Sergio Dalma

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Sergio Dalma in 2011.

Josep Sergi Capdevila Querol (Sabadell, Barcelona, September 28, 1964),[1] professionally known as Sergio Dalma, is one of Spain's best-selling recording artists. He has topped Spain's official Productores de Música de España national album chart seven times, including an unbroken string of five No. 1 albums between 2008 and 2013. [2]

Professional career[edit]

Sergio Dalma started his career singing in bands and performing in choral groups until he won the TV program "Gent d'aqui", in the Catalan station of TVE, which won him a regular contract to sing in the Shadows night-club in Barcelona.[3] Dalma signed with the record company Horus.

In 1989, Sergio Dalma released his first album, Esa Chica es Mía. The title song was released as his first single. The song, a pop-rock ballad, became a success in Ibero-America, reaching the charts in Spain, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and other Latin American countries. The album was certified Platinum in Spain and other countries in 1990.[4][5]

Sintiéndonos la Piel followed in 1991. That same year, he was chosen to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Bailar Pegados." He finished in fourth place, and the single proved to be his international breakthrough and introduced him to Hispanic audiences in the United States, where the song peaked at No. 6 on the U.S. Hot Latin Tracks chart in Billboard. It also became a number one hit in several countries of Ibero-America.[6] Another single from the album, "Como Me Gusta," became his second Top 10 hit on the U.S. Hot Latin Tracks list.

The following year, he released Adivina, which reached No. 1 in the Spanish charts and featured the hit single "Ave Lucía". He later recorded for Polygram and Universal. "Galilea" (1991), "Solo Para Ti" (No. 10 on the U.S. Hot Latin Tracks in Billboard in 1994), "Esta Noche Es Larga Si No Estas" (1998), "Todo Lo Que Quieres" (2005), "El Mundo" (No. 10 in Spain in 2011) and "Yo No Te Pido La Luna" (2011) are among his many hit singles. [7] His 2010 album, Via Dalma, became one of the biggest hits in his career, spending 10 weeks at No. 1 in Spain and earning six-times platinum certification. His 2011 followup, Via Dalma II, also reached No. 1 and was certified quadruple platinum. To promote the latter disc, Dalma hosted an RTVE special called Via Dalma that aired in December 2011. His guests included Laura Pausini, Nek, Pablo Alborán, Umberto Tozzi, Chenoa and Pastora Soler.[8]

Upon its first week in release, Dalma's 2013 album, Cadore 33, topped the chart in Spain. It thus became Dalma's fifth consecutive album to reach No. 1 on the national chart, excluding compilations. [2] It featured two hit singles: "Si Te Vas" (No. 21 in Spain) and "Recuerdo Crónico" (No. 49 in Spain). [2]

On Sept. 20, 2014, he celebrated the 25th anniversary of his recording career with a concert at the Plaza del Toros in Madrid. The show was filmed for DVD release and recorded for a CD.[9] Guest stars included Nek, Vanesa Martín and Pablo Alborán. [10] Yo Estuve Allí, A CD/DVD of the concert, was released Nov. 18, 2014. It debuted on the Spanish chart at No. 4 during the week of Nov. 17-23, 2014. The same week, Cadore 33 returned to the chart at No. 8, giving Dalma two albums simultaneously in the Top 10. [11]

Dalma has performed in Spanish throughout his career, but has also recorded in Catalan, Italian, English and French.

Personal life[edit]

Sergio Dalma married Maribel Sanz on Feb. 22, 1994. His only child, Sergi Capdevila, was born on Aug. 18, 1995.[3] The couple later divorced, and Maribel became, for a while, a regular of celebrity magazines and TV programs. In 2014, mother and son appeared on the second season of the Telecinco show ¡Mira Quién Salta!, a celebrity diving program. Capdevila won the program. After the victory, he claimed in an interview that he hadn't spoken with Dalma in five months. Dalma declined to comment on his son's charges. [12]

Discography[13][edit]

  • Esa Chica es Mía (Horus, 1989)
  • Sintiéndonos la Piel (Horus, 1991) #3 Spain
  • Adivina (Horus 1992) #1 Spain
  • Sólo Para Ti (Polygram, 1994) #6 Spain
  • Cuerpo a Cuerpo (Polygram, 1995) #4 Spain
  • En Concierto (Polygram, 1996) #24 Spain
  • Historias Normales (Polygram, 1998) #4 Spain
  • Nueva Vida (Universal, 2001) #12 Spain
  • De Otro Color (Universal, 2003)
  • Todo Lo Que Quieres (Universal, 2005) #4 Spain
  • A Buena Hora (Universal, 2008) #1 Spain Platinum
  • Trece (Universal, 2010) #1 Spain Platinum
  • Via Dalma (Warner, 2010) #1 Spain 6xPlatinum
  • Via Dalma II (Warner, 2011) #1 Spain 4xPlatinum
  • Cadore 33 (Warner, 2013) #1 Spain Platinum
  • Yo Estuve Allí (Warner, 2013) #4 Spain

Compilations[edit]

  • De Colección (Polygram, 1994)
  • Lo Mejor de Sergio Dalma 1989-2004 (Universal, 2004) #1 Spain
  • Todo Via Dalma (Warner, 2012) #19 Spain
  • T'estimo[A] (Universal, 2013) #23 Spain
Notes
  • A. ^ T'estimo is a collection of Dalma's Catalan-language recordings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alonso, César (2012). Los Tesoros de Sergio Dalma. Libros Cupula. pp. 11, 117, 133. ISBN 978-84-480-0571-9. 
  2. ^ a b c "Spanishcharts.com". Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Sergio Dalma - Yahoo! Corazón
  4. ^ "SERGIO DALMA - Biografía" (in Spanish). warnermusic.com.ar. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  5. ^ "SERGIO DALMA" (in Spanish). biografiasyvidas.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  6. ^ "SERGIO DALMA - Artist Biography by Drago Bonacich - Awards". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  7. ^ Cordova, Randy." 12 great Sergio Dalma songs to mark 25th anniversary." The Arizona Republic. Sept. 12, 2014.
  8. ^ "Sergio Dalma – Via Dalma (especial)". rtve.es. 
  9. ^ "Sergio Dalma celebrará sus 25 años de carrera el 20 de septiembre en Las Ventas." Madrid Actual. June 30, 2014.
  10. ^ "Nek, Pablo Alborán y Vanesa Martín, en el directo de Dalma." Cadena Dial. Oct. 3, 2014.
  11. ^ "ProMusicae Weekly Charts". promusica.es. 
  12. ^ Espi, Sergio." El hijo de Sergio Dalma le canta las 40 a su padre: 'Llevo sin hablarle 5 meses'." PeriodistaDigital.com. June 17, 2014.
  13. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (2005). Sólo Éxitos 1959-2002: Año a Año. Melvin Producciones. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 

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Preceded by
Azúcar Moreno
with "Bandido"
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
1991
Succeeded by
Serafín Zubiri
with "Todo esto es la música"