Enrique Iglesias scored his first UK No.1 single with 'Hero'
Enrique Iglesias, as we all know is a talented singer and performer. He started his career in the mid-1990s on an American Spanish Language record label Fonovisa which helped turn him into one of the biggest stars in Latin America and the Hispanic Market in the United States!
However, on this day in music, Enrique Iglesias scored his first UK No.1 single with 'Hero'. "Hero" is a single released by Enrique Iglesias from his second English album Escape and was written by Iglesias, Paul Barry and Mark Taylor. Iglesias first released the song to radio in early September 2001 to a positive critical and commercial reception.
The music video for "Hero" was directed by Joseph Kahn and features Iglesias as an honorable criminal hunted by his enemies. Jennifer Love Hewitt plays his love interest, while Mickey Rourke plays one of the men hunting him. The video follows Iglesias and Hewitt running from their enemies in the desert. Finally, Iglesias' enemies track him down and confront him outside a church. The confrontation leads to Iglesias being floored by Rourke, before being struck with a baton. The video skips ahead where Iglesias and Hewitt are seen in the rain surrounded by police cars. Iglesias, though heavily injured, walks towards Hewitt and breaks down beside her. The video ends with Iglesias' death.
The song topped many charts in the US including the Billboard adult contemporary chart for fifteen weeks. In February 2002, the song was released in the UK, where it went straight to number one for four weeks! becoming one of the biggest hits of the year there. Up to this point Iglesias had already had two hits in the UK but was largely unknown. "Hero" was seen as a breakthrough for Iglesias in the UK and Escape became one of the best selling albums of that year. With sales to date of 836,500, "Hero" stands as the 17th best-selling single of the 2000s in the UK. In Australia, the song reached number one on the ARIA Chart, becoming his first number-one in that country. The song also topped the charts in Spain, Switzerland, The Philippines, Romania, Ireland and Canada. This is Iglesias' best selling single and has sold eight million copies!