|Compilation album by Andrea Bocelli|
|Released||September 23, 1997|
|Genre||Adult contemporary, easy listening, operatic pop, pop|
|Label||Sugar, Philips, Universal|
|Andrea Bocelli chronology|
Romanza is the first compilation album by Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, released internationally in 1997.
Although a compilation, Romanza is considered Bocelli's breakthrough album and remains his most commercially successful to date, topping charts all across Europe and Latin America. With over 20 million copies sold worldwide, it is the best-selling Italian album of all time, and also one of the best selling albums by a recording artist.
Being Bocelli's first album released in the United States and Canada, the album and Bocelli himself, were heavily promoted. This included Bocelli being featured in Hotel Bellagio's commercials in North America, as well as his voice being heard on its Fountain show.
PBS also played a big part in Bocelli' early success in the States, with the airing of A Night in Tuscany, Bocelli's first Great Performances special, of a concert filmed in 1997, in his native Tuscany.
In August, Bocelli first appeared at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Italy, and then at the World Youth Festiva, in Paris, where he sang, in the presence of Pope John Paul II, to an audience of 800,000 people.
In 1997, Bocelli won 3 major awards in Germany. On March 3, Bocelli appeared in Hamburg, with Sarah Brightman to receive the ECHO music award for "Best Single of the Year", for "Time to Say Goodbye", on September 14, he received an ECHO Klassik, in Munich, for "Best seller of the year", for his previous album, Viaggio Italiano, and finally, on October 25, Bocelli received a Bambi award, an annual television and media prize awarded by the German media company Hubert Burda Media, in Cologne. All 3 ceremonies were broadcast live in Germany.
The album was also supported in Germany, by a series of concerts, including 22 open-air concerts in the country, as well as an indoor concert in Oberhausen. The German Tour, started in Locarno, Switzerland, on June 6, and ended in Berlin, on August 30, with other venues including, Hannover, Hamburg, Münster, Rügen, Koblenz, Aachen, Wiesbaden, Kiel, Stuttgart, Leverkusen, Baden-Baden, Dresden, Coburg, Leipzig, München, Kassel, Halle, Essen, Aschaffenburg, Nuremberg.
Back in Italy, on September 27, Bocelli sang again before the Pope at the International Eucharistic Congress, in Bologna. On October 19, he sang at the TeleFood benefit concert held in Vatican City, and organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization to raise awareness about world hunger.
Bocelli also performed the French version of Vivo per lei with French singer, Hélène Ségara, on television programmes in France and Belgium, the Spanish version of song with Spanish singer, Marta Sánchez, on television programmes in Spain, and the German version of the song with German singer, Judy Weiss, on television programmes in Germany and Switzerland. A music video for each of those three versions was released in those countries. In addition, a music video of the Portuguese version of the song, sang with Brazilian singer Sandy, was also released in Brazil and Portugal, contributing to Romanza's success in the two countries.
