In a year that saw him tour America and Europe, perform for thousands on Good Morning America and add to the 100 million units of music he’s already sold worldwide, Enrique Iglesias is as hot as ever. With 10 studio albums under his belt and another one on the way in early 2014, the local pop prince is closing out 2013 with a performance at this month’s Y100’s Jingle Ball (y100.com) on Dec. 20.
The Jingle Ball is one high-profile party. Do you know what you’ll be performing?
I usually don’t decide until literally moments before the show, so people will just have to wait and see. One thing I can promise is that it will be fun. I love performing in my hometown.
What makes it special?
I’ve lived in Miami most of my life. My friends, my family, my house and my entire life are here. It’s my home.
Speaking of home, you recently moved to a new house that’s all of five blocks away from your old one. What’s the deal with that neighborhood?
I like to keep my personal life as private as possible, [so I live there] because it’s quiet and very private.
We hear you’re working on a new album. What can we expect?
It’s definitely my most eclectic album to date. It has both English and Spanish songs, from club music to rock ’n’ roll to old-school Spanish ballads.
This year has been good to you in terms of singles. Is there one you’re most proud of?
Actually, I’m very excited about my newest one, “Heart Attack,” from the new album. It’s got a lot of raw edge and emotion.
You’ve worked with another hometown boy, Pitbull, who has referred to you as his brother. What was it like recording with him?
Working with Pit is like working with family. Our chemistry is great in and out of the studio. We’re brothers for sure.
You’ve been getting a lot of press for your impressive physique these days. How do you stay in shape?
I actually don’t have any “secret” routine. I do push-ups and some bench presses at home when I’m not traveling. The main thing, I believe, is just eating healthy and playing sports to stay active, even if it’s just a swim in the ocean.
You’ve been in the industry for more than two decades now. Does it feel that long?
I feel like it’s gone by in a flash and I’m just getting started... so I hope the world’s ready.
On Dining Out...
“I mostly eat at home, but I really like the burgers at B&B (1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach, 305.672.3287, bnbjoint.com) so I’m there often.”
“I don’t go out all that much, but LIV (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.4680, livnightclub.com) is still my spot.”
“I hate buying clothes. It’s always been that way. I guess that’s why you always see me in the same jeans, the same T-shirt and the same baseball cap.”