Álex Ubago

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Alex Ubago
Alex Ubago
Alex Ubago
Background information
Birth nameAlejandro Martínez de Ubago Rodríguez
Born (1981-01-29) January 29, 1981 (age 39)
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVoice, guitar, piano
Years active2000–present
Associated acts
Websitealexubago.com

Álex Ubago (born Alejandro Martínez de Ubago Rodríguez on January 29, 1981, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain) is a Spanish singer-songwriter. He is especially known for his heartfelt voice and his ballads. He was able to record his debut album "Que Pides Tu" when manager Iñigo Argomaniz that used to go to Alex's cousin's bar heard a demo that Alex made for his girlfriend, his first cd contain songs from this first demo, the songs are "Sabes" and "Hay Que Ver". Alex started to tour national radios with his guitar to sing his songs live and be interviewed. Eventually this strategy worked and his album finally hit the charts. But he reached absolute fame with the publication of the song "Sin Miedo A Nada", featuring Amaia Montero, his biggest hit to date.

Early life[edit]

When he was four years old, his parents moved to San Sebastián. He wrote his first song at the age of 15.[1]

Career[edit]

Álex Ubago taught himself to sing, and at the age of 22 released his debut album ¿Qué pides tú?,[2] which sold 900,000 units in Spain and was certified 2X platinum in Mexico.[3][4] Ubago received a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist in 2003, but the award was won by fellow Spanish performer David Bisbal.[5] Ubago's album Fantasía o realidad was released in 2004, and was as successful as his first album.[2] Ubago was nominated again for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Album for his album Calle Ilusión which peaked at number three in the Spanish Albums Charts.[6][7]

In 2019, he collaborated in the CD edited by La Marató de TV3, a telethon devoted to raise funds for the research of incurable diseases, with a version in Catalan of his song "Sin miedo a nada".[8][9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
SPN
[10]
ARG
¿Qué Pides Tú?
  • Released: September 23, 2001
1
  • Spain: 9× Platinum[3]
  • Mexico: 2× Platinum[11]
21 Meses, 1 Semana y 2 Dias
  • Released: July 21, 2003
1
Fantasía o Realidad
  • Released: February 24, 2004
1
  • Spain: 3× Platinum[12]
  • Mexico: Platinum+Gold[11]
Álex Ubago: En Directo
  • Released: August 20, 2004
6
Aviones De Cristal
  • Released: September 25, 2006
3 61
Calle Ilusión
  • Released: March 10, 2009
3 3
Mentiras Sinceras
  • Released: December 4, 2012
16
Canciones Impuntuales
  • Released: May 5, 2017[14]
14
[15]
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gutierrez, Evan C. "Biography: Alex Ubago". Allmusic. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Gutierrez, Evan C. "Álex Ubago – Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Spanish certifications" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Select Albums under "Chart", enter 2004 in the field "Year". Select 01 in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts".
  4. ^ "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Type Alex Ubago in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and Que Pides Tu? in the box under TÍTULO
  5. ^ "The nominees are ..." Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. July 23, 2003. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  6. ^ "Conoce a los nominados a los Grammy Latinos" (in Spanish). Terra Networks México. September 19, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Alex Ubago – Calle Ilusión". Spanish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  8. ^ "TV-3 celebra el 15º aniversario del 'Disc de la Marató' a lo grande". El Periodico (in Spanish). November 15, 2019. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "El disc de La Marató fa 15 anys picant l'ullet al Nadal". Ara.cat (in Catalan). November 14, 2019. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  10. ^ After 2005: "spanishcharts.com – Discography Alex Ubago". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  11. ^ a b c "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Type Alex Ubago in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and {{{title}}} in the box under TÍTULO
  12. ^ "Spanish certifications" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Select Albums under "Chart", enter 2005 in the field "Year". Select 02 in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts".
  13. ^ "Spanish certifications" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Select Albums under "Chart", enter 2007 in the field "Year". Select 01 in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts".
  14. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/mx/album/canciones-impuntuales/id1219365225/
  15. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 19: del 05.05.2017 al 11.05.2017" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved May 19, 2017.

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