Julio Iglesias
Musician
Julio Iglesias
Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva, better known simply as Julio Iglesias, is a Spanish singer who has sold over 300 million records worldwide in 14 languages and released 77 albums. According to Sony Music Entertainment, he is one of the top 15 best-selling music artists in history. While Iglesias rose to international prominence in the 1970s and 1980s as a performer of romantic ballads, his success has continued on as he entered new musical endeavors.
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Julio And Enrique Iglesias, Two Moments In The Life Of Cuba / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Huffington Post - 3 months
Enrique Iglesias in a file image with the Cuban group "Gente de Zona". (Networks) 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 11 January 2017 -- My mother had a T-shirt with the face of the Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, bought in the informal market in the early eighties. At a meeting of the Union of Young Communists they warned her she could not continue to wear it. The author of La vida sigue igual (Life Remains the Same) had fallen into the blacklist of censorship and after that the garment languished in a drawer in our house. This January, almost four decades after that point in my childhood, Julio's son Enrique Iglesias has come to Cuba to film the music video for the single Súbeme la radio (Beam me up to the radio). A legion of fans is preparing to follow him to the locations where he will work alongside director Alejandro Pérez, musician Descemer Bueno and the Puerto Rican duo Zion and Lenox. Although the national media have handled Iglesias' visit with caution, t ...
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I Was Raised to Be a Strong, Independent Latina
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I know, this sounds odd. Actually, this sounds VERY odd but you have to hear me out on this one and I'm sure that many Latino's will know what I am talking about. That or you'll laugh it off, but either way, stick around and I'm sure you'll catch my drift. There was always one Sunday of the month that I dreaded. It felt like Report Card day but worse because it was at home. The dreaded "Latina Cleaning Day". For those that didn't grow up with a Latin mother, allow me to enlighten you. For me, this Sunday would consist of being woken up at 9:30am to the sound of my mom bursting through my bedroom door, yelling at my brother and I to clean up our rooms and to help clean the rest of the house. Sadly, I sleep like a ninja and am semi-awake five steps before she gets to my door. My brother? He just snoozed away, none the wiser. Lucky bastard. Laundry was being done, the bathroom was being cleaned till all the white shined (having a predominantly white bathroom sucked), and my bedroom went ...
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Julio Iglesias receives honorary degree from Berklee
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
BOSTON (AP) — Julio Iglesias and three other prominent music industry figures have received honorary degrees from Boston's Berklee College of Music at its commencement.
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Julio Iglesias to receive honorary degree from Berklee
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
BOSTON (AP) — Julio Iglesias and three other prominent music industry figures will receive honorary degrees from Boston's Berklee College of Music at its commencement next month.
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Near death made Iglesias a singer
CNN - about 3 years
Before the interview for Talk Asia, all I knew about Julio Iglesias was that he sings love songs -- and that the ladies seem to love him.
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Iglesias: Crash ended soccer dream
CNN - about 3 years
Before the interview for Talk Asia, all I knew about Julio Iglesias was that he sings love songs -- and that the ladies seem to love him.
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It's Not Sheep Castration.. But Fashion Can Have Its Moments Too
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. I'm listening to Mike Rowe talk about his Aha! moment, castrating a lamb in Craig, Colo., a few hours north of my current Colorado foothills hometown, which some folks call, "The Brooklyn of Boulder." I cannot say I've "been there, done that" on the livestock spaying front the way Rowe has. But I relate to his eyes-wide moment of wonder as he approaches the task. "How did I get here?" Rowe wonders. I relate to that, too. My mind flashes back from the little lambs on that Craig, Colo. pasture to a pile of Dalmatian-print polyester on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, to a table of live doves at a Reagan-era fundraiser. We're in the field of fashion now, as opposed to animal husbandry. But the leap isn't as far -- or as tame -- as you might think. With thanks to Mike Rowe for the memories, here are two of my favorite Aha! moments in the NYC fashion biz. They're not as overtly ballsy as his lamb job, and I don't include the ...
