Friday, February 29, 2008

Enrique Iglesias to quit before age 50

MEXICO CITY - Enrique Iglesias plans to leave the spotlight before he turns 50 — unlike his famous father, Julio, who is still crooning romantic ballads after four decades.

"I'm not sure I want to be up on a stage when I'm 64 or 65," the 32-year-old pop star told The Associated Press. "In my father's case, I think he's going to die onstage and I respect that very much. In my case, in 15 years I'll probably look ridiculous singing 'Bailamos' ('Let's Dance')."

The Madrid-born artist — who debuted in 1995 with a self-titled album and releases the greatest hits compilation "95/08" in March — said dissatisfaction with his own work is what drives him to continue performing and recording.

"When I listen to my music I think it can still continue to evolve," he said. "After a couple of months go by, I think I could write a better song."

Iglesias said he is striving to make the perfect record — "One you listen to 10, 15, 20 years from now and say, 'Oh! I wouldn't change a thing.'"

And until Iglesias makes that album, it seems his plans could change.

"I want to retire in the next 15 years," Iglesias said. "But that's what I say now. Who knows if I'll have the courage to do it when the day comes."


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