Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel
Quick Facts About Luis Basteri
Celebrated Name Luis Miguel
Age 54 years old
Nick Name Luis
Birth Name Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri
Birth Date 1970-04-19
Gender Male
Profession Singer
Birth Nation USA
Nationality American-Mexican
Place of Birth San Juan, Puerto Rico
Father Luis Gallego Sánchez
Mother Marcela Basteri
Ethnicity Mixed
Siblings Alejandro Basteri and Sergio Basteri
Religion Catholic
Horoscope Aries
Marital Status Never Married
Sexual Orientation Straight
Children Michelle Gallego, Miguel and Daniel
Net Worth $180 million
Source of Wealth Music Industry
Height 5 feet 10 inches
Weight 74 Kg
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Green

Luis Miguel is a Puerto Rican-born Mexican singer known as El Sol de Mexico, who has sung in various genres and styles, including pop, ballads, boleros, tangos, jazz, big band, and mariachi. Despite recording only in Spanish, he continued to be the best-selling Latin artist in the 1990s, popularizing the bolero genre within the mainstream market. He has sold around 60 million records worldwide and is recognized as the artist with the most top-10 hits on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart.

Luis Miguel is also known for his high-grossing, captivating live performances. He is the highest-grossing Latino touring artist since Boxscore began tracking touring data in 1990, with a total of $278.5 million. With the Luis Miguel Tour, which took place in 2010, he visited 22 countries in North America, South America, and Europe, performing in a three-year span with a total of 223 shows all over the world, making it the longest and highest-grossing tour ever made by a Latin artist. He also holds various records for the most presentations and consecutive shows in the National Auditorium, and he ranks number two on Billboard's Greatest of All-Time Latin Artists chart as of October 2020.

Who is Luis Miguel?

Luis Miguel is a Puerto Rican-born Mexican singer, often referred to as "El Sol de Mexico." He has sung in multiple genres and styles, including pop songs, ballads, boleros, tangos, jazz, big band, and mariachi. Despite recording only in Spanish, he was the best-selling Latin artist in the 1990s and is recognized for popularizing the bolero genre. He has sold around 60 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists. Luis Miguel is also known for his high-grossing, captivating live performances and holds several records for touring and concert presentations. As of October 2020, he ranks number two on Billboard's Greatest of All-Time Latin Artists chart.

Luis Miguel was born on April 19, 1970, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the United States, which makes him 52 years old as of 2023. Although his birthdate is on April 18, he celebrates it on April 19 as that was the day his father registered him at Puerto Rico's Civil Registry. His birth name is Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri, and his parents were Luis Gallego Sánchez, a Spanish singer, songwriter, and guitarist known as "Luisito Rey," and Marcela Basteri, an Italian actress. He was named after the Spanish bullfighter, Luis Miguel Dominguín, and he has two younger brothers. Unfortunately, his mother disappeared mysteriously in 1986, and her whereabouts remain unknown. Luis Miguel had a challenging relationship with his father, who was also his manager, and he fired him in the late 1980s due to financial problems caused by poor representation. His father was strict and demanding during rehearsals, but his strict discipline has also been credited with playing a significant role in his success. After their estrangement, his father, who was a heavy drinker, fell into depression and died on December 9, 1992, in Barcelona, Spain. Luis Miguel holds Mexican-American citizenship and has a mixed ethnicity of Spanish and Italian. He has two siblings named Alejandro Basteri and Sergio Basteri. Luis Miguel is a Catholic due to his upbringing, but he rarely visits the church because of his work commitments. He refrains from speaking about politics and believes that artists should be apolitical and focus on their songs. His birth sign is Aries as per his birthdate.

Luis Miguel, a famous Mexican singer, released his first album "Un Sol" at the age of 11, which earned him his first gold disc in 1982. He started touring in Latin American countries such as Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, and Argentina two years later, where he became popular with his single "1+1=Dos Enamorados". In 1984, Luis Miguel changed his music style to Spanish rock-pop, and his fourth studio album "Palabra de Honor" became an international hit. The following year, he won the second place award at the Sanremo Music Festival with his song "Noi Ragazzi Di Oggi" and also received the "Antorcha de Plata" Award at the Viña del Mar Music Festival for his duet single "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres" with Sheena Easton. Luis Miguel's second album "Busca Una Mujer," released in 1988, became a massive success, with the single "La Incondicional" spending over seven months on top of Latin American charts. With his album "20 Años," Miguel successfully made the transition from a child singer to an adult showman in 1990. He went on to perform a series of sold-out shows in Mexico, Latin America, and other parts of the world. The album, which sold 600,000 copies in its first week of release, spawned three singles - "Tengo Todo Excepto A Ti," "Entrégate," and "Amante Del Amor." The first two singles reached number one on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart in 1990.

