Good music is remembered because of the beautiful voice, beats, and productions that made it worth listening to and, more so, the memories it creates. It is even more pleasing to the soul if it ignites the spirits and makes the soul joyful; this is what a renowned Spanish-American musician has been doing over the years.
Today’s story is about Enrique Iglesias, a Spanish-American singer, record producer, songwriter, and actor who started his career in the mid-nineties and is regarded as one of the best-selling Spanish language acts of all time. He is the third and youngest child of Filipina and Julio Iglesias was born on May 8th, 1975. His father is recognized as the commercially successful continental European singer in the world. However, due to his father’s famous career, he was always on the road and never really grew up in a stable place.
His life was full of events and even became complicated at one point when his grandfather was kidnapped; he and his siblings had to relocate to live with their father for their safety. Although he didn’t want to ride on his father’s name to promote his career, his stage name wasn’t successful, and he had to accept his identity. He had to sacrifice dropping out of college to pursue his music career in Toronto, which was a risky move. Later, he discovered that he was born with a rare congenital condition known as situs inversus where some of his body organs are not placed on the normal side of his body.
He began to rise to fame after releasing his album title Enrique Iglesiaswhich produced hits like “Si Tú Te Vas” and “Experiencia Religiosa” in 1996. The album sold half a million copies in its first week, which seems impossible for an album not recorded in English. It went Gold in Portugal in the first week and sold a million copies within three months. The album went on to win the Grammy’s Award category of Best Latin Pop Performance. This marked the beginning of his Eureka moment.
He released Vivir (To Live), which boosted his sales alongside English-language superstars in 1997. The album produced hits such as “Enamorado Por Primera Vez”, “Sólo en Ti,” and “Miente,” which topped the Latin singles chart as well as those in several Spanish-speaking countries. This earned him a nomination in the first-ever awarded category of Favorite Latin Artist. In addition, his first-ever concert tour became sold out in sixteen countries as he was accompanied by Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Joel with a record 130,000 record attendants in Mexico and Argentina as well as 19 arenas in the U.S.
The most significant Eureka moment finally came when he achieved a breakthrough in the English-language music market after contributing to a “Wild Wild West” movie soundtrack title “Bailamos.” The soundtrack became a number one hit in the U.S. after it was released as a single. It earned him a deal with Interscope and released his first complete CD in English title “Enrique.” The album produced hit such as “Rhythm Divine,” a duet with Whitney Houston entitled “Could I Have This Kiss Forever,” and a cover of the Bruce Springsteen song “Sad Eyes.” His second release, “Escape,” became a bigger hit after recording ten million sales.
Today, he is regarded as one of the best-selling Latin music artists with over 70 million records worldwide. In addition, he has five Billboard Hot 100 top-five singles, including two number-ones. As of October 2020, Iglesias holds the number-one position on the Greatest of All-Latin Artists charts.