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  • Real name : Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler
  • Place of birth : Madrid
  • Date of birth : 08/05/1975

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  • Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler
  • Enrique
  • Энрике Мартинес
  • Iglesias Enrique

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Enrique Iglesias (1975)

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler

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Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish singer-songwriter of part Filipino descent, popular in both the Latin market and the Hispanic American market in the United States. He is the son of the famous 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. He made his crossover into the mainstream English language market before the turn of the millennium, signing a multi-album deal with Universal Music Group for an unprecedented US$50,000,000 with Universal Music Latino to release his Spanish albums and Interscope to release English albums. In 2010, he parted with Interscope and signed with another Universal Music Group label, Universal Republic.

Iglesias has sold over 55 million records worldwide, making him one of the best selling Spanish language artists of all time.

Iglesias has had five Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, including two number-ones, and holds the record for producing 22 number-one Spanish-language singles on the Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks. He has also had ten number-one songs on Billboard's Dance charts, more than any other single male artist. Altogether, Iglesias has amassed 55 number-one hits on the various Billboard charts. Billboard has called him The King of Latin Pop and The King of Dance. Billboard also named Enrique the number two Latin artist of the years 1986–2011 .

  Biography  

 early life
Iglesias was born in Madrid, Spain, and is the third and youngest child of singer Julio Iglesias and socialite and magazine journalist Isabel Preysler. His mother is a Spanish Filipino and his father is of Spanish ancestry from Galicia. His parents' marriage was annulled in 1979.

In 1986, Iglesias' grandfather, Dr. Julio Iglesias Puga, was kidnapped by the armed Basque separatist group ETA. For their 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. 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. After dropping out of college, he went to Toronto to record his first album.

 music career
 1995–96: Enrique Iglesias
On July 12, 1995, Iglesias 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.

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 Latin charts. The album went on to win Iglesias a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance and still the only Grammy received by Enrique.

 1997–99: Vivir and Cosas Del Amor

In 1997, Iglesias' star continued to rise with the release of Vivir , which put him up with other English language music superstars in sales for that year. The album also included a cover version of the Yazoo song "Only You", translated into Spanish as "Solo en Tí".

Insisting on 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, 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.

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.

In 1998, Iglesias released his third album, Cosas del Amor . Taking a more 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 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
By 1999, Iglesias had begun a successful crossover career into the English language music market. Thanks to other successful crossover acts, most notably that of Ricky Martin and Selena, Latino artists and music had a great surge in popularity in mainstream music. Iglesias' contribution to the soundtrack of Will Smith's movie Wild Wild West, "Bailamos" became a number one hit in the US.

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. It also contained a very successful international single duetted with Whitney Houston entitled "Could I Have This Kiss Forever", and a cover of the Bruce Springsteen song "Sad Eyes".

 2001–02: Escape
In 2001 Iglesias released 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.

Escape is his biggest commercial success to date. The singles "Escape" and "Don't Turn Off The Lights" became radio staples, fairing 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 Enrique'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 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.

 2002–04: Quizás & 7
In 2002, Iglesias chose to release a fourth Spanish-language album titled Quizás . 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 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 copies 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 a million spins 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 one of 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.

By 2003 Iglesias released his seventh album, which he called 7, the second to be co-written by Iglesias. 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.

 2007–08: Insomniac

Iglesias released his new album Insomniac on June 12, 2007. 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? " was released on April 10, 2007. It was the Iglesias's highest charting song on the Hot 100 since "Escape" it was also a hit throughout Europe peaking in the top 10 in many countries and the Spanish version entitled "Dímelo" was #1 on Hot Latin Tracks for 12 weeks becoming his second best performing song on that 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 and peaked high on Billboard's Hot AC, where the Spanish version also performed well. 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 #1 in France for eleven weeks.

On July 4, 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 10,000 in the capital city of Damascus and in the same week performed on Live Earth.

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 UK with him playing venues such as Manchester's MEN Arena and Wembley Arena. The tour ended with Iglesias performing at newly opened L.A. Live. A second leg of the tour has taken 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.

Enrique's 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 countries.

 2008–09: Greatest Hits albums
Enrique released a Spanish Greatest Hits album on March 25, 2008 which included his seventeen #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 star Coti and became Iglesias's 18th #1 single on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Latin Albums Chart and #18 on the overall Billboard 200 albums chart. It was Enrique's second Spanish album to debut in the top 20 of the Billboard 200 (Quizás debuted at #12 in 2002). The album has been recently certified double Platinum in the U.S. and in some Latin American countries.

