David Bisbal

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David Bisbal
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Bisbal in November 2016
David Bisbal Ferre

(1979-06-05) 5 June 1979 (age 43)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active2001-present
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Rosanna Zanetti
(m. 2018)
Partner(s)Chenoa (2001-2005)
Elena Tablada (2006-2011)
Musical career

David Bisbal Ferre (born 5 June 1979) is a Spanish singer, songwriter, and actor. He gained his initial fame as a runner-up on the interactive reality television show Operación Triunfo.

He has since released five studio albums, all of which topped the Spanish Albums Chart, in addition to recording a number of live albums. He has toured throughout Europe and Latin America and is now considered to be a crossover international artist.

As of 2019, David Bisbal has sold more than six million records in Spain and America, getting 69 platinum albums, 20 gold and two diamond. Corazón Latino and Bulería have each received an IFPI Platinum Award, the official certification of having sold over one million copies across Europe.

Early life[edit]

David Bisbal was born on 7 June 1979 in Almería, Spain. His parents are José Bisbal, a professional boxer who was Spanish national Bantamweight and Featherweight champion[1] and part of a trio of flamenco musicians, and Maria Ferre Montoya. He is the youngest of three siblings, a brother named José María and a sister named María del Mar. As a child, Bisbal showed a talent for performing, but was always very shy about doing so in public.

Bisbal attended the secondary school IES Al-Andalus in Almería, but dropped out in his second to last year at around age 15. After dropping out, his father took him to work in a greenhouse in Almería, which was his first known job. A few years later he met the producer of Orchestra Expressions, a popular band in Almería. After listening to and discovering his vocal quality, the producer offered him employment as the main singer of the group.

Through his work in Orchestra Expressions, he gradually began to develop as a singer, and to discover his passion for music. David went on to audition for 'Pop Idol,' in Barcelona, Spain. In 2001, he was one of 16 contestants in the first Spanish edition of 'Idol' designed to choose the representative for the 'Eurovision' festival of that year. He came in second place to Rosa López. Bisbal then performed at Eurovision with Rosa López, David Bustamante, Chenoa, Gisela and Geno, in the chorus.

Beginnings: Operación Triunfo[edit]

In October 2001 he auditioned for the first ever edition of Operación Triunfo (the Spanish version of Star Academy) where he was accepted and was one of the 16 contestants. He reached the final, where he placed as the runner-up to Rosa López. The top three contestants qualified for a secondary phase of the contest, where the prize was the chance of representing Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest. He came second in the Eurovision phase with the song "Corazón Latino", losing to Rosa López. She went on to sing "Europe's Living a Celebration" for Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 competition in Tallinn. Bisbal accompanied her there as a backing vocalist.


David Bisbal, at Los Premios Nokia Amigo, 2007

Bisbal signed a contract with Vale Music Record label and released his first album, recorded in Miami under the title Corazón Latino with producer and songwriter Kike Santander. The album went platinum 7 times by summer 2002, after having topped the Spanish charts. The first single from the album, called Ave María, had a phenomenal success. After winning a Latin Grammy, the album went platinum (over 1 million in sales).

On 10 February 2004, he released his second album entitled Bulería, again produced by his friend Kike Santander. It found similar success in Spain and throughout Latin America, hitting the diamond level with more than 1 million albums sold in Spain alone, and becoming the best Spanish seller of 2004.

In March 2005, he also released a DVD Todo Por Ustedes that contained live recordings of some of his concerts in the United States, Latin America and Spain.

Premonición was the third studio album by David Bisbal released on 3 October 2006. By the end of its first week of release, it had achieved enough sales to be certified as 5 times platinum with sales of over 400,000 copies in Spain alone.

On 20 October 2009, Bisbal released Sin Mirar Atrás, receiving positive reviews[2] David worked with writer/producer DJ Sammy on the track "Aqui Ahora", which is featured on the album Premonición.

