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This article is about the singer. For the Uruguayan businessman, see Enrique V. Iglesias.
Iglesias on MuchMusic's MuchOnDemand in Toronto, Canada in July 2007.
Birth name Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler
Born May 8, 1975 (age 34)
Origin Madrid, Spain
Genres Pop, Latin pop, Dance-pop, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actor
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Years active 1995–present
Interscope, Universal Music Latin
Entertainment, Warner Bros.
Enrique Iglesias (born May 8, 1975) is a Spanish singer. He started his musical career with
the Mexican indie label Fonovisa, which helped turn him into one of the most popular singers in
Latin America and the United States, selling more Spanish language albums than any other
singers, during that period of time.
In the late 1990s, he signed a deal with Universal Music for an unprecedented $48,000,000, with
Universal Music Latin Entertainment records, releasing his Spanish and English albums to the
English speaking entertainment industry. Iglesias has sold over 60 million albums worldwide
and has won a Grammy and Latin Grammy and has had several Billboard Hot 100 number one
hits and holds the record for producing 20 number one Spanish language singles on the
Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks.
1 Early years and career
o 2.1 1995– 1997 'Enrique Iglesias'
o 2.2 1997–1998 'Vivir'
o 2.3 1998–1999 'Cosas del Amor'
o 2.4 1999–2000 'Enrique'
o 2.5 2001–2002 'Escape'
o 2.6 2002–2003 'Quizás'
o 2.7 2003–2004 '7'
o 2.8 2004–2006 Post '7' activities
o 2.9 2006–2008 'Insomniac'
o 2.10 2008 'Enrique Iglesias: 95/08 Exitos'
o 2.11 2010 'Upcoming album'
3 Personal life
5 See also
7 External links
 Early years and career
Iglesias was born in Madrid, Spain, the third and final child of singer Julio Iglesias and
socialite and magazine journalist Isabel Preysler. His mother is Filipino and his father is of
Galician Spanish and Jewish ancestry. His parents divorced in 1978 and the following year
his father moved to Miami, Florida to continue with his musical career.
In 1985, Iglesias' grandfather, Dr. Julio Iglesias Puga was kidnapped by the terrorist group ETA.
Fearing for his grandchildren's safety, Enrique and his brother, Julio Iglesias Jr. were sent to live
with their father in Miami. He also lived in Belgrade, Serbia for one year with his mother, who
worked as a journalist. As his father's career kept him on the road, the young Iglesias was
raised by the family nanny. He attended Gulliver Preparatory School and went on to study
business at the University of Miami.
Iglesias did not want his father to know about his plans for a musical career and did not want his
famous surname to help advance his career. He borrowed money from his family nanny and he
recorded a demo cassette tape which consisted of a Spanish song and two English songs.
Approaching his father's former publicist Fernan Martinez, the two promoted the songs under the
stage name 'Enrique Martinez' with the backstory of being an unknown singer from Guatemala.
Iglesias was signed by a record label called Fonovisa. Dropping out of University, he went to
Toronto, Ontario, Canada to record his first album.
 1995– 1997 'Enrique Iglesias'
Main article: Enrique Iglesias
In July 12, 1995, Iglesias released his first album titled Enrique Iglesias, a collection of ballad
songs which included hits such as "Si Tú Te Vas", "Experiencia Religiosa" and others. The
record sold half a million albums in its first week of release, an accomplishment then for an
album recorded in a language other than English.
His song "Por Amarte" was included in Televisa's telenovela Marisol. The album also included
an Italian and Portuguese edition, with some of the songs translated into those languages. Five
singles released from this album included songs such as "Por Amarte", "No Llores Por Mí" and
"Trapecista" topped the Latin charts. The album went on to win Iglesias a Grammy Award  for
Best Latin Pop Performance.
 1997–1998 'Vivir'
Main article: Vivir
In 1997, Iglesias' popularity continued to rise with the release of Vivir (To Live), which put him
up with other high profiled singers. The album also included a cover version of the Yazoo song
"Only You", translated into Spanish as "Solo en Tí".
