On his first album in three years, Enrique Iglesias — who has conquered both the English and Spanish pop charts — doesn’t limit himself to one language. Lucky for him, talent and determination (not to mention movie-star good looks) translate.

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ENRIQUE IGLESIAS IS PUMPED. After three years of hard work, his new album, Euphoria (Universal Republic Records, $14) — his first all-new full-length album since 2007’s Insomniac — is finally ready to be heard. It’s been a long time coming. Over the past three years — between putting together a comprehensive greatest-hits package, doing sporadic concert dates (including one at the UEFA Euro 2008 football finals) and donating his time to Haitian earthquake-relief efforts (including an appearance in the “We Are the World 25 For Haiti” video and a fundraising concert in the Dominican Republic) — he’s been in the studio, cutting a library of tracks for the new record. The resulting album is his first to include an even split of both English and Spanish songs, and there are plans to release singles in each language.

Joining Iglesias on the album are guest artists from a wide range of genres, including hip-hop artist Pitbull, 1980s hit maker and former Commodore Lionel Richie, and Latin fusion singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra, who contributes to the first single, “Cuando Me Enamoro,” and has been a favorite of Iglesias’ since he was a teen. All things considered, it makes sense that Iglesias is calling this the “greatest album of [his] career.”

Working with Guerra and co-writing with such luminaries is the culmination of years of hard work — and not just a little dreaming. “More than wanting to be a singer,” Iglesias says, “I just loved writing songs. I remember the first time I wrote a song that I felt was complete; it was quite an amazing feeling.”

Euphoria will be his ninth album in 15 years (his 13th if you count remix compilations and greatest-hits collections), and he plans to tour the United States and Europe this fall and spring, respectively, in support of the record. If it sounds tiring, it is; the 34-year-old knows you don’t become the biggest-selling Latin artist in the world by resting on your laurels. Since dropping his eponymous debut record when he was 19, Iglesias has sold upward of 40 million records, won American and Latin Grammy Awards and holds the record for having more No. 1 Latin Billboard hits than any other artist in history.

One might assume Iglesias capitalized on his rich lineage to achieve such success. The son of Filipina model and TV personality Isabel Preysler and dashing crooner and Latin icon Julio Iglesias (the couple divorced in 1978), the budding singer could easily have ridden his father’s coattails to fame. Instead, he chose the path of significant resistance. As Iglesias was choosing between careers in business, professional windsurfing and music, he released a demo recording under the pseudonym Enrique Martinez. It was a way of separating himself from his famous father and of winning respect on his own terms. Only after landing a recording contract with Mexican label Fonovisa Records did Enrique revert back to the Iglesias name. Now, a decade and a half later, he’s a jet-setting superstar — by most people’s standards as melt-your-heart gorgeous as his father but refreshingly humble and fiercely private about his personal life.