and becoming one of the biggest stars in Latin America and the Hispanic market in the United States.By the turn of the millennium, he had made a successful crossover into the US mainstream market and signed a multi-album deal with Universal Music Group for US million with Universal Music Latino to release his Spanish albums and Interscope Records to release English albums.It contained the song "Rhythm Divine", a duet with Whitney Houston entitled "Could I Have This Kiss Forever", and a cover of the Bruce Springsteen song "Sad Eyes".
The Cosas del Amor Tour was the first ever concert tour sponsored by Mc Donald's.
He won an American Music Award in the category of Favorite Latin Artist against Ricky Martin and Chayanne.
One of his mother Preysler's aunt is actress Neile Adams, the first wife of American actor Steve Mc Queen and grandmother of actor Steven R. For their safety, Enrique and his brother Julio were sent to live with their father in Miami.
Iglesias did not want his father to know about his plans for a musical career and did not want his famous surname to help advance his career.
The record sold half a million copies in its first week, a rare accomplishment then for an album recorded in a language other than English, going Gold in Portugal within the first week of release, and sold over a million copies in the next three months.
His song "Por Amarte" was included in Televisa's telenovela Marisol, but with a twist: instead of Por amarte daría mi vida (To love you, I'd give my life), the words were Por amarte Marisol, moriría (To love you, Marisol, I'd die).
Beginning in Odessa, Texas the tour went on to three consecutive nights in Mexico's Plaza de Toros, two consecutive nights at Monterrey's Auditorio Coca-Cola and two at the Estadio River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina to over 130,000 people as well as 19 arenas in the U. In 1998, Iglesias released his third album, Cosas del Amor (Things of Love).
Taking a more mature musical direction, the album, aided by the popular singles "Esperanza" and "Nunca Te Olvidaré", both of which topped the Latin singles chart, helped cement his status in the Latin music scene.
He has had five Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, including two number-ones, and holds the record for producing 27 number-one Spanish-language singles on the Billboard Iglesias was born in Madrid, Spain, and is the third and youngest child of Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and Filipina socialite and magazine journalist Isabel Preysler.
He was raised with two older siblings: Chabeli and Julio Jr.. Julio Iglesias Puga, was kidnapped by the armed Basque terrorist group ETA.
Iglesias lost out to his father, but did perform the song "Lluvia Cae" at the event.