The Promise (Il Divo album)

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The Promise
Studio album by Il Divo

November 17, 2008 (U.S./Canada)

November 10, 2008 (Worldwide)
Genre Classical crossover
Label Syco, Columbia
Producer Steve Mac
Il Divo chronology
The Promise
Wicked Game

The Promise is the fourth studio album by the classical crossover group, Il Divo.The Promise was released globally on November 10, 2008, except in the US and Canada, where it was released November 17, Ireland and Mexico where it was released on November 7, and Japan, on 26 November. [1]The album reached the No.1 spot in the UK on 16 November. The album was produced by Steve Mac. It was announced on 10 September, that it will be named The Promise, although the track listing was at this time not yet disclosed.[2] In early messages to people who are members of the band's official site's mailiing list, it revealed to them that 'Il Divo return with their richest and most diverse album to date.' It also revealed that the album would have twelve songs. Cover songs confirmed at this time were: Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "The Power Of Love"; 'a haunting and beautiful interpretation of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"'; the smouldering intensity of "Adagio"; and the fourth confirmed song then was ABBA's "The Winner Takes It All".

The Promise contains seven covers of existing songs, along with four new songs written especially for the album. The new songs included are: "La Promessa" (Italian), "Enamorado" (Spanish), "Angelina" (Spanish) and "La Luna" (Italian). Also contained on the album is a cover of the chart topping song "She" made famous by French tenor Charles Aznavour. "L'Alba Del Mondo" is an Italian adaption of the song "I Knew I Loved You", a famous song based on "Deborah's Theme" from Once Upon A Time In America and written by Ennio Morricone. The final track on the album is a cover of the traditional hymn, "Amazing Grace".

On October 24, 2008, Il Divo flew across the ocean overnight specially for The Oprah Winfrey Show after they had been called by Oprah on the phone on their way in the airport for a post-album recording vacation, to give a special performance on the show, where they performed the song "Amazing Grace". Following this the hymn made it into the MTV US top 20.

The album peaked No. 1 on the top classical albums on Billboard charts, and up until September 12, 2009, spent 43 straight weeks in the Top 10 list.

The album was released globally on 10 November 2008, except in the US and Canada, where it was released on 18 November 2008, Ireland where it was released on 7 November 2008, and Japan, on 26 November 2008.[3] The album reached the No.1 spot in the UK on 16 November 2008. The album was produced by Steve Mac. According to the credits on the DVDs, the bagpipes in Amazing Grace, both on this album and in the performance on the In the Coliseum DVD, are played by Robert White.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "La fuerza mayor" (The Power of Love) Holly Johnson, Peter Gill 5:01
2. "La Promessa"   Jörgen Elofsson, Jorgen Kjell, Francesco Galtieri 4:28
3. "Adagio "   Tomaso Albinoni 4:37
4. "Hallelujah"   Leonard Cohen 3:21
5. "L'Alba del Mondo" (Deborah's Theme) Ennio Morricone 4:47
6. "Enamorado"   Andreas Romdhane y Josef Larossi, Armando Manzanero, John Reid 3:15
7. "Angelina"   Alcarez Gómez, Gordeno, Andreas Romdhane y Josef Larossi 4:32
8. "Va todo al ganador" (The Winner Takes It All) Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus 3:48
9. "La Luna"   Hawid, Marinangeli, Andreas Romdhane y Josef Larossi 3:51
10. "She"   Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer 2:51
11. "Amazing Grace"   John Newton 4:30
12. "Por ti vuelvo a nacer" (With You I'm Born Again - Bonus track available exclusively to Barnes & Noble customers) Carol Connors, David Condado 3:39
13. "Se que puedo volar" (I Believe I Can Fly - Bonus track) R. Kelly 5:14
Preceded by
"My Love: Essential Collection" by Céline Dion
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart number-one album
November 29, 2008 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Forever" by Milk Inc.
Preceded by
Out of Control by Girls Aloud
UK Albums Chart number-one album
November 16, 2008 – November 23, 2008
Succeeded by
Spirit - Deluxe Edition by Leona Lewis


  1. ^ Jonathan Cohen. (5 August 2008). The album reached the No.1 spot in the UK on 16th November.New Il Divo Album Set For November. .
  2. ^ Il Divo fourth album finally named. (10 September).[1] Accessed 12 September
  3. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (5 August 2008). "New Il Divo Album Set For November". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Il Divo - The Promise (CD, Album)". Retrieved 2009-11-15.