Enrique Iglesias
Singer, songwriter, recording artist
Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish singer-songwriter, model, and actor of Spanish, popular in both the Latin market and the Hispanic American market in the United States. He is the son of Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. Within five years of beginning his musical career in the 1990s, he became the biggest seller of Spanish-language albums of that decade.
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No, Bruno Mars Didn't Change His Name To Hide His Latino Roots
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Bruno Mars is proud of his Puerto Rican roots, and he’s insulted anyone would think otherwise.  The singer, born Peter Hernandez, is the cover star for Latina magazine’s February issue and took the opportunity to respond to critics who think he changed his name to hide his Latino roots. “I’d love to clear that up in Latina magazine,” he said in the interview. “I never once said I changed my last name to hide the fact that I’m Puerto Rican. Why would I fucking say that? Who are you fooling? And why would anyone say that? That’s so insulting to me, to my family. That’s ridiculous. My last name is Hernandez. My father’s name is Pedrito Hernandez, and he’s a Puerto Rican pimp. There’s no denying that.” It was his father, a Jewish Puerto Rican percussionist from Brooklyn, who gave the singer his current artistic name. “My dad nicknamed me Bruno since I was 2 years old,” he told Latina magazine. “The real story is: I was going to go by ‘Bruno,’ one name. Mars just kind of came ...
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Keane Singer Tom Chaplin Makes Triumphant Solo Debut in America
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Releasing an album no longer guarantees success in an industry where platinum-selling singers face the same pressures as fledgling artists. Yet, when Keane frontman Tom Chaplin kicked off a 15-date North American tour in Atlanta this weekend to celebrate his solo debut, The Wave, he proved that talent and heart still matter as much as the numbers do. In a triumphant return to the U.S. after more than four years away, Chaplin raised the roof with a dozen new songs that showcased his stellar vocal abilities - and also shared stories about his recovery from drug addiction. Chaplin's 90-minute set at the Buckhead Theatre included favorites "Everybody's Changing" and "Bend and Break" from Keane's 2004 debut, Hopes and Fears, as well as the current single, "Still Waiting." The Wave's "Hardened Heart" and "Bring the Rain" (co-written by Chaplin and Max McElligott ) recalled the joyous rave-ups for which Keane is best known, while "The River" (penned with Aqualung) suggested a clearer pop di ...
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Julio And Enrique Iglesias, Two Moments In The Life Of Cuba / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
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Enrique Iglesias in a file image with the Cuban group "Gente de Zona". (Networks) 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 11 January 2017 -- My mother had a T-shirt with the face of the Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, bought in the informal market in the early eighties. At a meeting of the Union of Young Communists they warned her she could not continue to wear it. The author of La vida sigue igual (Life Remains the Same) had fallen into the blacklist of censorship and after that the garment languished in a drawer in our house. This January, almost four decades after that point in my childhood, Julio's son Enrique Iglesias has come to Cuba to film the music video for the single Súbeme la radio (Beam me up to the radio). A legion of fans is preparing to follow him to the locations where he will work alongside director Alejandro Pérez, musician Descemer Bueno and the Puerto Rican duo Zion and Lenox. Although the national media have handled Iglesias' visit with caution, t ...
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Lupita Nyong'o Slays Performance Of Salt-N-Pepa’s 'Whatta Man'
Huffington Post - 4 months
Lupita Nyong’o is full of surprises.  The Oscar-winning actress is best known for her high-brow performances in dramas like “12 Years A Slave” and blockbusters like “Star Wars,” but she’s just shown a new, fiery side of herself in an appearance on Spike’s hit show “Lip Sync Battle.” Hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, the series features celebs lip-syncing their favorite songs in front of a live studio audience.  In an episode that aired Wednesday night, Nyong’o battled it out with fellow actress Regina Hall. She first performed Enrique Iglesias’ 90s hit “Bailamos,” but it was her second performance of Salt-N-Pepa’s iconic “Whatta Man” that really got the crowd going. The actress not only lip-synced to perfection but also added steamy choreography and back-up dancers.  Naturally, she won the battle. Watch the entire glorious performance above.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may ...
