Named "The King of Latin Pop" and "The King of Dance" by Billboard, Enrique Iglesias is one of the top-selling artists in the Spanish-language music market, with an incredibly successful cross-over career in the English-language pop and dance markets, selling out stadiums and making Enrique Iglesias tickets hard to find. Not limiting himself to music, Iglesias is also a sometimes actor, appearing in television shows like "How I Met Your Mother" and in movies like "Once Upon a Time in Mexico".
Enrique Iglesias was born on May 8, 1975 in Spain. His father is the Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, and his mother is the socialite and journalist Isabel Preysler. He was mostly brought up by the family nanny, since his parents' marriage was annulled in 1979 and his father, with whom he lived for a time in Miami, traveled a lot due to his career. He was educated at Gulliver Preparatory School.
He began to pursue a degree in business at the University of Miami, but dropped out to work on his musical career. Trying to keep his musical ambitions secret from his father, and not wanting to capitalize on the Iglesias name, he promoted himself as an unknown Guatemalan singer. With a loan from his nanny, he recorded his demo tape and signed his first musical deal with the Mexican label Fonovisa.
The release of his self-titled album, Enrique Iglesias, in 1995 saw him rise to the top of the charts quickly, selling half a million copies on its first week out. His first concert tour, in 1997, was characterized by the fact that he played to sold-out stadiums in both the United States and Latin America. Iglesias began his cross-over career in 1999 and was instantly so successful that he attracted the attention of various labels. That year, he signed a $50,000,000 multi-album deal with Universal Music Group, with labels from the conglomerate releasing both his English and Spanish language albums.
Iglesias released his best-selling album to date, Escape, in 2001. This English-language album was promoted with the 50-date sold-out tour, "One-Night Stand World Tour" and a follow-up tour in 2002, "Don't Turn Off The Lights" after the international edition of the album was released. The album yielded two top singles.
Iglesias has continued to record and release albums in both English and Spanish, showing growth and maturity as an artist. His tours have continued to be highly successful, demonstrated by how quickly they sell out. Getting Enrique Iglesias tickets means acting fast when they go on sale. His current album, titled Euphoria, is his first bilingual dual album, with songs in Spanish and English. He continues to tour, selling out bigger and bigger venues. Enrique Iglesias has released over 60 number one singles in the various categories, from Spanish to English pop music to dance. He also co-produced an off-Broadway musical in 2000 and has written or co-written songs for various musicians, declaring that he would like to write and produce music for others if he ever retires. He has been romantically involved with tennis player Anna Kournikova since 2001.
I've always loved Enrique Iglesias. My teenage years were filled with his music, especially 'Bailamos' (remember, anyone?). He has this vocals that go well with emotional, heart-wrenching song like 'Hero' and dance-pop song like 'I like it'.
So let this kick start my blogging inspiration for the week. I have been slagging so much!