amor 03:54 29/09/1998
Otra Vez 03:59 29/09/1998
Mira Ven Ven 04:14 29/09/1998
Atado a Tu Amor 05:02 29/09/1998
Sube al Desván 03:45 29/09/1998
Enamorado 03:31 29/09/1998
Vaya Escandelera 03:47 29/09/1998
Soy Como un Niño 03:43 29/09/1998
Nadie Como Tú 03:40 29/09/1998
Dejaría Todo 04:43 29/09/1998
Pienso En Tí 04:17 29/09/1998
Guajira 04:33 17/09/1996
Pequeña flor 03:35 17/09/1996
Entre mis recuerdos 03:47 17/09/1996
Solamente tu amor 03:25 17/09/1996
Ramito de flores 04:16 17/09/1996
Solo traigo mi ritmo 03:48 17/09/1996
Sólo pienso en ti 04:56 17/09/1996
Baila baila 03:52 17/09/1996
Tal vez es amor 04:38 17/09/1996
Voy a enseñarte 03:55 17/09/1996
Volver a nacer 04:56 17/09/1996
Provócame 04:09 1992
Socca Dance 04:26 1992
No Puede Ser 05:18 1992
Todo el Mundo Necesita Un Beso 04:29 1992
Dime Lo Que Quieres Que Haga 04:15 1992
El Arte de Amar 03:29 1992
Mimi 03:29 1992
Wishing on the same star 04:19 1992
Isla Desnuda 03:53 1992
Éxtasis 04:27 1992
Simon Sez 04:31 07/08/1990
Daría Cualquier Cosa 03:20 07/08/1990
Completamente Enamorados 04:22 07/08/1990
Sueño Perdido 03:42 07/08/1990
La Fuerza de Amar 04:47 07/08/1990
Donde Vas 05:25 07/08/1990
Tiempo de Vals 04:10 07/08/1990
Soleil, Soleil 03:10 07/08/1990
Palo bonito 03:47 01/11/1988
Miriam Makeba 04:15 01/11/1988
Fuiste un trozo de hielo en la escarcha 04:40 01/11/1988
Dile a todo el mundo no 04:28 01/11/1988
Conquistador 03:25 01/11/1988
Tu pirata soy yo 02:55 01/11/1988
Tengo esperanza 03:18 01/11/1988
Fantasías 04:28 01/11/1988
Marinero 03:51 01/11/1988
Sye bwa 04:26 01/11/1988
Te Deseo 03:51 05/1987
Quien Soy Yo 03:42 05/1987
Violeta 03:31 05/1987
Tu y Yo 04:20 05/1987
Peligro de Amor 04:04 05/1987
Para Tenerte Otra Vez 05:07 05/1987
Una Luna Para Dos 03:25 05/1987
Digo No 03:53 05/1987
Esperanza 03:52 05/1987
Fiesta En América 03:44 05/1987
Emociones Cuantas Emociones 04:44 05/1987
Amo una estrella 02:43 1986
Latin lover 03:43 1986
Sangre latina 03:05 1986
Voy 02:51 1986
Jana 02:36 1986
Una foto patra dos 03:02 1986
Única 03:59 1986
Brujería 03:01 1986
¿Quién será? 03:29 1986
Vuelve 04:11 1986
Un Nuevo Juego 03:19 1984
Sexy 02:32 1984
Chinatown 03:01 1984
¿Y Que Culpa Tengo Yo? 03:31 1984
De Dos en Dos 02:50 1984
Estar a Tu Lado 03:41 1984
Chayanne es mi Nombre 02:29 1984
Dime Donde Voy 03:23 1984
Una Marciana en la Avenida 03:03 1984
Chicos Malos 03:35 1984
Loco Chay 03:08 1984

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