2002–2003: International launch debut album[edit]

After achieving fame as Operación Triunfo finalist, he signed a contract with label Vale Music, offering him the opportunity to record his first solo debut album. The album, entitled Corazón Latino, was released in Summer 2002, recorded in Miami and produced by Kike Santander. The album reached number one in its debut week selling over 600,000 copies, breaking sales records; the album stayed for seven consecutive weeks at number one on the Spanish Albums Chart. With more than 1,300,000 copies sold in Spain, Bisbal was launched to the rest of the Spanish-speaking world; his debut album would be released on 15 October. In January 2003, Bisbal received an Amigo award in Madrid's Palacio de Cristal de la Arganzuela. On 31 October he began his first tour of Latin America in Argentina; he visited 12 countries and performed 17 live concerts. In November, a special issue of Corazón Latino was released in Mexico.

2004–2005: Bulería, the second million record sales[edit]

The first single from Bisbal's second album, "Bulería", premiered on 15 December 2003. It reached number 1 on the charts and radio stations of both Spain and Latin America. On 11 February, the eponymous album was released. The album debuted on the charts in Spain, where more than 300,000 copies were sold in a week. It also reached gold certification in Colombia and Venezuela within two weeks.

He first set foot in Germany in November in order to promote his duet with singer Joana Zimmer. The duet's theme was "Let's make history". Several days after presenting the video with Joana Zimmer, David performed at the Tribute to Rocío Jurado Gala.

2006–2008: Premonición and promotion in Europe and Japan[edit]

The first single of his third studio album Premonición, "Quién me iba a decir" was released in August 2006. The album was released on 3 October 2006. It sold more than 900,000 copies.

On 24 October he performed at the seat of European Parliament in Strasbourg in an exclusive concert in which he performed the songs from his album to representatives of 25 member countries. The album stayed for a month at number one on the Spanish chart. The singer won an Ondas Award in a ceremony held at the Barcelona Teatre Musical, and a Micrófono de Oro award. In January 2007, the second single from the album "Silencio" stayed for eight weeks at number one in Los 40 Principales, Spain's Top 40 Chart.

In 2008, Bisbal performed a duet with Rihanna, "Hate That I Love You", which was included in the re-issue of Good Girl Gone Bad.

2009–2010: Sin Mirar Atrás[edit]

His fourth studio album Sin Mirar Atrás was released on 20 October 2009 in Spain, Latin America and the United States. The first single from the album was "Esclavo de tus Besos", under the production of Mexican-born Armando Ávila. Its world premiere was on 24 August and the video came out on 7 September. It was one of the most successful singles of the Spanish singer in his career, reaching number 1 on sales and radio charts in Spain, Latin America and the United States. On 9 January 2010 Promusicae announced that "Esclavo de Tus Besos" had earned a double platinum certification for its more than 80,000 copies sold in Spain, and it also earned a platinum certification in Argentina for more than 20,000 copies sold. The second single from the album was "Mi Princesa". The song "24 Horas" made with Mexican singer Espinoza Paz, was the third single in the U.S. and Latin America and was presented at the 2010 Billboard Awards, while in Spain the single was "Sin Mirar Atrás", a song that gave title to the album. Bisbal also won his first Latin Grammy in 2009. On 14 November 2010 he was presented the Gold Record for the sales of the album in USA and Puerto Rico.

2011–present: Herederos & The Voice[edit]

David Bisbal sang the theme song for the soap opera "Herederos de una venganza". It is one of the highest rated telenovelas in Argentina, which starred Romina Gaetani, Luciano Castro and Federico Amador, where all romantic moments are set to music by the song sung by David Bisbal. The songwriters of this release were Bisbal himself, Sebastian Bazan, and Karen Oliver.

On 5 November 2011 he released his first acoustic performance, a DVD/CD pack entitled "Una noche en el Teatro Real", recorded in the Madrid's main opera house, the Teatro Real (Royal Theatre), four days earlier. In its first week on sale, it set a record: the first time a DVD/CD set surpassed sales of CDs on the Spanish charts, selling more than 50,000 copies in seven days, and obtaining double platinum status. On 18 January, sales reached triple platinum, with more than 75,000 copies sold. In 2012, his CD "Live at the Royal Albert Hall" was certified platinum in Spain.

