- Title: SPAIN: JULIO IGLESIAS LAUNCHES HIS 70TH RECORD
- Date: 5th June 1995
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (2 JULY, 1995) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF PLAZA DE TOROS /BULLRING FANS QUEUEING OUTSIDE BULLRING FOR CONCERT (SOUNDBITE SPANISH) FAN SAYING WHAT CAN I SAY? HE'S MY IDOL, I'VE ALWAYS LOVED HIM. EVERY TIME HE SINGS ON THE RADIO OR TV I GO BANANAS (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH ) AMERICAN WOMAN SAYING SHE HAS BEEN WAITING FOR A LONG TIME TO SEE HIM CROWD RUSHING THROUGH GATES
- Reuters ID: LVAF4CMD7G8INEZGBHF9K081D597
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Duration: 00:01:29
- Topics: Entertainment
- Story Text: Spanish heart-throb Julio Iglesias has launched the 70th record of his career before kicking off a world tour in his homeland.
The album, titled La Carretera - "On the Road" - is the 24th Iglesias has recorded in Spanish.
At a party to launch the album in Seville, Iglesias' father Julio said he was pleased to see his son returning to his Hispanic roots in his music. Iglesias idolises his father, who recently suffered a heart attack.
True to his Latin-lover image, the 51-year-old singer spent time mingling with dozens of beautiful women at the event. The star admits he loves women. "There is a sense of aesthetics, a sense of life" he says. He now makes little attempt to play down his own much-quoted claim to have slept with 3000 women.
Later, he told a news conference his new album was a departure because it returned to more traditional music.
"It is from the heart, rather than from the brain," Iglesias said.
The record sold more than 100,000 copies within 24 hours of its release in Spain, and executives at Sony records hope worldwide sales could reach 10 million.
Iglesias has already sold more records in more languages than any other artist - topping 200 million copies.
Worldwide millions of women have been attracted by his seductive charm. But Iglesias insists he has become a one-woman man since meeting 30-year-old Dutch-born Miranda Ratzenburger in Indonesia. The star has three children from a previous marriage.
On Tuesday (July 2) a 10,000 people packed Madrid's Plaza de Toros (Bullring) at the beginning of Iglesias' world tour.
Tickets for the concert were expensive by Madrid standards - 40 to 70 U.S. dollars, but Iglesias delighted the crowd with a selection of his favourite Spanish and English songs.
Over the coming month Iglesias will play nine Spanish cities, including La Coruna, capital of his home province, Galicia.
He will then tour Israel and Russia before moving on the to U.S., South Africa, Asia and Australia.
It is a gruelling schedule, but Iglesias says he will keep singing until the day he dies.
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