The Puerto Rican singer has been back in the studio with songwriter Desmond Child, who says he has noticed a dramatic change in the `Livin` La Vida Loca` star since he announced to the world he is gay in March.
Desmond - who worked with Ricky on his fourth English language album - said: "I`m really excited about the music, the content, because since he`s come out its unleashed his creativity and the scope of what he can sing about and say and do.
"Once he opened that door a floodgate of energy and creativity just really exploded."
The songwriter, who previously collaborated with Ricky on hits including `She Bangs`, also praised the star`s philanthropy, saying his RickyMartin Foundation charity work has also informed the issues he wants to sing about.
He added: "He`s a formidable person - an activist, a philanthropist and humanitarian. All of the work he`s put into his charity-it`s all going into the music."
Desmond - who has worked with artists including Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Meat Loaf and Shakira - also described the sound of the new record, which is expected to be released next year.
He told blackbookmag.com: "We really reached a creative fusion of rock and pop and electronic and Latin music - it`s all over the place in a really great way."
Ricky - who is adoptive father to twins Matteo and Valentino, two - is also planning to publish his autobiography, `Me` in November this year.