In 2000, Enrique Iglesias performed during the halftime of Super Bowl XXXIV. A segment of Iglesias’ performance was played on Howard Stern’s radio show because the host thought the Latin crooner was extremely off-key. Due to his apparent poor singing, Iglesias was the target of Stern’s ridicule and mockery. Later that year, Iglesias courageously appeared on Stern’s radio show and sang the song with nothing more than a guitar accompaniment. He nailed it. Stern was quite impressed. He told the Iglesias, “You really can sing.”
The story both illustrates Enrique’s talent and character—not many singers, especially as popular as Iglesias, would publically face their detractors. As far as his talent goes, Iglesias is one of the most successful Latin American stars of all-time. He’s even referred to as “The King of Latin Pop.”
Iglesias has sold more than 100 million records during his amazing career that began in 1995. He has charted two number one singles and placed three more inside the top five. Iglesias has also sent 25 singles to the top of Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks. If you include all of Billboard‘s charts then Iglesias is responsible for 70 number-ones. Enrique Iglesias tickets have been collected all over the world and in the largest concert venues.
Enrique Iglesias is the son of Latin superstar Julio Iglesias and attended prep schools before studying business at the University of Miami. He definitely grew up privileged but his childhood was not necessarily a happy one. His parents divorced when he was four. Iglesias was born in Madrid but relocated to Miami when he was 11 after his paternal grandfather was kidnapped by terrorists.
In Miami, he lived with his father but since Julio was on the road so much, Enrique was raised by a nanny, Elvira Olivares. Olivares played a huge role in Iglesias’ young life and even loaned him money to record a demo. To show his appreciation, Iglesias dedicated his first album to her.
When Iglesias started his career in the music business he didn’t want any help from his father or to even use his name. So Enrique performed under the stage name “Martinez.” He landed a record deal under that appellation but when it came time to releasing records and selling concert tickets, Enrique went back to “Iglesias.”