Thursday, June 30, 2011

Throwback Thursday: The Evolution of Enrique Iglesias

Remember when Enrique Iglesias burst onto the Latin-crossover music scene back in 1999 with "Bailamos"? You know, back when he had his mole? I do. I had his CD. And I. loved. it.

Enrique's come a long way since then. I mean, let's be real -- "I Like It" features Pitbull (question -- does he ever sing by himself? I've been thinking about this for a few weeks now and Krista is doing some in-depth research) and a music video with the cast of Jersey Shore FTW.

We'll get to later Enrique soon. Let's rewind a bit, shall we?

Remember these Enrique gems? Of course you do.

He got to sing a duet with Whitney Houston. WE LOVE HER. And I went to a wedding in 2001 or so where this song was the background music to a slideshow. (My Zumba teacher also played it last October, but that's a different story.)

Then he started dating Anna Kournikova and more or less dropped off the face of the earth for a few years, save a brief guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother in 2007.

(image from thetvaddict)

AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN BAM ENRIQUE WAS BACK! After including Pitbull in "I Like It" was such a success, Enrique went with another of our faves (Luda) in "Tonight" (fair warning, this video may not be appropriate to watch at work). Also, I was pretty scarred for life when I heard the original/not radio edit of this song. Let's just say it's not a pleasant word for "love," and when listening to the original, no lie, I feel a little violated. Not okay since, in my head, I hear Enrique as this guy. It's just much more fitting.

But I think I like this new Enrique. I'd say he's evolved pretty well, including being moleless... and I'm really digging his latest jam, "Dirty Dancer."

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