I., and earmarked for Iglesias' 2008 greatest-hits set before Interscope passed.
"They saw it as a one-listen record," says an executive with knowledge of the label's response. "There are songs that you're willing to bet your career on.
1s on Billboard's dance chart (beating out Michael Jackson and Prince), and helped fuel two global tours - his 2011 Euphoria Tour, which grossed .8 million, and a 2012 co-headlining tour with Jennifer Lopez, which banked .1 million in ticket receipts, according to Billboard Boxscore.
"It's funny that this is happening again when an album's coming out. But the 38-year-old is energized, engaged and eager to talk for the next two hours about the many lessons learned from a decorated career that has spanned half his life.Such is a typical day for a guy whose career began in Spanish with his self-titled 1995 debut and has gone on to log 24 No.If they don't have that vision or they don't feel it, it's tough," he says.(Page 2 of 2)He quickly shuffled over to Universal sister label Republic, under the guidance of then-president Monte Lipman, and turned "I Like It" into his biggest hit since 2001's "Hero," peaking at No.4 on the Hot 100 (with the promotional aid of MTV's Jersey Shore soundtrack) and spurring renewed interest in his 2010 album Euphoria, which was repackaged in 2011 with "Tonight (I'm Loving You)," another double-platinum hit that also went to No. A freshly minted status as a dance-pop divo has earned Iglesias a lesser-known distinction as the solo male artist with the most No."If you're going to France, make sure you do French TV, French radio. If you just put records out and stay home, it doesn't work."Most recently, that has meant a whirlwind two-week period in March that saw stops in Mexico, Germany, Los Angeles, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Different stops focused on different singles from Sex and Love, with Iglesias singing the romantic ballad "El Perdedor" (The Loser) - featuring fellow Latin-pop superstar Marco Antonio Solis - on a big soap-opera awards show in Mexico, and the next day flying to London to perform the U. top 10 dance-pop hit "I'm a Freak" (featuring fellow Latin-pop crossover star Pitbull) on the U. edition of The Voice."The Enrique business is a seven-day-a-week, 24/7 venture," says Republic executive vp Charlie Walk, who dubs Iglesias "one of the most hands-on artists I know." Iglesias knows how to work his sex appeal, but he also knows how to work his demographics.
Though Enrique has a famous father, his ambition was self-contained, and supported not by his family but by Olivares, who paid for his first demo. I felt like it wouldn't happen and I would have too many people with their opinions," he says.
"By the time I was 17, 18, I was quietly flying to Mexico to sign my first deal and going to school to work with a musician, Roberto Morales, who liked the same Bruce Springsteen and Phil Collins records I loved, and I could learn from his chord progressions."Though Iglesias remains close with the majority of his family (including older sister Chabeli Iglesias and two half-sisters from his mother's second marriage) who often come to his concerts and visit him in Miami or Spain, the subject of his father is a complicated one.
He studies the charts cover to cover each week and takes an active role in the A&R process of all his records.
That entrepreneurial spirit was first identified by Jimmy Iovine, who signed Iglesias to his major-label deal at Interscope, beating out offers from Warner Music and Clive Davis at Sony that would have netted him an additional million or more.
Lucas, his German shepherd of 12 years, died just as Iglesias was arriving back home from his weeklong promotional trip in Europe.