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Enrique Iglesias says hit song "I Like It" wasn't liked at all by former record label

February 9, 2011 Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Scherzinger, Usher, Pussycat Dolls, Akon, Pitbull, Lady Gaga, Juan Luis Guerra

When Enrique Iglesias began writing the words to "I Like It," he knew then the pulsating song would be a hit among fans. But the singer says he was shocked when his former record label didn't share the same enthusiasm.

"There are some songs that you feel so passionate about and it's happened in my career. 'I like It,' for example, I've always felt so strongly about it, and a lot people didn't believe in that song," Iglesias said, while strumming a guitar inside the Gibson Showroom in Miami.

The international superstar's hit song "I Like It" has since gone triple platinum and has sold over three million tracks. And while Iglesias, who was in town to perform at the Hard Rock in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday as part of his "Euphoria" tour, says he's proud of the success of the song, he admitted that the entire process was "psychologically draining."

Iglesias co-wrote the song and two others in his home with friend and producer RedOne, who worked with other artists like Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Usher.

"I was under a different label on the American side and nobody liked it, and they would tell me, you're crazy, that song's never going to work. That doesn't sound right."

Iglesias held on to the song for two years.

"I remember telling RedOne that I like the other two songs, but I wouldn't give my life for those songs, but I would give my life for this one. I'm willing to bet whatever it takes, I'm willing to fight with the record company. I'm willing to leave the record company. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to if nobody believes in it," Iglesias said. "So, when it started to do well, it was so satisfying, but it completely psychologically drained me."

The singer released "I Like It" last summer as the first single of his ninth studio album "Euphoria" under Iglesias' new label, Universal Republic.

According to Billboard charts, "Euphoria" debuted at number one for 11 consecutive weeks, making it one of the best selling Latin albums of the year. The album also the singer's first bilingual album with seven English songs and six in Spanish.

Iglesias rounded up Miami rapper Pitbull, Usher, Akon, former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger and Puerto Rican duo Wisin y Yandel to join him in his new album.

But the 35-year-old singer found himself in the middle of another challenge - getting his idol, Dominican Grammy-winning singer Juan Luis Guerra to collaborate with Iglesias' Spanish song, "Cuando Me Enamoro."

"I called him up, and I was very nervous and I told him I wrote this song, and it would be a dream come true if you could sing it with you," Iglesias explained. "So I sent him the track and I didn't hear from him for several weeks. I was going nuts."

Soon after Guerra was on board, and the two created Iglesias' 21st number one song on the Latin charts.

"I just remember finishing the song and hearing his vocals work so well with mine, and I got goose bumps," he said. "I'm just so glad the song was so successful. I would die if I had to call him up and tell him the song didn't work?"

With the success of his hit songs, including his third single "Tonight (I'm loving you)" still climbing the music charts, Iglesias has been traveling around the world to promote the disc. He kicked off his tour on January 29 with a sold-out performance in Puerto Rico and will wrap up in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 13.

And while he insists on keeping his personal life private by ignoring marriage and pregnancy rumors of his longtime girlfriend, tennis professional Anna Kornikova, he did reveal his desire to become a father -- "one day."

"At some point I would love to have children," he said. "I love to see polite kids and they're fun and they're smiling and all that, but whenever you see kids that are 'tremendos' you're like I oh, my goodness. I don't think I can handle that for more than half an hour."

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