Julio Iglesias wows thousands of fans in Sharjah concert debut
May 4, 2016
The Gulf Today
It was a night of magical music at Al Majaz Amphitheatre, in the heart of the picturesque Buheirah in Sharjah, as one of the most celebrated singers and musical geniuses took the stage on Tuesday night. Internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning singer and song writer Julio Iglesias cast a spell on his audience, wowing and entertaining thousands of music lovers till late into the night.
Returning to the region after a long time and performing for the first time in the emirate of Sharjah, held against the spectacular backdrop of the Buheirah Corniche, the Latin music legend did not disappoint his fans. He treated his audience to a number of hit songs and chartbusters from his most popular albums as well as more recent ones, leaving his thousands of fans demanding for more.
Iglesias’ music is known for its celebration of love, peace, tolerance and humanity, the values that are championed and cherished by Sharjah and the UAE. The Julio Iglesias concert is part of Sharjah’s ongoing efforts to promote a culture of arts and appreciation of music in the Emirate. Al Majaz Amphitheatre, managed by Sharjah Media Centre, is at the forefront of this movement to enrich the art and cultural scene in the UAE and the region, providing quality and healthy entertainment with a moral purpose to the public.
Al Majaz Amphitheatre has hosted some of the biggest names in music from both the East and West to entertain music lovers in Sharjah and the UAE. Earlier, speaking to journalists from the UAE, Iglesias said that music is the perfect instrument and platform to bring people together no matter what borders, colour or creed they represent and that he was happy to be part of Sharjah’s efforts to promote understanding and dialogue between various cultures.
The celebrated singer and song writer said he was „super excited” about returning to the UAE and performing at a great venue like Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah. Al Majaz Amphitheatre was inaugurated by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, in 2014 as part of the celebrations crowning Sharjah as the Islamic Culture Capital for 2014. The Roman colosseum-style amphitheatre opened with the premiere of epic oratorio Clusters of Light, retracing the remarkable journey of Islam and its essential message of peace and humanity.
Legendary Julio Iglesias to rock Sharjah in first-ever Al Majaz concert
After spectacular performances by popular Arab and Western singers such as Majida El Roumi, Kazem Al Sahir, Yanni and, most recently, Marcel Khalife, Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Sharjah, is all set to host the Grammy Award-winning Spanish singer and songwriter Julio Iglesias, who has more than 300 million records in 14 languages and 80 albums to his credit making him one of the best-selling artists of all time, on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016.
With a career spanning nearly five decades, Iglesias, who also happens to be the father of Latin pop sensation Enrique Iglesias, came up with ‘Julio Iglesias’ Milestones’ in 1970 and has not stopped since. He holds two Guinness World Book of Records distinctions for selling the largest number of records in most languages (1983) and the Best Selling Male Latin Artist (2013).
The Julio Iglesias concert is the latest of Al Majaz Amphitheatre’s initiatives launched as part of Sharjah’s efforts to promote the appreciation of art and nourish cultural sensibilities in the Emirate. Al Majaz Amphitheatre itself has been part of the movement by the Emirate to enrich the art and cultural scene in the UAE and the region, providing quality and healthy entertainment with a purpose to the public.
From performing for the first time in Madison Square Gardens in New York in 1976 to record-breaking performances in Chile, Japan, Brazil, Colombia and around the world all these years, Julio Iglesias has come a long way and has many firsts to his credit.
For instance, he sold more than 1,200,000 copies of his album „De niña a mujer”, in just six months in Japan, and he sold more than 2,000,000 copies of the same album in Brazil in 11 months. Julio Iglesias has earned a number of prestigious awards and honours, like the coveted Grammy, acknowledging his preeminent position as one of the world’s most popular artistes and musicians.
Like all great artistes and musicians, Julio Iglesias’ music celebrates love, peace, fellowship of men and the best of humanity.
Since its inception in 2014, Al Majaz Amphitheatre has been dedicated to fostering a global music culture in the Emirate, offering connoisseurs of music an opportunity to enjoy world-class performances in Sharjah.
