Fancy some legendary live music? The man with the golden voice, renowned Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, will be performing two concerts right on PGA Catalunya’s doorstep, in the hubbub of vibrant Barcelona. The best-selling Latin artist is playing at The Barcelona Opera House in La Rambla from 2nd - 4th July, as part of his world tour to promote his latest release – ‘1’, a compilation of Julio’s greatest hits.
Having sold over 300 million records worldwide, Julio Iglesias de la Cueva is one of the best-selling artists in music history. Thus far, he has performed approximately 5,000 concerts during his career, each one more spectacular than the last. It is his magnetic stage presence, romantic image and expressive music that guarantee an unforgettable performance. The star has maintained a devoted fan base throughout the years, so unsurprisingly, fans are set to flock to Barcelona this week to see him perform.
As father of pop star and heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, Julio has slowly stepped out of the limelight in recent years and enjoyed his son’s popularity. Let’s refresh our memories of this Spanish icon and remind ourselves of his great successes….
1970 – He beat records in Spain, by performing 41 concerts in 41 cities, in only 30 days.
1976 – He performed for the first time in the emblematic Madison Square Gardens in New York, where he set a box-office record, selling out tickets in the shortest space of time ever registered for an artist at this venue.
1977 – He beat the record in Chile for an audience where more than 100,000 people gathered for his concert held at the National Stadium in Santiago, a performance that was considered the largest musical event in history.
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. – He broke a record in Brazil, where his album ‘De Niña a Mujer’ went multiple-platinum, with more than 2,000,000 copies sold in eleven months.
1983 – He entered the Guinness book of World Records, for having sold the most records in the most languages in history.
1988- He became the first international artist to have a live television special on Chinese National Television in Beijing, with an audience of 400,000,000 spectators.
1991- The international news agencies highlighted his concert in front of 170,000 people in O’Higgins park in Santiago, Chile, as it was considered the largest audience in South America for a musical event.
1995 – He became the only foreign artist officially to have sold the most records in China and for this received a tribute from the Chinese Ministry of Culture. – His album ‘ La Carretera’, made him the first Spanish artist to reach platinum as a result of only one day of sales.
1999 – Julio came to be the most important foreign artist in the history of Brazil, performing for more than 150,000 people in the ‘Parque de Ibirapuera’ in Sao Paulo, the most famous park in the country.
2009 – In June, he returns to Las Vegas after a two-year absence, with two performances at the Las Vegas Hilton. The seats were sold out two months before the concerts, and the promoters of the performances allowed standing-room only tickets to be sold, a unique event for the concerts of an artist in Las Vegas.