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The "Sun of Mexico," Luis Miguel
By Park, Geum-jung, korean correspondent in Mexico / webzine.kofice.or.kr
01/03/2012

If Koreans get hooked to Latin pop, most likely, the first musician they'll encounter is Luis Miguel. Musicians who are big in a certain region in Latin America tend to be big across the entire Latin America, but Luis Miguel is a Mexican singer who enjoys world-wide popularity.

Luis Miguel, a pop, bolero, mariachi and romantic ballad singer, debuted when he was 11 years old and already has a 30-year career. He won his first Grammy Award for "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres" when he was 15, and went on to win 4 Latin Grammy Awards and 4 more Grammy Awards.

He was the only Latin singer to be invited to "SINATRA: 80 Years My Way" along with Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Cole and Bob Dylan. He was also the first Latin American artist to leave a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He's created many firsts in Latin America and his 32 official albums have all become best-selling records in Mexico and Latin America.

Luis Miguel's concerts are always sold out
He is also famous for his much-to-see live tours. In the 1999-2000 tour, his 105 concerts attracted 1.5 million spectators, and in 2005-2007 tour, he held 124 concerts that gathered 1.4 million spectators. Among them, the Mexico City concert in 2006 drew in 300,000 spectators alone.

Luis Miguel has an interesting background. He was born to a Spanish father and an Italian mother in Puerto Rico where his parents were taking a vacation. But he went on to become a "national singer" in Mexico, and his love of Mexico is well-expressed in his album "Mexico En La Piel" (2005), which earned him the Latin Grammy and Grammy Awards that year. It's also the most beloved album to date. Mexican people are proud of Luis Miguel, referring to him as the "Sun of Mexico."

In early 2011, Luis Miguel released "Edicion de Lujo," a compilation of songs that were popular in Mexico and the world in their original and remix versions. The "Billboard" magazine selected Luis Miguel as the best Latin Artist in 1986 and again in 2011, explaining that he put 39 of his songs in the top 10 list over the past 10 years.

Luis Miguel is currently working on his next album and is planning an event that marks the 30 years of his career. In February 22, he will put on a special stage at Viña del Mar International Song Festival in Chile. The festival has special meanings for Luis Miguel because he first performed there when he was 15 and earned popularity awards in 1990 and 1994. Aside from this stage, he plans to hold 30th anniversary events in Costa Rica, Honduras, Argentina, USA and Spain in 2012 when he releases his new album. His fans, too, are showing him unwavering love and support and have no doubt that his next 30 years will shine like the sun again.

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