The album's second single "Lloro Por Ti" had an official remix featuring Wisin & Yandel which also reached #1. Iglesias did a tour of the US. 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 "Dimelo". 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 November 11. The album includes "Can You Hear Me" as well two new songs. The first single is entitled "Away" featuring Sean Garrett and was followed by "Takin' Back My Love" featuring Ciara.

The compilation includes English hit songs such as "Bailamos", "Hero", "Be with You", "Not in Love" and "Escape" which have topped various Billboard charts as well as songs such as "Rhythm Divine", "Tired of Being Sorry" and "Do You Know? ", which have also topped charts in Europe.

After the successful collaboration with Nadiya Iglesias has recorded a second duet with her called "Miss You" which featured on a deluxe edition of the album.

The album debuted at #3 on the official UK Albums Chart and sold over 80,000 copies in its first two weeks of release alone.

Enrique 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 November 9, 2008.

 2010–present: Euphoria
On July 5, 2010, Iglesias released his ninth and tenth studio albums, Euphoria, his first work to be released under his new label, Universal Republic. The album is Iglesias's first bilingual album with seven original English songs and six original Spanish songs. The album has won Billboard Music Award for Top Latin Album, Billboard Latin Award for Latin Album of the Year and Latin Pop Album of the Year and was nominated for Latin Grammy Award for Album of the Year.


Iglesias worked with three (actually four but one isn't mentioned) producers whom he has worked with before; RedOne, Mark Taylor and Carlos Paucer. The album features collaborations with Akon, Usher, Nicole Scherzinger, Ludacris, Pitbull, Juan Luis Guerra and his third duet with Wisin & Yandel. In a joint venture with Universal Latino Iglesias will release different singles in both languages simultaneously to different formats.

The first English single from the album, "I Like It", which features the rapper Pitbull, was released on May 3, 2010 in the U.S. and became a success, reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Cuando Me Enamoro" was released as the lead Spanish single from the album. The song debuted at number 8 and number 25 on U.S Latin Pop Songs and U.S. Hot Latin Songs, respectively. The song became his 25th top 10 single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs & after 4 weeks of its release date it became his 21st No.1 song on this chart.

As of January 2011 "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" broke into the top 10 on the Billboard charts reaching no 4. The song was released only for digital download in the U.S. although was featured on some Editions of "Euphoria" in Europe and some Asian areas. The song has became his first #1 on the US Pop Songs and Hot 100 airplay Charts.

A remix version of "Dirty Dancer" was released and became his ninth Dance Club play chart topper making him the male with the most number-one dance singles. tying with Prince & Michael Jackson. "Ayer" serves as the albums seventh single.

The Euphoria Tour has taken him across the US, Canada UK and Europe. A second which has taken him to Australia will include leg will include fellow artists Pitbull and Prince Royce and will be across North America. Enrique was finalizing production for an extension to Euphoria, titled Euphoria Reloaded, however do to the poor commercial performance of I Like How It Feels featuring rapper Pitbull, plans of the rerelease were cut. Enrique has recently collaborated with Dev on a song called "Naked". It was released on iTunes on December 20th, 2011.

 personal life
Iglesias started dating tennis player Anna Kournikova in late 2001 (she appeared in his video, "Escape"), and rumors that the couple had secretly married circulated in 2003 and again in 2005. Kournikova herself has consistently refused to directly confirm or deny the status of her personal relationships. But in May 2007, Enrique Iglesias was quoted in the New York Sun that he had no intention of marrying Kournikova and settling down because they had split up. The singer would later deny these rumors of "divorce" or simply separation. In June 2008, Iglesias told the Daily Star that he had married Kournikova the previous year and that they are currently separated. In an interview with Graham Norton in 2010, Kournikova confirmed that she and Iglesias have been together for over eight years but have no plans to marry in the near future. Kournikova and Iglesias have been in a long term relationship for 10 years now.

