Full Name: Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler
Birth Date: May 8, 1975
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Weight: 178 Lbs
Shoe size: 10
Enrique Iglesias made his world debut in Spain, May 1975. Enrique didn't began his music career until 1995 when he was barely 20 years old with his debut album, "Enrique Iglesias," which he had been secretly planning since he was 16 without anyone, not even his family, knowing.
In the first three months he sold his first million copies and he earned his first gold record in Portugal after just three weeks on the market The album's release saw him catapulted to superstar status in the Spanish-speaking music world.
As the son of global superstar Julio Iglesias Enrique gained media exposure of similar intensity to his world famous father, certain sections of the media also implied a rivalry between father and progeny - his parents having divorced when Enrique was seven. Certainly Enrique's statement to Spain's top-selling daily newspaper, El Pais, 'When I have children, I'll leave work to one side for a while - something my father never did', helped to fuel the conjecture.
Although his love songs and ballads, such as 'Experiencia Religiosa' and 'No Llores Por Mi', placed him in the same stylistic area as his father, Enrique claims to have been influenced as much by rock acts such as Journey, Foreigner, Lionel Richie and Roxy Music, having spent much of his youth growing up in Miami, Florida.
His follow-up collection, Vivir, won a Grammy Award, and by 1997 the two albums were credited with global sales in excess of eight million. By that time he had also achieved a sequence of seven chart-topping singles on Billboard 's Latin Top 50 chart. Iglesias was even more successful in 1999, the commercial breakthrough year for Latin music, with 'Bailamos' topping the Billboard Hot 100 in September and breaking into the UK Top 5. 'Be With You' also topped the US singles chart the following June. He has recorded in four languages, including Italian, Portuguese and, of course, Spanish and now English. He set out planning to record in English, his second language, but decided to begin his career in Spanish and released his first English album in November 1999. He has already written various songs in English. He wrote the lyrics and music for 16 songs on his first three albums.
In 1997 he did his first World Tour, entitled VIVIR, which included 78 concerts in 13 countries, which were attended by more than 720,000 people. During his first world tour, Iglesias performed at various stadiums with a capacity of over 50,000 spectators each. In the United States he performed at 19 arenas. For the Latin American part of his tour, two cargo planes were charted to transport all his stage, lighting and sound equipment.
When the VIVIR World Tour went to Europe, it became necessary to charter a Jumbo cargo jet. This tour, which was well-received by the critics, is considered the biggest one by a Latin performer, making Iglesias not only the best-selling Latin recording artist but also the most successful one on stage.
Enrique Iglesias' list of awards and trophies is impressive, including 116 platinum records, 227 gold, 26 international awards, including the 1996 Grammy to the Best Latin Performer, 1997 Billboard Magazine Album of the Year, World Music Award to the best-selling Latin recording artist in the world, seven Premio Lo Nuestro awards, two ACE Performer of the Year awards, two ASCAP to the Best Composer in 1996 and 1997, and nominations for Best Latin Performer in the Grammy Awards and the American Music Awards in 1997.
Enrique Iglesias' music in Spanish has also conquered Asia, where he has earned gold or platinum records in countries including Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore. He has also done intensive and successful promotional work. His face has appeared on over 250 magazine covers and he has recorded over 190 television programs in 23 countries.
Enrique's English debut was his self titled "Enrique" which sold millions. Enrique's most recent album, "Escape," is going as well and has the potential to be even greater, assuring Enriques permenancy on teh charts
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