Release date: October 2001
Escape is an album by Enrique Iglesias recorded in English in 2001.
In late 2002, a special edition of the album was released with two extra songs, "Maybe" (Mark Taylor Mix) and "To Love a Woman", a duet with Lionel Richie.
Iglesias either wrote or co-wrote every track on the album, and has said that for many of the tracks on the album he started out simply with titles that he later based the songs on. The first song to use this method was "Don't Turn Off the Lights", which was originally going to be the title of the album and the first single off the album. Iglesias also stated that he wrote many songs for the album, but picking the ones he considered to be the very best. "Hero" was co-written by Iglesias and New Zealand artist Mase Shaw, one of the hits off of the album.
Escape debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, his then highest debut on the chart, selling 267,000 copies in its first week. Simultaneously, "Hero" topped the UK charts, making Iglesias the first Latin artist to have a #1 album and #1 single on the charts. It was the second highest seller, in the United Kingdom, beaten only by Robbie Williams's Escapology. It was also the best selling album of 2002 in Australia.
The album also performed well throughout the world, being certified triple-platinum in the United States and India, 4 × platinum in the United Kingdom, 5 × platinum in Ireland, Canada and Australia, double-platinum in Germany, as well as reaching Platinum or Gold certification in numerous other countries around the world.
The album has now sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, becoming Iglesias' best-selling album to date.