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"Escape" is a song written by Kara DioGuardi, Enrique Iglesias, Steve Morales and David Siegel for Iglesias' 2001 album Escape. The song is the album's opening track, and was released as its second single in 2002 (see 2002 in music). The song reached number three in the UK and number twelve in the U.S. charts. There is a Spanish version of the song, also sung by Iglesias, titled "Escapar". The song sold 3.6 million copies in 2002.

Enrique Iglesias - EscapeMaxiCover.jpg
Single by Enrique Iglesias
from the album Escape
Released23 January 2002
  • Steve Morales
  • Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias singles chronology
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Music video
"Escape" on YouTube


Music and lyricsEdit

"Escape" composed in common time and in the key of B major, with the entire song consisting of a I–IV–vi–V chord progression loop.[1] It is written in verse-chorus form,[1] and its instrumentation comes from the electric guitar and keyboard.[2] The song moves at a tempo of 126 beats per minute. Iglesias' vocals span from F4 to D6.

Music videoEdit

Iglesias and Kournikova play lovers in the music video.

The song's music video was directed by Dave Meyers and filmed in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center and the CityWalk shopping area in Universal City, California.[3] It features Iglesias and tennis-player Anna Kournikova as his love interest. The video opens with a sequence of Iglesias performing the song, backed by a live band, in front of a huge crowd in a theater. Throughout the video, there are sequences of Iglesias and Kournikova's relationship. The first sequence is of Iglesias driving through a busy city on a motorbike while Kournikova awaits his arrival. Once he arrives, he attempts to kiss her but she pushes him away.

In the next scene Iglesias follows Kournikova into the ladies room. She catches his eye in the mirror and turns around to kiss him. They continue kissing while sprawled across the bathroom sinks until two security guards pull them apart and take Iglesias away. The scene soon cuts to another scene where another security guard pulls up in a carpark and spots them kissing while lying across the front seats of a car. But, unlike the previous security guards, he leaves them undisturbed and drives away. The video closes with a scene of the theater being emptied, but Kournikova stands and waits in her seat until Iglesias comes over to her after the crowd has left.

"Escape" premiered on MTV's top-ten chart program Total Request Live on 30 January 2002,[4] where it reached number one.[5] It was Iglesias's first video to retire from the chart at #1. After its 8 February debut on MuchMusic's Countdown, it reached number one for the week of 19 April.[6]

Cover versionsEdit

A cover of the song, performed live in Elvis Presley style by Irish Elvis-impersonator Kevin Doyle is included on the 2003 charity album, Even Better than the Real Thing Vol. 1.

Formats and track listingsEdit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Escape".

  • Europe CD1
  1. "Escape" (Album Version)
  2. "Escape" (Giorgio Moroder & Fernando Garibay Club Mix)
  3. "Escape" (StoneBridge Radio Mix)
  4. "Escape" (Video)
  • Europe CD2
  1. "Escape" (Album Version)
  2. "Escape" (Thunderpuss club mix)
  3. "Interview"
  • Germany
  1. "Escape" (Album Version)
  2. "Escape" (Boogieman Remix)
  3. "Escape" (StoneBridge Radio Mix)
  4. "Hero" (Thunderpuss Remix)
  5. "Escape" (video)
  • UK 2-Track
  1. "Escape" (Album Version)
  2. "Escape" (Boogieman Remix)

Other official remixesEdit

"Escape" (JJ's Radio Edit)

Credits and personnelEdit

Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Sheet music for "Escape". Alfred Publishing. 2002.
  2. ^ Escape (CD liner notes). Interscope Records. October 2001.
  3. ^ Moss, Corey. "Enrique Iglesias Serves Up...". Retrieved 2 November 2007.
  4. ^ "The TRL Archive — Debuts" Archived 7 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine. PopFusion. Retrieved 2 November 2007.
  5. ^ "The TRL Archive — February 2002". PopFusion. Retrieved 2 November 2007.
  6. ^ #1s. MuchMusic programming. Original airdate: April 2002. Retrieved 2 November 2007.
  7. ^ " – Enrique Iglesias – Escape". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ " – Enrique Iglesias – Escape" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ " – Enrique Iglesias – Escape" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ " – Enrique Iglesias – Escape" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. 6 October 2001. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  12. ^ " – Enrique Iglesias – Escape". Tracklisten.
  13. ^ " – Enrique Iglesias – Escape". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  14. ^ " – Enrique Iglesias – Escape". Top Digital Download.
  15. ^ " – Enrique Iglesias – Escape" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  16. ^ " – Enrique Iglesias – Escape". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ " – Enrique Iglesias – Escape". VG-lista.
  18. ^ "Polish Airplay Charts - Lista krajowa 07/2002". PiF PaF Production. Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  19. ^ "". Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  20. ^ Romanian Top 100
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ " – Enrique Iglesias – Escape". Singles Top 100.
  23. ^ " – Enrique Iglesias – Escape". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  25. ^ a b c d e f "Escape > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Retrieved 30 October 2007.
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2002". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011.
  27. ^ "End of Year Charts 2002". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  29. ^ "British single certifications – Enrique Iglesias – Escape". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Escape in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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