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Can Enrique Iglesias keep up with emerging R&B star Tinashe in this duet?
Iglesias, who originally released “Duele El Corazon” in Spanish, has teamed up with 23-year-old Tinashe for an English-language version of the track. Already a star on her own, Tinashe has more than enough chops to go toe to toe with 41-year-old Iglesias. For Iglesias, duets have always been a great opportunity to work with emerging artists. Tapping Tinashe for the English version to generate interest in the cross-over hit is a no-brainer, but it could have backfired on him. Instead, the energy she brings only escalates Enrique’s already great performance.
The duo not only work well together, they also have more in common than you might expect. Both were destined for stardom from a young age.
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By age 3, Tinashe was already heavily into modeling and acting. But music quickly became a passion, and she was writing songs by the age of 5. Her biggest break into music fame came when she joined “The Stunners,” a band created by Vitamin C. Around that time, Tinashe even had a small role in the video for Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”
Like Enrique, duets are nothing new for Tinashe.
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Though Tinashe’s music career blossomed out several marvelous DIY releases (In Case We Die, Reverie and Black Water — albums you must listen to), she has become very familiar with teaming up on projects. In the last few years, Tinashe has dropped tracks with Chris Brown, R. Kelly, and Nick Jonas. For Iglesias’ part, having already worked with Pitbull this year, his duets with reggaeton artist Wisin and Tinashe prove he’s not done messing around.
Like Enrique, Tinashe has worked her talents into television and film. Both have even played roles on “Two And A Half Men.” Tinashe played Celeste Burnett, half-man Jake Harpers’s girlfriend.
Enrique played sexy handyman Fernando.
Small world, huh?
And in case you missed it, here’s the original version of “Duele El Corazon,” featuring Wisin.
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The original Spanish version, featuring Wisin, has sat atop Billboard’s Latin Airplay nearly every week since its May debut.
Which version do you like more? Tell us in the comments below!