Performing in stadiums on that year, Iglesias, supported by British and American singers, Elton
John, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, played to sold-out audiences in sixteen countries.
Beginning the tour in Odessa, Texas, the tour went on to three consecutive nights in Mexico's
Plaza de Toros, two consecutive nights at Monterrey's Auditorio Coca Cola and two at the
Estadio River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina to over 130,000 people as well as 19 arenas in
the United States Three singles released from Vivir ("Enamorado Por Primera Vez", "Sólo en
Ti" and "Miente") topped the Latin singles chart as well as those in several Spanish speaking
countries. Along with his father Julio Iglesias and Mexican singer Luis Miguel, Iglesias was
nominated for an American Music Award in the category of Favorite Latin Artist. Iglesias
performed the song "Lluvia Cae" at the event, but lost out to his father, who won the award.
 1998–1999 'Cosas del Amor'
Main article: Cosas del Amor
In 1998, Iglesias released his third album, Cosas del Amor (Things of Love). Taking a more
mature musical direction, the album, aided by the popular songs "Esperanza" and "Nunca Te
Olvidaré", both of which topped the Latin singles chart, helped established his popularity in the
Latin music scene.
Iglesias did a tour of small venues to accompany the release of the album, with one show being
televised from Acapulco, Mexico. This was followed by a world tour of over eighty shows in
large venues. The Cosas del Amor Tour was the first ever concert tour sponsored by a fast food
restaurant, such as McDonald's. He won an American Music Award in the category of Favorite
Latin Artist defeating Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin and Mexican mariachi band, Los Tigres
del Norte. The song "Nunca te Olvidaré" was also used as the theme music for a Spanish soap
opera of the same name and he sang the song himself on the last episode of the series.
 1999–2000 'Enrique'
Main article: Enrique
By 1999, Iglesias had begun a successful crossover career into the English language music
market. Iglesias' contributed his songs to the soundtrack of the film Wild Wild West and
"Bailamos" became a number one hit in the United States.
After the success of "Bailamos", several high profiled record labels were eager to sign Iglesias.
Signing a multi-album deal after weeks of negotiations with Interscope, Iglesias recorded and
released his first album in English, titled Enrique. Rapper Gerardo Mejia, who was the A & R
Executive of Interscope at the time, was specifically responsible for bringing the album to the
United States and successfully launching Iglesias' American career. The pop album, with
some Latin influences, took two months to complete and contained a duet with Whitney Houston
called "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" and a cover of the Bruce Springsteen song "Sad Eyes".
The album's third single, "Be With You", became his second number one song.
The final single from the album was the song "You're My #1", re-recorded and released in
selected territories as a duet with local artist such as Alsou in Russia, Sandy & Junior in Brazil
and Valen Hsu in Asia.
 2001–2002 'Escape'
Main article: Escape
Iglesias followed up in 2001 with the album Escape. During that period, most of the Latin
American crossover performers experienced some difficulties selling records in the English
language entertainment industry, however Iglesias was not affected by these issues and went on
to sell more albums, outclassing his rival counter parts. The album's first single, "Hero", became
a number one hit in the United Kingdom and in many other countries. The entire album was co-
written by Iglesias.
Escape became his biggest commercial success to date. The singles "Escape" and "Don't Turn
Off the Lights" became popular on radio stations, fairing well and placing highly or topping
various charts both in North America and around the world. A second edition of the album was
released worldwide and contained a new version of one of Iglesias' favorite tracks, "Maybe", as
well as a duet with Lionel Richie called "To Love a Woman".
Iglesias capitalized on the album's success with his "One-Night Stand World Tour" consisting of
50 sold-out shows in 16 countries. Including Radio City Music Hall and three consecutive nights
in London's Royal Albert Hall, the tour ended with a concert at Stadium National Lia Manoliu in
Bucharest, Romania. The event launched MTV Romania, with the video for "Love to See You
Cry" being the first to be shown on the channel.
The second leg of the tour, "Don't Turn Off the Lights", was completed in the summer of 2002,
with two sold-out nights in Madison Square Garden and another two in Mexico's National
Auditorium. The tour finished with a single show in the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan
in Puerto Rico.