During the tour of "Una noche en el Teatro Real", Bisbal played in some of the most iconic theatres and auditoriums in Spain, North America, Latin America, and major European capitals. He played a total of 128 concerts in such unique venues as the Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Luna Park in Buenos Aires. Writing about Bisbal's Albert Hall concert in September 2012, Boris Izaguirre described him as "the voice of Spanish emigrants" and "The Julio Iglesias of the lost generation", noting that many Spaniards in their twenties who had been forced by the financial crisis to emigrate had grown up during Bisbal's rise to fame in the previous decade's economic boom.[3] On 15 November 2012, in Las Vegas, David Bisbal won his third Latin Grammy, this time in the category "Best Traditional Pop Album".

Bisbal's career took a turn towards its beginnings when he joined the Spanish reality talent show La Voz as a judge, acting as coach to eventual winner Rafa Blas in the first series. In addition he was a judge on La Voz... México on the third series of the show. However, in January 2014 after appearing on two seasons of the Spanish show and one of the Mexican edition, Bisbal announced he would leave these roles due to a heavy schedule of live and promotional work for his new album Tú y Yo.[4][5] In mid-2016, he was a mentor on the show La Apuesta in which he was the winner with his fellow contestant Héctor Osobampo.

In 2017 Bisbal released the album Hijos del mar. Four singles were released: "Antes que no", "Duele demasiado", "Lo tenga o no" and "Fiebre". For the latter, Bisbal recorded a video clip in Los Angeles with Mexican vlogger Caeli and Spanish model Silvia Kal.[6][7]

In June 2018 Aitana was invited by David Bisbal to sing at the Palau Sant Jordi.[8] Both sang Mi princesa, a song by Bisbal.[9]

In 2020, Carrie Underwood teamed up with David Bisbal for a new single, “Tears of Gold.” The song marks Underwood's first-ever bilingual single, with both vocalists singing in English and in Spanish.

On 27 April 2022 he was announced as a coach on the program La Voz... México alongside Ha*Ash, Yuridia and Joss Favela.[10]

International appeal[edit]

Internationally, Bisbal enjoys popularity in a great number of countries.[citation needed]

  • On 3 September 2003, he won the Latin Grammy for "Best New Artist". During the event, He sang Angels,[11] with Jessica Simpson. He also launched a big promotional tour in Latin America with sold-out concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and others.[citation needed]
  • In 2008, he recorded Hate That I Love You (Odio Amarte),[12] a Spanglish version with Rihanna. He achieved European success in England, Germany, Belgium, Russia and Romania in addition to great success in Japan.
  • In 2009, he recorded "Sufriras" a Spanglish duet with singer Pixie Lott, eventually released as a platinum bonus track on the Deluxe Edition of his fourth studio album, Sin Mirar Atrás.
  • In 2010 David was featured in the Spanish version of the FIFA 2010 Official World Cup song Waving Flag with Somali-Canadian Musician K'naan who is the original artist of the song.
  • In 2010, A remix version of Miley Cyrus's When I Look At You, titled "Te miro a ti", was released on one of his albums in order to promote the release of The Last Song in Spain; in it, Cyrus sings her lines in English, while Bisbal's are mingled in both English and Spanish.
  • In 2011 David recorded a song for the TV series "Herederos" in Argentina. The song is called "Herederos" and David has sold over 300,000 copies of the cd "Sin Mirar Atrás Tour" in Argentina.
  • On 15 November 2012, he won the Latin Grammy held in Las Vegas from the category "Best Traditional Pop Album" for "Una Noche en el Teatro Real".
  • In 2013, Bisbal acted as himself in the TV series Jane the Virgin where he sang "Esclavo de sus besos" he appeared one episode.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Sales and certifications
2002 Corazón Latino
  • Released: 15 October 2002
  • Format: CD
1 13 Worldwide sales: 2,000,000[14]
Spain sales: 1,300,000[14]
PROMUSICAE: 13× Platinum
Amprofon: Gold
Capif: Gold
RIAA: Platinum
2004 Bulería
  • Released: 10 February 2004
  • Format: CD
1 5 73 Worldwide sales: 1,300,000[15]
Spain sales: 1,000,000[15]
PROMUSICAE: 10× Platinum
Capif: Gold
RIAA: Platinum
2006 Premonición
  • Released: 3 October 2006
  • Format: CD, download
1 6 41 26 27 Worldwide sales: 1,000,000[16]
Spain sales: 400,000
PROMUSICAE: 5× Platinum
2009 Sin Mirar Atrás
  • Released: 20 October 2009
  • Formats: CD, download
1 1 81 Worldwide sales: 550,000+
Spain sales: 200,000+
PROMUSICAE: 3× Platinum
Capif: Gold
2014 Tú y Yo
  • Released: 18 March 2014
  • Formats: CD, download
1 8 Spain sales: 160,000+
PROMUSICAE: 3× Platinum
Amprofon: Gold
Capif: Gold
IFPI: Gold
2016 Hijos del Mar
  • Released: 2 December 2016
  • Formats: CD, download
4 Spain sales: 50,000+
PROMUSICAE: 1× Platinum
2020 En Tus Planes
  • Released: 3 January 2020
  • Formats: CD, download
Spain sales: 40,000+
PROMUSICAE: 1× Platinum