In 1991, Luis Miguel's career skyrocketed with the release of Romance, an album of romantic boleros, which became his most successful album, selling over 7 million units worldwide. Luis Miguel has been credited with modernizing and reinventing the bolero genre for a younger audience. In 1993, he won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album with his fifth studio album, Aries. That same year, he was invited by Frank Sinatra 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, Luis released Segundo Romance, a sequel to Romance, which earned him another Grammy Award and platinum status in the United States. In 1996, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and released Nada Es Igual, a pop album featuring the main theme for Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In 1997, he released Romances, his third album in the bolero series, which sold over 5 million copies and won him the award for Best Latin Pop Performance at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards in 1998. In 1999, he released Amarte Es Un Placer, which earned him two Latin Grammys for Best Album of the Year and Best Pop Album of the Year in 2000. The album's single "O Tú, O Ninguna" became number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart for eight consecutive weeks. Following the success of Amarte Es Un Placer, he released Mis Romances in 2001, his fourth album in the bolero series, and embarked on a worldwide tour. In 2003, Luis Miguel released 33, his first pop album in over four years, which climbed to number one on Billboard's Latin Charts, earning him two Billboard Awards and Grammy and Latin Grammy award nominations. That same year, he received the "Premio Lo Nuestro a la Excelencia" award for his outstanding career at the mere age of 33, being the youngest artist to receive this award.

In 2004, he released his album "Mexico En La Piel," a collection of traditional Mexican mariachi songs that went on to sell five million copies worldwide. The album received a diamond disc and won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Ranchero Album at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2005 and also the Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album. His subsequent Mexico En La Piel Tour won the Billboard "Tour of the Year" and positioned itself as No.1 on the Billboard World Top Boxscore. In 2005, Luis Miguel released his first greatest hits album, "Grandes éxitos," featuring his greatest songs recorded during his career, including two never-released singles: "Misterios Del Amor" and "Si Te Perdiera." He also released a Christmas album called "Navidades" that reached number one on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart during the first week of its release. In 2010, Luis released his self-titled studio album, which included the smooth Latin pop song "Labios de Miel." The tour for this album covered the United States, South America, Mexico, and Spain among other countries. In 2017, Telemundo and Netflix announced they had secured the rights to produce and air a TV series based on Luis Miguel's life story. His new single, "La Fiesta del Mariachi," was released in October 2017, and his full album, "¡México Por Siempre!," was released in November 2017, featuring 14 tracks of traditional Mexican music. His subsequent tour began in 2018, starting at the National Auditorium of Mexico City and continuing throughout Mexico, the United States, and Spain. On 22 April, Netflix and Telemundo began airing the self-titled series "Luis Miguel", which revealed many parts, both known and unknown, of the singer's life, bringing nostalgic moments for those watching it. Overall, Luis Miguel's career spans decades and includes numerous successful albums, awards, and tours. He has achieved global fame and is regarded as one of the most successful and influential Latin American artists of all time. His music continues to resonate with fans around the world, and his legacy as a pioneer in the Latin music industry remains strong.

What are the awards and achievements of Luis Miguel?

