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ENRIQUE IGLESIAS (article first published : 2004-03-1)

Hot off the international touring circuit, Vodacom, 5fm Music and Big Concerts are proud to announce the forthcoming tour of music sensation Enrique Iglesias. Starting in Cape Town on April 27, he will reach Durban on April 29 before moving to Sun City on May 1 and finally Johannesburg on May 2.

Enrique Iglesias has become a global phenomenon and appears to be headed straight for the top. He already has world-wide album sales of over 30 Million (18 million of which are in Spanish), five American Music Awards, two Grammy’s, two Billboard Music Awards, a World Music Award and more!

His seventh album, simply titled Seven, was released late last year, and has already climbed the charts, with its dance hit Addicted. Enrique co-wrote every song, and co-produced a handful. "I wanted to concentrate on the lyrical content this time," he says, "At the end of the day a great melody is great but the lyrics are what makes a song timeless.

The youngest child of international singer Julio Iglesias, Enrique was born in 1975 in Madrid. He grew up immersed in three cultures, Latin, European and American. As a teenager, he was secretly writing songs and dreaming of stardom. In 1995 he first shopped his demos around under the pseudonym Enrique Martinez, but it wasn't until he earned a record deal that he told his father and mother of his musical aspirations.

His debut album, Enrique Iglesias, sold more than a million copies in its first three months, and to date has sold more than seven million units worldwide. He followed in 1997 with Vivir, which sold more than five million discs. In 1998, a mere three years after his debut, Enrique had sold more than 13 million albums, becoming the biggest-selling Spanish-language artist in the world.

In 1999, the European version of Bailamos quickly became the most-requested radio track in the U.S, and scored him a number one in both the Pop and Latin charts. The song was also included in the soundtrack for the movie Wild Wild West at the request of Will Smith. His first English album, Enrique, was soon released, and sold more than four million copies outside the U.S alone, and with the hits Rhythm Divine and Could I Have This Kiss Forever, a duet with Whitney Houston, it went multi-platinum in no time.

His next album “Escape featuring the smash hit Hero, cemented Enrique's status as a superstar. Escape and "Hero" were simultaneously the #1 album and single on the charts, the first time since ABBA that the same artist had occupied both slots at the same time. Quizas followed, topping the Latin charts and crossing over to the Pop side, which led to his Latin Grammy for Best Pop Album.

Enrique Iglesias appears at the Westridge Park Stadium in Durban on April 29. Ticket prices R150; R225 and R300 (excluding Computicket service charges) – book at Computicket, or on www.computicket.com or Computicket Call Centre on 083 915 8000.




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