Insomniac (Enrique Iglesias album)

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Studio album by
Released11 June 2007 (2007-06-11) (Worldwide) 12 June 2007 (2007-06-12) (USA)
Enrique Iglesias chronology
Enrique Iglesias: 95/08 Éxitos
Singles from Insomniac
  1. "Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song) / Dímelo"
    Released: 15 May 2007
  2. "Somebody's Me / Alguien Soy Yo"
    Released: 8 August 2007
  3. "Tired of Being Sorry"
    Released: 14 September 2007
  4. "Push"
    Released: 14 February 2008

Insomniac is the eighth studio album, and fourth English-language album, released by Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias. The album is the first english release of Iglesias in 4 years since that of his 2003 7 deemed a commercial failure. Insomniac has an edgier, darker, more urban and contemporary sound compared to its predecessor, as it contains Iglesias's first collaboration with a rapper, Lil Wayne on the song Push as well as a cover of indie rock band Ringside's "Tired of Being Sorry". It was released worldwide on 11 June 2007 and in the USA on 12 June 2007.[1]

Background and composition[edit]

"Sometimes I take a pill to sleep, or two or six. But I guess that is the way it goes - when you put three years into making an album, you also become a bit of an insomniac. I have always been more of a night person. I never lay vocals onto any song before eight or nine at night. I always work at night. I go to the studio at six or seven in the evening and leave again at six in the morning. So in a way the album was done by night."

Enrique Iglesias told to The Insider about recording the album.[2]

The album is his first for four years since 7. "Insomniac" is not just the title of the album, it is also a fact of Iglesias' life, who says he often takes sleeping pills to get a good night's rest.[2] Iglesias recorded most of the album in the evening and early hours of the morning. He wrote more than 50 songs before settling on 12 that he felt were strong enough to put on the album.[2]

Insomniac is said to be Iglesias' most diverse to date. It features a song titled "Miss You", which he has dedicated to his girlfriend, former tennis star Anna Kournikova, as well as a track, "Push", which he performs with rapper Lil' Wayne -- a big departure from his usual material.[2] The first single, "Do You Know", has become known as the "ping pong song" because of its stand-out beat. There is also a cover of indie pop band Ringside's "Tired of Being Sorry".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
BBC Musicpositive[4]
Entertainment.ie1/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyC[6]
Houston Chronicle3/4 stars[7]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[8]

Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave to the album 2.5 out of 5 stars, writing: "'Insomniac' is pushed to a younger audience. But Enrique is too much of a crossover guy to spend the entire album doing the nasty. Sometimes, he pushes too hard in either direction, but sometimes Iglesias strikes the right balance between crossover pop and stylish retro-new wave production. What works on this slick, snazzy makeover is what always works for him: the ballads and the middle-of-the-road pop tunes. They may not be hip, but they're part of the family tradition, and when he sticks to them, he's as good as ever."[3] Lauren Murphy from criticized the songs, writing: "Every track here is either a sombre, mumbled, slow-moving number that sounds dated and cumbersome, cheesy radio-friendly dirges that have been done a million times before and better or are just so amateur-sounding that they're embarrassing."[5] Jonathan Bernstein from Entertainment Weekly wrote "Insomniac sees Iglesias possessed by the vengeful spirit of Toad the Wet Sprocket ("Stay Here Tonight"), outshone by Lil Wayne on the plodding club banger Push, and, yes, upstaged by a sampled Ping-Pong ball on Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)."[6]

Jerome Blakeney from BBC Music gave to the album a positive review, stating that "He remains the king of latin-tinged heart-tugging and at least half of this album keeps him firmly on top."[4] Joey Guerra from Houston Chronicle also gave to the album a positive review, writing: "Insomniac's secret weapons, however, are its ballads, which cast Iglesias as — of course — a sensitive, soulful Spanish lover."[7] Scott Shelter wrote for Slant Magazine that "The ballads are disappointing because the rest of Insomniac isn't half bad, and if all of the ballads were like the acoustic 'Don't You Forget About Me", Insomniac would've been worthwhile effort; instead, it's a case study in ironic album titles."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart, with 45,000 copies sold.[9] However, the previous album, 2003's 7, began at number 31, but with 77,000 copies.[9] It entered the UK charts at number 3 and went on to be certified Gold. The album went Platinum (or multiplatinum) in countries such as Ireland, Russia and Poland.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Insomniac.

