Enrique Iglesias albums and songs sales

Initially more widely known for being Julio Iglesias‘ son, Enrique Iglesias has earned a big place in the history of Latin music, with a massive success from the very beginning and a great appeal outside of the Hispanic world, not just in the USA but in most of Europe, Australia, India and occasionally other places like Japan.

Enrique Iglesias

He has accumulated a nice string of hits, including several cleverly-chosen collaboration with fellow artists, notably Whitney Houston, Juan Luis Guerra, Lil Wayne, Ciara and a big list of current Latin acts who helped him remain relevant and somehow contemporary in recent years.

While he doesn’t rank amongst the absolute biggest selling acts of all time, compared to other acts that have been covered, it is important to note that for being Spanish, with most of its discography sung in that language, the results may surprise some people.

An interesting aspect is the impact of streaming for a Spanish-language artist. Will it downgrade or improve their share among the World music industry? In the past, the very top selling Spanish albums were limited to 5-6 million copies sold worldwide, about five times less than the equivalent success on a global scale. We will be able to check how this ratio is evolving now that streaming is everywhere.

ChartMasters’ method: the CSPC

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept (CSPC) in order to relevantly gauge the act’s results. It will not only bring you sales information for all albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming. In fact, it will really determine the act’s popularity.

If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, below is a nice and short video of explaining the concept. I recommend watching it before reading on and to the sales figures. You’ll get the idea in just two minutes.

And if you want to know the full method as well as formulas, you can read the full introduction article.

Now let’s get into the artist’s detailed sales figures!

Enrique Iglesias (1995)

  • America
    • US – 1,800,000
    • Canada – N/A
    • Brazil – 200,000
    • Mexico – 250,000
    • Argentina – 175,000
  • Asia
    • Japan – N/A
  • Oceania
    • Australia – N/A
    • New Zealand – N/A
  • Europe –
    • UK – N/A
    • France – N/A
    • Germany – N/A
    • Italy – N/A
    • Spain – 450,000
    • Sweden – N/A
    • Netherland – 10,000
    • Switzerland – N/A
    • Austria – N/A
    • Finland – N/A
  • World – 4,100,000

Vivir (1997)

  • America
    • US – 1,500,000
    • Canada – N/A
    • Brazil – 275,000
    • Mexico – 500,000
    • Argentina – 330,000
  • Asia
    • Japan – N/A
  • Oceania
    • Australia – N/A
    • New Zealand – N/A
  • Europe – 380,000
    • UK – N/A
    • France – N/A
    • Germany – N/A
    • Italy – N/A
    • Spain – 250,000
    • Sweden – N/A
    • Netherland – 5,000
    • Switzerland – N/A
    • Austria – N/A
    • Finland – N/A
  • World – 4,400,000

Cosas DeL AMOR (1998)

  • America
    • US – 1,000,000
    • Canada – N/A
    • Brazil – 125,000
    • Mexico – 250,000
    • Argentina – 90,000
  • Asia
    • Japan – N/A
  • Oceania
    • Australia – N/A
    • New Zealand – N/A
  • Europe – 420,000
    • UK – N/A
    • France – 25,000
    • Germany – N/A
    • Italy – 50,000
    • Spain – 150,000
    • Sweden – 20,000
    • Netherland – 10,000
    • Switzerland – 20,000
    • Austria – N/A
    • Finland – N/A
  • World – 2,600,000

Enrique (1999)

  • America
    • US – 2,250,000
    • Canada – 525,000
    • Brazil – 100,000
    • Mexico – 100,000
    • Argentina – 120,000
  • Asia
    • Japan – 100,000
  • Oceania
    • Australia – 110,000
    • New Zealand – 35,000
  • Europe – 2,210,000
    • UK – 200,000
    • France – 120,000
    • Germany – 425,000
    • Italy – 125,000
    • Spain – 475,000
    • Sweden – 60,000
    • Netherland – 80,000
    • Switzerland – 100,000
    • Austria – 35,000
    • Finland – 10,000
  • World – 6,700,000

Escape (2001)

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  • America
    • US – 3,800,000
    • Canada – 550,000
    • Brazil – 100,000
    • Mexico – 200,000
    • Argentina – 40,000
  • Asia
    • Japan – 100,000
  • Oceania
    • Australia – 385,000
    • New Zealand – 25,000
  • Europe – 2,990,000
    • UK – 1,550,000
    • France – 75,000
    • Germany – 425,000
    • Italy – 60,000
    • Spain – 180,000
    • Sweden – 40,000
    • Netherland – 135,000
    • Switzerland – 90,000
    • Austria – 45,000
    • Finland – N/A
  • World – 9,100,000

Quizás (2002)

