Enrique is the son of the celebrated Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. He was born in Spain but moved to Miami when he was eight. His first three albums were in Spanish, released on the Fonovisa label. Those albums combined to sell 14 million copies, earning him a deal with the major label Interscope, which released "Bailamos" as his first single sung in English... mostly. The title is Spanish and Iglesias repeats the line "Te quiero amor mío," which means "I love you my love" (the translation isn't as elegant), but the rest of the lyric is English, as are most of the other songs on the Enrique
Keep in mind that Ricky Martin had a huge hit earlier in 1999 with "Livin' La Vida Loca
," which also has a Spanish title but is otherwise in English. Like "Vida Loca," "Bailamos" went to #1 in America, expanding Iglesias' fanbase far outside the Latin community. This was a time when a little Latin sabor
could go a long way on the pop charts. Santana's megahit "Smooth
," with Rob Thomas on vocals, includes the line, "My muñequita," a shout-out to his wife Marisol, who is Puerto Rican. Also that year, Latin pop stars Christina Aguilera ("Genie in a Bottle
") and Jennifer Lopez ("If You Had My Love
") had #1 hits, albeit entirely in English.