Writing songs triggered new start for Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin poses for a portrait in New York, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

February 2, 2011 7:43:23 AM PST
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."