Enrique Preysler Iglesias was born in Madrid, Spain, to Julio Iglesias and Isabel Preysler. In 1979, his parents marriage was annulled. He was eight years old when he moved to the US, and at the age of 15, secretly began writing music. He studied business administration at Miami University for a year before he dropped out to pursue a music career.
In 1995, he released his first album titled Enrique Iglesias, a collection of light rock ballads, including such mega-hits as "Si Tú Te Vas", "Experiencia Religiosa", and others. 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.Five singles released from this album, 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.This album's production year is mistakenly listed as 1998 by iTunes and Window Media Information (via Windows Media Player).His world tours filled stadium after stadium and his albums sold millions everywhere. The awards piled up and Enrique built a name for himself, separate from his father.
In 1997, Iglesias' star 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.Insisting on playing large arenas and stadiums, that summer, Enrique, backed by sidemen for 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 and two at the Estadio River Plate in Argentina to over a hundred and thirty thousand people as well as nineteen arenas in the U.S. The tour is considered by many to be the biggest tour by a non-English speaking act of that time. 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.
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 singles "Esperanza" and "Nunca Te Olvidaré", both of which topped the Latin singles chart, helped cement his status in the Latin music scene.He won an American Music Award in the category of Favorite Latin Artist against Ricky Martin and Los Tigres del Norte.By 1999, Iglesias had begun a successful crossover career into the English language music market.Iglesias' contribution to the soundtrack of Will Smith's movie Wild Wild West, "Bailamos" became a number one hit single.After the success of "Bailamos", several mainstream record labels were eager to sign Enrique. 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 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.
Iglesias followed up in 2001 with the album Escape. 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.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 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.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, Puerto Rico.
Returning to his native language, and hot on the heels of his biggest-selling album, in 2002, Iglesias chose to release 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 famous father.
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 opening doors for other artists such as Ricky Martin, Juanes and Jorge Drexler to perform their Spanish material. 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.
Iglesias confirmed that his trademark facial mole was surgically removed in August of 2003.In same year,Iglesias released his seventh album, which he called 7, the second to be co-written by Iglesias.
With this album, Iglesias went on his biggest world tour to date. The highly publicised tour started with twelve shows in the United States 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.
He has made a number of guest appearances in the media. He has been 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.Iglesias released his new album Insomniac on June 12, 2007.The first single was "Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)". It reached number 2 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart .Enrique Iglesias fully launched his Insomniac promo tour in Los Angeles with a signing at the Virgin Megastore.Enrique recently shot his new video for "Tired of Being Sorry" which was released in Europe. Enrique had stated on an appearance on MTV's show TRL that either "Push" or "Somebody's Me" would be the next single for the US and that he and his management would be looking throughout the Internet to choose which would be the more popular choice.Enrique has been nominated for three 2008 Premios Lo Nuestro Awards and four Latin Billboard awards.Enrique announced on a radio show that Push will be the next single in the US and he filmed the video for it in LA. The song will be included in the soundtrack of the movie Step Up 2 the Streets (soundtrack) which will be released on February 14, 2008.
Enrique had released a Spanish Greatest Hits album in March 25th, 2008, which will include his seventeen #1 songs on Hot Latin songs chart plus two new songs.The first single was the song "Dónde Están Corazón" which had written by Argentinean star Coti. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Latin Album Charts and #18 on Billboards top 200 Album chart. It was Enrique's second Spanish Album (Quisás at 12 in 2002) to debut in the top 20 Billboards Top 200 Albums.
His global appeal has been considerable, with record sales in Canada, India and Taiwan. His tours have taken him to the Middle East, Russia and Turkey. In order to serve his international fan base, Iglesias has recorded in four languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and English.
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