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Mexican pop icon Diego Gonzalez, known to fans worldwide by his first name alone, was born Diego Andres Gonzalez Bonetta on November 29, 1990, in Mexico City. His first show business success came via the American Idol-like show Codigo F.A.M.A., on which he took fifth place. Though he didn't attain the title, Diego took a good amount of recognition with him from F.A.M.A., which he used to leverage the start of his acting career. Gonzalez made his TV debut playing the role of Ricardo on the telenovela Alegrijes y Rebujos. Widespread success was won with his next role, playing Christian on the telenovela Misión S.O.S, for which he received a nomination for Best Actor at the TVyNovelas awards. The role that made Diego a youth culture household name was that of Rocco on the breakout success Rebelde. Playing a music-obsessed teen on the show, Diego watched many of the other cast members go on to achieve huge record industry success as part of the spinoff band RBD. Though enjoying his film success, Gonzalez longed to make the transition into a recording artist rather than be limited to acting. He was offered a chance to do so, recording a number of songs for the Misión S.O.S soundtrack album, which was certified double platinum and went on to be nominated for a Latin Grammy. As Gonzalez's singing career became more serious, he sought training with superstar vocal coach Seth Riggs, veteran of Michael and Janet Jackson. Signed to EMI Mexico, Diego issued his debut single, "Aqui Voy," which found its way onto various reality TV soundtracks. When the time came for Diego's debut record release, his popularity throughout Latin America was such that the album was a guaranteed success. Released during 2005 in Mexico, July 2006 in a Brazilian Portuguese edition, August 2006 throughout South America, and finally April 2007 in the U.S. market, the album made Diego a huge pop hit throughout the Western Hemisphere. Hit singles such as "Responde," "Más," and "Sólo Existes Tú" have kept Diego Gonzalez on regional charts for months at a time.