Enrique Iglesias changes latin music once again with Final Vol2

Spanish artist Enrique Iglesias has been a constant source of innovation and excitement in Latin music, and he is not stopping any time soon. A decade after releasing the groundbreaking hit 'Bailando', which not only became an international sensation but also a catalyst for change in the industry, Enrique is once again at the forefront of a new revolution.

Ten years ago, 'Bailando' burst onto the music scene, blending the infectious rhythms of Latin pop with reggaeton. Enrique's recipe, which he has described as "two wolves finding each other" transformed the landscape of Latin music, inspiring a new wave of artists and music.

Reflecting on the song's impact, Enrique Iglesias said in an interview with the Latin Times: "'Bailando' wasn't just a song; it was a global movement that brought together different cultures and rhythms."

Enrique Iglesias's new revolution

Enrique's career, marked by constant evolution, started in the 1990s with romantic ballads that captured hearts worldwide. His versatility allowed him to effortlessly transition between genres, from pop to more rhythmic and dance-oriented tunes. "I am just an artist. A curious person who loves to take on roads blocked or even create new ones," he explained.

This adaptability is not just a hallmark of his musical talent but also a strategic approach to staying relevant in an ever-changing industry. "I've always seen music as a journey, an exploration of sounds, emotions, and cultures," he explained. "It's about evolving with the times and the tastes of the audience."

The latest chapter in this journey is 'Final Vol.2', an album that encapsulates Enrique's diverse musical experiences and experiments. It's also a departure from a reggeaton heavy era, and much more.

'Final Vol.2,' Enrique's goodbye

Featuring collaborations with artists from various backgrounds, the album is a melting pot of styles, indicative of his inclusive approach to music, and follows the widely succesfull "Final Vol.1" which boasts 3.4 billion audio streams, 3.7 billion video views, and has been platinum certified 57 times.

"Final Vol.2" is another experience. From the soulful collaboration with country star Miranda Lambert in 'Space in My Heart' to the dynamic 'La Botella' with El Alfa, each track is a testament to his versatility and willingness to push musical boundaries.

Discussing the collaborations, Iglesias shared, "Working with artists from different genres on 'Final Vol.2' was an exhilarating experience. It's about blending styles, pushing limits, and creating something that resonates with a wide audience." This approach underlines his desire to create music that is not just heard but felt, transcending traditional genre limitations.

The album also includes six solo songs, plus two with young female artists: María Becerra and Belinda. "Llórame un río," his song with the Mexican artist, is his first cumbia pop.

'Así es la vida', his collaboration with the Argentinian singer-songwriter, gave Enrique another number one. This time in Billboard's Tropical Airplay chart, where he sums nine pole positions.

May 31, 2003, "Para Que La Vida"
June 2, 2007, "Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)"
Dec. 19, 2009, "Gracias A Ti," with Wisin & Yandel
Sept. 11, 2010, "Cuando Me Enamoro," featuring Juan Luis Guerra
Dec. 31, 2011, "Ayer"
March 22, 2014, "El Perdedor," featuring Marco Antonio Solís
July 5, 2014, "Bailando," featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona
Dec. 9, 2023, "Así Es La Vida," with María Becerra

"For me, making music is a matter of energy, and I have always sought to work with people I admire and with whom I feel I can create freely. That is the case of María (Becerra), whom I consider a great artist, and Belinda, whose career I have followed for years," Enrique said.

Enrique Iglesias the revolutionary

However, the most significant shift in Enrique's career is his move from producing albums to releasing singles. This strategic decision reflects a deep understanding of the music industry's current dynamics, particularly the influence of digital platforms and streaming services. "The way people consume music has changed," Iglesias pointed out. "It's not about albums anymore; it's about the individual experience each song can offer."

He has already tested the viability of that approach. From 2016 to 2020, he didn't release any albums. Not even a compilation one, and neither his popularity nor his marketability suffered an inch.

Other legacy artists have put a break on the previously fast paced releases of albums. Shakira waited five years between "El Dorado," and "Las mujeres ya no lloran," for example. However, none of the big Latin music stars had given up on the album experience before.

His decision to focus on singles allows for more flexibility and creativity in his work. It's a nod to the evolving preferences of his audience and a way to stay connected in a world where music consumption is increasingly driven by individual tracks rather than entire albums. "Each song is a story, an emotion, an experience," Enrique stated. "I want to focus on those individual moments and bring them to my fans."

He was aiming for more freedom when he sold his catalog. The value of the deal wasn't disclosed, but a person with knowledge of the operation told the media outlet that it amounts to nine figures (that is, at least $100 million). It includes the up-to-date catalogue and, according to Axios, is one of the largest deals of the kind for a Latino artist. It includes 11 studio albums, five compilation albums, and 62 singles.

Despite this shift, Iglesias has no intention of slowing down his live performances. For him, concerts are not just about the music but also about the connection with the audience. "There's something magical about live shows, the energy, the interaction with fans. It's irreplaceable," he said. His recent completion of the 'Trilogy Tour' with Ricky Martin and Pitbull, and upcoming concerts in Mexico, are testaments to his passion for live music.

Furthermore, his decision to evolve doesn't mean Enrique is stepping away from his roots. He continues to draw inspiration from his earlier works, including the seminal 'Bailando'. "Every song I've made, every rhythm I've explored, it's all part of who I am as an artist," he explained. "'Bailando' was a milestone, but every track since then has been a step in my journey."

Iglesias' transformation in the music industry mirrors the broader shifts occurring within it. The move to singles aligns with the digital era's preference for quick, accessible content. Yet, it also offers Enrique the opportunity to experiment and push his creativity without the constraints of an album format.

Reflecting on his career and the industry's evolution, Enrique remains optimistic and excited about the future. "Music is about change, growth, and connection," he mused. "As long as I can keep creating music that touches people, I'm fulfilling my purpose as an artist."

As Enrique Iglesias moves into this new phase of his career, his commitment to innovation, adaptability, and his fans remains stronger than ever. He continues to shape the landscape of Latin music, proving that even after decades in the industry, he can still revolutionize the way we experience and enjoy music. Whether through his timeless hits like 'Bailando' or his latest singles, Enrique Iglesias remains a formidable force in music in general, and a titan in Latin music.

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