  • In 1984, received the Grammy Award for Best Mexican American Performance for his duet "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres" (I Like You Just The Way You Are) with Sheena Easton. 
  • In 1985, Luis Miguel won Antorcha de Plata at the Festival de la Cancion de Viña del Mar for his duet "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres" (I Like You Just The Way You Are) with Sheena Easton. 
  • In 1985, wins second place at the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy with the song "Noi Ragazzi di Oggi" (Lyrics by Cristiano Minellono - Music by Pino Donaggio). 
  • In 1990, won two more Antorcha de Plata at the Festival de la Cancion de Viña del Mar. 
  • In 1991, Luis Miguel was recognized at South Korea International Music Award as the best abroad for his album "Romance" for Romance. 
  • In 1991, received recognition from RIAA for selling 2 million copies of Romance and Segundo Romance. 
  • In 1992, he received European Excellence Prize in Spain. 
  • In 1992, received a Billboard Award for Best Latin Artist, Best Spanish-language Album (for his album Romance), and Best Singer in Spanish. 
  • In 1993, received a Billboard Award for Best Latin Male Artist of the Year, Best Spanish-Language Album of the Year Aries. 
  • In 1993, received a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album Aries. 
  • In 1994, received a Grammy Award for being the Best Latin Male Singer with his album Segundo Romance. 
  • In 1994, he was invited to record a special-edition duet of "Come Fly With Me" with Frank Sinatra for his album Duets II. 
  • In 1995, became the single 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, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
  • In 1996, he recorded the song "Sueña" (Spanish version of "Someday") for the Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 
  • In 1997, Pollstar Magazine recognized Luis Miguel as the first Latin artist to enter the list of All-Time Top-20 grossing artists who have sold as many records in a single location in the history of music. 
  • In 1997, the album Romances became the first Spanish-language album ever to debut on the Billboard Top 200. 
  • In 1997, Luis Miguel received a Grammy Award for being the Best Latin Pop Artist of the Year with his album Romances. 
  • In 2000, received a Latin Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year and Best Pop Album of the Year for his Amarte es un Placer. 
  • In 2000, received a Latin Grammy Award for Best Pop Album 
  • In 2000, received a Latin Grammy Award for being the Best Pop Male Artist 
  • In 2001, he received a Billboard Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance which included a collaboration with Michael Jackson in the Spanish version of "What More Can I Give" entitled "Todo Para Ti" dedicated to the victims of 11 September 2001 attacks in New York. 
  • In 2002 received the Premio Luna de Mexico (Moon of Mexico Award) for being the artist with the best artistic career (at that time of 20 years). 
  • In 2003, Warner Music recognized him as the best-selling artist in the history of Chile with over 2.5 million records sold. 
  • The 33 Tour peaked at No. 1 in the Billboard World Top Boxscore. 
  • In 2005, received a Latin Grammy Award for Best Ranchero Album México En La Piel. 
  • In 2005, received a Grammy Award for Best Mexican Album Mexico En La Piel. 
  • In 2005, followed by the En La Piel Tour in Mexico, Luis Miguel gave 6 consecutive sold-out concerts in the Gibson Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, CA. 
  • The Mexico En La Piel Tour peak No. 1 in the Billboard World Top Boxscore. 
  • In 2005, Luis Miguel became the first Latin artist to receive a star on the streets of Las Vegas Star. 
  • In 2006, he won Estela de Plata for his tour in Mexico for giving 30 concerts at Auditorio Nacional, which, all in all gathered around 300,000 spectators. 
  • In 2008, Luis Miguel's album Navidades became the first Christmas album ever being nominated in the Grammy in the category of Pop. 
  • In 2008, the online store announced that the album Complices had peaked at number 1 in the list best-selling albums in the website two weeks before its release of the album. 
  • Cómplices broke records in Mexico, by selling over 320,000 copies in its first day of release. 
  • Cómplices debuts at # 1 on the Top Latin Albums tally Billboard Luis Miguel turning the artist with the most albums in this position in the history of the magazine.
  • Cómplices debuts at # 10 in the "Top 200" magazine Billboard, the highest position it has achieved in his career in the American Union.
  • Cómplices to three weeks of release obtained in Diamond disc by overcoming Mexico 400,000 copies sold.
  • Dalia Silver 180 Concert Auditorio Nacional.
  • Album "No Culpes a la Noche" # 180 in the Billboard Top 200.
  • Labios de Miel # 1 in Mexico with Quadruple Platinum Album.
  • In October 2010, is recognized by the "Latino Awards 2010" as "Artist of the Century" in New York
  • In 2011, National Auditorium recognition for being the only artist with 200 submissions in the history of enclosure
  • TOUR 2011 was ranked # 3 HOT TOURS of Billboard Magazine
  • ARTIST Named # 1 in more accumulated in the charts hits "Hot Latin Songs" Billboard Magazine issue 25 Years of Billboard "Hot Latin Songs"
  • On 22 February 2012 the "International Song Festival of Viña del Mar" is rewarded with 3 "Gulls" (gold, silver, platinum) and the keys to the city.
  • On 2 September 2012 at the "People in Spanish Festival" is awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" and "Mayor for a Day" in the city of San Antonio, Texas.
  • Receive on 22 October 2012 in Argentina at the hands of President Cristina Kirschner a plaque in recognition of his 100 presentations in that country (1982-2012).
  • In October 2012 he was named "distinguished guest" by the city of Antofagasta.
  • On 13 September 2013 in Las Vegas is awarded the "Diamond Award", a certificate from the Nevada Governor's Office for their contributions to the state, a certificate from the United States Senate recognizing him as one of the top Hispanic artists in the world, and "Day of Luis Miguel".
  • In 2018, received two Latin Grammy Awards for Best Mariachi Album and Album of the Year 
  • In 2018, received a Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Album Mexico Por Siempre

Who is Luis Miguel's wife?