 2002–2003 'Quizás'
Main article: Quizás
In 2002, Iglesias released a fourth Spanish language album titled Quizás (Perhaps). A more
polished musical production than his previous Spanish albums and containing more introspective
songs, the album's title track is a song about the strained relationship Iglesias has with his father.
The album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the highest placement of a
Spanish language album on the chart at the time. Quizás sold a million albums in a week, making
it the fastest selling album in Spanish in 5 years. The three singles released from the album all
ended up topping the Latin chart, giving Iglesias a total of 16 number ones on the chart. He
currently holds the record for the most number one singles on Billboard's Latin Chart. His last
single from the album, "Para Que la Vida", reached the top spot on U.S. radio, the only Spanish
language song to do so.
The video to the song "Quizás" was the first Spanish language music video to be added to the
selection on MTV's popular show Total Request Live. Iglesias performed the song on The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno, becoming the first to sing a Spanish song on the show and opened
doors for Latin American singers and musicians such as Ricky Martin, Juanes and Jorge Drexler
to perform their Spanish songs. Iglesias included songs from Quizás in his "Don't Turn Off the
Lights Tour" and the album went on to win a Latin Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.
 2003–2004 '7'
Main article: 7
In 2003, Iglesias released his seventh album, which he called 7, the second to be co-written by
Iglesias. It featured a 1980s inspired songs such as "Roamer", which he wrote with his guitarist,
Tony Bruno. The album also contained the song "Be Yourself", a song about independence (the
chorus talks about how Iglesias' own parents did not believe he will succeed in his singing
career). The first single was the song "Addicted" and was followed by a remix of the song "Not
in Love", featuring Kelis.
With this album, Iglesias went on his world tour. The tour started with twelve shows in the
United States ending with Iglesias playing at Houston Rodeo and continued on to several
countries, including Australia, India, Egypt and Singapore before ending his tour in South
 2004–2006 Post '7' activities
While recording and writing new songs, Iglesias usually avoids public appearances and remains
private, but during this period he made a number of guest appearances in the media. He was a
guest on Oprah Winfrey's talk show, surprising one of his fans and spending the day with her. He
also appeared at the Premios Juventud and was a musical guest on the final broadcast of Diego
Maradona's television show in Argentina and few days later performed at a Christmas concert in
support of the Special Olympics.
Iglesias has also attended various promotional events for the Tommy Hilfiger fragrance called
True Star Men, which he is endorsing. Iglesias performed in the commercial for the fragrance
itself with the theme song "Ring My Bells" which was a track on his forth album. Iglesias also
appeared on the season finale of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition singing a song called
"Somebody's Me", also from his latest album.
Iglesias on stage in Israel.
More recently, Iglesias has also performed live in one-off concerts in Italy, Uruguay and Israel,
as well as performing at a festival for MTV in Málaga, Spain alongside Paulina Rubio and has
completed a series of concerts in the United States. The "For the Fans Tour" featured much of his
older repertoire as well as new songs in both English and Spanish. Iglesias appeared on the May
7, 2007 episode of CBS' Two and a Half Men as 'Fernando' the Handyman.
The first single, "Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)" from his new album Insomniac
released on June 12 was premiered on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on KIIS-FM on Tuesday,
April 10, 2007. Iglesias performed "Do You Know?" for the first time as well as "Hero" for a
live taping of the U.S. series of Dancing with the Stars.
 2006–2008 'Insomniac'
Main article: Insomniac
Iglesias released his new album Insomniac on June 12, 2007. The album was named 'Insomniac'
due to it being recorded mainly at night. The album contained a more contemporary pop style
than that of previous albums with many of the tracks being described as R&B. Among the
albums highlights include "Push", a hip-hop-flavored collaboration with American rap singer Lil'
Wayne, as well as "Ring My Bells" and a cover of Ringside's "Tired of Being Sorry".
