Before Iglesias went all-in on music, the world-renowned performer enrolled at the University of Miami to study business administration!
This academic venture wouldn’t work out as planned as fate would have it; the soon-to-be global sensation dropped out in his sophomore year in order to focus his energies on building his music empire. Office life and sitting behind a desk were clearly not what the universe had in store for this superstar.
When shopping his demo around, Enrique Iglesias went by the pseudonym Enrique Martinez to avoid bringing attention to himself as the son of the great Julio Iglesias. Initially, the Martinez demo didn’t garner much interest.
But that changed when it landed up with Fonovisa Records, a small indie setup known for its Mexican flavor. A $ 1 million record deal was signed and sealed once the CEO heard the demo and saw the hunky Enrique.
His Heart Is on the Right!
Enrique Iglesias’ hit ballad "Heartbeat" may have a hidden meaning! The Spanish songster has an obscure oddity that you would not be able to identify by looking at him. Iglesias was born with an extraordinary condition known as situs inversus.
This heartthrob's ticker beats on the opposite side of his body. Instead of being to the left, his heart is to the right. In fact, all his organs are a mirror image of the standard! Enrique, we love the sound of both of your heartbeats, the real one and the song.
Let’s take a quick stock of Enrique Iglesias’ debut album. Top of the Latin charts? Check. Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Album? Check. Platinum status in sales in the United States and selling well over five million copies?
Yeah, we think you already knew that was a check. The balladeer’s debut album firmly placed him among the greats on the world stage and would propel him to becoming a household name in the 90s and early 2000s.
Impressing Will Smith
Enrique Iglesias was not the first melodist to bring a spicy Latin flavor to global pop music. Artists such as Ricky Martin and Jenifer Lopez may have paved the way, but when Iglesias crossed over into the global English-language market, he came in swinging.
Iglesias’ fourth studio album ‘Enrique’ was released in 1999 and marked the beginning of his international success. The single ‘Bailamos’ made an impression on Will Smith, who featured it in his film, "Wild Wild West."