Escape is the fifth studio album and second English-language album recorded by Spanish singer and songwriter Enrique Iglesias. It was released by Interscope Records on 30 October 2001. "Escape" proved to be even more successful than his predecessor "Enrique", which is a rare feat, as most follow-up albums are less successful. To date, the album has sold 3.5 million copies in the United States and 10 million copies worldwide. The album established Iglesias as the top selling latin male artist in the world, dethroning Ricky Martin, "Escape" was designed in order to have a broader appeal to the masses worldwide and Iglesias; visual image was carefully crafted for this era, opting for a sexier and sultrier one. The album earned him a Brit Award for Best Pop Act nomination in 2003.
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. "Hero", the most popular track from the album, was co-written by Paul Barry and Mark Taylor. Iglesias also stated that he wrote many songs for the album, but picked those he considered to be the best.
Escape debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, his then-highest debut on the chart, selling 267,000 copies in its first week, behind Michael Jackson's Invincible. With "Hero" already at number one on the UK Singles Chart, the album also topped the UK Albums Chart, making Iglesias the only Latin artist to have a number-one album and number-one single on the UK charts simultaneously, as well as the first act of any nationality to do so in five years. Escape was the second-best-selling album of 2002 in the United Kingdom, beaten only by Robbie Williams' 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, quadruple-platinum in the United Kingdom, 5× platinum in Canada and Australia, and platinum in Germany. as well as reaching platinum or gold certification in 35 other countries around the world.