Spain's RLM Booking Internacional has signed an exclusive international booking and TV appearance deal with veteran singer Raphael.

Spain's RLM Booking Internacional has signed an exclusive international booking and TV appearance deal with veteran singer Raphael.

RLM international booking director Sonsoles Armendariz says "this is an exceptional signing for us, because not only has Raphael been solidly successful since the early '60s but he is bursting with enthusiasm to break new ground. He is now preparing his new very intimate show that he takes out on tour in nearly a year's time."

In a career spanning 45-years, Raphael has sold an estimated 50 million albums, according to his label, EMI Spain. He has been nominated three times for Grammy awards and has been awarded some 325 gold discs and 49 platinum discs.

His latest CD "Maravilloso Raphael" entered the Spanish charts at No. 23 this week, following on the heels of a sold-out summer tour of Spain.

The artist is expected to record a new album in January for late 2006 release. A tour will roll out from next fall that will take in Spain, Latin America and the United States.