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Name Duration Released
I Like How It Feels 03:39 04/10/2011
Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You) 03:52 22/11/2010
One Day at a Time 04:05 02/07/2010
Heartbreaker 04:05 02/07/2010
Tú y Yo 04:01 02/07/2010
Dile Que 03:41 02/07/2010
Ayer 03:33 02/07/2010
No Me Digas Que No 04:30 02/07/2010
Why Not Me? 03:39 02/07/2010
Dirty Dancer 03:34 02/07/2010
Everything's Gonna Be Alright 03:47 02/07/2010
Heartbeat 04:17 02/07/2010
Coming Home 03:59 02/07/2010
Cuando Me Enamoro 03:21 26/04/2010
I Like It 03:51 03/04/2010
Takin' Back My Love 03:51 12/12/2009
Can You Hear Me 03:44 27/06/2008
¿Dónde Están Corazón? 04:18 25/03/2008
Little Girl 03:47 11/06/2007
Ring My Bells 03:56 11/06/2007
Wish I Was Your Lover 03:25 11/06/2007
Miss You 03:23 11/06/2007
Tired of Being Sorry 04:03 11/06/2007
Alguien Soy Yo 04:00 11/06/2007
On Top of You 03:40 11/06/2007
Dímelo 03:39 11/06/2007
Somebody's Me 04:00 11/06/2007
Don't You Forget About Me 03:12 11/06/2007
Do You Know? 03:40 11/06/2007
Sweet Isabel 03:15 11/06/2007
Push 03:53 11/06/2007
Stay Here Tonight 04:15 11/06/2007
Suéltame las Riendas 03:55 17/09/2002
Marta 04:23 17/09/2002
Pienso en Ti 04:18 17/09/2002
Quizás 04:11 17/09/2002
Mentiroso' 03:55 17/09/2002
La Chica de Ayer 03:58 17/09/2002
Para Que la Vida 04:05 17/09/2002
Tres Palabras 04:23 17/09/2002
Mamacita 04:52 17/09/2002
Take 'Em as They Come 00:00 09/2000
Man at the Top 00:00 09/2000
Missing 00:00 09/2000
Only You 03:33 01/06/1999
Bailamos 03:40 01/06/1999
Desnudo 05:35 22/09/1998
Esperanza 03:12 22/09/1998
Cosas del Amor 04:22 22/09/1998
Nunca Te Olvidaré 04:23 22/09/1998
Dicen Por Ahí 03:47 22/09/1998
Para de Jugar 05:01 22/09/1998
Sirena 04:57 22/09/1998
Alguien Como Tú 04:47 22/09/1998
Contigo 05:18 22/09/1998
Sólo En Ti 03:31 28/01/1997
Tu Vacío 03:55 28/01/1997
Lluvia Cae 04:35 28/01/1997
Al Despertar 04:15 28/01/1997
Enamorado Por Primera Vez 04:28 28/01/1997
El Muro 04:15 28/01/1997
Volveré 04:37 28/01/1997
Viviré y Moriré 04:04 28/01/1997
Miente 03:36 28/01/1997
Situation 03:44 1997
Mystical Experience 04:11 04/01/1996
Free 03:35
Break Me, Shake Me 03:38
Adicto 05:00
Addicted 05:00
Quiet Moment Track 00:04
California Callin' 03:48
Live It Up Tonight 04:11
Say It 04:21
Roamer 03:56
The Way You Touch Me 03:50
You Rock Me 03:43
Not in Love 03:42
Wish You Were Here 04:13
Be Yourself 04:38
Rhythm Divine 03:29
Alabao 04:00
You're My #1 04:29
Could I Have This Kiss Forever 04:21
Óyeme 04:22
I'm Your Man 04:43
Sad Eyes 04:08
No Puedo Más Sin Ti 04:47
I Have Always Loved You 04:24
Más Es Amar 04:14
Be with You 03:40
Ritmo Total 03:29
Experiencia Religiosa 05:28
Si Juras Regresar 04:21
Si Tú Te Vas 04:00
Por Amarte 04:05
Trapecista 04:28
No Llores Por Mí 04:00
Muñeca Cruel 04:20
Inalcanzable 03:34
Falta Tanto Amor 03:54
Away 03:48
I Will Survive 03:43
To Love a Woman 03:53
Hero 04:24
No Apagues la Luz 03:48
Love to See You Cry 04:07
Escapar 03:28
Don't Turn Off The Lights 03:47
If the World Crashes Down 04:45
Escape 03:28
She Be the One 03:36
One Night Stand 04:11
Maybe 03:14
Love 4 Fun 03:15

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