Alejandro Sanz Renews Recording Agreement with Universal Music Spain

Alejandro Sanz isn’t going anywhere…

The 50-year-old Spanish singer has renewed his artist recording agreement with Universal Music Spain.

Alejandro Sanz

Sanz and Universal Music’s alliance dates back to 2011 and has led to the launch of two studio album releases (La Música No Se Toca and Sirope), three live performance albums (La Música No Se Toca En VivoSirope Vivo+ES+ El Concierto) and the documentary film Sanz: Lo Que Fui Es Lo Que Soy.

“Prolonging the agreement with Universal allows me to continue growing as an artist,” said Sanz in a press release. “It allows me to create and innovate within a trusted environment. It strengthens me as a musician to stay on the same route I have been advancing for years.”

Today the renewed alliance starts a new phase of work and artistic collaboration.

“Working with Alejandro, the most successful Spanish artist of the last three decades and renewing this commitment, gives us the opportunity to continue reinventing together the new model of creation, communication, consumption and marketing of music in all its facets,” added Narcis Rebollo, President of Universal Music Spain and Portugal. “Ratifies Universal Music as the pioneering and leading entertainment company in its sector.”

Last year, Sanz released “No Tengo Nada,” the first single of his forthcoming album titled #ElDisco. He also announced his four major concerts in Spain this year as part of the #LaGira Tour.

Sanz has won 17 Latin Grammys and three Grammys. He has received the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year three times, more than any other artist.

Juanes to Perform at the Inaugural Universal Music Festival in Madrid

It’s about to get (Teatro) Real for Juanes

The 42-year-old Colombian rockero will perform at Universal Music Spain’s inaugural Universal Music Festival in Madrid.

Juanes

The label, in tandem with Spanish management/entertainment companies LaRock Entertainment and Concert Tour, will host the festival from July 20-27.

In addition to Juanes, the Universal Music Festival will include performances by Elton JohnCaetano Veloso and Gilberto GilRaphaelMiguel Poveda and flamenco act El Barrio.

The fest will take place in Madrid’s Teatro Real, a 1,700 seat venue usually used for opera, ballet or classical music.

In this case, the music leans toward more thoughtful pop, with Elton John opening with his “Solo Piano Show” July 20.

On July 21, Veloso and Gil will share the stage accompanied only by their respective guitars in an evening dubbed “Two Friends, One Century of Music.”  On July 22, it’s flamboyant Spanish singer Raphael with his new project, “Simphonico,” where he performs his greatest hits backed by the RTVE Symphony Orchestra.

Flamenco singer Miguel Poveda will perform his versions of poetry by the likes of Quevedo, Rafael de León, García Lorca, Borges, Miguel Hernández and Pablo Neruda, and on July 24, Juanes will perform as part of his Loco de Amor tour. The fest ends July 27 with a performance by flamenco act El Barrio.

While Universal Music Festival in Madrid is organized by Universal Music Spain, it falls under Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Penninsula’s larger attempt to broaden its scope of action. The company already has a management/booking arm, GTS — whose roster includes David Bisbal and Bustamante, among other Universal acts — which has been booking shows throughout Latin America, Spain and the U.S.