Ricardo Arjona is a Guatemalan pop star known for his social conscience.
Ricardo Arjona Started Out as a Regular Guy
He started out as a professional basketball player and then a primary school teacher.
Arjona’s debut album Déjame Decir Que Te Amo (Barca Discos / Dideca, 1985) was a failure so Arjona went back to teaching.
His second album Jesús, Verbo No Sustantivo (Sony Music, 1988) was popular in Central America.
In the 1990s Arjona appeared in Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una Estrella (Reaching a Star). The exposure increased his popularity across Latin America.
Ricardo Arjona Hit is Prime in the 1990s
Arjona’s international breakthrough was Animal Nocturno (Sony Music, 1992). Its hit singles were Mujeres and Primera Vez. The followup Historias (Sony Music, 1994) produced the hits Te Conozco and Señora De Las Cuatro Décadas. Even though Arjona has since charted higher, these albums were the peak of his popularity. They still call him “Animal Nocturno.”
At this point in his career Arjona pivoted from singing about love to social issues. It was Billboard’s 1997 Rock Album of the Year.
Galería Caribe (Sony Music, 2000) reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts.
More recently, 5to Piso (Warner Music, 2008), Poquita Ropa (Warner Music, 2010), Independiente (Metamorfosis, 2011), and Viaje (Metamorfosis, 2014) all reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts.
Arjona’s latest is Circo Soledad (Metamorfosis, 2017). It hit #2 on the Top Latin Albums chart and #1 on the Latin Pop Albums chart. Arjona is now touring the album.
Ricardo Arjona in New York City
Arjona brings his Circo Soledad Tour to Madison Square Garden in Chelsea, Manhattan on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 8pm. $74 – $234