Puerto Rican Salsa sensation Marc Anthony marked his return to music when he premiered his new song, “Vivir Mi Vida”, at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami. Anthony took the stage to a standing ovation for the performance of the title track of his long-awaited, original album. He not only stole the show with an amazing performance, but also stole the limelight during his duet with Tito El Bambino for “¿Porque Les Mientes?”
The question on everyone’s mind that night was “what took so long?” Why did it take nearly 10 years for the Puerto Rican singer to release an album of original songs?
“I needed to miss it,” admitted Anthony to the hosts of NBC’s “Today Show” the day before the awards show. He certainly had plenty of other endeavors to occupy his time to help him miss it.
There was his leading role in the film “El Cantante,” a biopic about legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe in 2007. The album’s soundtrack featured Anthony performing many of Lavoe’s classic tracks. He also appeared in two episodes of TNT medical drama “HawthoRNe” in 2010 and worked on “Q’Viva! The Chosen,” a reality TV show, with ex-wife Jennifer Lopez and choreographer Jamie King.
He also released a greatest hits album, “Sigo Siendo Yo“, in 2006 and “Iconos“, a tribute album featuring classic songs from artists such as Juan Gabriel and Jose Jose plus two previously unreleased originals from Anthony. He followed that up with a new single, “Cautivo De Este Amor”, which was used as the theme song for the Argentinian telenovela “Lobo”.
“I almost feel bad that I enjoyed the process so much,” he said on NBC. “Part of my process is to choose songs and live with them.” Clearly, he is comfortable with the number of new songs he’s composed with the assistance of longtime collaborator Sergio George after having lived with them for so long.
“I recorded it at the right time,” he added. “I enjoyed this process more than any other album I’ve ever recorded.”
“Vivir Mi Vida” is scheduled for release this July. In four days since the song was posted on YouTube, it has already had over 636,000 hits. Listen to Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida“.