Forty years since launching his career, Luis Miguel is one of Latin America’s biggest pop stars today.
Shortly after announcing his highly-anticipated tour on April 19, the crooner — and one of the top vocalists of his generation — sold out multiple dates on the 40-plus dates stint that is set to kick off Aug. 3 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
How? A reminder that before Bad Bunny broke box office records, the “Ahora Te Puedes Marchar” singer was the top grossing Latin touring act. Luis Miguel’s Mexico Por Siempre Tour (2018-19) grossed $101.4 million and sold 965,000 tickets across 116 shows. It was the highest-grossing Latin tour in Boxscore history until last year when Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee passed him.
Following multiple shows in Argentina and Chile, the Luis Miguel Tour 2023 will anchor in the U.S. visiting major cities such as Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami and Los Angeles. The tour, produced by CMN, will then head to Mexico where it will wrap up Dec. 17 in Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Without even having to drop new music — his last album was ¡MÉXICO Por Siempre! in 2017 and won album of the year at the Latin Grammy Awards — the elusive artist continues to be a mainstay on the Billboard charts (as the pop artist with the most entries on the Hot Latin Songs survey) and a top touring act across the U.S. and Latin America.
Below, five reasons why Luis Miguel is still one of Latin music’s biggest pop stars four decades since becoming “El Sol de México (The Mexican Sun)”:
A Bonafide Hitmaker
Luis Miguel has been delivering No. 1 hits since the 1980s. He scored his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart in 1987, one year after the tally launched, with the earwormy, karaoke-favorite song “Ahora Te Puedes Marchar.” Since, he’s placed 15 more No. 1s, including “Tengo Todo Excepto a Ti” and “La Media Vuelta.” Furthermore, Luis Miguel has the most entries among Latin pop acts on Hot Latin Songs, with a total of 58.
Is there anything Luis Miguel can’t sing?
Besides being of Latin America’s favorite balladeers, the Mexican singer has proven chameleonic with a versatility that stretches from singing rancheras with a mariachi in tow to boleros, big band, jazz and and pop making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists with nearly 20 million monthly listeners on Spotify.
Box Office King
Five years ago, Luis Miguel delivered the biggest Latin tour in Boxscore history.
Luis Miguel’s 2023 tour is his first trek since México Por Siempre, which ran from 2018 to 2019 and grossed $101.4 million, selling 965,000 tickets across 116 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. It was the highest grossing Latin tour in Boxscore history — since the chart launched in 1990 — until last year when Bad Bunny‘s El Último Tour del Mundo and World’s Hottest Tour surpassed it.
Forty Years in Music
Luis Miguel began his career as a little boy, and hasn’t stopped ever since. The hitmaker has been able to remain relevant across all decades with new generations discovering his timeless songs via streaming services and now also on platforms like TikTok, where there’s a trend of users picking Luis Miguel as their ultimate favorite singer with “Hasta Que Me Olvides” as the trend’s soundtrack. “My love, forever,” someone captioned their video.
A Netflix Series
The popular biographical series Luis Miguel, La Serie, starring Diego Boneta as Luis Miguel, aired on Telemundo and Netflix in 2018, which attracted a new generation of fans who were just discovering Luis Miguel’s music or had never seen him sing live before. According to a previously published story on Billboard, “Shortly after the Netflix series began, rerecorded versions of Luis Miguel hits on Spotify erupted, and plays of Luis Miguel’s music soared by 200 percent in the week’s following the series premiere.”
Read more about the Luis Miguel, La Serie‘s impact here.