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Posted 5:15pm on Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013

Julio Iglesias

INDIAN CREEK, Fla. -- In Julio Iglesias' recipe for success, talent is only a tiny ingredient. And although the Spanish crooner says singing was not an innate gift for him, he says he has gotten better -- and he wants to show that to fans with his latest album.

"Good timing is the first thing you need in order to achieve success," says one of the 10 bestselling Latin artists in history. "Then you need good luck and then a little talent ... and a lot of passion, a lot of drive and discipline."

In a recent interview with The Associated Press at his luxurious house on the island of Indian Creek, Iglesias spoke about the reasons he recorded 1 -- Greatest Hits, a double CD with songs he made popular in English, Spanish, French and Italian, such as Begin the Beguine (Volver a Empezar), Crazy, Hey, Me Olvide de Vivir, and Me Va, Me Va.

1 What would you like to say with this album?

Nothing. I want to make things better. I want people to know that I sing better, that sound today is a lot better. I don't want anyone to hide my voice in 20 years and put the orchestra they want in. I don't want anyone to do dirty tricks with my music. I want to do it myself.

2 What makes you go on?

Discipline. Success.

3 Are you afraid to lose it?

Not anymore. The only thing I'm going to lose at this point is life. It's not a very modest answer, but is a fair one. After three generations, there will always be a place where I can sing for 10 people at any club in Stockholm or any little corner of your country.... There will always be a moment, there will always be people for me. Less, much less probably, but even if there are 100, I communicate.

4 You turn 70 this year. Is this something special or just one more number for you?

Seventy years. [He pauses.] Not an easy number, 70. Nor was easy 60, or even 50. I think I haven't had an easy number because I've had to learn how to live continuously. I wasn't born knowing. There are people who are born with everything in place, but I was born with all the pieces separated and I have been putting them together. And now that I'm 70, I am approaching that crossword where many things get completed. And I don't want to get things complete.

5 How do you view your son Enrique's career?

Enrique is magical. Enrique is like that miracle to a parent.... We want our children to be successful and stand out, but as much as we can imagine it we can never think that our own children will have such an outstanding success.

-- Gisela Salomon, The Associated Press

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