Universal Music Publishing is proud to administer the entire works of Juan Gabriel, an icon of contemporary Mexican music whose 1,500 song catalog contains classics in the genres of ranchera, ballad, mariachi, and Latin pop music. Throughout his 45-year career, he sold well over 100 million albums and performed sold-out concerts throughout the world. In addition to recording numerous hits, he also produced albums for over 50 artists, including Paul Anka, Rocío Dúrcal, Lucha Villa, and Lola Beltrán. His songs have been covered by a lengthy list of artists, including Marc Anthony, Isabel Pantoja, Raúl Di Blasio, Luis Miguel, and Maná, to name a few. He was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1996. During an interview shortly after his induction, Juan Gabriel said, "I compose songs with a lot of simplicity because my school has been the streets and people have been my books."
To name a few of his many accolades, he was ASCAP's Latin Songwriter of the Year in 1995, 1996 and 1998. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. In 2009, due to his professional accomplishments as well as his commitment to many philanthropic efforts, he was named the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year during the 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards.
In February of 2015, he released Los Duo, his first studio album in five years. The set was a collection of his hits featuring duets with a wide variety of Latin music all-stars and reached the top of the Billboard Latin charts. He followed in December with Los Duo, Vol. 2, featuring duets with J Balvin, Laura Pausini, Alejandro Fernández, and Joan Sebastian, among others. The album surpassed the sales of its predecessor and also landed in the number one spot of the Billboard Latin Albums chart at the beginning of 2016.
Juan Gabriel passed away unexpectedly in August of 2016 at the age of 66, arguably at the apex of his career, having scored the year's highest-grossing Latin tour and the previous year's top-selling Latin album with Los Duo. In October, he was posthumously inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. In November of that same year, he earned his first-ever Latin Grammy Awards with Los Duo, Vol. 2 winning Album of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album during the 17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards.
Released shortly before his passing, Juan Gabriel Vestido de Etiqueta por Eduardo Magallanes debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart. The extraordinary production joined the talents of Juan Gabriel and famous Mexican conductor and arranger Eduardo Magallanes. It includes 34 classics from the maestro’s catalog performed in a variety of genres, ranging from tango to salsa, Cuban son to the huapango and milonga, among others. This spectacular album featured musicians from different regions creating the perfect environment to shine a new light on classic songs that have been embedded in the collective unconsciousness of generations.