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David Bisbal
David Bisbal in August 2006
Background information
Birth nameDavid Bisbal Ferre
Born(1979-06-05) June 5, 1979 (age 34)
Almería, Andalusia, Spain
GenresLatin pop, pop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
Years active2001–present
LabelsSignature Records, Wrasse Records (UK)
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David Bisbal
David Bisbal in August 2006
Background information
Birth nameDavid Bisbal Ferre
Born(1979-06-05) June 5, 1979 (age 34)
Almería, Andalusia, Spain
GenresLatin pop, pop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
Years active2001–present
LabelsSignature Records, Wrasse Records (UK)

David Bisbal Ferré (born in Almería, Spain on June 5, 1979) is a Grammy-winning Spanish pop singer. He gained his initial fame as a runner up on the interactive reality television show Operación Triunfo.

He has since released four studio albums, all of which topped the Spanish Albums Chart, in addition to recording a number of live albums. He has toured throughout Europe and Latin America and is now considered to be a crossover international artist.

As of 2012, David Bisbal has sold more than 5 million records in Spain and America, getting 35 Platinum albums, 17 gold and 2 diamond. 'Corazón Latino' and 'Bulería' treasure each one IFPI Platinum Award, official certification for selling over 1 million copies across Europe.

Early life[edit]

David Bisbal was born on June 5, 1979 in Almería (Spain), son of José Bisbal, a professional boxer and part of a trio of flamenco music, and Maria Ferre. He is the youngest of three siblings, a brother named José María and a sister named María del Mar. He loved to perform in public. During his childhood as a child showed a talent for performing, but was always very shy about doing so.

He dropped out of school in third year of school (ninth year), and his father took him to work for Ranger (Gardener) at the municipal nursery in Almeria, which was his first job. Years later he met the producer of the Orchestra Expressions, who discovered David singing, and after listening to and discovering his vocal quality, offered him employment as the main voice of the orchestra.

David began working in Orchestra Expressions, a popular band in Almeria. He gradually began to develop as a singer, and to discover his passion for music. Having been in the orchestra, David went to the auditions for Pop Idol, in Barcelona, Spain. In 2001, he was one of 16 contestants from the first Spanish edition of 'Idol' contest designed to choose the representative for the festival 'Eurovision' of that year. Finally he came in second place to Rosa Lopez. Bisbal also performed at Eurovision with Rosa Lopez, David Bustamante, Chenoa, Gisela and Geno, in the chorus.

Beginnings: Operación Triunfo[edit]

David Bisbal left school early and worked in a platinum and flower nursery. He was encouraged by his colleagues to audition for a music contest and he initially became part of Orquesta Expresiones where he continued singing and dancing.

In October 2001 he auditioned for the first ever edition of Operación Triunfo (Spanish equivalent of Star Academy) where he was accepted and was one of the 16 finalists. The grand prize was the chance of representing Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest. He came second in the final losing to Rosa López. She went on to sing Europe's Living a Celebration for Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 (ESC) competition.


David Bisbal, at Los Premios Nokia Amigo, 2007

Bisbal signed a contract with Vale Music Record label and released his first album recorded in Miami under the title "Corazón Latino" with Kike Santander. The album became 7 times platinum by summer 2002 after having topped the Spanish charts. The first single from the album, called Ave Maria, had a phenomenal success. After winning the Latin Grammys, the album went platinum (over 1 million sales).

In February 2004, he released his second album entitled "Bulería", again produced by his friend Kike Santander. It found similar success in Spain and throughout Latin America, hitting diamond level with more than 1 million albums sold in Spain alone, becoming the best Spanish seller of 2004.

In March 2005, he also released a DVD "Todo Por Ustedes" that contained live registrations of some of his concerts in the United States, Latin America and Spain.

"Premonición" became the third studio album by David Bisbal released on 3 October 2006. By the end of its first week of release, it had achieved enough sales to be certified as 5 times platinum with sales over 400,000 copies in Spain alone.

On October 20, 2009, Bisbal released Sin Mirar Atrás, receiving positive reviews[1] On the track "Aqui Ahora", which is features on the album Premonicion, David worked with writer/producer DJ Sammy.

2002-2003: international launch debut album[edit]

Once completed Idol, signed a contract with Vale Music company that offered the opportunity to record his first solo debut album. This one, entitled 'Corazón Latino', was released in summer 2002, recorded in Miami with production Kike Santander . The album reached number one in its first week to debut sold over 600,000 copies, breaking sales records, disk was maintained for seven consecutive weeks at number one on the charts in Spain . With more than 900,000 copies sold in Spain, Bisbal was released to the Spanish-speaking countries, to promote his debut album, the disc would be released on October 15 . In 2003, in January Bisbal friend picked up the award in January in Madrid's Palacio de Cristal de la Arganzuela. On October 31 he began his first tour in America, in Argentina, where he visited 12 countries and 17 live concerts. In November it went on sale in Mexico a special edition of "Corazón Latino".

2004-2005: Bulería, the second million[edit]

The first single from Bisbal's second album, "Bulería", premiered on 7 January. It reached number 656 on the charts and radio stations of both Spain and America. On 11 February, the eponymous album was released. The album debuted on the charts in Spain where more than 300,000 copies were sold in a week. It also reached gold level in Colombia and Venezuela in two weeks.

He first set foot in Germany in November in order to promote his duet with singer Joana Zimmer. The duet's theme was "Let's make history". Several days after presenting the videoclip with Joana Zimmer, David make an appearance at the Tribute to Rocío Jurado Gala in order to sing.

