Il Divo

Il Divo (“divine male performer” in Italian) is a multinational operatic pop vocal group created by music manager, executive, and reality TV star Simon Cowell. Formed in the United Kingdom, they are also signed to Cowell’s record label, Syco Music. Il Divo is a group of four male singers: French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller, and Swiss tenor Urs Bühler. To date, they have sold more than 26 million albums worldwide.

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Band history

Concert in Tokyo, January 2007 The idea behind Il Divo’s creation came to Cowell after hearing Andrea Bocelli singing Con te partirò while watching The Sopranos. In 2004, G4, a quartet of operatic male singers, also appeared in the UK on the Simon Cowell TV show X-factor. They finished runners-up, but were signed by Sony records. Aware of this new appreciation for lyrical voices and classical music, he decided to form a multinational quartet (the members hail from Spain, Switzerland, France, and the United States, the name being in Italian) that tried to recreate the style of The Three Tenors.   Simon Cowell conducted a worldwide search for young singers who were willing to embark on the Il Divo project, which lasted two years, from 2001 until December 2003, when the fourth member of Il Divo, American tenor David Miller, was signed. The well-established formation of Il Divo comprises a renowned Spanish baritone, Carlos Marín; two classically trained tenors, Swiss Urs Bühler and American David Miller; and a French pop singer, Sébastien Izambard.   Il Divo sings in Spanish, English, Italian, and French. Il Divo was named the Most Multinational UK No.1 Album Group in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.   On 25 April 2007, Il Divo performed on American Idol in one of the “Idol Gives Back” episodes, which raised money for children in the U.S. and Africa. For every vote cast during that show, Idol sponsors Coca-Cola, AT&T, and others donated money to Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF) and other groups such as Save the Children and America’s Second Harvest.   On 12 December 2008, Il Divo performed their new song at the Swedish Idol 2008 finale in the Globen Arena in Stockholm.    As Barbra Streisand’s Guests   Having just completed a six-month tour of America, Australia, and Europe, Il Divo then participated in all 20 concerts by Barbra Streisand in her North American tour as her special guests. “Streisand: The Tour” with Il Divo was ranked second for all tours for 2006, generating $92.5 million in gross sales.    2006 World Cup   On 9 June 2006, Il Divo performed the 2006 FIFA World Cup official song, “The Time of Our Lives,” with R&B singer Toni Braxton live, at half-time, during the opening match between Germany and Costa Rica, and again a month later at the 9 July closing ceremony. The song is available exclusively on the Voices from the FIFA World Cup compilation album, and on the European reissue of Braxton’s album Libra, but not on any Il Divo album. A shortened version of the song is featured on the second disc of Braxton’s greatest hits album.    2011 Paraguay   The Paraguay show was Il Divo’s biggest capacity performance ever and took place on 20 december 2011, at the Defensores del Chaco Stadium in Asuncion, for 33.900 people.    Discography    Il Divo (2004)   Il Divo (album)   “Regresa A Mi” (2004)

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 rendition of Toni Braxton’s hit “Unbreak My Heart” (Regresa a Mí), (Braxton had originally released “Regresa a Mi” as a b-side to her 1996 single, “Unbreak My Heart”); 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 #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 Mi”.   In the United Kingdom, the Il Divo album knocked Robbie Williams out of 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!”.   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.    Ancora (2005)   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.   The Christmas Collection (2005)   Recorded in 2005, the album is a collection of Christmas and holiday-inspired songs.   Voices (2006)   Is a collection of songs released at the time of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.   Siempre (2006)   Released on 21 November 2006 in the United States and one week later in the rest of the world.   The Promise (2008)   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.  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 in the In the Coliseum DVD, are played by Robert White.   Wicked Game (2011)   According to Sony Music International the upcoming album is scheduled for release on 28 November 2011. Il Divo premiered the first song from the album, “Dove L’Amore”, in a live performance at the Classical Brit Awards on Sunday 12 May 2011. At the same event Il Divo received the award for ‘Artist of the Decade’. Over the last few weeks, IL Divo have been on a worldwide Promotional tour with “Wicked Game” in readiness for their 4th world tour which starts next year, for more information on this visit ILDIVO.com.

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