He was born Julio Jose Iglesias de la Cueva, but to the world over he is known as the singing heart throb Julio Iglesias. The former Real Madrid footballer – goalkeeper – has charmed millions of women, sold millions more albums, and has filled a room with trophies and awards.
And now Iglesias has a new award to add to his collection – for being the biggest selling recording artist in Spanish history. Fellow Spaniardpresented the award, and a big kiss, to Iglesias in Madrid at the Cervantes Institute on Friday. Iglesias said that he was very moved by the award. Iglesias also said that he was grateful to the critics, friends, and fans everywhere for attending a concert or buying a record.
Iglesias has sold 23 million albums in his homeland and another 300 million around the world over his 40 plus year career. Iglesias sold his first million albums back in 1971.
Throughout his career Iglesias has been the guest of kings, queens, and presidents; topped album charts numerous times; sold out concert halls; broken album sales records; been named Artist of the Year in France, Italy, Mexico, and from the Americans in Cinema; awarded the Medal of Paris; won a CMA Award for Single of the Year with Willie Nelson; received the Bravo Award for as the greatest figure in Latin Music; awarded the Excellence Prize for contributions to latin Music; awarded Billboar Magazine’s Pop Album of the Year for “la Carretera”; Italian Music Legend Award for being the most popular Latin music artist of all time; an ALMA Award winner; was the American Music Awards favourite Latin Artist; 2001 Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Personality of the Year; won a Grammy Award the Best Latin Performance; and has earned over 2,600 gold and platinum albums around the world.