qvArtist of the Month: Enrique Iglesias


 

 

Photos by qvMagazine
Luther Orrick-Guzman.

qvMagazine's June 2000
Artist of the Month


Enrique Iglesias!
A qvInterview with superstar Enrique.

Enrique Iglesias, the son of world-famous recording legend, Julio Iglesias, was born on May 8, 1975 in Madrid, Spain. At the age of 7, Enrique moved to Miami, Florida, where he experienced the best of three cultures: Hispanic, European, and American-each with their own musical styles.

Enrique's recording career officially began in 1995 with the release of his self-titled debut album. Since then, he has sold more than 10 million albums and has won all kinds of awards, including the 1996 Grammy for Best Latin Pop performer.

His first world tour, 1997's "Vivir," was considered the biggest tour ever by a Latin performer as it covered 13 countries and was attended by more than 720,000 people.

Enrique has made records in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, and last year, he released his first English-language album after signing a $42 million contract with Interscope Records. He then scored three big U.S. hits with the songs "Bailamos," "Rhythm Divine,"and "Be With You."

As a person, Iglesias is a perpetual jokester, sportsman, enthusiast, old-fashioned romantic, optimist, cinema devotee, loyal television viewer, and an inveterate consumer of any and all types of music that falls into his hands.

qvMagazine briefly chatted with Enrique and asked him a few questions about his dreams, his family, and his QV fans.

When you were born, they probably wrapped you with silk diapers. So what do you dream about? I just want to be and feel like anyone else. Of course, the rhythm of my life goes so fast, and, wow, it goes fast! I dream of being able to sing for many years.

Besides singing, what is it that you enjoy most in life? I love the ocean. I really love sailing; that is something that I really enjoy. I love being with my friends and my family, although we don't get to spend a lot of time together.

About your father...he brags that he has slept with over 2,000 women in his lifetime. Will you follow in his footsteps? (Laughs) No, I want my story to be different.

And what about Javier, the guy who claims to be a son of your father. Do you think he is your brother? I don't know. I seriously don't know. I met him, but I don't know what to say. That is an issue between my dad and him, and I don't want to get involved in it.

How do you feel about competition? You've got Ricky Martin and Luis Miguel...I think they are great singers, and I think they are doing a great job. But I don't have time to think about them or their careers. I think about mine, and the things that I have to do.

You've had the chance to explore many other cultures and philosophies. Do you believe in life after this one? No, I don't believe in that. When you die, you die-and that's it.

You always mention Mexico as the place where you made your career. Why? I love Mexico. My success started in Mexico, and I will never forget that. I am Spanish (born in Madrid), or maybe a citizen of the world now, but my heart is in Mexico. My heart is Mexican, and I love Mexican people.

With all due respect, are you QV? No. (Pauses) I am not. I don't find anything attractive in a man.

So then, what would you say to your QV fans? I respect the sexual preferences of everybody. Everybody has a right to like or love who ever they want. I respect QV people a lot. I have a lot of friends who are QV, and I respect them. A great deal of my public is QV.

--by Eddie Sakaki


For more about Enrique, visit:
Enrique Iglesias Official Site

Albums Available From Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias (1995)

 Vivir (1997)

Cosas del Amor (1998)

 

Enrique (1999)

 

Remixes (1998)

 

Bailamos: Greatest Hits (1999)

 

The Best (2000)

 


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