Julio Iglesias sings to tens of thousands of people in Mar del Plata
February 15, 2010
Julio Iglesias launched, on Feb. 14th, the bicentennial celebrations of Argentina, with an unforgettable free concert in Mar del Plata.
Julio Iglesias with Elton John, Sting and B. B. King join the lineup of the Festival Mawazine of Mor
February 16, 2010
Europa Press, Madrid
Julio Iglesias will participate in the 9th Mawazine Rhythms of the World Festival, to be held in ?
Rabat (Morocco), between the 21st and the 29th of May. The Spanish artist will share the bill with Elton John, Sting and B.B. King.?
The Spanish singer will perform on Sunday, May 23rd.
Previous editions of the festival have included international stars like Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Youssou N’Dour and Cesaria Evora, among others.
Julio Iglesias, Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts
February 26, 2010
The Spanish Government has awarded today the Gold Medals for Merit in the Fine Arts to 25 people or organizations who have excelled in 2009 in the field of artistic and cultural creation, including personalities as diverse as the Duchess of Alba, Julio Iglesias and Tricicle.
These awards, as reported by the Council of Ministers following their meeting, honor people and organizations who have provided „outstanding service in the promotion, development, and dissemination ” of art and culture or in the conservation of artistic heritage.
The Government wanted to honor the singer and composer Julio Iglesias (Madrid, 1943), for being the Latin singer „who has sold the most albums worldwide in the Spanish language, and one of the top ten artists who have sold the most albums in the history of music”.
Julio Iglesias, honoured in Malaysia for his impressive career
March 31, 2010
Julio Iglesias has received today, in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), a „Lifetime Achievement Award” for his artistic excellence, over a 42-year career.
The president of Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Adrian Lim, presented the award to the artist, in a press conference held before the concert that the singer is giving on April 1st in the Malaysian capital. The show is part of his “Starry Night” world tour, which is taking him to the five continents.
“I love Malaysia and everyone in my entourage is really impressed with what you have achieved since we were here the last time”, Julio commented, and he added that, after this tour, he would be re-recording many of his most famous songs, for a new double CD. “Generally, once my albums have been released, I listen to them and I find parts that I would have recorded differently, if I had had more time. This new album will give me the opportunity to make these changes”.
Las Vegas decrees „Julio Iglesias Day” and honors the singer with the „Maximum Hispanic Pride Award”
June 11, 2010
Julio Iglesias was honored yesterday in /Las Vegas with the reception of the „Maximum Hispanic Pride Award” (Máximo Orgullo Hispano) from the International Association of Newspapers, Radio and Television, and with the proclamation of „Julio Iglesias Day” in the state of Nevada.
The event was held at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino shortly before the first of the three concerts that the artist was giving in „Sin City” and in the presence of about 200 people, said Pablo Castro, the president of the association, to EFE, and he added that the artist was very happy and grateful.
After today’s event, every June 10th will be Julio Iglesias Day in the whole state of Nevada, doubly celebrated in southern Clark County, which made its own proclamation of the day of the Spanish artist.
Iglesias likewise added his name to those of the other famous Latin singers, honored for their meritorious musical career with the „Maximum Hispanic Pride Award” (Máximo Orgullo Hispano), such as Vicente Fernández, Juan Gabriel, Alejandro Fernández, José José, and Luis Miguel.
Julio Iglesias is in the middle of his world tour „Starry Night,” in which he will perform concerts on all of the five continents.
Julio Iglesias and Miranda got married
August 26, 2010
Julio Iglesias and Miranda got married on August 24th, in a private ceremony with their five children present. The wedding took place in the parish of the Virgin del Carmen of Marbella, with two witnesses, the caretakers of the estate.
The religious ceremony was celebrated by Father Luis de Lezama, assisted by Father Juan Maria Laboa and Father Roberto Rojo.
A few hours later there was a thanksgiving mass in the chapel of the family estate.
Julio Iglesias, the „Quijote” of the Giza Pyramids
October 16, 2010
With his black suit, eyes closed, and the milestone of his 67th birthday recently reached, Julio Iglesias made this night of Quijote a polyglot one before a select audience, thirty years after his first concert at the Pyramids of Giza.
It was precisely „Quijote” the song that opened the night. The lights flooded the stage, the Pyramids and the Sphinx confirmed their presence, and Julio made the song of the knight of La Mancha his letter of introduction.
„One of my best memories is of Egypt,” confessed the most universal Spanish singer, who performed in the same place in 1981, invited by then president Anwar Sadat.
Seduced by the Nile, Julio Iglesias acknowledged being in love with the Sphinx: „I have come to give it my „marriage proposal.” And he aroused the first applause and smiles.
As usual, Julio Iglesias kept his hand on his chest, flirted with some of his dancers, and had a sudden urge to dance.
„I am Spanish from head to toe,” he proclaimed, before explaining that his father was born in the northern Spain of Celtic sounds and his mother in the southern Spain of flamenco rhythms, which she timidly dared to sing.
And, remembering his father, Julio Iglesias brought to Cairo the „homesickness” and the „nostalgic sadness” hiding in ” Un Canto a Galicia”.
From the repertory of his more than 40-year musical career, he did not forget the Latin rhythms of „La gota fría” nor his French songs like „Je n’ai pas changé” or „Ne me quitte pas” from the Belgian Jacques Brel.
