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Enrique Iglesias
It was seven in the evening in Mumbai city, and 25,000 fans were hanging out of car windows and crammed onto the streets, screaming. Even for uptown Bandra, this was an event. For Enrique Iglesias, it was just another day at the office. That evening, Enrique was in town for his first ever concert in India, and the performance tied up traffic for hours. It’s easy to see why. One of the world’s biggest entertainers, he is a magnet for attention. Even country music and heavy metal fans know the chorus to every Enrique hit; how can they not? The man is everywhere you look and listen. Three years and countless sleepless nights in the making, his new album Insomniac is being hailed as the biggest pop record of 2007; and leaves no doubt that the sky is the limit for him.

His Place On The Fame Scoreboard:
Way before his 1999 English self-titled debut made him a household name, Enrique Iglesias was already one of the biggest-selling Spanish-language artists in the world ~ with three #1 albums and a 1997 Grammy for Best Latin Performer under his belt. Alongside Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez, he helped fuel what’s now referred by pop historians as the Latin Music Explosion. Early English singles Bailamos, Rhythm Divine and Could I Have This Kiss Forever ~ a duet with Whitney Houston ~ made him an instant stand-out as an artist to watch and his face quickly became as familiar as his voice.

Thanks to the success of its first single Hero (which was the most requested song of 2001 and biggest selling single of that year), second English album Escape proved that Enrique was not a one album wonder. Both the single and the album simultaneously went to #1 in the UK ~ not since pop super group ABBA had any artist occupied both slots at the same time in three decades. Since then, he’s soared to even greater fame as hottie Anna Kournikova’s boyfriend and the envy of every male tennis fan (and non-tennis fan, for that matter) in the world. His work outside the recording studio should not be ignored either. A Hollywood movie star in the making, he’s already starred alongside actors like Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Johnny Depp; and most of his movie roles have brand name recognition. From music to film to fashion, he’s left an indelible stamp on mainstream culture, making him one of the world’s most recognised, successful and richest men.

Insomniac: The New Album
With his first English language album in four years, Enrigue goes from Latin heartthrob to supernova pop star. He releases Insomniac this month, and we at The Record were given an exclusive first look and listen inside the album. This is pop music with a playful edge, with hooks that force you to sing along. Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song) the first single is out now (in which a ping pong ball makes a very special, appearance as a percussion instrument) and it’s sliding up the charts even as you sit here and read this. On the occasion of the new CD’s release, Enrique sat down with us for an exclusive interview to cue us in on what he’s been up to, and his plans on touring India later this year:

The Record: You’ve got a huge fan following here in India, that there’s even talk of you being offered a Bollywood movie. Would you take such an offer up?
Enrique: What I’d do if I were offered a Bollywood movie? I don’t know. I don’t think I can do justice to it. I don’t know if I would do a good job. I would try! (Laughs)

TR: Insomniac is a catchy title. What’s that all about?
Enrique: When I make a record, I work at night…so basically I’ve spent three years working at night and sleeping during the day. The word insomniac was the first that came to mind when I was trying to come up with a suitable title for the album. I’ve been hyperactive all my life.

TR: It’s been almost four years since your last release. What took you so long?
Enrique: It was a journey of soul searching and self discovery for me. It was a very difficult album to make, frustrating at times. Just when I thought I had finished, I would change the direction of it musically, and start doing something new…I’ve never suffered so much making an album. (Laughs)

TR: So how did you unwind while making the record?
Enrique: What I did is…I would rest, take a few days off, listen to the tracks that I had recorded, analyse them, you know. You listen to them and the longer you have, the more you can determine whether they grow or you just grow out of them. But what I would do is take a few days off, go to the beach, surf, you know, hang around.

TR: The first single Do You Know? (The Ping Pong song) is already a big hit on the charts the world over. What’s up with the ping pong thing though?
Enrique: The ping pong thing was not one of those things that was premeditated. (Laughs) It was more about the melody and lyrics. It became one of those things that everybody…the record company would call me up and say, “When you going to finish the Ping Pong Song?” I said don’t call it the Ping Pong song. But it just became that. Out of my control and they wanted to put it in parentheses. It wasn’t my idea. But you know…I like my record company and I trust them… (Laughs again)

TR: The Ping Pong video is quite a different concept from the steamy videos you’ve done in the past…
Enrique: It was shot by Jesse Terrero. It was his idea ~ both of ours ~ maybe his idea, but the good thing I liked about this video is that he had humour in it and that’s what convinced me. I thought the idea was great and he pulled it through. The video took three days to make.

TR: What should the average Enrique fan expect from Insomniac? Are there songs which people can party to or go clubbing with?
Enrique: I guess at first I did want to consciously make a record that had a cool sound to it. But then I said to myself: I don’t want to take myself too seriously…I just want to write songs that I like. It’s as simple as that. I worked on this album with so many different types of people and musically, they were all so very different. I think what will surprise fans is the diversity, the musical diversity. It’s a lot more diverse than my previous albums. And it’s more complete. By that I mean…they get to see stuff that I wish I had done in the past, but actually got to do in this album. There’s not a song in the entire album where I’m trying to be someone that I’m not.

TR: You visited India for the first time in 2004. Did you enjoy the experience?
Enrique: It was amazing. I went to Bangalore and Mumbai. I didn’t know what to expect. The audience was one of the best crowds I’ve ever seen. They sang every single song, jumped up and down and the country was unbelievably beautiful. The people are so graceful…


You can read the rest of our cover story on Enrique Iglesias in the June 2007 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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The Idan Raichel Project
Poison
DJ Speak:Paul Oakenfold
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Protest Music: The Asian Underground Movement
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