Luis Miguel's personal life has been the subject of much media attention, particularly when it comes to his relationships. He has been romantically linked with several high-profile women, including actress Sofia Vergara, singer Mariah Carey, and television host Daisy Fuentes. He has also dated actress Lucia Méndez, photographer Mariana Issabela Camil, journalist Myrka Dellanos, actress Aracely Larrain, and actress Genoveva Casanova. Despite his many relationships, he has only been married once, to actress Aracely Arámbula.

Luis Miguel is the father of three children. His daughter Michelle Gallego was born in June 1989 in his relationship with Stephanie Salas. He also has two sons, Miguel and Daniel, who were born in January 2007 and December 2008, respectively, from his relationship with Aracely Arámbula. With his high-profile romances and numerous children, Luis Miguel's personal life has been a source of fascination for many fans and the Latin media alike.

What is Luis Miguel net worth?

Luis Miguel, the Mexican singer, has accumulated a net worth of $180 million from his career as a musician and songwriter which is his main source of wealth. His affluent lifestyle is a result of his successful music career, which has made him one of the highest-paid singers globally. He has sold over 100 million album copies worldwide, which has contributed significantly to his wealth. Luis Miguel is regarded as one of the most prosperous artists in the history of Latin America. Additionally, Luis has made investments in stocks and properties, including a five-bedroomed house in Los Angeles with a range of facilities, such as a personalized pub, family room, magnificent kitchen, and garden. Today, Luis is living a lavish lifestyle from his career earnings. 

How tall is Luis Miguel?

Luis Miguel's physical attributes include a height of 5 feet 10 inches and a weight of 74 kilograms. He has a lean build and is known for his sharp features and striking looks. His hair color is light brown, which he often styles in a classic, slicked-back fashion. His green eyes are one of his most defining features, often captivating his fans and admirers.

Luis Miguel's physical appearance has been an important part of his appeal as a performer and has helped him build a large and dedicated fan base. His stylish and sophisticated image, combined with his powerful vocal talents, has made him one of the most successful and enduring performers in Latin music history.

5 Facts About Luis Miguel

1. "Romance" was his best-selling album

Luis Miguel is a prolific artist with a long list of successful albums to his name. However, one of his albums stands out from the rest in terms of commercial success. His album Romance de él, released in 1991, is considered his best-selling album to date. It sold a staggering 13 million copies worldwide and included some of his most popular hits, such as "Unforgettable," "La barca," "I Don't Know You," "With You in the Distance," and "When I Return to Your Side," among others. The album's romantic ballads and Luis Miguel's soulful voice struck a chord with listeners, making it a classic in the Latin music genre and cementing Luis Miguel's status as one of the greatest Latin music artists of all time.

2. He has never been married

Luis Miguel is a celebrity who values his privacy, and this has earned him respect from journalists and the paparazzi. Despite being a public figure, he has managed to keep his personal life away from the media spotlight. It is known that he has never been married, but he has had long-term relationships with famous women such as Mariah Carey and Aracely Arámbula. Luis Miguel and Carey began their relationship in 1998 and ended it in 2001, without disclosing any details about the breakup. With Aracely Arámbula, Luis Miguel had a four-year romance, during which they had two children together. While he has had some high-profile relationships, Luis Miguel continues to keep his personal life private and away from the public eye. 

3. Luis is Mexican but he was not born in Mexico

Despite being a prominent Mexican figure, Luis Miguel was actually born on April 18, 1970, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, his father, Luis Rey, registered his birth a day later, making April 19 his official birthday. Even though he spent most of his childhood in Mexico, it was not until the late 1990s that Luis Miguel became a naturalized Mexican citizen, after then-President Carlos Salinas de Gortari granted him citizenship. Despite not being born in Mexico, Luis Miguel has become an icon of Mexican culture and music, with a massive following both in Mexico and abroad.

4. In 1986, Luis Miguel's mum disappeared

The disappearance of Marcela Basteri, Luis Miguel's mother, in 1986 had a profound impact on the renowned singer's life. Marcela's disappearance after boarding a flight to Madrid was the last time anyone had contact with her. Some sources claim that Luis Miguel may have abandoned his search for her after a private investigator concluded that she died in an accident. Marcela was known for her affection towards her son and nicknamed him "El Sol de México" (The Sun of Mexico). The mystery surrounding her disappearance has remained unsolved, and it continues to be a source of sadness and curiosity for Luis Miguel and his fans.

5. He released his own vintage of wine

Luis Miguel is a multi-talented individual who has ventured into the world of wine-making as a self-taught sommelier. He has created his own wine label, Unico Luis Miguel, which is widely recognized for its high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to his passion for wine, Luis Miguel is also well-known for his love of fine dining, indicating his sophisticated palate and appreciation for culinary artistry.