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Following the Big Blue Line to Mazatlan
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Images by Steve Haggerty/ColorWorld If you've been to a party in Mazatlan, Mexico, you know what they mean by "fiesta." Now multiply by 10, add a chorus from Julio Iglesias and a wow from Lady Gaga, and you'll have a faint idea of the welcome celebration awaiting cruise passengers soon to disembark at this classic seaside port town. It's been two years since the cruise ships stopped at Mazatlan, formerly a regular port-of-call on the traditional Mexican Riviera route. The dry spell was partly the result of changing trends in travel, with Mexico losing ground to Hawaii and the South Pacific. But the perception that crime was on the rise and security was inadequate scared the cruise ships off. Since then, Mazatlan has gone back to school. Now graduated and wiser, the town is ready for visitors, showcasing an enticing blend of something old and something new. Its historic downtown is spruced up and polished and its port-side neighborhood manicured and tidy. Shops and ...
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In Celebration of Latin Troubadours...
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Diego Garcia is releasing his sophomore album "Paradise" on October 8th via Concord Records. Following a recent tour to play with Alicia Keys in Argentina, Garcia wrote about what it means to celebrate the music of early Latin troubadours during Hispanic Heritage Month: When you're growing up, you never think the music that your parents listen to is cool. But it still seeps deep into your soul. And like wine, you learn to appreciate it as you get older. For me, this was the case with the early Latin troubadours of the 1970s. Classic artists like Favio, Piero, Roberto Carlos and even Julio Iglesias were men who sang about love and heartbreak in a way that has been lost over the years. The romantic Latin artist has become known as the guy on the beach with a linen shirt, cocktail in hand and girl in bikini by his side. I don't know if it's because of a proximity to the Caribbean and Mexico, or the dominating Latino demographics in the U.S.--but when people hear the word "Latino," the ...
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Small-Town Mayor's Millions As Exhibit A On Graft In Spain
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LA MUELA, Spain — In the good times, the former mayor of this small, wind-swept village of 5,000 in northern Spain was busy building: the olive oil museum, the wind museum, the museum of life. If that were not enough, there was the new bullring, the sports center with 25,000 seats and the zoo with the exotic-bird park. The former mayor, María Victoria Pinilla, seemed to be prospering personally, as well. Three stately houses took shape on her family plot. There was an apartment in Madrid, a beach house and a vacation home in the Dominican Republic next to Julio Iglesias’.
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Julio Iglesias: I'm Not A Natural Born Singer
NPR - almost 4 years
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Thalía And Prince Royce Duet
Huffington Post - about 4 years
By Michael Lopez As we all know, Thalía is no stranger to the world of duets. The Mexican pop princess has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Julio Iglesias, Aventura and a virtual Elvis Presley. Now, she’s sharing the mic with Prince Royce for a bouncy new track called “Te Perdiste Mi Amor.” Royce co-wrote the song, which clearly bears his signature stamp. And to keep things interesting, he sprinkled in some English lines throughout the chorus, solidifying the track’s crossover appeal. “Te Perdiste” comes off Thalía’s latest album, 'Habitame Siempre'. Already a smash across Billboard’s Latin Album charts, Habitame actually features a wide array of special guests. Michael Buble pops in for a track, as does Robbie Williams and Samo from Camila. But it’s the Royce song that’s picking up most of the heat. Since its release last week, “Te Perdiste” has reached #29 on Billboard’s Latin Digital Songs chart and we’re sure it’ll only go u ...
