Julio Iglesias has been given an award to celebrate having sold more than 300-million records worldwide. This makes him the most successful Latin singer of all time. The award was presented by Doug Morris, the CEO of Sony Music, who called him “a talent like no other”.
Receiving the award, Julio Iglesias said: “It’s not a question of 10 or 15 years, it’s a question of 45 or 50 years. It’s a moment when people open their arms and hearts and like what you do. And I’m very grateful for that because I never expected to have a formula where you put this and this together and people want to react. It’s just something that happens, or doesn’t happen.”
Julio Iglesias has made 80 studio albums, and sung duets with an untold number of other stars, including Dolly Parton, Diana Ross and Frank Sinatra. He has recorded in 14 languages including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese. However, he still says he lives for music: “WIthout music I would not be able to breathe, so music is, for me, my life. My lungs need music.”
Julio Iglesias will be playing dates in the UK, Ireland, the US and Mexico this summer. His latest album of love ballads, 1 The Collection, is to be released on May 19.
For more information see the official Julio Iglesias site.