Latin pop legend Marc Anthony emerged in the 1990s as a suave, snake-hipped crooner and found huge fame with a string of big hit singles, a successful acting career, and a high-profile marriage to Jennifer Lopez. Born Marco Antonio Muñiz on September 16, 1968, and raised in East Harlem, New York, in a Puerto Rican family, he grew up performing for his parents' friends. Inspired by icons such as Ruben Blades and Frankie Ruiz, Marc Anthony got his start singing backing vocals and doing session work for boy band Menudo and house DJ Tony Moran, cutting his teeth playing in New York clubs and recording for small local labels before penning songs for pop starlet Sa-Fire in the late 1980s. His popularity in the Latin community grew with Spanish-language records Todo a Su Tiempo (1995) and the Grammy-winning Contra la Corriente, and with movie roles in crime drama Hackers and Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead, he was dubbed by some as the Spanish Sinatra. Alongside the likes of Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias, Anthony became one of the biggest Latin pop idols of the day, mastering a crossover mix of salsa rhythms, passionate ballads, and more modern, R&B production that sent his singles "I Need to Know" (1999) and "You Sang to Me" (2000) to number 3 and number 2 in the US charts. His self-titled album also reached number 8 in 1999 and sold over 3 million copies and whilst his ten-year marriage to Jennifer Lopez filled the tabloid press, Marc Anthony scored more hit albums with Mended in 2002, Amar Sin Mentiras in 2004 and Íconos in 2010. He also featured on tracks by Pitbull, Maluma and Mary J Blige, and reaffirmed his place as the King of Salsa when his eleventh studio album 3.0 reached number 5 in the US Charts in 2013 and went four-times platinum. His subsequent full-length releases, Opus (2019) and Pa'llá Voy (2022), both took home the Grammy award for Best Tropical Latin Album. "Ojalá Te Duela," a collaborative single with singer Pepe Aguilar, arrived in 2023 and peaked at number 37 on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart.