For Enrique Iglesias, music is no numbers game. It’s about passion, expression and art. But with nearly 40 million albums sold all over the world, the numbers do tell a tale: seven gold and multi-platinum albums (three in English, four in Spanish), #1 hits everywhere from America and Japan to South Africa and India (where he is the best-selling international artist of all time). It all adds up to one unique superstar.
Currently, Enrique is finishing up his next CD, which he’s been recording in studios around the world, from Sweden to Miami. This time, he’s been collaborating with world-class producers like Max Martin, Rami Yacoub (aka Rami)& Arnthor Birgersson (aka Arnthor), Kristian Lundin, Mark Taylor & Paul Barry, and Anders Bagge. But Enrique admits it never gets easier, no matter how many albums he’s made. When an artist keeps his standards high, making good music is always a challenge.
Born in Madrid in 1975, Enrique grew up immersed in three cultures — Latin, European and American. His parents divorced when he was three and, when he was eight, his mother sent him and his siblings to live with their father in Miami. Enrique led the life of a typical Miami teen. But what his family did not know was that Enrique was secretly writing songs and dreaming of stardom. After a year at the University of Miami, he decided to follow his heart. In 1995 he sang for his soon-to-be manager, who at Iglesias’ insistence first shopped his demos under the name Enrique Martinez. It wasn’t until he landed a record deal with Fonovisa that he told his parents of his aspirations.
His self-titled debut, recorded in Spanish, sold more than a million copies in its first three months (more than seven million to date). He followed up in 1997 with “Vivir,” which broke into the U.S. Top 40 and enjoyed global sales topping five million. The album also launched his first world tour: 78 venues in 16 countries (including 19 arenas in the U.S.). His next tour in 1998 was in support of “Cosas Del Amor.”