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Enrique Iglesias—King of Latin pop

Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias’ good looks, well-built physique, oozing sex appeal and world-class talent all add up to make him not only a great singer, but a popular celebrity adored by millions of fans world-wide. Born to a celebrity father and a socialite mother, at a very young age, it seems that Enrique was already poised to leave a mark of his own.

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler was born on May 8, 1975. He is the youngest son of Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and Filipina socialite and magazine writer Isabel Preysler.

Iglesias’ career music career was launched in the mid-90s by the American Spanish Language record label Fonovisa.

His first album Enrique Iglesias, was released in 1995. It contained a collection of light rock ballads. It rocked the market overnight and sold more than 500,000 copies in just one week, a feat rarely achieved by a foreign language album in the American market. with three months in the market, the album sold over a million copies and went Gold in Portugal.

The release of Vivir (To Leave) in 1997, solidified Iglesias' status as  the hottest Latin-American singer of his generation. In fact, the strength of Iglesias’s record sales placed him in direct competition with any English language music that year.

In 1998, Cosas del Amor (Things of Love) was released. The album was noted for its more mature theme, and such popular singles "Esperanza" and "Nunca Te Olvidaré", topped the Latin singles chart and further galvanized his status in the Latin market.

Iglesias eventually emerged as one of the biggest stars in Latin America and the Hispanic Market in the U.S. By the end of the decade, he was already the biggest selling Spanish-language performer.

By the advent of the 2000s, Iglesias made a successful crossover into the mainstream field. He signed as multi-album deal with Universal Music Group for whopping $48,000,000. Universal Music Latino will release his Spanish albums, while Interscope is in charge of his English recordings.

His first full CD in English was Enrique.

In 2001, Escape was released, so far, his biggest selling and most successful album. Escape’s first single, "Hero", was a phenomenal hit in the United Kingdom and in many other countries.

In 2002, Iglesias released Quizás (Perhaps), his fourth Spanish album. It debuted number 12 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, breaking records the Spanish language album with the highest placement on the chart at the time. Quizás sold one million copies in just one week, and it held the record as the fastest-selling Spanish language album until 2007.

Iglesias’s seventh studio album, 7, was released, after which he embarked on his biggest world tour to date.
Insomniac was released in 2007. The album was named that way because it was recorded mainly at night.

In 2008, Iglesias released 85/08 Exitos, a compilation of some of his greatest Spanish hits, including his seventeen songs which hit # 1 in the Hot Latin Tracks chart. Two new songs were included in the track, too.

In 2010, Iglesias parted with Interscope and signed a record deal with Universal Republic, another Universal Music Group label. In July Euphoria, was released, first bilingual album which contained seven English and six Spanish songs. The album was well-received, winning the Billboard Music Award for Top Latin Album, Billboard Latin Award for Latin Album of the Year and Latin Pop Album of the Year. it also scored a nomination for Latin Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, Iglesias is already hailed as one of the bestselling Spanish language artists of all time, as well as one of the bestselling solo performers of his time. He also holds the record for producing 23 number-one Spanish-language singles on the Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks. All in all Iglesias has scored 70 number-one rankings on different Billboard charts, such that he has been named The King of Latin Pop and The King of Dance. Together with Luis Miguel, Billboard honored Enrique as the Latin artist of the years 1986–2011. 


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