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LISTEN: The Cult To 'Morena' Women In Latin Music
Huffington Post - about 4 years
They are called mulatas, morenas, negras, trigueñas and these stunning, sensual, curvy, afro-Latina women have been celebrated over and over by Latin music through the years. The 'cinnamon skin' tone, as described by Willie Rosario in 'Negrita Linda', is found predominantly in many Latin American and Caribbean countries, and has served as an inspiration for many songwriters. Renowned stars like Julio Iglesias and even The Rolling Stones have sung tribute to the exuberant body shapes, enormous talent for dancing and exquisite bright, fun and flirty personalities of these women. "She has things of a white woman, she has things of a black woman, she has things of an Indian woman. What a beautiful mix this lands offers," Iglesias describes in one of his songs. That rich arrangement of physical characteristics represents a unique combination of African, European and Native ancestry. We can keep talking about to these beautiful women, but what better than liste ...
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Yoani Sanchez: Meme Solis, an Artist Banned in Cuba, Honored in Havana
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Another Dawn concert, in tribute to Meme Solis It looked like a small suitcase, with rounded corners and a detachable horn on the lid. That turntable was an object of worship for my father and an alternative to the boring programming on radio and TV in the eighties. The needle followed the small grooves in the vinyl and the melody filled the little room in an almost magical act. We also had a fairly small collection of albums: some bought at the store and others given by friends or relatives. We replayed the same music so much that my sister and I learned by heart certain boleros and ballads that had nothing to do with our generation. I remember, too, that we had four records we could only play at a very low volume and with the windows closed. One was a long-playing record by Julio Iglesias, another of songs interpreted by Nelson Ned, a third was the Cuban comedians Pototo y Filomeno, and the one by the quartet known as Los Memes. Both the Spanish and Brazilian singers ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Julio Iglesias
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    The performance comes from a live album, which had gone out of print by the last days of December 2015, that he recorded live at the Olympia theater in Paris in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details At the beginning and the end of the recording, Iglesias introduces the song, and his backing musicians, in fluent French.
    In 2015, as was announced, Iglesias was slated to perform a concert (complete show) for the first time with his son Julio Iglesias, Jr. in a tour in Romania, on 22 May at Sala Polivalentă in Cluj-Napoca and 2 July at Sala Palatului in the capital city, Bucharest.
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  • 2013
    As Iglesias is a composer and lyricist, some of his songs being of his own authorship and composition, on 23 April 2013, he was inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, alongside Armando Manzanero and José Feliciano.
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    On 1 April 2013, in Beijing, he received two historic awards: First & Most Popular International Artist of All Time in China, an award given by Sony Music China and which was presented to Julio by the world-renowned Chinese artist Lang Lang, and the Guinness World Records for the Best-selling Male Latin Artist.
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  • 2012
    In October 2012, Iglesias performed a concert in Equatorial Guinea, where tickets were reportedly $1,000 each.
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  • 2011
    Iglesias's performance of the song "La Mer" ("The Sea") is featured in the soundtrack of the 2011 film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
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  • 2010
    After his divorce, Iglesias lived together with the 22-years-younger Dutch model Miranda Rijnsburger (b. 1965), whom he married on 26 August 2010 in a small church in Marbella, Spain.
    More Details Hide Details They had five children: Miguel Alejandro Iglesias (born 7 September 1997), Rodrigo Iglesias (born 3 April 1999), twins Cristina and Victoria Iglesias (both born 1 May 2001), and Guillermo Iglesias (born 5 May 2007). They took up residence in the Dominican Republic, where Iglesias had acquired ownership of several hotel complexes. Among his other possessions there was the Punta Cana International Airport, of which he had acquired joint ownership with other investors. (Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta was also an investor.)
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    In 2008, Iglesias made a music video with Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2011, the artist launched a new studio album called Numero 1.
  • 2006
    Iglesias promoted Romantic Classics in 2006; it was seen all over the world on television shows.
    More Details Hide Details In the United States, for example, he appeared on Dancing With The Stars, where he sang his version of "I Want To Know What Love Is," Good Morning America, The View, Fox and Friends, and Martha Stewart.
