Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler (born May 8, 1975, in Madrid, Spain) is a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning Miami-based singer and is of Asian and European ancestry. His Asian ancestry comes from his mother's side of the family.
Iglesias is the son of the famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and the Filipina journalist Isabel Preysler.
Isabel Preysler named Enrique in honor of his deceased uncle, Enrique Preysler, who died in Hong Kong due to a drug overdose.

Iglesias's career started on Indie label Fonovisa who helped turn him into one of the most popular artists in Latin America and in the Latin market in the United States, selling more Spanish albums than any other artists in that period of time. Before the turn of the millennium he made a crossover into the mainstream English market and signed a unique multi-album deal with Universal Music for an unprecedented $48,000,000, with Universal Music Latino to release his Spanish albums and Interscope to release English albums.
Iglesias has had five Billboard Chart #1s singles in English and holds the record for most ever Spanish language #1s on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks with seventeen. He is also the best selling Latin act in the United Kingdom as well the Best Selling International Artist in India.
Iglesias' album sales currently total over forty million, making him one of the best-selling Spanish music artists in the world. Iglesias has yet to overtake his father's great sales figures, but has outsold Julio in single-album sales, arguably justifying the label his record company gave him as 'best selling Spanish artist in the world'. He is the best-selling Spanish language artist of the last decade. Iglesias has said that if he has children and they wish to follow in his footsteps, he would naturally expect them also to be better than he is.
Early life
Enrique Iglesias was born in Madrid, Spain. His parents were divorced when he was three. After the widely publicized kidnapping of his grandfather Julio Iglesias, Sr. in Spain by Basque ETA (he would be found two weeks later, unharmed), Iglesias moved to Miami, Florida in 1983, at the age of 8, to live with his father. However, his father was rarely at home and Iglesias was raised by his nanny, Elvira Olvarez. He used to visit his mother every summer.

While in Miami, Iglesias enjoyed the luxury of being the son of a millionaire, but later he developed a taste for simpler things, a fact that would later surface in his concerts, where he appeared in plain clothes, including white cotton shirts, and jeans.

While attending the University of Miami studying Business Administation Iglesias chose to pursue a music career but lacked the funds to record a demo tape. Choosing to keep his ambitions secret from his family he received a loan of $2000 from his Nanny Olivares. He was auditioned by his future manager, Fernan Martinez who was impressed. Using the pseudonym 'Enrique Martínez', the two promoted his demo across various record labels. Months later, Iglesias was signed up by Fonovisa, and then he went to Toronto, Canada, to record his first album in total anonymity.

Choosing to downplay his lineage the first batch of radio spots identified the young singer only as "Enrique". He would however release his self titled album under his full name.

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