|Real Name :||Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri|
|Born :||April 19, 1970|
|Birth Place :||San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
Beginning his musical career in his childhood, Luis Miguel has become one of the most popular singers from Latin America, having performed successfully pop music, bolero, mariachi and romantic ballads. In a career that has spanned over twenty-five years, Luis Miguel has won four Latin Grammy Awards and five Grammy Awards. He is called “El Sol de México” (“The Sun of Mexico”) by the media and his fans.
At the age of fifteen, Luis Miguel received a Grammy Award for his duet “Me Gustas Tal Como Eres” (I Like You Just The Way You Are) with Sheena Easton. In 1991, the RIAA gave him a recognition for the high sales of the albums Romance and Segundo Romance. Luis Miguel is the only Latin artist to have two Spanish-language albums (Romance and Segundo Romance) go platinum in the USA.
He was the only Latin artist to perform at the show “SINATRA: 80 Years My Way”, along with other pop icons such as Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Cole and Bob Dylan. In 1996, Luis Miguel became the first Latin artist to receive a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His album Romances of 1997, became the first Spanish-language album ever debuting at #14 on the Billboard Top 200. Warner Music recognized Luis Miguel as the best-selling artist in the history of Chile with over 2.5 million records sold.
In 2003, Prince Felipe of Spain presented him with a special award for being the best-selling foreign artist in his country’s history. In 2008, Luis Miguel’s album Navidades became the first Christmas album ever being nominated to the Grammy in the category of Pop. His last album, Cómplices, broke records in Mexico, by selling over 320,000 copies in its first day of release.
Luis Miguel is also known by his high-grossing tours and his outstanding live performances. His Amarte Es Un Placer Tour had a length of 8 months and run through Mexico, USA, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil and Spain between 1999 and 2000. The tour consisted of 104 concerts and was attended by approximately 1.4 million fans. It was the highest-grossing tour ever made by a Latin artist, as well as the most extended. These two records have been broken by his Mexico En La Piel Tour. His 33 Tour peaked at #1 in the Billboard World Top Boxscore. The Mexico En La Piel Tour of 2005, peak #1 in the Billboard World Top Boxscore. In 2006, he was awarded with the “Estela de Plata” by giving 30 concerts at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico, gathering almost 300,000 spectators.
Luis Miguel was born as Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri in Puerto Rico, where his parents were on vacation. His parents were Spanish singer Luisito Rey (1945–1992) and Italian actress Marcela Basteri. His mother disappeared mysteriously when he was a teenager and his father died in 1992. During his child years, Luis Miguel’s father, who was also his manager, encouraged him to watch and analyze nearly every movie, recording, and concert performance of Elvis Presley.
In 1981, at the age of 11, Luis Miguel released his first album, Un Sol, by the Mexican branch of EMI Records. Two years later, he started touring Latin American countries including Colombia, Venezuela, Chile and Argentina.
In 1985, at age of 15, he took part at the Sanremo Music Festival, where he won the second place award with his song “Noi Ragazzi Di Oggi”. That same year, he was also presented with the “Antorcha de Plata” Award in the Viña del Mar Music Festival for his duet single “Me Gustas Tal Como Eres” (“I Like You Just As You Are”) with Scottish singer Sheena Easton. In 1984, he co-starred in the film Ya Nunca Más and in 1985, Fiebre de Amor with singer Lucero as his co-star.
In 1986, Luis Miguel gave his career a brief break, as his relationship with his father was souring due to alleged mismanagement, poor financial decisions and risking his earnings of his career. Shortly after signing with Warner Records, in 1987, he fired his father and started to work with Juan Carlos Calderón. Luis Miguel’s album Soy Como Quiero Ser in May 1987 sold well. The album featured hits such as “Cuando Calienta El Sol”, “Ahora Te Puedes Marchar”, and “Yo Que No Vivo Sin Ti”.
On November 25, 1988, Luis Miguel’s second album Busca Una Mujer was released. The first single La Incondicional became a top-ten hit throughout Latin America in the first half of 1989, thanks in part to the music video. The video was shocking to many fans as he had cut his signature long hair. This cemented his transition from a child star into an adult superstar. By the end of 1989, the second single Fría Como El Viento reached #1 on the Hot Latin Tracks. He also had a top-ten single Separados in early 1990, peaking at #8.
In 1990, he made a successful transition from a child singer to an adult showman with the album 20 Años and an ensuing string of sold-out shows first in Mexico then throughout Latin America and elsewhere in the world. 20 Años which sold 600,000 copies in its first week of release, resulted in release of three singles Tengo Todo Excepto A Ti, Entrégate, Amante Del Amor with the two former hitting number 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks in 1990.