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The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week
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The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― but succinct ― wisdom. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious 140-character musings. For this week’s great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.      If you ever have to pay full price at Bed Bath and Beyond it's because your mail carrier hates you. — Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) September 22, 2016 I think if my life ever flashed before my eyes, I'd be horrified of all those times I got bangs. — Erica (@SCbchbum) September 19, 2016 My entire sex ed curriculum: Abstinence doesn't work cuz everyone is horny & if you have a baby you can't just go to sleep whenever you want — Brittani Nichols (@BisHilarious) September 22, 2016 Nothing says "I'm lying with every fiber of my being" like a text message loaded with exclamation points. — Stabbatha Christy (@ ...
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The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week
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The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― but succinct ― wisdom. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious 140-character musings. For this week’s great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.      If you ever have to pay full price at Bed Bath and Beyond it's because your mail carrier hates you. — Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) September 22, 2016 I think if my life ever flashed before my eyes, I'd be horrified of all those times I got bangs. — Erica (@SCbchbum) September 19, 2016 My entire sex ed curriculum: Abstinence doesn't work cuz everyone is horny & if you have a baby you can't just go to sleep whenever you want — Brittani Nichols (@BisHilarious) September 22, 2016 Nothing says "I'm lying with every fiber of my being" like a text message loaded with exclamation points. — Stabbatha Christy (@ ...
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F1 boss urged to address Baku human rights concerns
Yahoo News - 9 months
By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigners have urged Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone to speak out in defense of human rights ahead of Azerbaijan's inaugural grand prix next week. Rebecca Vincent, coordinator of the Sports for Rights campaign, told a media briefing on Tuesday that 'positive' talks had been held already with two senior representatives of Ecclestone's Formula One Management (FOM). Vincent said the campaigners also wanted U.S. singers Pharrell Williams, Chris Brown and Spaniard Enrique Iglesias to cancel performances scheduled for the race weekend.
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Nicky Jam, Enrique Iglesias top Billboard Latin Music Awards
Yahoo News - 10 months
Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias took home seven awards apiece, including six shared awards for their hit duet 'El Perdon,' at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami.
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Prince Royce On Why He Felt Like ‘Two Different People’ Growing Up
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 was a big year for Prince Royce. The award-winning bachata superstar released his first English-language album, "Double Vision," collaborated with Jennifer Lopez on his single "Back It Up" and toured with Ariana Grande. And the 26-year-old singer has no plans of slowing down in 2016. Royce recently dropped the first single from his upcoming Spanish-language album, which is set to be released next year. The star was also hired by Sprint to work with their Hispanic Business Unit to develop music-related initiatives. It's a full-circle move for the star, who, before his big break, worked at a Sprint store in the Bronx to save up for his first demo.  Royce recently hopped on the phone with The Huffington Post to talk about lessons he's learned from his crossover album, the artist that inspired him to start singing and the "scary" way politicians are discussing immigration.  Crossing over is no easy task. What did you learn from that experience? I find it to be still the ...
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The Spanglish Version Of Adele's 'Hello' You Didn't Know You Needed
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Less than two months after its release, the world has watched Adele's "Hello" music video nearly 600 million times on YouTube -- and it's likely they've also seen half as many covers of the singer's record-breaking hit single on the site.  But former "American Idol" contestant Karen Rodriguez has somehow managed to give the single a fresh twist by adapting the first half of the song into Spanish. The singer recorded a performance of her Spanglish version of the song at New York City's Premier Studios and posted it on YouTube on Tuesday.  There have been quite a few Spanish renditions of Adele's "Hello" -- including Chilean brother and sister duo Kevin Karla & La Banda's fully orchestrated version which has over 1 million views -- but powerful bilingual versions continue to be rare.  Not to mention, Rodriguez seems to have a knack for translating hit songs in both languages. The artist previously adapted Drake's "Hotline Bling" into Spanglish and Enrique Iglesi ...
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2015 American Music Awards Winners Include One Direction, Taylor Swift And Nicki Minaj
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Enrique Iglesias
    TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 28
    After more than a decade with Universal Music, Iglesias left the record label in 2015 and signed on with Sony Music.
