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Julio Iglesias Biography

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Birth Name: Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva
Born: 1943/09/23
Birth Place: Madrid, Spain
Years Active: 1968–present
Genres: Latin And Latin Pop

Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva (born September 23, 1943), better known simply as Julio Iglesias, is a Spanish singer who has sold over 260 million records worldwide in 14 languages and released 77 albums. According to Sony Music Entertainment, he is one of the top 10 best selling music artists in history.

In 1968, he won the Benidorm International Song Festival, a songwriter's event in Spain, with the song "La Vida Sigue Igual.” He signed a deal with Discos Columbia, the Spanish branch of the Columbia Records company. Shortly after he had a number one hit in many European countries with "Un Canto A Galicia." That single sold 1 million copies in Germany.

In 1975 he found success in the Italian market by recording a song exclusively in Italian called "Se Mi Lasci Non Vale" ("If You Leave Me, It Can't Be"). Notable albums from this decade are “A Flor de Piel” (1974, with the European hit "Manuela"), "El Amor" (1975), and "Soy" (1978).

In 1979, he moved to Miami, Florida, in the United States and signed a deal with CBS International, and started singing in different languages such as English, French, Portuguese, German and other languages to his music. Iglesias released the album “De Niña a Mujer” (1981), from it came the first English-language hit, a Spanish cover of "Begin the Beguine" which became number 1 in the United Kingdom, he also released a collection, “Julio” (1983).

In 1984, he released “1100 Bel Air Place, “the hit album which gave him publicity in the English speaking entertainment industry. It sold four million albums in the United States, with the first single "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", a duet with Willie Nelson, earning a fifth place spot in the Billboard Hot 100. Itt also featured "All of You", with Diana Ross. Iglesias won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album in the 1988 Grammy Awards for the album “Un Hombre Solo” (A Man Alone). He recorded a duet with Stevie Wonder on "My Love," in his Non Stop album, a crossover success in 1988.

In the 1990s, Iglesias returned to his original Spanish melody in “Tango” (1996), nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 1998 Grammy Awards. Julio Iglesias went on to win the World Music Award for “Tango” in Monaco later that year where he was up against singer Luis Miguel and son Enrique for the second time.

In 2003, he released his album “Divorcio” (Divorce). 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. In December 2004, his Dutch girlfriend Miranda Rijnsburger and Iglesias recorded a duet of the Christmas song "Silent Night."

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. In September 2006, a new English album titled “Romantic Classics” was released. The album features the hits "I Want To Know What Love Is," "Careless Whisper" and "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.

To date Iglesias has sold over 300 million albums worldwide.