The first single "Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)" became a worldwide hit peaking in the
top 10 in several countries and reaching number 1 in other parts of the world. The Spanish
version of the song entitled "Dimelo" was number 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks for eleven
unconsecutive weeks becoming one of his best performing songs on the chart.
Iglesias followed up with the ballad "Somebody's Me" which was released as a single in the
American Continent. The song was played extensively on AC radio with the song peaking high
on Billboard's Hot AC and the Spanish version also performing well on the charts. The song was
featured on the soap The Young and the Restless and Iglesias performed the track on the show.
In Europe, the second single was "Tired of Being Sorry" which was a success in many countries.
To continue his more contemporary style, he joined forces with electro Producer DJ Sammy,
collaborating with him on the remix of "Tired of being Sorry". Recently Iglesias has recorded a
version of the song with French singer Nâdiya which has reached number 1 in France.
On July 4, Iglesias became the first Western singer to play a concert in Syria in three decades
when he performed for a sold-out crowd in the capital city of Damascus and in the same week
performed on Live Earth. He would also make a second appearance The Royal Variety
The Insomniac World Tour was launched at the Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa, the same
venue he ended his last world Tour and took him to sold out arenas throughout Europe. It was his
first arena tour of the United Kingdom with him playing venues such as Manchester Evening
News Arena and Wembley Arena. The tour ended with Iglesias performing at L.A. Live at the
Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. A second leg of the tour has taken him throughout
Latin America from Mexico to Argentina. His concert at Belfast's Odyssey Arena was filmed for
MSN Control Room and has been broadcast on television.
The song "Push" was added to the soundtrack of the film Step Up 2 the Streets albeit without Li'l
Wayne. The song was regarded as the third single from the album. A music video was shot
which features the film's lead actors. Despite never being officially added to radio the song has
charted in several countries and is one of his most highly rated songs amongst his fans.
Iglesias' song "Can You Hear Me" has been chosen as the official song of the UEFA Euro 2008
football tournament. He performed the song live at the June 29, 2008 final in Vienna,
Austria. The song featured on a re-issue of the Insomniac album being released in certain
 2008 'Enrique Iglesias: 95/08 Exitos'
Main article: Enrique Iglesias: 95/08 Exitos
Iglesias released a "Greatest Hits" album on March 25, 2008 which included his seventeen
number 1 songs on Hot Latin Tracks chart, plus two new songs. The first single was the song
"¿Dónde Están Corazón?", which is written by Argentine singer-songwriter, Coti and became
Iglesias's 18th number 1 single on Billbooards Hot Latin Songs. The album debuted at number 1
on Billboard's Latin Album Charts and number 18 on Billboard's top 200 Album chart. It was
Iglesias' second Spanish Album to debut in the top 20 Billboard's Top 200 Albums (Quizás
debuted at 12 in 2002). The album has been recently certified double platinum in the United
States and Latin America.
The album's second single "Lloro Por Ti" has an official remix featuring "Wisin y Yandel". After
being in the top 10 on the Hot Latin Tracks for nearly two months, the track hit number one on
November 8 and then remained in the top for 2 weeks, becoming Iglesias's 19th number 1 single
on Billbooards Hot Latin Songs. Iglesias included both new songs in his arena tour of the United
States. Beginning in Laredo, Texas and ending at the Izod Center in New Jersey he was
accompanied though most of the tour with Bachata band Aventura who also performed "Lloro
Por Ti" with him at the Premios Juventud.
Iglesias was a surprise performer at the Lo Nuestro Awards, opening the show with a medley of
"¿Dónde Están Corazón?" and "Dímelo". He also performed at the Billboard Latin Music
Awards, where he received an award. Iglesias also performed at the Isle of MTV 2008 at the
Floriana granaries in Malta in June 25, 2008, to a sold-out show of about 4000 people.
Iglesias has collaborated with songwriter Guy Chambers to write "Un Nuovo Giorno", the lead
single from Andrea Bocelli's 2004 pop album Andrea. The song was later translated into English
as "First Day of My Life" and recorded by Spice Girl Melanie C. The song has since gone to
become a huge hit throughout Europe and peaked in the number one spot in several countries.