    More Details Hide Details Iglesias has collaborated with songwriter Guy Chambers to write "Un Nuovo Giorno", the lead single from Andrea Bocelli's first pop album. 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 numerous countries. Iglesias also co-wrote the single "The Way" for American Idol runner up Clay Aiken. Four songs co-written by Iglesias appear on the UK band The Hollies' current album. In 2010 Idol Allstars 2010 (Swedish Idol Series) released a song "All I Need Is You" co-written by Iglesias with Andreas Carlsson, Kalle Engström and Kristian Lundin. He also co-wrote Jennifer Lopez's song Dance Again released in 2012, which reached number-one position in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    Iglesias was also called the King of 2014, due to his tenth album, Sex And Love, and his hit single, Bailando.
    More Details Hide Details Billboard called him "The Crowd Pleaser" of 2014.
    On 29 January 2014, Iglesias announced the title of his tenth studio album would be Sex and Love.The album was released on 14 March 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The album features guest vocals from Pitbull, Romeo Santos, Marco Antonio Solís, Flo Rida, Kylie Minogue, Yandel, Jennifer Lopez, Gente de Zona and India Martínez. His latest hit is "Bailando" ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona. Bailando got him 3 Latin Grammys after one decade even his previous album, Euphoria got a him a nomination. Bailando also earned him Shakira's previous record on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs record. Bailando spent 41 weeks at #1 on that chart. Bailando was also YouTube's second most watched music video of 2014, taking after Katy Perry's hit single, Dark Horse. Bailando has currently over 1 Billion views that holds the record for most watched Latin music video and second most watched non-English music video ever, as of 20 August 2015. Bailando was included on the Just Dance 2015 soundtrack.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    On 17 September 2013, Z100 Radio played Enrique's third single from his upcoming bilingual studio album. The single titled "Heart Attack" was released in October 2013.
    More Details Hide Details It officially impacted Top 40/Mainstream radio in the U.S. on 1 October 2013. Iglesias confirmed "I'm a Freak" as the third English single from his tenth studio album. The single features Pitbull and was released in January 2014. Iglesias recorded a song with Kylie Minogue called "Beautiful", which appears on her twelfth studio album, Kiss Me Once.
    On 24 August 2013, "Loco" was released on iTunes as the lead Spanish single from his upcoming album.
    More Details Hide Details The smooth bachata track features vocals from urban bachata superstar Romeo Santos. The single released worldwide on 26 August 2013. It became Iglesias' 24th No. 1 on the Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart.
    On 18 July 2013 Iglesias uploaded the single's cover art on his official website.
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    On 29 June 2013, Republic Records confirmed that Enrique's first single from his upcoming album is titled "Turn the Night Up".
    More Details Hide Details The single was released in the middle of July. Iglesias released a special video which featured photos and videos that fans had sent in, fans could also make their own version using media from their personal Facebook albums. The song was released to US Top 40 radio on 22 July 2013.
    On 31 May 2013, Iglesias performed at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco.
    More Details Hide Details The show broke the highest attendance record as more than one hundred twenty thousand fans gathered to watch the concert which is considered as the highest as of yet.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    On 8 December 2012, Iglesias performed at Z100 Jingle Ball in Miami and the iHeartRadio Festival interview session before the shows Iglesias stated he's working on some new music and — when asked about his time in the studio — Iglesias said, "It's kind of like going fishing, you never know when you’re going to catch a big one."
    More Details Hide Details Continuing on to tell what fans can expect to hear, he said he's ready to try something new saying, "I come out with so many albums and I want to make sure that if I come out with an album it sounds new. At least to me." It has been confirmed that Iglesias will be working with Mark Taylor, The Cataracs, and Carlos Paucar for his new album.
    On 25 August 2012, Iglesias unveiled his brand new single, "Finally Found You", a collaboration with American rapper Sammy Adams.
    More Details Hide Details It was released to the US iTunes Store on 25 September 2012. The song was released in UK on 9 December 2012.
  • 2011
    Age 24
    In August 2011, he released the single "I Like How It Feels" to radio.
    More Details Hide Details This was planned to serve as the lead single from the Euphoria album's proposed re-issue that never came to fruition, Euphoria Reloaded.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    On 5 July 2010, Iglesias released his ninth studio album, Euphoria, his first work to be released under his new label, Universal Republic.