  • America
    • US – 600,000
    • Canada – 25,000
    • Brazil – 10,000
    • Mexico – 100,000
    • Argentina – 20,000
  • Asia
    • Japan – N/A
  • Oceania
    • Australia – N/A
    • New Zealand – N/A
  • Europe – 280,000
    • UK – 10,000
    • France – N/A
    • Germany – N/A
    • Italy – N/A
    • Spain – 125,000
    • Sweden – 5,000
    • Netherland – N/A
    • Switzerland – 10,000
    • Austria – N/A
    • Finland – N/A
  • World – 1,200,000

7 (2003)

  • America
    • US – 4500,000
    • Canada – 100,000
    • Brazil – 15,000
    • Mexico – 50,000
    • Argentina – 20,000
  • Asia
    • Japan – 10,000
  • Oceania
    • Australia – 90,000
    • New Zealand – N/A
  • Europe – 570,000
    • UK – 300,000
    • France – 15,000
    • Germany – 70,000
    • Italy – 10,000
    • Spain – 20,000
    • Sweden – 5,000
    • Netherland – 20,000
    • Switzerland – 25,000
    • Austria – 5,000
    • Finland – 5,000
  • World – 1,500,000

Insomniac (2007)

  • America
    • US – 275,000
    • Canada – 35,000
    • Brazil – 10,000
    • Mexico – 50,000
    • Argentina – 40,000
  • Asia
    • Japan – N/A
  • Oceania
    • Australia – 10,000
    • New Zealand – N/A
  • Europe – 790,000
    • UK – 300,000
    • France – 65,000
    • Germany – 50,000
    • Italy – 20,000
    • Spain – 15,000
    • Sweden – 15,000
    • Netherland – 60,000
    • Switzerland – 25,000
    • Austria – 10,000
    • Finland – 10,000
  • World – 1,450,000

Euphoria (2010)

  • America
    • US – 425,000
    • Canada – 50,000
    • Brazil – 10,000
    • Mexico – 120,000
    • Argentina – 40,000
  • Asia
    • Japan – N/A
  • Oceania
    • Australia – 65,000
    • New Zealand – N/A
  • Europe – 370,000
    • UK – 120,000
    • France – 60,000
    • Germany – 20,000
    • Italy – 10,000
    • Spain – 35,000
    • Sweden – N/A
    • Netherland – 15,000
    • Switzerland – 10,000
    • Austria – 10,000
    • Finland – 5,000
  • World – 1,350,000

Sex And Love (2014)

  • America
    • US – 275,000
    • Canada – 40,000
    • Brazil – 25,000
    • Mexico – 480,000
    • Argentina – 40,000
  • Asia
    • Japan – N/A
  • Oceania
    • Australia – 10,000
    • New Zealand – N/A
  • Europe – 290,000
    • UK – 45,000
    • France – 15,000
    • Germany – 25,000
    • Italy – 25,000
    • Spain – 75,000
    • Sweden – N/A
    • Netherland – 15,000
    • Switzerland – 10,000
    • Austria – 10,000
    • Finland – N/A
  • World – 1,500,000

Original Album Sales – Comments

1995 Enrique Iglesias – 4,100,000
1997 Vivir – 4,400,000
1998 Cosas Del Amor – 2,600,000
1999 Enrique – 6,700,000
2001 Escape – 9,100,000
2002 Quizás – 1,200,000
2003 7 – 1,500,000
2007 Insomniac – 1,450,000
2010 Euphoria – 1,350,000
2014 Sex And Love – 1,500,000

With some 33,9 million albums sold, Enrique Iglesias can claim one of the strongest sales total by any Latin act. His sales in Latin countries – not just Hispanic countries, like Spain and the majority of Latin America, but also Brazil and Portugal, a bit less Italy and France – are outstanding. Whilst his peak days are gone since more than a decade, in recent years he has kind of reinvented himself with several high profile collaborations and huge reggaeton influences which, altogether, took his music to newer generations.

In the rest of the world, his English speaking stuff has generally done very well, especially at the time of Enrique and, most notably, Escape, his biggest album in terms of pure sales with 9,1 million sold and a strong global appeal.

USA has brought massive success to his English albums but, considering the strong Spanish community there, his early album have also been able to rack up great numbers, although largely downgraded by Soundscan which wasn’t scanning specialized Latin retailers at the time.

Overall, he accumulates 21 years of great and consistent success. A success, of course, not limited to the album format. Let’s now see what else he achieved through other formats!

Physical Singles Sales

Enrique Iglesias doesn’t really belong to the boom era in physical singles sales total. By the time he started his career and made it big across the world, singles sales were no longer a relevant format.

