Writing songs triggered new start for Ricky Martin

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 2 at 8:05 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Ricky Martin began writing a new CD, but then he had to stop. The singer says he got so comfortable revealing his feelings — and his sexuality — that he needed to explore that in new fashion.

So Martin decided to express himself by writing a book before finishing the album. The 39-year-old said once he started to open up, things got "intense."

"Me" hit The New York Times best-seller list in November. And while Martin says he'd love to release a book of photos next, he's putting out the album that served somewhat as the prequel to memoir.

"Musica + Alma + Sexo," his twelfth album, is out this week. Martin spent two years making the mostly Spanish CD, co-writing each track and reuniting with Desmond Child, the producer behind his hits "Livin' la Vida Loca" and "She Bangs."

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