    More Details Hide Details The album is Iglesias's first bilingual album with seven original English songs and six original Spanish songs. The album won the Billboard Music Award for Top Latin Album, the Billboard Latin Awards for Latin Album of the Year and Latin Pop Album of the Year and was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Iglesias worked with three producers whom he had collaborated with before; RedOne, Mark Taylor and Carlos Paucer. The album features collaborations with Akon, Usher, Nicole Scherzinger, Sunidhi Chauhan, Ludacris, DJ Frank E, Pitbull, Juan Luis Guerra and his third duet with Wisin & Yandel. In a joint venture with Universal Latino, Iglesias released different singles in both English and Spanish simultaneously to different formats. The first English single from the album, "I Like It", which features the rapper Pitbull, was released on 3 May 2010 in the U.S. and became a success, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also featured in the MTV reality series, Jersey Shore. "Cuando Me Enamoro" was released as the lead Spanish single from the album, and became the theme song of the Mexican telenovela of the same title, produced by Televisa. The song debuted at number eight and number twenty-five on the U.S. Latin Pop Songs chart and the U.S. Hot Latin Songs chart, respectively. The song became his twenty-fifth top ten single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart and after four weeks of its release date it became his twenty-first No.1 song on this chart.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    He performed the song live at the June 29, 2008 final in Vienna, Austria.
    More Details Hide Details The song featured on a re-issue of the Insomniac album being released in certain countries.
    Iglesias's song "Can You Hear Me" has been chosen as the official song of the UEFA Euro 2008 football tournament.
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    Iglesias was the winner of two World Music Awards in the categories of "World's Best Selling Latin Performer" and "World's Best Selling Spanish Artist", in the ceremony held in Monaco on 9 November 2008.
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    Iglesias was a surprise performer at the 2008 Lo Nuestro Awards, opening the show with a medley of "¿Dónde Están Corazón?" and "Dímelo".
    More Details Hide Details He also performed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, where he received a special award. After the success of his Spanish greatest hits compilation, Iglesias released a compilation of his English language hits on 11 November. The album includes "Can You Hear Me" as well as two new songs. The first single is entitled "Away", which featured Sean Garrett and was followed by "Takin' Back My Love" featuring Ciara. The album debuted at number three on the official UK Albums Chart and sold over 80,000 copies in its first two weeks of release alone.
    Beginning in Laredo, Texas, Texas and ending at the Izod Center in New Jersey, he was accompanied through most of the tour with bachata band Aventura who also performed "Lloro Por Ti" with him at the 2008 Premios Juventud.
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    Iglesias released a Spanish greatest hits album named 95/08 Éxitos on 25 March 2008 which included his seventeen number one songs on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart plus two new songs.
    More Details Hide Details The first single was the song "¿Dónde Están Corazón? ", which was written by Argentine star Coti and became Iglesias's eighteenth number one single on Billboards Hot Latin Songs. The album debuted at number one on Billboards Top Latin Albums chart and number eighteen on the overall Billboard 200 albums chart. It was Iglesias's second Spanish album to debut in the top 20 of the Billboard 200 (Quizás debuted at number twelve in 2002). The album was certified double Platinum (Latin field) in the U.S. and in some Latin American countries. The album's second single "Lloro Por Ti" also reached number one on the Hot Latin Songs chart and had an official remix featuring Wisin & Yandel. Iglesias did a tour of the US to promote the compilation.
  • 2007
    Age 20
    On 4 July 2007 Enrique Iglesias became the first Western artist to play a concert in Syria in three decades when he performed for a sold-out crowd of ten thousand in the capital Damascus and in the same week he performed on Live Earth in Hamburg.
    More Details Hide Details The Insomniac World Tour was launched at the Coca-Cola 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 UK with him playing venues such as Manchester's MEN Arena and Wembley Arena. The tour ended with Iglesias performing at the newly opened L.A. Live. A second leg of the tour took him throughout Latin America, from Mexico to Argentina. A solo version of "Push" was added to the soundtrack of the movie Step Up 2 the Streets. 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 fans.