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Sales and certifications
2005 Todo Por Ustedes
  • Released: 29 March 2005 (Spain), 24 May 2005 (United States, Latin America)
  • Formats: 2 DVDs + CD
1 64 Worldwide sales: 100,000[19]
Spain sales: 75,000[19]
2007 Premonición Live
  • Released: 27 November 2007 (Worldwide)
  • Formats: 2 DVDs + 2CDs
68 75 Worldwide sales: 100,000
Spain sales: 40,000
2011 Acústico: Una Noche En El Teatro Real
  • Released: 6 December 2011 (Spain)
  • Formats: 2 DVDs + 2CDs
45 14 Spain sales: 75,000
PROMUSICAE: 3× Platinum
Amprofon: Gold
2013 Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Released: January 2013 (Spain)
  • Format: CD
28 49 Spain sales: 40,000
PROMUSICAE: 1× Platinum
2015 Tu Y Yo En Vivo
  • Released: 18 December 2015
  • Format: CD
- - Spain sales:

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Sales and certifications
2006 David Bisbal Edicion Europea
  • Released: 4 April 2006 (Worldwide)
  • Format: CD
18 134 Worldwide sales: 150,000[20]
Spain sales: 40,000[20]
2014 Lo Mejor de David Bisbal
  • Released: March 2014 (Spain)
  • Format: CD
2021 20 Años Contigo
  • Released: December 2021 (Spain)
  • Format: CD


Year Title Album Chart positions
2002 "Corazón Latino" Corazón Latino Promo
"Ave María" 1 8 12 7 18 29 24
"Lloraré Las Penas" 1 3 10 17 25
"Dígale" 1 15 5 17
2003 "Quiero Perderme En Tu Cuerpo" 24
"Cómo Será"
"Rosa y Espinas"
(with David Civera)
La Chiqui Big Band 1
2004 "Bulería" Bulería 1 11 6 4 15 9
"Oye El Boom" 1 5 7 17 13
"Desnúdate Mujer" 6 16 24
"Camina Y Ven" 1 40
2005 "Me Derrumbo" 5
"Cómo Olvidar" 1
"Esta Ausencia" 7 18 13
"Todo Por Ustedes" Todo Por Ustedes
2006 "Let's Make History"
(with Joana Zimmer)
David Bisbal 5 48 23
"Quien Me Iba A Decir" Premonición 1 1 1 11 3 33 13
"Silencio" 1 32 13 10 6 62
"Soldado De Papel"
(with Tomatito)
2007 "Amar Es Lo Que Quiero" 6 23* 24*
"Torre De Babel"
(with Vicente Amigo & Wisin & Yandel)
1 10
"Premonición" 6
2008 "Hate That I Love You (Spanglish version)"
(with Rihanna)
Premonición Live 2 2 11 13 26
2009 "Esclavo de Sus Besos" Sin Mirar Atrás 1 1 1 10 1 1 1
"Mi Princesa" 1 35 34 12 90 1
2010 "Wavin' Flag (Spanish Celebration Mix)
(with K'Naan)
Troubadour 2 2 4 1 1
"Sin Mirar Atrás" Sin Mirar Atrás
(and 24 Horas edition)
42 17 76
"24 horas" 27 8
2011 "Ave Maria" (re-release) Acústico - Una noche en el teatro real 26
2012 "Sombra y luz"
(Versión acústica - Una noche en el teatro Real - 2011)
"No hay 2 sin 3 (Gol)"
(Cali & El Dandee feat. David Bisbal)
"Hasta el final" 34
2013 "Para enamorarte de mí" Tú y Yo 16
2014 "Diez Mil Maneras" 1 40 14 5
"Tú y Yo" 8
"Sí pero no" 6
"No amanece" 4
2015 "El ruido" 45
2016 "Me enamoré de ti" 13
"Corazón que miente" 17
"Antes que no" Hijos del Mar 18
"Escondidos" (with Chenoa) 18
"Duele demasiado" Hijos del Mar -
"Fiebre" 77
2017 "Todo Es Posible"
(featuring Tini)
Tadeo Jones 2: El secreto del Rey Midas 42
"Si No Te Hubieras Ido"
(with Juan Luis Guerra)
2018 "A Partir De Hoy"
(with Sebastián Yatra)
En Tus Planes 7
7 6 15 1 15 9
(with Greeicy Rendón)
2019 "Tú Eres La Magia" El Parque Mágico
(with Juan Magán)
En Tus Planes 22
"Abriré La Puerta"
(with Alejandro Fernández)
"Mucho Más Allá" Frozen 2
"I'll Be Home For Christmas/Estaré En Mi Casa Esta Navidad"
(with Idina Menzel)
Christmas: A Season of Love
"En Tus Planes" En Tus Planes 78
2020 "Si Tu La Quieres"
(featuring Aitana)
TBA 13
"Tears of Gold"
(with Carrie Underwood)
En Tus Planes
2022 "A Contracorriente"
(with Álvaro Soler)
TBA 43

