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For other uses, see Ancora (disambiguation).
Studio album by Il Divo
Released 7 November 2005 (United Kingdom)
24 January 2006 (United States)
Recorded February 2004 – August 2005, Metropolis Studios, London
Genre Classical crossover
Length 44:49
Label Syco, Columbia
Producer Steve Mac
Il Divo chronology
The Christmas Collection
Singles from Ancora
  1. "Unchained Melody (Senza catene)"
    Released: 8 July 2005
  2. "O Holy Night"
    Released: 18 September 2005
  3. "I Believe in You (Je Crois en Toi)"
    Released: 14 November 2005
  4. "All By Myself (Solo Otra Vez)"
    Released: 22 January 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Ancora is the second studio album released by classical crossover vocal group Il Divo. The album was released in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe on 7 November 2005, excluding the United States and Latin America. The album was later released in the United States and Latin America on 24 January 2006. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 on the week of releases. The album contains one song partially in Latin, one song performed in Italian, two songs performed in French, two songs performed in English, and six songs performed in Spanish, excluding the bonus track. The album features the single "I Believe in You", performed with Céline Dion, that is also featured on her international album, On Ne Change Pas.

This was recorded in both Sweden and London with producers Per Magnusson, David Kreuger and Steve Mac, who were also the producers of their first album. Released on 7 November 2005 in the UK, it hit number one both in the UK and Australia within one week. Ancora was released in the US on 24 January 2006. It entered the Billboard albums chart at number 1, selling more than 150,000 copies during its first week of sales.

Highlights include "Isabel," "I Believe in You (Je crois en toi)," a duet with Céline Dion, a Spanish version of Secret Garden's "You Raise Me Up" (Por ti seré), and a Spanish cover of Eric Carmen's "All by Myself." Two of the tracks on the non-American release of this CD, "O Holy Night" and a version of Schubert's "Ave Maria," also appear on 2005's The Christmas Collection.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Heroe"   Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff   4:17
2. "Isabel"   Romdhane   4:16
3. "I Believe in You (Je crois en toi)" (featuring Celine Dion) Elofsson, Kreuger, Magnusson   4:01
4. "Unchained Melody (Senza Catene)"   Alex North   3:50
5. "Si Tú Me Amas"   Larossi, Reid, Romdhane   4:09
6. "Ave Maria"        
7. "Hasta Mi Final"   Hector, Mac   3:36
8. "All By Myself (Solo Otra Vez)"   Eric Carmen, Rachmaninoff   3:54
9. "En Aranjuez con tu Amor"   Garcia   3:51
10. "Pour que tu m'aimes encore"       3:55
11. "O Holy Night"   Popular   4:03

Chart positions

Country Status Chart Position
Australia Triple Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
France Silver No. 1
Spain Quadruple Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
UK Triple Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
Portugal Double Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
Finland Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
Mexico Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
Sweden Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
South Africa Platinum No. 3[citation needed]
Venezuela Platinum No. 4[citation needed]
Argentina Gold No. 9[citation needed]
USA Gold No. 1[citation needed]
Canada Gold No. 1[citation needed]
Colombia Gold No. 1[citation needed]
Hong Kong Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
New Zealand Platinum No. 1[citation needed]
Slovenia Gold No. 1[citation needed]
Taiwan Gold No. 1[citation needed]
Netherlands Platinum No. 2[citation needed]
Switzerland Platinum No. 4[2]
Germany Gold No. 18[3][4]


  1. ^ Monger, James Christoph. Ancora at AllMusic
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
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