    After a two-year hiatus Iglesias released his new album Insomniac on 12 June 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The album was so named due to it being recorded mainly at night. The album contained a more contemporary pop style than that of previous albums. The album's highlights include "Push", with rapper 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)", was released on 10 April 2007. It was Iglesias's highest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 since "Escape". The song was also a hit throughout Europe, peaking in the top 10 in many countries. The Spanish version of the song, entitled "Dímelo", was number one on Billboards Hot Latin Songs chart for eleven weeks, becoming his second best performing song on that chart at the time. 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 and peaked high on Billboard's Hot AC. In Europe, the second single was "Tired Of Being Sorry", which performed well in many countries; he recorded a version of the song with French singer Nâdiya which was number one in France for eleven weeks.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2003
    Age 16
    By 2003 Iglesias released his seventh album, which he called 7, the second to be co-written by Iglesias.
    More Details Hide Details Among its more 1980s-inspired material, it features the song "Roamer", which he wrote with his friend and longtime guitarist, Tony Bruno. The CD also contained the song "Be Yourself", a song about independence (the chorus talks about how Iglesias' own parents did not believe he'd ever succeed in his singing career). The first single was the song "Addicted", and was followed closely by a remix of the song "Not In Love", featuring Kelis. With this album, Iglesias went on his biggest world tour to date. The highly publicised tour started with twelve shows in the United States ending with Iglesias playing at Houston Rodeo and continued on to several countries, most of which he'd never previously visited playing to sold-out arenas and stadiums in Australia, India, Egypt and Singapore before ending his tour in South Africa.
  • 2002
    Age 15
    In 2002 Iglesias chose to release a fourth Spanish-language album titled Quizás (Perhaps).
    More Details Hide Details 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 famous father. The album debuted at number twelve on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the highest placement of a Spanish language album on the chart at the time. Quizás sold a million copies in a week, making it the fastest-selling album in Spanish in five years. The three singles released from the album all ended up topping the Latin chart, giving Iglesias a total of sixteen 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 Qué La Vida", reached a million spins on U.S. radio, the only Spanish language song to do so.
  • 2001
    Age 14
    In late 2001, he started dating tennis player Anna Kournikova. They reportedly split in October 2013 but have since reconciled.
    More Details Hide Details Enrique Iglesias built a new mansion for himself on the beaches of Miami, estimated to be worth approximately $26 million. In 2010, Iglesias was included in the project Download to Donate started by an organization Music for Relief started by American rock band Linkin Park. He was co-producer of the album Download to Donate for Haiti, a charity album for the 2010 Haiti earthquake, with the co-vocalist of the band Mike Shinoda. Both of them promoted the album at various venues, one of them is Larry King Live, where he and Shinoda explained the project. In 2013, Iglesias has urged his followers to donate money through the American Red Cross to help the victims of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The typhoon struck one month after the Philippines was hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake which destroyed the homes and livelihoods of around 350,000 people.
    In 2001 Iglesias released his second English language album Escape.
    More Details Hide Details Where most of the Latin crossover acts of the previous year experienced some difficulty matching the record sales of their first English language albums, Iglesias actually went on to sell even more. 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 is his biggest commercial success to date. The singles "Escape" and "Don't Turn Off The Lights" became radio staples, faring well and placing highly or topping various charts both in North America and elsewhere. A second edition of the album was released internationally and contained a new version of one of Iglesias's 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 fifty sold-out shows in sixteen countries. Including Radio City Music Hall and three consecutive nights in London's Royal Albert Hall, the tour ended with a big show at Stadium National Lia Manoliu in Bucharest, Romania. The concert launched MTV Romania, with the video for "Love to See You Cry" being the first to be shown on the channel.
  • 2000
    Age 13
    On 8 June 2000, Iglesias sang the song live on Stern's show with just a guitar accompanying him.
    More Details Hide Details After the performance, Stern remarked, "I respect you for coming in here; you really can sing". Iglesias noted that the off-key recording was also him, but that it was probably a recording made during a television taping where he was required to lip sync. He would remark that the controversy was the best promotion he could have. The album's single "Be With You" became Iglesias's second number one single on Billboards Hot 100.
    In 2000, Iglesias performed at the Super Bowl XXXIV halftime show alongside Christina Aguilera, Phil Collins, and Toni Braxton.
    More Details Hide Details Shock jock Howard Stern repeatedly played a tape of a supposedly very off-key Iglesias on his radio show and accused the Iglesias of not being able to sing live.