In 1991, Luis Miguel’s career went to even greater heights and earned him the respect of a wider audience with the release of Romance, an album of romantic boleros, most of them from the 1940s and 1950s. He has been credited with reinventing the bolero for modern audiences. The album Romance, which became his most successful material ever eventually sold 15 million units worldwide.
In 1993, Luis Miguel’s fifth studio album, Aries, was released, which won him that year’s Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album. That same year, Luis Miguel was personally invited by Frank Sinatra to join him on his Duets II album and to perform live in a nationally televised special in honor of Sinatra’s 80th birthday; along with other stars such as Stevie Wonder and Natalie Cole.
In 1994, he released a sequel to Romance, Segundo Romance, featuring Luis Miguel as a convincing pop singer with mastery over timeless Latin classics such as “Solamente Una Vez” and “Sin Ti”. The album went on to earn a Grammy Award as well as reaching a Platinum status in the United States.
In 1996, Luis became one of the first Latin musical artists to receive a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Soon after, Luis Miguel quickly returned to the studios and released Nada Es Igual, a pop album featuring “Sueña”, the main theme for Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In 1997, Luis Miguel released his third album of the bolero series Romances, which earned him a World Music Award and another Grammy Award.
In 1999, Luis Miguel released his ninth studio album Amarte Es Un Placer which, in 2000, earned him two Latin Grammys for being Best Album of the Year and Best Pop Album of the Year. The single “O Tú, O Ninguna” of Amarte Es Un Placer became number 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks and perched at the top position for eight consecutive weeks. Following the success of Amarte Es Un Placer, Luis Miguel released Mis Romances in 2001, his fourth album in the bolero series. The album, which sold over two million copies worldwide was followed by the launch of Mis Romances Tour which took place throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.
In 2003, Luis Miguel released his first pop album in over four years entitled 33, indicative of his age. The album, which featured a collection of ballads and uptempo songs climbed to number 1 on Billboard’s Latin Charts earning Luis Miguel two Billboard Awards as well as Grammy and Latin Grammy award nominations.
On the 33 Tour, Luis Miguel filled the largest halls in the U.S., toured throughout Latin America and in Chile where his album 33 sold 2.5 million copies (more records than any other artist in the history of Chile). He also performed at Mexico’s sold-out National Auditorium, and various sold-out shows at Buenos Aires, as well as other prestigious international venues such as Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Spain. That same year, Prince Felipe of Spain presented him with a special award for being the best-selling foreign artist in his country’s history, and hosted a special party in his honor in Madrid.
In 2004, Luis Miguel released his Mexico En La Piel. The album, which was a collection of traditional Mexican mariachi songs went on to sell three million copies worldwide. He launched his Mexico En La Piel Tour in 2005. In 2006, Luis Miguel performed thirty sold out shows between January 18 and February 27 at the National Auditorium in Mexico City. The 123-date tour started in September 2005 in Mexico which then stretched to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
In 2005, Luis Miguel released Grandes Exitos, his first greatest hits album, that featured his greatest songs he recorded during all his career, including two never-released singles: “Misterios Del Amor” and “Si Te Perdiera”.
That same year, he released a Christmas album called Navidades. The playlist includes many Christmas standards in Spanish. The album reached number one on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart during the first week of its release. The album released two singles “Santa Claus Llegó A La Ciudad” (“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”), and “Mi Humilde Oración” (“My Grown-up Christmas List”).
On May 6, 2008, Luis Miguel released Cómplices, produced by him and written by Spanish composer Manuel Alejandro. It sold almost 350,000 copies in the first 24 hours. The first single, “Si Tú Te Atreves” was released on April 7, 2008, the second single of the album was “Te Desean”. His Complices Tour began in Seattle, Washington on September 3, 2008.
Luis Miguel is currently finalizing the details of his upcoming world tour that is set to begin in September and will go through the United States, South America, Mexico and Spain among other countries.
Luis Miguel rarely grants interviews or attends award ceremonies. He is always escorted by a tight security team and he is transported in several trucks to distract paparazzis and reporters.
He is recognized for his taste of high cuisine and for being a self-taught sommelier. He released his own vintage of wine, “Unico. Luis Miguel”, a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Due to his secrecy, Luis Miguel has become one of the most pursued Latin artists by the Hispanic press. Luis Miguel has dated Lucía Méndez, Daisy Fuentes, Sofía Vergara, Mariah Carey, Myrka Dellanos and Luz Elena González among others. He has a daughter with actress Stephanie Salas and two sons with Aracely Arámbula. Luis Miguel’s many relationships appear constantly in the Latin American and Spanish media.
In April 2010, he was briefly hospitalized at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. The cause of the hospitalization was not disclosed.