|International standard listing|
|1.||"Con te partirò"||Francesco Sartori, Lucio Quarantotto||-||4:09|
|2.||"Vivere" (with Gerardina Trovato)||Gerardina Trovato||-||4:41|
|3.||"Per Amore"||Mariella Nava||-||4:42|
|4.||"Il Mare Calmo Della Sera"||Gianpietro Felisatti, Malise, Gloria Nuti||-||4:40|
|6.||"Macchine da Guerra"||Angus Smith||-||4:08|
|7.||"Le Tue Parole"||Joe Amoruso, Sergio Cirillo||-||3:57|
|8.||"Vivo per lei" (with Giorgia)||Valerio Zelli, Art Mengo, Gatto Panceri||-||4:23|
|10.||"La Luna Che Non C'è"||Dario Farina, Antonella Maggio||-||4:30|
|12.||"Voglio Restare Così"||Andrea Bocelli||-||3:51|
|13.||"E Chiove"||Amoruso, Cirillo||-||4:21|
|14.||"Miserere" (with John Miles - bonus track)||Zucchero||-||4:05|
|15.||"Time To Say Goodbye" (with Sarah Brightman)||Sartori, Quarantotto, Frank Peterson||-||4:04|
|"Romanza" (Italian & Spanish version) standard listing|
|1.||"Por ti Volare"||Sartori, Quarantotto||4:09|
|2.||"Vivere" (with Gerardina Trovato)||Trovato||4:41|
|4.||"El Silencio de la Espera"||Felisatti, Malise, Nuti||4:40|
|6.||"Le Tue Parole"||Amoruso, Cirillo||3:57|
|7.||"Vivo Por Ella" (with Marta Sánchez)||Zelli, Mengo, Panceri||4:23|
|9.||"Voglio Restare Così"||Bocelli||3:51|
|10.||"E Chiove"||Amoruso, Cirillo||4:21|
|11.||"Miserere" (with John Miles – bonus track)||Zucchero||4:05|
|12.||"Time To Say Goodbye" (with Sarah Brightman)||Sartori, Quarantotto, Peterson||4:07|
First in Europe, then charts around the world, the album amassed a multitude of platinum and multi-platinum awards, outselling even Bocelli's 1995 album, Bocelli, with worldwide sales in excess of 20 million copies to date.
It is one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, having sold more than 7 million units in Europe alone, selling an impressive 500,000 copies in the Far East, one million in Italy, and more than three million in Spain, and Latin America where it became the best-selling album, by a non-Latino artist, of all time. With more than 350,000 units sold in Switzerland, it is also the second best-selling album in history there, and with over 2 million copies sold in France, it is among the Top 10 best-selling albums ever in the country.
It also received quadruple platinum status in the United States with 4.2 million copies sold, being Bocelli's first album released in the States, and Diamond status in Canada, with 1,123,000 copies sold, making Romanza the best-selling album by a foreign artist of the SoundScan Era, and the fourth best-selling overall, in Canada.
To date, the album remains Bocelli's most commercially successful, and is considered his breakthrough album, launching his career worldwide.
Charts, certifications and sales
|Argentinian Albums Chart||1|
|Australian Albums Chart||2|
|Austrian Albums Chart||1|
|Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)||2|
|Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)||1|
|Canadian Albums Chart||5|
|Dutch Albums Chart||1|
|European Top 100 Albums||1|
|Finnish Albums Chart||3|
|French Albums Chart||1|
|German Albums Chart||2|
|Hungarian Albums Chart||4|
|Italian FIMI Albums Chart||1|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||8|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||1|
|Polish Albums Chart||1|
|Portuguese Albums Chart||1|
|Swedish Albums Chart||5|
|Swiss Albums Chart||1|
|UK Albums Chart||6|
|US Billboard 200||1|
|US World Albums Chart||1|
|US Catalog Albums Chart||1|
|German Albums Chart||3|
Sales and certifications
|Australia (ARIA)||7× Platinum||490,000^|
|Austria (IFPI Austria)||Platinum||50,000*|
|Belgium (BEA)||2× Platinum||100,000*|
|Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)||Gold||900,000|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Diamond||1,123,000|
|Netherlands (NVPI)||2× Platinum||200,000^|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||3× Platinum||45,000^|
|Norway (IFPI Norway)||3× Platinum||150,000*|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||7× Platinum||350,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||3× Platinum||4,200,000|
|Europe (IFPI)||6× Platinum||6,000,000*|
*sales figures based on certification alone
The concert held in his native Tuscany, at the Piazza dei Cavalieri, in Pisa, saw Bocelli perform two opera duets with soprano Nuccia Focile, sing "Miserere" with Italian rock star Zucchero, who discovered him in 1992, and finally "Time To Say Goodbye" with English soprano Sarah Brightman. The DVD of the full program was Internationally released November 10, 1998.
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