  • 1999
    Age 12
    After attending one of his concerts in March 1999, Will Smith asked Iglesias to contribute to the soundtrack of his movie Wild Wild West.
    More Details Hide Details His contribution "Bailamos" was released as a single and became a number one hit in the US. After the success of "Bailamos", several mainstream record labels were eager to sign Iglesias. Signing a multi-album deal after weeks of negotiations with Interscope, Iglesias recorded and released his first full CD in English, Enrique. The pop album, with some Latin influences, took two months to complete. It contained the song "Rhythm Divine", a duet with Whitney Houston entitled "Could I Have This Kiss Forever", and a cover of the Bruce Springsteen song "Sad Eyes".
    By 1999, Iglesias had begun a successful crossover career into the English language music market.
    More Details Hide Details Thanks to other successful crossover acts, most notably that of Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan, Latino artists and music had a great surge in popularity in mainstream music.
  • 1998
    Age 11
    In 1998, Iglesias released his third album, Cosas del Amor (Things of Love).
    More Details Hide Details Taking a more mature musical direction, the album, aided by the popular singles "Esperanza" and "Nunca Te Olvidaré", both of which topped the Latin singles chart, helped cement his status in the Latin music scene. Iglesias did a short tour of smaller venues to accompany the release of the album, with one show being televised from Acapulco, Mexico. This was followed by a larger world tour of over eighty shows in even bigger venues. The Cosas del Amor Tour was the first ever concert tour sponsored by McDonald's. He won an American Music Award in the category of Favorite Latin Artist against Ricky Martin and Chayanne. 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1997
    Age 10
    In 1997, Iglesias' stardom continued to rise with the release of Vivir (To Live), which put him up with other English language music superstars in sales for that year.
    More Details Hide Details The album also included a cover version of the Yazoo song "Only You", translated into Spanish as "Solo en Tí". 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 and Luis Miguel, Iglesias was nominated for an American Music Award in the first-ever awarded category of Favorite Latin Artist. It was said beforehand that the elder Iglesias would walk out if he did not win the award. Iglesias lost out to his father, but did perform the song "Lluvia Cae" at the event. Insisting on playing stadiums for his first concert tour, that summer, Iglesias, backed by sidemen for Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, played to sold-out audiences in sixteen countries. Beginning 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 U.S.
  • 1995
    Age 8
    On 12 July 1995, Iglesias released Enrique Iglesias, a collection of light rock ballads, including hits such as "Si Tú Te Vas", "Experiencia Religiosa", and others.
    More Details Hide Details This album Vivir, along with Iglesias next two albums, was released by the Mexican label Fonovisa. The record sold half a million copies in its first week, a rare accomplishment then for an album recorded in a language other than English, going Gold in Portugal within the first week of release, and sold over a million copies in the next three months. His song "Por Amarte" was included in Televisa's telenovela Marisol, but with a twist: instead of Por amarte daría mi vida (To love you, I'd give my life), the words were Por amarte Marisol, moriría (To love you, Marisol, I'd die). The CD also yielded Italian and Portuguese editions of the album, with most of the songs translated into those languages. Five singles released from this album, such as "Por Amarte", "No Llores Por Mí", and "Trapecista" topped the Billboard's Latin charts. The album went on to win Iglesias a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance.
  • 1986
    Born
    At first, Iglesias and his two siblings stayed with their mother, but in 1986, Iglesias' grandfather, Dr. Julio Iglesias Puga, was kidnapped by the armed Basque terrorist group ETA.
    More Details Hide Details For their safety, Enrique and his brother Julio were sent to live with their father in Miami. There, they were brought up mostly by the nanny, Elvira Olivares, to whom he later dedicated his first album. He also lived in Belgrade, Serbia, for one year with his mother. As his father's career kept him on the road, the young Iglesias was raised by the family nanny. He attended the prestigious Gulliver Preparatory School and later 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, Fernán Martínez, the two promoted the songs under the stage name 'Enrique Martínez' with the backstory of being an unknown singer from Guatemala. Iglesias was signed on to Fonovisa Records. After dropping out of college, he traveled to Toronto to record his first album.
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  • 1979
    Age -8
    His parents divorced in 1979.
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  • 1975
    Age -12
    Born on May 8, 1975.
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