Considering all that, his almost 10 million sold works out to be quite a huge amount, once everything is considered.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Enrique Iglesias (1995) – 60,000   equivalent albums

Si Tú Te Vas
Experiencia Religiosa
Other singles from Enrique Iglesias (album)
=200,000

Vivir (1997) – 60,000   equivalent albums

Enamorado Por Primera Vez
Other singles from Vivir
=200,000

Cosas Del amor (1998) – 30,000   equivalent albums

Esperanza
Nunca Te Olvidaré
=100,000

Enrique (1999) – 1,050,000  equivalent albums

Bailamos – 1,750,000
Be With You – 700,000
Could I Have This Kiss Forever – 1,000,000
Sad Eyes – 50,000

Escape (2001) – 930,000 equivalent albums

Hero – 2,000,000
Escape – 800,000
Don’t Turn Of The Lights – 100,000
Other singles – 200,000

Quizás (2002) – 75,000  equivalent albums

Mentiroso
Quizás
Para Qué La Vida
=250,000

7 (2003) – 180,000  equivalent albums

Addicted – 200,000
Not In Love – 400,000

Insomniac (2007) – 165,000   equivalent albums

Do You Know – 150,000
Tired Og Being Sorry – 400,000

Euphoria (2010) – 30,000   equivalent albums

Total singles – 100,000

Sex And Love (2014) –  0 equivalent albums

Total singles – 0 (no physical singles released)

 Orphan Album – 90,000  equivalent albums

Takin’ Back My Love – 100,000
Other physical singles – 200,000

Digital Singles Sales

Ever since digital downloads became one of the most dominant formats -now on decline -, Enrique Iglesias have reached around 49 million units sold worldwide, an impressive amount. His albums Euphoria and Sex And Love managed a huge string of consecutive big selling download tracks.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Enrique Iglesias (1995) – 225,000   equivalent albums

Total tracks sales – 1,500,000

Vivir (1997) –  75,000 equivalent albums

Total tracks sales – 500,000

Cosas Del amor (1998) – 75,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks sales  – 500,000

Enrique (1999) – 345,000   equivalent albums

Bailamos – 1,000,000
Be With You – 600,000
Could I Have This Kiss Forever – 200,000
Other tracks – 500,000

Escape (2001) – 818,000 equivalent albums

Hero – 3,500,000
Scape 
– 1,250,000
Don’t Turn Off The Lights and other tracks 
– 700,000

Quizás (2002) – 105,000 equivalent albums

Mentiroso – 300,000
Other tracks – 400,000

7 (2003) – 135,000  equivalent albums

Addicted – 400,000
Not In Love – 300,000
Other tracks – 200,000

Insomniac (2007) – 788,000  equivalent albums

Do You Know? – 2,750,000
Tired Of Being Sorry – 500,000
Other tracks – 2,000,000

Euphoria (2010) – 2,438,000   equivalent albums

Cuando Me Enamoro – 1,000,000
I Like It – 6,000,000
Heartbeat 
– 750,000
No Me Digas Que No – 500,000
Tonight – 5,000,000
Dirty Dancer – 2,000,000
Other tracks – 1,000,000

Sex And Love (2014) – 1,710,000  equivalent albums

I Like How It Feels – 1,000,000
Finally Found You – 1,500,000
Loco – 1,000,000
I’m A Freak– 1,000,000
Bailando – 3,500,000
Noche Y De Día – 200,000
Heart Attack – 750,000
El Perdedor – 1,500,000
Other tracks – 1,000,000

Orphan Album – 803,000  equivalent albums

Takin’ Back My Love – 1,000,000
El Perdón – 1,750,000
Duele El Corazón – 600,000
Total tracks – 2,000,000

Streaming Sales

Below table lists Spotify streaming of all songs from the albums we are studying. The Comprehensive Streaming is reached by multiplying Spotify figures by 68/26. In fact, as shown in IFPI 2015 Report, there were 68 million paying subscribers to all streaming platforms by the end of 2015. While the exact count of Spotify paying subscribers by the end of 2015 is unknown, that figure reached 20 million in June 2015 and 30 million in March 2016, thus an estimated 26 million is used as of the end of 2015.

The equivalent album sales is the division of the comprehensive streaming figure by 1500 as it is now the norm in the new industry model.

Streaming Part 1 – Early Spanish Album

While the third album doesn’t seem to be very well remembered – except for Nunca The Olvidaré -, the first two ones have a bunch of very successful hits, especially Enrique Iglesias, his first output. His debut provided him with over 50,000 equivalent albums sold and all of its track, including non-singles, have reached at least 1 million streams on Spotify.

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Streaming Part 2 – Getting global

With both Enrique and Escape, Enrique Iglesias got truly massive worldwide, although those eras seem long gone by now.

