Though he is the son of the most successful Spanish singer of all time, Enrique Iglesias' rise to the top of the Latin and US pop charts was the result of his own efforts. Breaking through in the mid-90s, Iglesias continues to release chart-topping hits including his most recent effort, the bilingual Spanish/English album, Euphoria. Enrique Iglesias tour dates were announced earlier in 2011 and have the Latin pop sensation touring Europe throughout the summer.
Iglesias hit the big time with a succession of #1 Latin tracks; in fact, all five of his singles from his debut album, Enrique Iglesias, hit #1 on Billboard's Latin Songs survey. The album was certified gold in the US and won Iglesias the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album. Riding the momentum of his debut, Iglesias quickly released his 1997 sophomore set, Vivir, which ironically dethroned his father's album, Tango, at the top of Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart. The set released another slew of hits, with the first three singles hitting the pole position on the Latin Tracks survey, giving Iglesias the distinction of being the first Latin artist to have all eight of his first singles hit #1. Eager to get on the road to capitalize on his chart success, Enrique Iglesias tour dates had the singer touring major stadiums in sixteen countries throughout Summer 1997.
Iglesias released his third album, Cosas del Amor, in 1998 and despite releasing two #1 singles, the album's commercial impact was tepid in comparison to its predecessor's. Iglesias did not waste anytime releasing more material, and this time the impact of his fourth album, Enrique, would have him transcending into the English arena for the first time. The album's debut single, "Bailamos," was an international smash that catapulted him to the top of Billboard's Hot 100 in the Summer of 1998. The album went on to be certified double-platinum in the United States and Iglesias emerged as Latin pop's newest crossover. Following the success of his first English-language album, Iglesias quickly released his second full length English album, Escape, in 2001 which featured the massive single, "Hero." The album trumped sales of its predecessor and was certified 3x platinum by the RIAA.
In support of his newly found English-language success, the ambitious Enrique Iglesias concert schedule had him traveling to fifty sold-out venues in sixteen countries. The tour was so successful that more tour dates were announced, and the second leg, "Don't Turn off the Lights," was capped off in 2002 with a duo of sold out shows in New York's famed Madison Square Garden. Iglesias returned to the Spanish arena the following year with the release of his fourth Spanish language album, Quizas, which sold over a million copies in its first week of release. The album spawned three more #1 singles and gave Iglesias his 16th #1 Hot Latin Track single, garnering him the distinction of having the most #1 singles in the genre. Iglesias followed this album with the English language, 7, which marked his seventh offering. While the album was met with lukewarm commercial success, Enrique Iglesias embarked on his most ambitious concert schedule yet.
In 2007, Iglesias released his eighth album, Insomniac, which contained the #1 Billboard Hot 100 single, "Do You Know." The Enrique Iglesias concert schedule, in support of the album, had the singer touring the world, but was most notable for its stop in Damascus, Syria-- making Iglesias the first westerner to perform in that country for three decades. Iglesias keeps on churning out the hits and in 2010 he returned to the top ten of the Billboard US album charts with his latest release, Euphoria. The album has the distinction of being Iglesias' first bilingual album, with half the tracks in Spanish and the other half in English. Tracks in both languages have made an impact on the singles charts, two English language tracks, "I Like it" and "Tonight I'm Lovin' You," charted in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, while "No Me Digas Que No," hit #1 on the Latin Pop songs survey. In support of this album, Enrique Iglesias tour dates have been announced, with the singer touring Europe throughout the summer. Whether you are a fan of the Latin pop-star's most successful Spanish releases or you prefer his crossover material, make sure you keep up to date with the Enrique Iglesias concert schedule. Use Eventful as your source for news and updates on Enrique Iglesias tour dates.
The rapper known as Pitbull is currently the biggest name in Latin hip-hop. Having been on the scene for over seven years, his career has been blowing up recently due to the success of his 2009 album, Rebelution, and his 2010 Spanish-language album, Armando. He's collaborated with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including Lil Jon, Usher, and T-Pain. Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of his latest album, Planet Pit, as well as any possible 2011 tour dates that could follow the album's release.
Armando Christian Pérez was born on January 15, 1981, in Miami, Florida. After graduating high school, he made some important connections after meeting Irv Gotti and Luther Campbell. It wasn't until Pitbull met Lil Jon that he made his first recorded appearance on the East Side Boyz' album, Kings of Crunk. Pitbull experienced huge mainstream success when his song "Oye" was featured in the film 2 Fast 2 Furious in 2003. By early 2004, the rapper had signed with TVT Records and was recording his debut album, M.I.A.M.I., which released later that year. The album received favorable reviews and peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200; not bad for the rapper's debut album. The record was full of club and party hits, in particular the lead single "Culo," which packed the dance floor on tour dates. Pitbull followed up his debut with El Mariel in 2006, which featured a mixture of club tracks and politically conscious songs. His 2007 album, The Boatlift, featured a harder crunk, gangsta feel to it and was well received by music critics.
Pitbull hit it big in 2009 when he released Rebelution on his own Mr. 305 Inc. record label. The single "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" became the rapper's most popular song, as it reached #2 on the Hot 100 earned the artist massive tour dates. In late 2010, Pitbull released a Spanish-language album, entitled Armando after his real first name and his father's name. The album shot to #2 on the US Billboard Latin Albums and the singles "Maldito Alcohol" and "Bon, Bon" have received considerable airplay on Latin radio stations, but less play on tour dates.
Pitbull's latest album, Planet Pit, will be released on June 21 and the singles "Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)" and "Give Me Everything" have already been praised by critics. The album will feature such artists as T-Pain, Chris Brown, Akon, Kelly Rowland, Enrique Iglesias, LMFAO, and many others. While Pitbull doesn't have any scheduled tour dates in 2011, fans can expect a busy concert schedule once the album has been released. For all the latest information on any upcoming concert schedule, make sure to check Eventful.