    In September 2006, Iglesias released a new English-language album, which he titled Romantic Classics. "I've chosen songs from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s that I believe will come to be regarded as the new standards," Iglesias stated in the album's sleeve notes.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured his interpretations of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," the Wham! selection "Careless Whisper," and Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting." Romantic Classics was Iglesias's highest debut on the Billboard charts, entering at number 31 in the United States, 21 in Canada, 10 in Australia, and top spots across Europe and Asia. He returned to the studio to record songs in Filipino and Indonesian for his Asian releases of Romantic Classics which helped propel record sales in the Asian entertainment industry.
  • 2005
    On 19 December 2005, Iglesias's father, Julio Iglesias Sr., died of a heart attack at the age of 90.
    More Details Hide Details A week before his death, it became known that the 42-year-old wife of Julio Iglesias Sr., Ronna Keith, was pregnant with their second child. Their first child, Jaime, was born on 18 May 2004. The second child, a daughter, Ruth, was born on 26 July 2006. In 2008, after his house in Indian Creek did not sell at his asking price, he ordered it razed and said he planned to build another on that lot. In 2012 he purchased the property next door for $15 million and announced that he planned to build a new home on the combined properties. Albums certificated Platinum or Diamond
    Indeed, Iglesias became a Dominican citizen in 2005.
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  • 2004
    In December 2004, his Dutch girlfriend Miranda Rijnsburger and Iglesias himself recorded a duet of the Christmas song "Silent Night".
    More Details Hide Details The song, which was not officially released, also included a voice message from Iglesias, Rijnsburger, and their 4 young children of that time. The song was released on-line through the singer's official website and a CD was included on their Christmas card as a holiday gift from the Iglesias family to their friends and fans around the world. In 2008, Iglesias recorded another song as a gift to his fans. The family recorded "The Little Drummer Boy" in Spanish and English and included it in the family's Christmas card. Iglesias also made investments in the Dominican Republic's eastern town of Punta Cana, a major tourist destination, where he took to spending most of the year.
  • 2003
    In 2003 and 2004, aided by the success of his Divorcio album, Iglesias went on a ten-month world tour which took him from Europe to Asia and then on to North America, South America and Africa.
    More Details Hide Details More than half the shows on that tour sold out within days of going on sale.
    In 2003, Julio released his album Divorcio (Divorce).
    More Details Hide Details In its first day of sales, Divorcio sold a record 350,000 albums in Spain, and reached the number 1 spot on the charts in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and Russia.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    In the 1990s Iglesias returned to his original Spanish melody in Tango (1996), nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 1998 Grammy Awards, losing to the Romances album by Mexican singer, Luis Miguel.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    He recorded a duet with Stevie Wonder on "My Love," in his Non Stop album, a crossover success in 1988.
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    Iglesias won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album in the 1988 Grammy Awards for the album Un Hombre Solo (A Man Alone).
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  • 1984
    In 1984, he had recorded and released the previously mentioned duets with Diana Ross and Willie Nelson.
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    In 1984, he released 1100 Bel Air Place, the hit album which established him as a star in the English-speaking entertainment industry.
    More Details Hide Details It sold over three million albums in the United States alone. The first single, "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," a duet with Willie Nelson, hit #1 on the Country charts and went Top Five in the Billboard Hot 100. It also featured "All of You," in vocal duet with Diana Ross, a Top Twenty Pop hit, that climbed to #2 on the Adult Contemporary Chart with the help of a popular video. Iglesias made a cameo appearance as himself on The Golden Girls as Sophia Petrillo's date on St. Valentine's Day 1989.
  • 1981
    Two years later, in 1981, he released the album De Niña a Mujer, which he dedicated to his daughter. (She shared the cover photo with him.) From it came the first English-language hit of his career, a Spanish cover of "Begin the Beguine" which became number 1 in the United Kingdom; he also released a collection, Julio (1983).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Less fortunately, the marriage of Iglesias and Preysler ended in divorce in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Whenever Iglesias was not on tour, he was known to spend the rest of his time at his Miami residence. He bought the home in 1978 for $650,000. The south Florida mansion on the exclusive, private, Indian Creek Island property was placed on the market in 2006 for a quoted $28 million, making it one of "Ten Most Expensive Homes in the South" in 2006 according to Forbes magazine.
