LOS ANGELES – Spanish pop star Enrique Iglesias has seized back the record for most Billboard dance chart No. 1 hits by a male solo artist with the success of his latest single, “Dirty Dancer.”
That track – the sixth single from his album “Euphoria” – is the ninth by the Spanish heartthrob to top the Dance/Club Play Songs chart and puts him back ahead of the late pop icon Michael Jackson.
Iglesias’ other No. 1 Billboard dance hits dating back to 1999 are “Bailamos,” “Be With You,” “Hero,” “Escape,” “Not In Love,” “Away,” “I Like It” and “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You).”
Iglesias first grabbed the “dance king” title in the United States when that last single took over the top spot on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart on Feb. 5, becoming the artist with the most No. 1 hits in that category’s 35-year history.
But Michael Jackson then pulled back into a tie with Iglesias on June 11 with “Hollywood Tonight” – a track from his 2010 posthumous album “Michael” – before “Dirty Dancer” went No. 1 earlier this week.
Prince ranks behind Iglesias and Jackson with the third-most No. 1 dance singles among the men, although all of them are far behind Madonna, who has racked up 40 No. 1 dance hits, and even Janet Jackson, Michael’s sister, with 19.