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UPDATED 07/24/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/24/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

>Julio Iglesias

Having recorded 77 albums, sold more than 250 million records worldwide and sung love songs in six languages, Julio Iglesias felt ready to try something new. So for his latest effort, Noche de Cuatro Lunas, Iglesias enlisted a group of young Latin music producers to revamp his sound. He found the experience exhilarating. "It's like driving a car that takes curves at 200 mph," he says. "You have no brakes. You just close your eyes and go."

Iglesias, 56, says he was so inspired working with singer Ruben Blades, songwriter Robi Rosa ("Livin' La Vida Loca,") and producer Estefano that he cowrote 10 songs on Noche. "They're magnificent," he says of his collaborators. "They give you so much input, it's easy."

Although Iglesias, who lives in Miami with his girlfriend, Miranda, 34, and their sons Michael Alexander, 2, and Rodrigo, 1, says he wishes only the best for newcomers like Ricky Martin and 5 Marc Anthony ("I love them") and son s Enrique ("I am very, very proud of him"), he has no plans to pass the torch just yet. "I feel like I'm 25," he says.

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