    In 1979 he moved to Miami, Florida, in the United States, signed a deal with CBS International, and started singing in different languages such as English, French, Portuguese, German and other languages to his music.
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  • 1975
    In 1975 he found success in the Italian market by recording a song exclusively in Italian, called "Se mi lasci non vale," or "If You Leave Me, It Can't Be."
    More Details Hide Details Notable albums from this decade are A Flor de Piel (1974, with the European hit "Manuela"), "El Amor" (1975), and "Soy" (1973). He also sang in French; one of his popular songs in this language became "Je n'ai pas changé."
  • 1971
    On 29 January 1971 Iglesias married Maria Isabel Preysler-Arrastía (born 18 February 1951 in Manila), better known as Isabel Preysler, a Filipina journalist and television host.
    More Details Hide Details Preysler, a Filipino of Spanish ancestry, was also a member of the wealthy and aristocratic Perez de Tagle family, a Filipino cadet branch of the Spanish dynasty of nobility that had held the Marquisate of Altamira since the 1600s. Together, the couple had three children: Chabeli Iglesias (born 3 September 1971), a Spanish socialite; Julio Iglesias, Jr. (born 25 February 1973), a Spanish singer; and Enrique Iglesias (born 8 May 1975), an internationally well-known Spanish singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer. In the 1970s, Iglesias and his family were extensively depicted on the front pages of international newspapers and magazines.
  • 1970
    He represented Spain in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in fourth place behind Ireland's winning entry, performed by Dana.
    More Details Hide Details His entry was the song "Gwendolyne." Shortly after, he had a number one hit in many European countries with "Un Canto A Galicia," sung in Galician, in honour of his father, who hailed from Galicia. That single sold 1 million copies in Germany.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    In 1968 he won the Benidorm International Song Festival, a songwriter's event in Spain, with the song "La vida sigue igual" (meaning "Life Goes On The Same") which was used in the film La vida sigue igual, about his own life.
    More Details Hide Details After this event he signed a deal with Discos Columbia, the Spanish branch of the Columbia Records company, and released his first studio album, titled Yo Canto, or I Sing. The album spent 15 weeks in the Spanish charts, and peaked at #3.
  • 1943
    Born Julio Jose Iglesias de la Cueva on 23 September 1943 in Madrid.
    More Details Hide Details He is the son of Julio Iglesias, Sr., a medical doctor from Ourense who became one of the youngest gynecologists in the country, and María del Rosario de la Cueva y Perignat (1919-2002). Iglesias's paternal ancestry comes from Galicia, his paternal grandparents were named Manuela Puga Noguerol and Ulpiano Iglesias Sarria. His maternal grandparents were José de la Cueva y Orejuela (1887-1955), and Dolores de Perignat y Ruiz de Benavides, who was a native of Puerto Rico. The name "Iglesias" translates as "churches;" likewise, Iglesias is of Jewish ancestry from his maternal side, having mentioned that his mother's family name, "de la Cueva y Perignat," meaning literally "of the cave," referring to Jewish people in hiding, is a very common Jewish name. He alternated playing professional football with studying law at the CEU San Pablo University in Madrid. In the earliest years of his young adulthood, he was a goalkeeper for Real Madrid Castilla. His professional football career was ruined when he was involved in a serious automobile accident, due to which he was unable to walk for two years. Afterwards, he said of those years, "I had more courage and attitude than talent." These were sorely tested when he was involved in that car crash—it smashed his lower spine; his legs were permanently weakened as a direct result, and they still required therapy several years later. During his hospitalization after the accident, a nurse gave him a guitar that he might have something to do with his hands.
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