Latin superstar Enrique Iglesias releases his next English album, "Seven," this week via Interscope. The set is preceded by first single "Addicted," which is No. 33 this week on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart. A video has been shot starring Iglesias and actress Mischa Barton (Fox's "The O.C.").
"Seven" is the follow-up to 2001's "Escape," which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 3.3 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Iglesias co-produced and co-wrote each track on the set.
"When I was first signed by Universal I felt I could write in English but I hadn't done it yet," Iglesias notes. "I thought I needed help so I told them, 'Find me songs.' But they couldn't find enough that I liked -- I'm the one who found [the hit single] 'Bailamos.' Finding a hit song is really difficult. I think for a great career you have to depend on yourself."
Iglesias is also enthusiastic about expanding his catalog of English songs, which he says help make his live shows more well rounded. "The last tour was the best yet," he admits. "Because 'Escape' had so many upbeat songs, like 'Seven' does, instead of just ballads, there was a different edge and it was so much fun to be stage. But in Europe, outside of Spain obviously, you can't sing every song in Spanish. It doesn't work. Now I have a lot more songs people can sing along with."