Siempre (Il Divo album)

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Siempre
Siempre.jpg
Studio album by
Released21 November 2006 (US/Canada)
27 November 2006 (Worldwide)
GenreClassical crossover
Length44:14
LabelSyco, Columbia
ProducerSteve Mac and Per Magnusson & David Kreuger
Il Divo chronology
The Christmas Collection
(2005)
Siempre
(2006)
The Promise
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Siempre is the third album of the classical crossover vocal group Il Divo.

Background[edit]

According to producer Steve Mac in an interview with HitQuarters, preparation for the album would involve Simon Cowell compiling a list of around 200 potential songs.[2] Cowell would then whittle this number down to around 40 which he then presented to Mac for consideration.[2] Mac would then tell Cowell which of these would or would not work.[2] When the song list had been reduced to around 18 or 19 songs Mac would then try out the songs with the band to see which worked for them.[2] 15 songs would then be recorded for the album.[2]

The songs on Siempre ("Always" in Spanish) include new arrangements of "Nights in White Satin" (originally by The Moody Blues), "Caruso", "Without You", "Somewhere", "You Raise Me Up", a new version of the song "Music" from the 1970s renamed "Musica", and re-arranged by its original British composer John Miles. The album also features a cover of Bryan Adams' "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" translated into the Spanish "Un regalo que te dio la vida" (which literally means "A Gift That Life Gave You"). This album includes the Spanish adaptation by the famous Mexican composer and musician Armando Manzanero of "Una noche" ("One Night," Spanish). Other original songs in this album include "La vida sin amor" ("Life without Love," Spanish), and "Come primavera" ("Like Spring," Italian).

The album was released on 21 November 2006 in the United States and globally on 27 November 2006.

Track listing (General Worldwide release)[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Notte di luce" (Nights in White Satin)Mario Frangoulis, Justin Hayward4:18
2."Caruso"Lucio Dalla3:56
3."Desde el día que te fuiste" (Without You)Peter Ham, Tom Evans3:51
4."Come Primavera"Cheope, Henrik Janson, David Kreuger, Per Magnusson3:50
5."Un regalo que te dio la vida" (Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?)Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Rudy Perez4:39
6."La vida sin amor"Carlos Gómez, David Kreuger, Per Magnusson3:39
7."Una noche"Savan Kotecha, Andreas Romdhane y Josef Larossi4:12
8."Por ti seré" (You Raise Me Up)Brendan Graham, Rolf Løvland4:02
9."Amor venme a buscar"Steve Mac, Rudy Pérez, John Reid4:14
10."Música"John Miles3:59
11."Somewhere" (Extra)Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim3:30

In the United States, varying stores had the rights to different songs from their "Live at the Greek" DVD, which were used to make up an exclusive live bonus track, ensuring that an album of 11 tracks was released to the USA just like every other country would receive.

Chart positions[edit]

Country Status Chart position
Spain 4× Platinum 1[citation needed]
UK 4× Platinum 1[citation needed]
Australia 4× Platinum 2[citation needed]
Ireland 4× Platinum 3[citation needed]
Mexico Platinum 1[citation needed]
Slovenia Platinum 1[citation needed]
Portugal Platinum 2[citation needed]
USA Platinum 6[citation needed]
Belgium Gold 2[citation needed]
New Zealand Gold 3[citation needed]
Argentina Gold 8[citation needed]
Netherlands 1[citation needed]
Hong Kong 1[citation needed]
Singapore 1[citation needed]
South Korea 1[citation needed]
Switzerland 1[citation needed]
Thailand 1[citation needed]
Canada 2[citation needed]
Finland Gold 2[citation needed]
Norway 2[citation needed]
Taiwan 2[citation needed]
Venezuela 2[citation needed]
Denmark 4[citation needed]
Sweden 4[citation needed]
Japan (Foreign Artist) 8[citation needed]
Austria 9[citation needed]
Colombia 10[citation needed]
France Gold 10[citation needed]
Germany 22[citation needed]
Italy 58[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c d e "Interview With Steve Mac". HitQuarters. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010.