Still, the modern streaming information shows those two titles are far from forgotten. Bailamos has over 22 million streams via Spotify, whereas Be With You crossed the 10 million mark recently. Those two songs, coupled with the rest of the album, generated almost 97,000 sales via streaming platforms overall.

Escape, not surprisingly, is in an even better position with over 165,000 equivalent albums sales. Of course, this album features arguably Enrique Iglesias‘ biggest track of his career, Hero, now with 58 million streams on Spotify plus 8 million for the Spanish version of the track.

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Streaming Part 3 – More success

Quizás and are probably in a difficult situation as they were released at probably Enrique Iglesias‘ softest time in his career, as proven by their small equivalent sales via streaming, both at 22,000 units sold. Mentiroso -from the album Quizás– was the only notable hit from that era and yet it hasn’t reached 3 million streams.

From that point of view, Insomniac was a nice return to form with almost 116,000 equivalent album sold are nothing to be ashamed of. On the contrary, it is quite a strong total which precedes the streaming era, by the way. Do You know? is one of his biggest pre 2008 / Spotify songs with over 18 million plays on that platform.

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Streaming Part 4 – Recent trends

We conclude the fourth part. We enter the streaming era wih Euphoria, definitely a successful project, at over 430,000 equivalent albums sales. I Like It, Heartbeat, Dirty Dancer, No Me Digas Que No and especially Cuando Me Enamoro were all strong hit singles, all of them popular collaborations.

Sex And Love, fully released after the boom of streaming, was absolutely huge through this new way of consuming music, correlative, of course, of his declining pure albums sales. Iglesias switched from one format to the other in a very successful way. The proof? His last album to date managed a tremendous 1,22 million equivalent albums sold, not far from what it did as a pure album, both with physical and digital sold.

And last but not least, his Orphan Album track add up a further 1,238,000 albums sold, with Duele El Corazón and El Perdon being the strongest ones with a huge 580 million combined.

In terms of album sales equivalent, Bailando added to Duele El Corazón and El Perdon are on more than 1,6 million units. It is important to notice this is roughly half what a trio of huge English hits would do. This 2 to 1 ratio, in comparison to the 5 to 1 ratio verified in the physical era should be hugely highlighted. In fact, it shows how the Music Industry map will be redistributed. Spanish acts will get way bigger thanks to big countries in terms of inhabitants that had historically relatively low music markets. The key point isn’t on Spanish acts only, indeed, Chinese artists, Indian ones and even African artists can expect much higher returns to their success in the future as streaming is poised to penetrate those areas way more than physical sales ever did.

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Full Length related records Sales

In more than two decades as an active act, Enrique Iglesias has been no stranger to other type of releases which includes a bunch of other full length records in multiple formats. He hasn’t exactly flooded the market with many compilations, but he did put out a few, although he never issued a standalone music video so far.

Full Length Migration  – Compilations and remix album

Overall, five full length records, which managed 5,3 million sold combined. Two albums, the singer debut effort Enrique Iglesias and his biggest one Escape, are two strong contributors to the main titles thanks to the solid tracks listed on them. The fourth album, Enrique, is the biggest one, heavily helped by Bailamos which features on both Spanish and English compilations.

Most post Escape albums -that is from 2002 onwards-, in contrast, don’t increase much their respective tallies. In the case of Quizás and 7, this is due to their lack of a true huge hit, while both Euphoria and Sex And Love are too recent to have their songs included into compilation albums.

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ENRIQUE IGLESIAS CAREER CSPC RESULTS

So, after checking all figures, what’s the most successful album by Enrique Iglesias and how many overall equivalent albums sales has he achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/6750 for Video stream)

Artist career totals

See where the artist ranks among remaining singers


And there you have it!

What to note? Escape maintains its status as Enrique Iglesias‘ biggest album to date, albeit with 11,7 million copies sold based on our CSPC’s approach. His album Enrique, in the same way, confirms its strong position amongst his records, notching up a tally just over 10 million CSPC’s sales overall.

The first three albums all achieved incredible results for Spanish records, especially his debut title, Enrique Iglesias, with 5,5 million CSPC overall.

His most recent albums, Euphoria and Sex And Love, achieve the highest increases from pure album sales to CSPC overall total as they belong to the digital era more than any previous record. The former jumps from 1,35 million to 4,25 million, whilst the latter does so from 1,5 million to 4,4 million, both more than 100% rises. Those figures reflect the previous comment on Latin acts poised to turn bigger in the future as streams take over former album sales. We already knew Enrique’s strength there since his first two albums  are two of the biggest selling Spanish albums ever. Plus, their streaming figures are still going very strong and  streaming overall is nowhere near from having achieved its peak.

Overall, Enrique Iglesias has cumulative CSPC’s sales of 52,8 million, a nice round-up figure for one of the biggest Latin acts of all time.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Billboard, Chartmasters.org.

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