Rabu, 29 September 2010

Profile of Enrique Iglesias

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Name :Enrique Iglesias

Birth Name : Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler

Nick Names : Quique, E, Kike , EI, Super Nova

Date of Birth : 8 May, 1975

Place of Birth : Madrid, Spain

Height : 6' 3

Education : Miami University (dropped out)

Nationality : Spanish

Profession : song writer, actor, musician

Claim to Fame : Bailamos featured in the film Wild Wild West 1999   

  • Son of Julio Iglesias
  • The same writing team that wrote singer Cher's "Believe" wrote his hit "Bailamos."
  • Considers himself a songwriter first, and singer second.
  • Son of Filipina beauty Isabel Preysler
  • Younger brother of Julio Iglesias Jr.
  • Number #1 Spanish album: Quizas (Latin Billboard Charts)
  • Has two half twin sisters, Cristina and Victoria.
  • Sisters: Chabeli, Tamara and Ana.
  • Brothers: Julio Jose and Michael Alexander.
  • Appeared on the cover of the Spanish edition of 'Rolling Stone', December 15th, 2002.
  • Number #3 Spanish Song: "Papa Que La Vida" (Latin Billboard Charts).
  • Number #1 song "Papa Que La Vida" on Latin Billboard Music Charts.
  • Has had 16 number #1 songs.
  • Is the first Latin artist to have the most #1 singles on Latin Billboard Charts history.
  • Had a mole on his right cheek removed. [April 2003]
  • His song "Quizas" ("Maybe") is about his dad, Julio Iglesias.
  • Quizas received a Latin Grammy nomimation for Best Male Pop Vocal Album (2003)
  • "Be With You" received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording (2001)
  • Decided to part with his trademark mole after a doctor told him it could become cancerous.
  • Won The Latin Grammy For "Best Male Pop Vocal Album" [September 3rd, 2003]
  • His new single, "Addicted", is from his [new] 4th English album titled "7" Enrique's album is due out November 25th, 2003.
  • Born in Madrid, Spain, but grew up in Miami, Florida.
  • His song "Addicted" debuted on Casey Kasem's AT40 on November 16th, 2003 at #38
  • Song "Addicted" is #37 on Casey Kasem's AT40 [November 23rd, 2003]
  • His song "Addicted" only went up to #26 on Casey Kasem's American Top 40
  • Was Ryan Seacrest's first musical guest on his new show "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest" on 12 January 2004.
  • Co-wrote Clay Aiken's song "The Way"
  • He is half Spaniard and half Filipino.
  • Has two half brothers, Miguel Alejandro (1997), Rodrigo (1999), and half twin sisters, Victoria and Cristina (2001).
  • Sister, Chabeli Iglesias, is a Spanish singer-actress.
  • In Spanish his song "Bailamos" means "we dance" and "Para Que La Vida" means "why there's life" .
  • Was the executive producer on his albums, Escape, Quizas, and Seven.
  • His favorite food is Sushi, but he says he's also a big fan of fast food restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King and Taco Bell.
  • Wrote all the songs on his Escape, Quizas and Seven albums.
  • When he was about 9 years old, his grandfather was kidnapped but later found safe and well.
  • Appeared on "On-air with Ryan Seacrest" on 19 May 2004. He was interviewed by a fan of the show named "Super Enrique Fan." He was interviewed before his performance at the Wango Tango Concert held 15 May 2004. He sang "Addicted," "Hero" and "Bailamos."
  • At the Wango Tango Concert held 15 May 2004. He sang "Addicted," "Hero" and "Bailamos."
  • August 2004; chosen as a renowned songwriter to sit on the executive committee to choose the Maxell Song of the Year.
  • 15 September 2004: In the 7th Annual In Style Magazine's "What's Hot Now" Poll, he almost beat out Clay Aiken for the title of Sexiest Singer.
  • Including both his English and Spanish albums, Enrique named his album "Seven" because it was his 7th album all together.
  • November 2004; Enrique will be on the board of advisory in the project "International Year of Microcredit." The project offers small loans to business people in impoverished countries.
  • December 2004: His song "Not In Love" was voted #3 Best Dance Track/Song by Billboard Magazine for the year 2004.

 Detailed Biography

At the dawn of the new millennium, Enrique Iglesias was the best-selling Latin recording artist in the world. The son of multimillion-selling singer Julio Iglesias, Enrique was born in Madrid, Spain, where he lived with his mother, his brother Julio, and his sister Chabeli. In 1982, his mother sent them to live in Miami with their father. While there, Enrique was exposed to three different cultures and musical influences -- Hispanic, European, and American.

Iglesias' own career started when he was still attending Gulliver Private School, a very prestigious school in Miami. He made his singing debut in a production of Hello, Dolly, after which he began practicing his singing without his parents knowing. After a year studying business at the University of Miami, he decided to follow his passion for music. In 1995, he sang in person for his soon-to-be manager, who at Iglesias' insistence of not wanting to use his family name, first shopped his demos as an unknown Central American singer named Enrique Martinez. It wasn't until he earned a record deal with Fonovisa that Enrique told his father and mother of his aspirations. Then he flew to Toronto where no one knew him and he could concentrate just on music, to record for five months.

That first album, Enrique Iglesias (1996), sold more than a million copies in three months (it earned him his first gold record in Portugal in a mere seven days) and to date has sold more than six million worldwide. The second album, Vivir (1997), enjoyed global sales of more than five million discs and launched his first world tour, backed by sidemen for Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Joel. In a mere three years, Iglesias had sold more than 17 million Spanish-language albums, more than anyone else during that period. (The U.S. was his biggest market.) He also won the 1996 Grammy for Best Latin Performer, 1996's Billboard Artist of the Year, Billboard's Album of the Year for Vivir, two American Music Awards, a World Music Award, eight Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, two ACE Performer of the Year Awards, and ASCAP prizes for Best Composer of 1996 and 1997, in addition to countless accolades around the world.

With 1998's Cosas del Amor, Iglesias moved to more mature content; his earlier material had been written when he was 17 years old. Then came Enrique, Enrique Iglesias' first Interscope album and first in English, which achieved gold or platinum status in 32 countries and brought his global album sales to a total of more than 23 million. In 2001 he released the follow-up, Escape. Iglesias alternated Spanish- and English-language albums during the next two years, first offering the ballad collection Quiz�s in 2002, then the mainstream English record Seven in 2003. 


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