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Mi Vida Loca (also known as My Crazy Life) is a 1994 American drama film directed and written by Allison Anders. It centers around the plight of young Mexicanas & Chicanas (and their male counterparts) growing up in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles, who face the struggles of friendship, romantic entanglements and motherhood in a neighborhood ravaged by gang violence.
At the time of filming, most of the cast was made up of unknown actors, some of whom were actual gang members from the Echo Park neighborhood. It does, however, include the first film appearances from Salma Hayek and Jason Lee in small roles.
"Livin' la Vida Loca" (English: "Livin' the Crazy Life") is a number-one hit song by Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin (he had previously released several albums in Spanish). It was released on March 23, 1999 from Martin's self-titled debut English album. The song was composed by Desmond Child and Draco Rosa and topped the charts during 1999. It received various Grammy Awards nominations and helped Ricky Martin obtain enormous success inside the United States and worldwide. In 2007, the song was ranked at number twenty-eight on the list of 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's by VH1. It is Martin's signature song.
"Livin' la Vida Loca" is generally seen as the song that began the Latin pop explosion of 1999 and made the transition of other Spanish-speaking artists (first Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias, then later Shakira and Thalía) into the English-speaking market easier. Before this time, most non-Latino Americans had never heard of Ricky Martin until what CNN reported was a show-stopping performance of "La Copa de la Vida" at the 41st Grammy Awards show, which became a catalyst in bringing Latin pop to the forefront of the U.S. music scene. Livin' la Vida Loca sold over 8 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time.