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Il Divo
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Studio album by Il Divo
Released 1 November 2004 (United Kingdom)
19 April 2005 (United States)
Recorded February – September 2004, Metropolis Studios, London
Genre Operatic pop
Length 53:52
Label Syco, Columbia
Producer Steve Mac[1]
Il Divo chronology
Il Divo
(2004)
Ancora
(2005)
Singles from Il Divo
  1. "Unbreak My Heart (Regresa a mí)"
    Released: 22 October 2004
  2. "My Way (A mi manera)"
    Released: 18 February 2005
  3. "Mama"
    Released: 7 May 2005
  4. "Unchained Melody (Senza catene)"
    Released: 8 July 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Il Divo is the self-titled debut studio album to be released by operatic pop vocal group Il Divo, formed by Simon Cowell in 2004. The album was released on 1 November 2004 in the United Kingdom, via Syco Music, and on 19 April 2005 in the United States, via Columbia Records. The album contains three songs performed in English, six songs performed in Italian, and three songs performed in Spanish, excluding the bonus track. As of December 2013, the album had sold more than 1.5 million copies in the UK.[3] The album has sold more than 5,000,000 worldwide copies to date.

Recording started in the first half of 2004 in Sweden, with producers Quiz & Larossi, Per Magnusson & David Kreuger and in the UK with producer Steve Mac. This self-titled album contained the Spanish rendition of Toni Braxton's hit "Unbreak My Heart" (Regresa a Mí), (Braxton had originally released "Regresa a Mi" as a b-side to her 1996 single, "Unbreak My Heart"); their second single and first original song "Mama"; Sinatra's "My Way" (A mi manera); "Nella Fantasia," and 1994's San Remo Festival winner "Passerà."

The album hit the No. 1 slot on both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com after a career-defining appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show on 5 April 2005, where they performed "Regresa a Mi".

In the United Kingdom, the Il Divo album knocked Robbie Williams off the number 1 spot in the UK charts, Williams allegedly said to them at the Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason film premiere, "So you are the four idiots who have forced me off my number one spot!"[4]

This multiplatinum-selling CD became number one in the charts in a total of 13 countries around the world, and achieved top 5 placing in 25 countries.

Singles

  • "Unbreak My Heart (Regresa a mí)" was released as the album's lead single on 22 October 2004. The song is a cover of the original English-language version performed by R&B singer Toni Braxton, originally released in 1996. The single remain's the band most successful single release to date. The band's Spanish version of the track received positive appreciation from critics, who said that the cover "has the potential to be a hit and to open doors for many of operas most acclaimed stars."[5]
  • "Mama" was released as the album's third single on 7 May 2005. "Mama" was the first original song ever released as a single by the band. It was released both as limited edition CD single and DVD single. It was also included on the band's live album, Live at the Greek Theatre. The songwriters behind "Mama", Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane and Josef Larossi, have contributed the largest number of original songs for the band, including "Sei parte ormai di me", "Isabel", "Si tu me amas", "Esisti dentro me" and "Una Noche". The song has also been covered and translated into other languages, including to Afrikaans by the artist Kurt Darren, and into Italian by Paul Potts.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Unbreak My Heart (Regresa a mi)"   Diane Warren Steve Mac 4:42
2. "Mama"   Andreas Romdhane, Josef Larossi, Savan Kotecha Steve Mac, Quiz & Larossi 3:18
3. "Nella Fantasia"   Ennio Morricone, Chiara Ferraù Per Magnusson, David Kreuger 4:26
4. "Passerà"   Aleandro Baldi, Giancarlo Bigazzi, Marco Falagiani Steve Mac 4:40
5. "Everytime I Look at You"   Andy Hill, John Reid Per Magnusson, David Kreuger 3:31
6. "Ti amerò"   Matteo Saggese, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger, Frank Musker Per Magnusson, David Kreuger 4:01
7. "Dentro un altro si"   Andy Hill, Don Black Per Magnusson, David Kreuger 4:34
8. "The Man You Love"   Steve Mac, Blair Daly, Troy Verges Steve Mac 3:56
9. "Feelings"   Jörgen Elofsson Steve Mac 3:39
10. "Hoy que ya no estás aquí"   Jörgen Elofsson, Tony Vincent Jörgen Elofsson, Mathias Venge 4:19
11. "Sei parte ormai di me"   Andreas Romdhane, Josef Larossi, Brian McFadden, Shane Filan, Matteo Saggese, Mino Vergnaghi Quiz & Larossi 4:28
12. "My Way (A mi manera)"   Jacques Revaux, Claude François, Gilles Thibaut, Paul Anka Steve Mac 4:28

Chart positions

Country Status Chart Position
Spain Quadruple Platinum No. 2[citation needed]
UK Quadruple Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
Canada Triple Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
Netherlands Triple Platinum #1[citation needed]
Argentina Double Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
Australia Double Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
Mexico Double Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
Portugal Double Platinum No. 2[citation needed]
New Zealand Double Platinum No. 3[citation needed]
USA Double Platinum No. 4[citation needed]
Finland Double Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
Belgium Platinum No. 3[citation needed]
South Africa Platinum No. 5[citation needed]
Sweden Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
Austria Gold No. 2[citation needed]
France Gold No. 4[citation needed]
Switzerland Gold No. 2[citation needed]
Venezuela Gold No. 2[citation needed]
Preceded by
Greatest Hits by Robbie Williams
UK number one album
13 November 2004 – 19 November 2004
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits by Robbie Williams
Preceded by
...Something to Be by Rob Thomas
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
9 May 2005 – 22 May 2005
Succeeded by
Mezmerize by System of a Down

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