2006-2008: The Gift and his time in Europe and Japan[edit]

His first single was made in August entitled "Who was Going to Say", got to be number one in the charts and radio stations of Spain and America . On October 3 he released his third album called Premonition, which reached number one on his debut, where he achieved five platinum albums, more than 900,000 copies distributed. On October 24 he performed in Strasbourg, the seat of European Parliament in Strasbourg where he gave an exclusive concert, in which he played the songs from his album, to representatives of 25 member countries. The album was kept for 1 month at number one on the Spanish list. The singer won the Ondas Awards held at the Musical Theatre of Barcelona, at the 53rd Gala Awards and the Golden Microphone in the music category. In 2007, in January, his second single "Silenced" comnsecutivas stayed for eight weeks at number one in the top 40. In 2008, Bisbal sang a duet with Rihanna in the song "Hate That I Love You" which includes the reissue of the album Good girl, gone bad. With G-unit

2009-present: No looking back[edit]

In summer, the singer gave several concerts by some countries in Europe. Bisbal while he was putting the finishing touches on this new album called Do not look back . The first single from the album, entitled "Slave kisses" under the production of Mexican Armando Avila. Its world premiere was on August 24 and the video came out on 7 September . Has been one of the most successful singles David throughout his career, reaching number 1 in sales and radio in Spain, USA and Latin America. On January 9, 2010 Promusicae announced that the single slave to his kisses and was double platinum by its more than 80,000 copies sold in Spain and platinum in Argentina for more than 20,000 copies sold. Their second single was "My Princess." The song "24 Hours" made by Espinoza Paz Mexico, the third single in the U.S. and Latin America, was presented at the Billboard Awards Gala 2010, while in Spain the single was "Do not look back", a song that gives title track. now makes a guest appearance on the soap opera that money to us part . David also won his first American Grammy in 2009. On November 14, 2010 he was presented in the United States Gold Disc for sales of his album Do not look back in USA and Puerto Rico.

2010-present: Heirs[edit]

International Appeal[edit]

Internationally David Bisbal enjoys popularity in a great number of countries.[citation needed]


All discography information obtained from the David Bisbal Official Website


YearTitleChart positionsSales and Certification
2002Corazón Latino113Worldwide sales: 1,700,000[4]
Spain sales: 1,300,000[5]
PROMUSICAE Spanish certification: 13x Platinum
2004Bulería15Worldwide sales: 1,300,000[6]
Spain sales: 1,000,000[7]
PROMUSICAE Spanish certification: 10x Platinum
2005Todo Por Ustedes164Worldwide sales: 100,000[8]
Spain sales: 75,000[9]
PROMUSICAE Spanish certification: 1x Gold
2006David Bisbal
  • 1st Greatest Hits Album
  • Released: April 4, 2006 (Worldwide)
  • Formats: CD
18134Worldwide sales: 150,000[10]
Spain sales: 40,000[11]
PROMUSICAE Spanish certification: Gold
  • 3rd Studio Album
  • Released: October 3, 2006 (Worldwide)
  • Formats: CD
16412627Worldwide sales: 950,000[12]
Spain sales: 400,000
PROMUSICAE Spanish certification: 5x Platinum
2007Premonición Live
  • 2nd Live Album
  • Released: November 27, 2007 (Worldwide)
  • Formats: 2 DVDs + 2CDs
575Worldwide sales: 100,000
Spain sales: 40,000
PROMUSICAE Spanish certification: 1x Gold
2009Sin Mirar Atrás
  • 4th Studio Album
  • Released: October 20, 2009 (Worldwide)
  • Formats: CD
1181Worldwide sales: 550,000+
Spain sales: 200,000+
PROMUSICAE Spanish certification: 3x Platinum
2011Una noche en el teatro real
  • 3rd Live Album
  • Released: December 6, 2011 (Spain)
  • Formats: 2 DVDs + 2CDs
1Spain sales: 75,000
PROMUSICAE Spanish certification: 3x Platinum
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released


YearTitleAlbumChart positions
2002"Corazón Latino"Corazón LatinoPromo
"Ave María"18127182924
"Lloraré Las Penas"13101725
2003"Quiero Perderme En Tu Cuerpo"24
"Cómo Será"
"Rosa y Espinas" (with David Civera)La Chiqui Big Band1
"Oye El Boom"1571713
"Desnúdate Mujer"61624
"Camina Y Ven"140
2005"Me Derrumbo"5
"Cómo Olvidar"1
"Esta Ausencia"71813
"Todo Por Ustedes"Todo Por Ustedes
2006"Let’s Make History" (with Joana Zimmer)David Bisbal54823
"Quien Me Iba A Decir"Premonición1111133313
"Soldado De Papel" (with Tomatito)Promo
2007"Amar Es Lo Que Quiero"623*24*
"Torre De Babel" (with Vicente Amigo & Wisin & Yandel)110
2008"Hate That I Love You (Spanglish version)" (with Rihanna)Premonición Live22111326
2009"Esclavo de Sus Besos"Sin Mirar Atrás11110111
"Mi Princesa"1353412901
2010"Wavin' Flag (Spanish Celebration Mix) (with K'Naan)Troubadour22411
"Sin Mirar Atrás"Sin Mirar Atrás
(and 24 Horas edition)
"24 horas"278
2012"Sombra y luz"Una noche en el teatro real

No hay 2 sin 3


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