For „Ae, ao,” „Manuela” and „Mammy Blue,” the Spanish artist invited the public to sing the chorus, and he awoke exclamations of surprise, when during the song „A media luz,” a pair of tango dancers took the stage.
„Sex appeal is within us,” he said in a quick lesson in tango, a dance he described as the closest thing to „making love in a vertical position”.
„La carretera” and „El bacalao” also rang out in a concert in which, to the surprise of the Egyptians, Spanish dominated, and throughout which Julio Iglesias moved from one language to another several times, while he opened his heart to the audience.
„Why don’t you take me with you?” asked one of the five children he has with Miranda Rijnsburger. „It’s a long journey. The next time I will take you,” promised Julio Iglesias, and witnessed by an audience who enjoyed the two-hour concert.
The Spanish singer, with 79 albums and more than 300 million copies sold, also wished to remember the Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti with the Italian song „Caruso”.
And in addition to leafing through his memories, Julio Iglesias shared a song with the young Swedish singer Linda Lind, to whom the Spaniard said that she should not speak of him to „her father, nor her mother, nor her boyfriend”.
„At least you can say that you have worked one night in one of the most beautiful places,” he added.
When Julio Iglesias was ending the show with another of his international hits, „Me va, me va”, the audience asked for more, and he dedicated the last song to Anwar Sadat, „the former historic president” who remains close to his heart.
Julio Iglesias has recorded a duet with Albert Hammond
October 17, 2010
Julio Iglesias has recorded the song “Échame a mí la culpa” as a duet with the famous British singer/songwriter, Albert Hammond.
The song be part of „Legend,” a compilation album that Hammond will release at the end of November.
Julio Iglesias will sing at Rafael Nadal’s charity gala
October 22, 2010
On December 22nd, Julio Iglesias will sing in Madrid at Rafael Nadal’s charity gala, a project organized by the Rafael Nadal foundation.
The event will include a tennis match between the Spanish player and Roger Federer, followed by the performance of Iglesias.
JULIO, YOU ARE GREAT!
November 12, 2010
By: Ariel Chaves Chaves González, Diario Extra
Sports Palace of San Jose, Costa Rica. One page is hardly enough space to describe what a success Julio Iglesias was in Costa Rica. It was a magical night for the 4,000 lucky people who got to see the Spaniard perform. His greatness lighted up the stage.
Iglesias walked on stage at 8:30PM. The well-educated audience applauded for two straight minutes. Outstanding. There was no opening act, Iglesias went straight in. He talked, he joked, he danced, kissed his vocals backup girls four times, and came back in black suit and black tie. He reminded everyone he is a gentleman and that, while he likes women, “I love my wife.” Side joke here: “After 20 years and 5 children, she told me: if you don’t marry me I’m leaving you!”
He talked about Costa Rica, and he predicted that “…soon there will be thousands of Europeans living in Costa Rica. These Central – American lands are gorgeous, and with a little luck my children will be coming here, and my children’s children.
A woman in the audience shouted “you’re so hot!” and half the audience burst out laughing. Another crack went “I seem to have Alzheimer!” And he praised the beauties of Costa Rica, saying he knew the entire coastline on both the Pacific and the Atlantic side. And he mentioned the female beauties of Costa Rica as well.
For his performance – he sang over 20 songs, then got tired, sat down, stood up again, giving himself entirely to his public. He sang „Quijote,” “Ni te tengo,” “Me olvidé de vivir,” “De niña a mujer,” “Manuela” and “Bacalao.” When he sang „Hey!” he rocked the Palace. And then he did “Me va” and others, alas so little from someone who has sold over 300 million records in his life.
Romania awards distinction to Julio Iglesias
December 3, 2010
Romania has awarded Julio Iglesias the 2010 Celebrity Trophy for his outstanding contribution to the integration of Romanian culture in Spain.
Julio Iglesias and Rocío Dúrcal Duet
December 7, 2010 www.julioiglesias.com
Julio Iglesias and Rocío Dúrcal sing “Cómo han pasado los años”
together. This is a track on the album “Rocío Dúrcal: a Star in the Sky,” which has just hit the market in Spain. In the Latin-American countries the album will be available for Christmas.
Julio Iglesias: “she was one of the greatest singers Spain has ever had, she had an outstanding personality. When one listens to her sing, one recognizes her voice at the very first word she utters, that’s what makes her unique, special. It was an honor for me to sing “Cómo han pasado los años” (“How the Years Have Passed”) with Rocío. This is a song by Roberto Livi, and Joaquín Torres was in charge of production and music arrangement. Alberto Sánchez, Spain’s greatest producer, who helped produce a number of tracks on Marieta’s album, is now in charge of recording my entire career in my current voice and with up-to-date arrangement.”
Julio with Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, in Madrid
December 23, 2010
Julio Iglesias was the celebrity guest invited to perform at Rafa Nadal´s Benefit Gala, on December 22nd, in Madrid.
Under the theme “Joining Forces for the Benefit of Children”, the event, organized by the Spanish player´s Foundation, consisted of a tennis match between the World´s Number 1 and Number 2, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, followed by a gala dinner where Julio Iglesias performed. Many important figures from sports, society and culture were among those present.