Juan Gabriel's Life Story Coming to Telemundo TV Series
Mexican icon Juan Gabriel is getting his own television series. Named after one of his most beloved hits, “Hasta Que Te Conocí (Until I Met You),” the show will be a 13-episode series chronicling his journey from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to becoming one of Latin America’s most successful singer-songwriters.
Gabriel is a partner on the project, which is being produced by Disney Media Distribution Latin America and SOMOS Productions, with distribution in Latin America and the United States handled by TNT, Telemundo and TV Azteca.
An exact release date has not been set yet.
“This series about my life, which is being scripted, I'm doing it with love, with much gratitude to everyone who has participated in my life as Juan Gabriel,” said the singer in a statement. “I want it to be a beautiful memory; that is my wish.”
At 65, Gabriel is experiencing one of the most remarkable years of his 44-year musical trajectory. His latest album, Los Duo, a collection of his hits performed as duets with an array of Latin music's biggest stars, debuted with the best first-week sales of any of his previous albums in the U.S. at 22,000. To date, the album has sold a total of 2,774,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen.
A fixture on the Latin charts for decades, Gabriel also scored his first top 40 on the Billboard 200 when Los Duo bowed at No. 25, following its release on Feb. 10, 2015.
Currently “El Divo de Juarez,” as he is affectionately known, has more top 10s on the Latin Pop Albums chart than any other artist (20), and he has placed 23 albums on the same chart. Only two artists have posted more: Ana Gabriel (24) and José José (26).
Exuberant in his performance style and prolific in his songwriting, Gabriel has penned songs in diverse styles -- rancheras, mariachis, ballads, pop and rock -- for himself as well as other Latin legends, including Ana Gabriel, José José, Luis Miguel and Rocio Durcal.
Earlier this year, Gabriel, born Alberto Aguilera Valadez, got his own mural in his hometown of Ciudad Juarez, honoring his contributions to Latin music. This month, he is performing a series of concerts in Mexico as part of the last leg of his Volver world tour, which culminates in September. The Mexican icon was hospitalized in 2014 due to health complications resulting from the tour.