Ricky Martin scores big hit on magazines

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Newsstands swayed to a Latin pop beat in January, with Ricky Martin leading the dance of celebrities appearing on magazine covers. The singer-who soared to stardom after a sensational turn on the Grammy Awards last year and the subsequent release of his first English-language album-scored 9 points, heating up the covers of Biography, Esquire and Us, all for features reviewing memorable people of 1999.

In second place with 7.5 points is the late John F. Kennedy Jr., also appearing on Biography and Us, as well as the National Enquirer.

The No. 3 spot belongs to first lady Hillary Clinton, with 7 points; the New York senatorial candidate also was seen on Biography and Us, along with an appearance on the Star.

Fourth place saw a tie between rapper and entrepreneur Puff Daddy and actress Meg Ryan, each with 6 points. Besides being seen on Ebony, Puffy made the covers of Entertainment Weekly, People and the Star in the wake of his legal difficulties following a nightclub shooting. Ms. Ryan appeared on Good Housekeeping and Redbook in anticipation of her new film, "Hanging Up."

In sixth place are the trio of Backstreet Boys, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts, each rounding up 5 points. The singing Boys were seen on Rolling Stone and YM, while the charming Mr. Damon graced the fronts of The Advocate and Premiere. Ms. Roberts could be spotted on Entertainment Weekly, as well as In Style and the Star.

Tying for the No. 9 slot were actors Tom Cruise and Jodie Foster, both racking up 4 points with two covers apiece as they promoted their latest movies, "Magnolia" and "Anna & the King," respectively.

Cover Story is Ad Age's monthly ranking of celebrities' popularity as reflected by their appearances on the covers of more than 30 of the nation's leading publications.

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