Iglesias also wrote the single "The Way" for American Idol runner up Clay Aiken. Four songs
co-written by Iglesias appear on the British band The Hollies' current album.
In 2000, Iglesias co-produced an off Broadway musical called Four Guys Named José and Una
Mujer Named María. In the musical, four Americans of Hispanic heritage possess a common
interest in music and meet and decide to put on a show. The show contained many references and
allusions to many classic and contemporary Latin and pop songs by Carmen Miranda, Selena,
Ritchie Valens, Santana, Ricky Martin and Iglesias himself.
Iglesias also developed an interest in acting, starring alongside hollywood actors and actress
Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Johnny Depp in the Robert Rodriguez film Once Upon a
Time in Mexico, in which he played the foul-mouthed gun-wielding Lorenzo. In 2007, he had a
cameo role in the American television comedy Two and a Half Men, starring Charlie Sheen. He
says that he would become an actor again if given roles that he could fit in between his music
He also guest starred as Gael, an Argentinean guitar playing, surfer, massage therapist on the
CBS TV show How I Met Your Mother. Iglesias also played the part of a Roman emperor in a
television commercial for Pepsi, which sponsored his last world tour. He starred alongside
American singers Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Pink, who turn the tables on him in the
His visit to Chile was highly publicized for record crowds it caused, with thousands of young
girls packing the streets of the airport and outside Iglesias's hotel. Iglesias gained record crowds
to the event and received much praise for his performance.
His visit to the festival the following year however would be remembered for much different
reasons. When presented with the award called La Gaviota, Iglesias tossed the award into the
audience. At first this evoked no visible reaction from the audience but when the presenter
expressed offense and demanded that the award be passed back to the presenter, the crowd
reacted negatively. The next day the media reacted negatively to what was seen as a sign of
disrespect by Iglesias. At a press conference, Iglesias hit back at the press and explained that he
meant to show that the award was for his fans. Despite continued high sales in Latin America,
Iglesias has never been invited back to the Festival and the incident is often brought up when he
In June 2000, American radio personality Howard Stern received a tape of an off-key song,
along with the track "Rhythm Divine". Stern played this humorous clip throughout the week on
his radio show insinuating that Iglesias lip synched and couldn't sing well outside the studio,
even suggesting that Iglesias himself did not sing on his albums, comparing him to Milli Vanilli.
Iglesias traveled to New York from Italy where he had just performed with Italian singer
Luciano Pavarotti and appeared on Stern's show, singing acoustic versions of "Rhythm Divine"
and "Be with You", after which Stern told Iglesias he had silenced his critics. Iglesias would go
on to say that controversy and his appearance on the show was the best promotion he could have.
 2010 'Upcoming album'
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Iglesias recorded the song It must be love, which was sung by him and co-written by him,
Andre Bagge, and Peer Astrom to raise funds for the Haiti Earthquake's victims. The song has
been released to Music For Relief, which is a charity organization founded by Linkin Park.
In January 15, 2010, Enrique announced that his new upcoming album would be released in the
second or third quarter in 2010. Enrique mentioned that the track listing would be around 14 or
17 with 4 collaborations, including Wisin & Yandel and Akon. 
 Personal life
Since the beginning of his career, the entertainment industry have linked Iglesias to many
women, though due to his private life, it is difficult to know which claims are true and which are
fabrications. Most notably Iglesias has been linked with Sofia Vergara, Christina Aguilera,
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Shannon Elizabeth, Samantha Torres and former Miss Universe, Alicia
Machado for a brief period.
For several years now he has dated Russian former tennis player, Anna Kournikova, whom he
met on the set of his music video Escape, in December 21, 2001. Many reports showed up in
2007 of their splitting. In 2008, after Iglesias made a publicity joke, there were reports of the
couple's having been married formerly and now divorced. Iglesias has stated subsequently in
interviews that it was simply a joke and that they are still very much together.
Iglesias has publicly stated he suffers from insomnia and that even heavy-duty sleeping aids
often do not work for him. In 2003, Iglesias had his trademark facial mole removed.[