May 072010

Julio Iglesias, one of the world’s most charismatic and most popular recording artists, will be setting hearts aflame once again when he returns to Egypt on the 26th of May, 2010 for a much-anticipated and long-overdue concert at the Pyramids as part of his 2010 World Tour entitled “A Starry Night with Julio

Iglesias”.Accompanying Julio Iglesias is his band party, composed of 12 members, which include:
Guitarist and Road Manager, tango dancers, vocalist, saxophonist and drummers.

With more than 300 million albums in 14 languages sold, 79 albums released and more than 2,600 Platinum and Gold record awards received during his illustrious career, Julio remains one of the world’s most accomplished recording artists. In fact, no other performer has equaled his achievements in the music industry to date.

After creating beautiful music for more than four decades, this inimitable artist continues to share his songs’ magic with audiences all over the world as his 2010 world tour takes him to Australia, Middle East, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, the whole of Latin America and Europe.

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Apr 182010

Singer Julio Iglesias has been making people happy since winning a song contest in the ’60s
By John Berger

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 16, 2010
Star-Bulletin – Honolulu, Hawaii

If I were one of Julio Iglesias’ millions of female fans, I probably would have lost it — maybe when the telephone rang precisely when his assistant had said he would be calling, maybe sometime during the interview. Or maybe I would have succeeded in tamping my feelings down, been as professional and matter-of-fact as possible while we were talking, then called my closest gal pal and let her eat her heart out.
But, hey, I’m a guy. I’ve respected Julio’s talent and commercial success for years, but I’m still an entertainment writer with almost 40 years on the job. With that as perspective, I’ll add that Julio was a great interview.

“I’m working at being alive,” he said with a hearty laugh, responding to my opening question about the projects he’s working on these days. He called from Argentina and was preparing to fly to Peru and the final shows of his South American tour.
That was more than a month ago. After several schedule changes, Iglesias will finally return to Honolulu for a one-nighter tomorrow at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. In the meantime he’s delighted fans in the Philippines, China, Japan and Australia.
Entertaining international audiences isn’t a problem for a man who has sold an estimated 300 million albums worldwide over the past 40 years. However, in addition to wowing audiences with his singing, he can also talk to them — Iglesias speaks fluent English, French, Italian and Portuguese in addition to his native Spanish. He’s also recorded individual songs in several other languages.

“It is not easy to record (in languages you don’t speak), but you get to the culture of the people in its own way and they understand that you’ve made an effort,” he said. “To sing in Chinese is not very easy for an Occidental, but it’s OK because you explain yourself and you make people happy, and that’s what it’s all about in an artist’s life.”

Iglesias has been making people happy since the late 1960s, when he won a songwriting competition in Spain and was signed by the Spanish subsidiary of Columbia Records. Hits in several European countries followed, and he was already an international star when he moved to Florida and embarked on a successful campaign to break into the mainstream English-speaking American market.

He first made the American pop charts with “Amor,” which reached No. 105 on Billboard’s “Bubbling Under” chart in 1983. His breakthrough came less than a year later when his now iconic duet with Willie Nelson, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified platinum for sales of more than 2 million copies.

Iglesias recalled it as “an amazing situation — a perfect combination in a way that was unusual.”

“I am very grateful to Willie because he was patient enough to give me time to understand the English (lyrics) because I was not an English-speaking person at that time, and very grateful too because the song has character.”

He volunteered that he doesn’t feel that way about some of his other work. Iglesias said he made “mistakes” in some of the songs he chose — his recent album “Romantic Classics,” in particular — but sees the mistakes as part of the learning process.

And, after more than 40 years as a recording artist, singing is still his passion.

“If I don’t sing, am I going to wait for life to bring me to reconciliation with my past? No. The past is OK, but the future is much more interesting for me,” he said. “The passion for me is music, and my passion for music is still alive — I would say it is more alive than ever.

“If you lose your passion for your profession, you lose your passion for many things.”

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Apr 022010

No hace mucho, los días de la Semana Santa cambiaban por completo el panorama radiofónico español. Las emisoras de radio dejaban de emitir su programación habitual, solían transmitir en directo oficios y procesiones y, sobre todo, se cuidaban mucho de programar música ligera, que también d esaparecía de los salones de baile y las incipientes discotecas. Aprovechando, precisamente, esta circunstancia fue como nacieron Los Tamara, que emplearon las vacaciones forzosas para prepararse.

El caso es que Julio Iglesias se despidió el pasado lunes de Australia con un concierto en Melbourne, después de haber ofrecido otros dos en Sydney, y el jueves se presentó en Kuala Lumpur, la capital de Malasia. Suponemos que por respeto a la tradición, no volverá a pisar un escenario hasta el próximo lunes, aunque se encuentra en plena gira mundial, iniciada con presentaciones en Argentina, Uruguay, Perú y Panamá durante enero y febrero, y continuada con una gala benéfica en Manila, la capital de Filipinas, en su día territorio español, como se encargó de recordar.

El lunes de Pascua, nuestro artista más internacional ofrecerá el primero de los tres conciertos que va a dar en Tokio. El domingo y el lunes actuará en Osaka y Nagoya. Luego volverá a territorio estadounidense, a Hawai, y a finales de mayo cantará en Marruecos, a 600 dirhams la entrada. Canadá y los Estados Unidos quedan para después. Así celebra sus cuarenta y dos años de éxitos, premiados recientemente por el Gobierno español con la Medalla al Mérito en las Bellas Artes.

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