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Enrique Iglesias Biography

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Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler (born May 8, 1975, in Madrid, Spain) is a Spanish-born, Miami-based singer and multi-million-album seller.

Iglesias is the son of the famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and the Filipino-mestizo, Filipina socialite and Hola! magazine journalist, Isabel Preysler.

Iglesias was born in Madrid, Spain, the son of a Filipina-mestiza, and is one eighth Filipino.After the widely publicized kidnapping of his grandfather in Spain, Iglesias moved to Miami, Florida in 1983, at the age of 8. 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.

Iglesias first performed in show business while in high school, in the musical Hello Dolly. While attending the University of Miami, he was auditioned by his future manager, who was impressed. Using the pseudonym Enrique Martínez, the two promoted his demos 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.

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.

Iglesias has collaborated with songwriter Guy Chambers to write "Un Nuovo Giorno", the lead single from Andrea Bocelli's first pop album. The song was later translated into English as "First Day Of My Life" and recorded by former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm, the song has since gone to become a huge hit throughout Europe, and has landed at the number one spot in numerous countries. Four songs co-written by Iglesias appear on the UK group The Hollies current album. Many times Iglesias has said that should he ever retire that he wants to write and produce songs for other artists.

In 2000 Iglesias co produced an Off-Broadway musical called Four Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria. In the musical, four Americans of Latin heritage possess a common interest in music and meet and decide to put on a show. The show contained many references and allusions to many classic and contemporary latin and pop songs by the likes of Carmen Miranda, Selena, Richie Valens, Santana, Ricky Martin and Iglesias himself.

Iglesias also developed an interest in acting, starring alongside Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Johnny Depp in the Robert Rodriguez film Once Upon a Time in Mexico, in which he played the foul-mouthed gun-wielding Lorenzo. He says that he would act again if given small roles that he could fit in between his musical commitments.

Iglesias also played the part of an evil Roman emperor in an ambitious TV commercial for Pepsi, which sponsored his last world tour. He starred alongside Britney Spears, Beyonce and P!nk, who turn the tables on him in the commercial.

In June of 2000 radio personality Howard Stern received a tape of a supposedly off-key (MP3 of Iglesias singing, Video of Iglesias singing) along to the track "Rhythm Divine". Stern played this humorous clip throughout the week on his radio show insinuating that Iglesias lipsynched and couldn't sing well outside the studio, even suggesting that Iglesias himself did not sing on his albums, comparing him to Milli Vanilli. Iglesias flew straight in to New York to appear on Stern's show, singing acoustic versions of "Rhythm Divine" and "Be With You", after which Stern told Iglesias he had silenced his critics. Iglesias would go on to say that controversy and his appearance on the show was the best promotion he could have.
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