Other appearances[edit]

List of other appearances, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Te Mueves Tú, Se Mueven Todos"[28] 2014 Ha*Ash, Reik Non-album


  1. ^ "Please login".
  2. ^ MundoSix: First look at Sin Mirar Atrás Archived 14 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Izaguirre, Boris (29 September 2012). "Un respeto exquisito" [An exquisite respect]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  4. ^ Fajardo, Jose (23 January 2014). "David Bisbal se marcha de 'La voz'" [David Bisbal leaves 'La voz']. El Mundo (Spain) (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  5. ^ "David Bisbal también será coach de La Voz... México 3" [David Bisbal also to be coach on La Voz... Mexico 3]. People en Español (in Spanish). 3 July 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. ^ "David Bisbal lanza el videoclip de 'Fiebre', su nuevo sencillo, junto a una 'youtuber' mexicana". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). 7 April 2017. Archived from the original on 8 April 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Silvia Kal, la otra chica de David Bisbal". Diez Minutos (in Spanish). 25 April 2017. Archived from the original on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  8. ^ "David Bisbal invitó a Aitana a cantar en el Palau Sant Jordi". Lecturas (in Spanish). 17 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Aitana canta 'Mi Princesa' con David Bisbal en su concierto de Barcelona". Marca (in Spanish). Unidad Editorial Información Deportiva, S.L.U. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  10. ^ "La Voz: Ellos son los nuevos coaches de la nueva temporada". Azteca UNO (in Spanish). 26 April 2022. Archived from the original on 26 April 2022. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  11. ^ Duet of Angels by Jessica Simpson and David Bisbal during the Latin Grammies
  12. ^ Rihanna video Hate That I Love You featuring David Bisbal
  13. ^ a b c d Peaks after January 2005: "spanishcharts.com – Discography David Bisbal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Corazón Latino Certifications" Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ a b "Bulería" Certifications" Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Premonición" Certification Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "TOP 100 ALBUMES — SEMANA 49: del 02.12.2016 al 08.12.2016" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 2: del 3.1.2020 al 9.1.2020" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  19. ^ a b "Todo Por Usted" Certification Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ a b "David Bisbal" Certification Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ "Top 100 Albums: Semana 49". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Canciones – Semana 12: del 16.3.2018 al 22.3.2018" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Top 100 Canciones – Semana 47: del 16.11.2018 al 22.11.2018" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Canciones: Semana 30". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  25. ^ "Top 100 Canciones: Semana 2". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  26. ^ "Top 100 Canciones: Semana 15". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  27. ^ "Top 100 Canciones: Semana 6". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  28. ^ SDPnoticias.com. "Ha-Ash, David Bisbal y Reik se unen para promover el deporte" (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 November 2019.

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