Insomniac — North American standard version
1."Ring My Bells"Lundin3:55
2."Push" (featuring Lil Wayne)
  • Iglesias
  • Steve Morales
  • Adonis
  • Lil Wayne
  • Morales
  • Carlos Paucar[a]
  • Iglesias[a]
3."Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)"
  • Garrett
  • Kidd
  • Paucar[a]
  • Iglesias[a]
4."Somebody's Me"Shanks3:58
5."On Top of You"StarGate3:39
6."Tired of Being Sorry"Scott Thomas
7."Miss You"
  • Rami
  • Arnthor
8."Wish I Was Your Lover"
  • Iglesias
  • Yacoub
  • Birgisson
  • Rami
  • Arnthor
9."Little Girl"Taylor3:46
10."Stay Here Tonight"
  • Iglesias
  • Shanks
  • DioGuardi
11."Sweet Isabel"Brodie Stewart
12."Don't You Forget About Me"
  • Iglesias
  • Barry
  • Taylor
13."Dímelo" (Spanish version of "Do You Know?")
  • Garrett
  • Kidd
  • Iglesias
  • Luis Gómez-Escolar
  • Paucar
  • Iglesias
14."Alguien Soy Yo" (Spanish version of "Somebody's Me")
  • Iglesias
  • Shanks
  • DioGuardi
  • Gómez-Escolar
  • Paucar
  • Iglesias
15."Amigo Vulnerable" (Spanish version of "Tired of Being Sorry")
  • Thomas
  • Gómez-Escolar
  • Paucar
  • Iglesias
Total length:55:50
Insomniac — International version (bonus track)
16."Hero" (Thunderpuss edit)
  • Iglesias
  • Barry
  • Taylor
  • Taylor
  • Chris Cox[b]
  • Barry Harris[b]
Insomniac — European Special Edition (bonus tracks)
16."Hero" (Thunderpuss edit)
  • Iglesias
  • Barry
  • Taylor
17."Not In Love" (Armand van Helden club mix)
Insomniac — Russian re-issue version (bonus tracks)
16."Hero" (Thunderpuss edit)
  • Iglesias
  • Barry
  • Taylor
17."Can You Hear Me"
  • Iglesias
  • Morales
  • Frankie Storm
  • Morales
  • Raymond Sarom Diaz[d]
  • ^[a] signifies a vocal producer
  • ^[b] signifies a remixer
  • ^[c] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[d] signifies an additional producer


Chart (2007) Peak
Australian Albums Top 50[10] 44
Austrian Albums Top 75[10] 14
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[10] 38
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[10] 47
Danish Albums Top 40[11] 5
Dutch Top 100 Albums Charts[11] 6
Finnish Albums Top 40[10] 16
French Albums Top 150[10] 36
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 14
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[13] 31
Irish Albums (IRMA)[14] 16
Italian Top 100 Albums Chart[15] 43
Mexican Top 100 Albums Chart[16] 4
Mexican International Top 20 Albums[17] 1
Polish ZPAV/OLiS Albums Chart[citation needed] 13
Spanish Top 100 Albums Chart[10] 8
Swedish Top 60 Albums Charts[11] 24
Swiss Albums Top 100[11] 8
UK Top 200 Albums Chart[11] 3
U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums[11] 17

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Ireland (IRMA)[18] Platinum 15,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[19] Gold 35,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[20] Gold 10,000*
Russia (NFPF)[21] 4× Platinum 80,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Version
United Kingdom 11 June 2007 Original
United States 12 June 2007
Japan 16 June 2007
France July 8, 2008 Nouvelle Edition
Europe Reissue
United Kingdom 11 July 2008


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