JULIO IGLESIAS TO BE AWARDED «LEGENDARY ARTIST» IN ASIA-PACIFIC
May 10, 2016
CONFERMENT OF THE BRANDLAUREATE „LEGENDARY AWARD” TO JULIO IGLESIAS
Among the personalities that have been awarded by the Asia Pacific Foundation, we can fin names such as NELSON MANDELA, HILLARY CLINTON, STEVE JOBS, MARK ZUCKERBERG, TIGER WOODS, HARRISON FORD, MICHAEL SHUMACHER or MUHAMMAD ALI „Classius Clay” and some NOBEL LAUREATES.
The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation is pleased to announce that Julio Iglesias has been awarded The BrandLaureate Legendary Award in recognition of his achievements as the legendary music icon whose name is renowned as a remarkable force to be reckoned with in the fields of music and entertainment, with a success story that is indeed ready to inspire.
Truly, as a Grammy Award-winning Spanish singer and songwriter who has sold in almost 5 decade career over 300 million records worldwide, in 14 languages and released more than 80 albums, and more than 2,600 gold and platinum records certified, Julio Iglesias is one who requires no introduction in the global domain; with a staggering reputation which is attested by years of hard work – including being the first & most popular international artist of all time in China. He is one of the Top Ten selling artists in music. He is Doctorate „Honoris causa” by University of music of Berklee and recognized as „the most influential artist in latin music ever” as well as being awarded twice with Guinness world of records: Artist that sang in more languages ( awarded in 1983 Paris – France) and Best selling latin artist in history ( awarded march 2013, Beijing – China). He has been awarded Twice with the „Legion d´honeur / Legion of honor”, highest civil award in France, given by François Mitterrand in the 80s and Nicolas Sarkozy 20 years later. He was the first latin artist to have a star in the Hollywood walk of fame.
As a singer and performer, he brought music to the frontiers of excellence. After all, he is best known as the unstoppable one who always sets world records. In 1970, he beat records in Spain, where he gave 41 concerts in 41 cities, in only 30 days. In 1982, he broke a record in Japan, where he sold 1,200,000 copies of his album „De niña a mujer”, in only six months. In 1983 he entered the Guinness book of World Records, for having sold the most records in the most languages in history. In 2010 he made history when he became the Latin artist who has sold over 300 million records and in 2013 he received the Guinness World Records for the Best-selling Male Latin Artist.
Iglesias was presented with a glass-framed certificate and a 24k gold pleated trophy. Indeed refined, strong and prestigious, the trophy is artfully designed to exude the look of greatness and reflecting the poise of achievement. Iglesias’s historical mark has truly been entrenched upon the world in an exceptionally real and prevailing way – and he is undeniably a TRUE Brand Laureate!
About The BrandLaureate
The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation, established in 2005, is the world’s premier branding foundation. As a trendsetter in branding with a difference, the Foundation’s main objectives include promotion of brands, improving branding practices and inculcating good brand culture in business. The BrandLaureate, a sobriquet for brand excellence, was set up to meet said objectives of the APBF – enabling the Foundation to carry forth its goals effectively.
While brands are often represented by organizations, products and services, they also encompass individuals who embody outstanding personalities in their own right. The APBF honors and recognizes outstanding individuals who have set the benchmark of excellence in their respective industries – remarkable archetypes that have contributed significantly to the world and society at large through their fields.
Some noteworthy award recipients of the APBF include the late Former President Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, the late Steve Jobs, Professor Robert Fry Engle (Nobel Laureate for Economics), Professor Ferid Murad (Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine) & Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder); leadership gurus – Tony Buzan & John Maxwell; sports personalities – José Mourinho, Muhammad Ali, Wladimir Klitschko (IBF, WBO & WBA), Michael Schumacher, Charlie George & Tiger Woods; entertainers – Sir Cliff Richard, Taylor Swift, as well a host of other illustrious names, including Sir Christopher Lee, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Peter Jackson and select organizations, including FIFA.
Julio Iglesias receives an award in South Africa for breaking the record of 500,000 albums sold
October 24, 2016
Julio Iglesias triumphs wherever he goes, continuing to register successes year after year. On this occasion the artist was the recipient of an award in South Africa for breaking the record of 500,000 albums sold, becoming one of only three artists at global level who have received this accolade. Coinciding with his concert in Johannesburg, Julio Iglesias, smiling and undoubtedly grateful, was presented with the coveted award by the director of Sony South Africa, a welcome homage that rewards his long professional career.
After travelling all over South Africa for a few days, he will move on to Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia, where his world tour will draw to a close. Julio Iglesias unquestionably remains unstoppable.