Year In Music 2014

Billboard Year in Music 2014: Enrique Iglesias 'Always Knew There Was Something Magical' About No. 1 Hit 'Bailando'

David Needleman

Enrique Iglesias photographed by David Needleman on March 20th at The London Hotel in Los Angeles

The Crowd Pleaser
32 Weeks on Hot Latin Songs;
1 Week on Dance Club Songs

When Enrique Iglesias, 39, premiered "Bailando" during the Billboard Latin Music Awards in April, the consensus was immediate: The song was a hit. By midsummer, the irresistible mix of flamenco, pop and reggaeton was a phenomenon; by October, it was the longest-running No. 1 in the history of Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, breaking Shakira's 25-week record. Aided by a bilingual version, "Bailando" (featuring Bueno and Gente de Zona) also topped Dance Club Songs, rose to No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a top 40 hit, no doubt aided by a sexy video that was streamed millions of times a week.

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Enrique Iglesias: I always knew there was something magical about this song, but what I never imagined was the effect that it was going to have. It's insane.



Walk: The first markets were the ones where we had Latin play and we complemented them with the Spanglish mix. Then we layered it market by market until we proved our case: The song was a legitimate pop song. And from then on, it didn't matter if the market had a Latin base or not.

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Iglesias: I'm sure it became so popular for so long because it doesn't sound premeditated. It's the kind of song that makes you feel good and happy when you listen to it.

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This article first appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of Billboard.