Singer Miguel Bosé, Spain's biggest selling global star of the past three years, has earned a best 2008 tour award in the 13th Premios de la Música awards, whose televised gala ceremony takes place in the western city of Badajoz on March 12.

The Academy of Arts and Sciences of Music executive committee, which is jointly run by Spain's collecting society SGAE and artists' association AiE, announced the award February 25, one day before all of the 28 awards are scheduled to be announced in Madrid. The awards are exclusively for music recorded in Spain by Spanish or Latin artists who must be SGAE members.

Bosé and the other winners will collect their awards at the Badajoz ceremony organised by the Academy, the Extremadura regional government, and the culture ministry's institute for scenic arts and music (INAEM).

Bosé's two-part tour included 180 concerts between mid-2007 and the last gig on December 20, 2008, in the northern city of Valladolid. Some 114 concerts were performed in Spain, and the remaining 65 were staged in 11 Latin American countries, plus one in Italy.

In a statement, the Academy says the tour was "able to stir up passions and fascinations able among some 2 million fans who watched Papitour in squares, sports pavilions, stadiums and theaters."

The tour was in support of the 2007 album "Papito" (Carosello/Warner Music), which on Feb. 25 had spent 101 weeks in the Spanish charts with sales of some 450,000 units, says Warner's Bosé product manager Ana Gómez. Global sales exceed 1.5 million, she says.

"Papito" is an album of 30 duets with major Spanish and Latin artists, released to mark Bosé's 30 years as a recording and performing artist in 2007. It spent several weeks at No 1 in album charts in Spain, Mexico and some smaller Latin American nations.

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