Il Divo (album)

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Il Divo
Ildivoalbum.jpg
Studio album by
Released1 November 2004 (United Kingdom)
19 April 2005 (United States)
RecordedFebruary – September 2004, Metropolis Studios, London
GenreClassical crossover
Length53:52
LabelSyco, Columbia
ProducerSteve Mac[1]
Il Divo chronology
Il Divo
(2004)
Ancora
(2005)
Singles from Il Divo
  1. "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
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]

Il Divo is the self-titled debut studio album to be released by classical crossover 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.[4]

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 Regresa a mí, 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 mí.[5]

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!"[6]

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[edit]

  • "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 June 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."[7]
  • "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[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Regresa a mí"Diane WarrenSteve Mac4:42
2."Mama"Andreas Romdhane, Josef Larossi, Savan KotechaSteve Mac, Quiz & Larossi3:19
3."Nella Fantasia"Ennio Morricone, Chiara FerraùPer Magnusson, David Kreuger4:26
4."Passerà"Aleandro Baldi, Giancarlo Bigazzi, Marco FalagianiSteve Mac4:40
5."Everytime I Look at You"Andy Hill, John ReidPer Magnusson, David Kreuger3:31
6."Ti amerò"Matteo Saggese, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger, Frank MuskerPer Magnusson, David Kreuger4:01
7."Dentro un altro si"Andy Hill, Don BlackPer Magnusson, David Kreuger4:34
8."The Man You Love"Steve Mac, Blair Daly, Troy VergesSteve Mac3:56
9."Feelings"Jörgen ElofssonSteve Mac3:39
10."Hoy que ya no estás aquí"Jörgen Elofsson, Tony VincentSteve Mac, Mathias Venge4:19
11."Sei parte ormai di me"Andreas Romdhane, Josef Larossi, Brian McFadden, Shane Filan, Matteo Saggese, Mino VergnaghiQuiz & Larossi4:28
12."My Way (A mi manera)"Jacques Revaux, Claude François, Gilles Thibaut, Paul AnkaSteve Mac4:28

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[8] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[9] Platinum 30,000*
Belgium (BEA)[10] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[11] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[12] 2× Platinum 66,441[12]
France (SNEP)[13] 2× Gold 200,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[14] Platinum 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[15] 2× Platinum 160,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[16] Gold 7,500^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[17] Platinum 40,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[18] 2× Platinum 160,000^
Sweden (GLF)[19] Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[20] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] 5× Platinum 1,500,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[23] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Mac (2)". Discogs.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Official Charts Analysis: One Direction sell another 124k of new album - Analysis - Music Week". www.musicweek.com.
  4. ^ larazon.es (ed.). "Il Divo: Divinos y humanos".
  5. ^ "IL DIVO - IL DIVO 2004".
  6. ^ Robbie's alleged statement. Accessed 5 March 2008.
  7. ^ http://www.musicomh.com/singles/il-divo.htm
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Il Divo – Il Divo" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2006". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Il Divo – Il Divo". Music Canada. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Il Divo" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  13. ^ "French album certifications – Il Divo – Il Divo" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Retrieved 26 May 2019. Type Il Divo in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and Il Divo in the box under TÍTULO
  15. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Il Divo – Il Divo" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 26 May 2019. Enter Il Divo in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  16. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Il Divo – Il Divo". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  17. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Lista de los títulos más vendidos del 25.12.06 al 31.12.06" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2005" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  20. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Il Divo; 'Il Divo')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Il Divo – Il Divo". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 26 May 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Il Divo in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Il Divo – Il Divo". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 26 May 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  23. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2005". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 July 2019.

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