Friday, September 7, 2007


Have been a fan of Il Divo since their first album appeared in 2004. Today just bought Il DIVO The Greatest... 19 of their top songs. The one i like most is Mama...nice and meaningful.

How did this IL DIVO came about?
Il Divo, Italian for "divine male performer", is an international operatic pop vocal group created by pop impresario Simon Cowell, and signed to the Sony BMG music label. Il Divo is formed by singers Carlos Marín, Urs Bühler, David Miller, and Sébastien Izambard.
The idea behind Il Divo's creation came to Cowell after listening to Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman's rendition of Con te partirò. 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) that tried to sound like The Three Tenors and looked like Armani models. [1]
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 opera and zarzuela 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 English, Italian, Spanish, French, and Latin. Il Divo was named the Most Multinational UK No.1 Album Group in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. A star located in the Ursa Major constellation located at RA11h39m35.62s DEC+37.27479 MAG11.02. has been named "Il Divo" after this musical quartet.
IL DIVO 2004
Recording started in the first half of 2004 in Sweden, with the producers Quiz & Larossi and in the UK with producer Steve Mac. This self-titled album contained the Spanish renditions of Toni Braxton's hit "Unbreak My Heart" (Regresa A Mí), which in turn was recorded by Braxton under the guidance of Il Divo; Their second single and original song "Mama"; Sinatra's "My Way" (A Mi Manera), an adaptation of Ennio Morricone's "Gabriel's Oboe" from the movie La Misión titled "Nella Fantasia" and 1994's San Remo Festival winner "Passerà".
The album hit the #1 slot on both and after a breakout career-defining appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show on April 5, 2005, where the quartet performed "Regresa a Mi".
In the United Kingdom, the Il Divo album topped Robbie Williams as number 1 in the UK charts (allegedly Williams said to them during the Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason film premiere, "Oi, you're the bastards that knocked me off!"). 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)
Recorded in both Sweden and London with Per Magnusson and David Kreuger, and producer Steve Mac, who was also the producer of their first album. Released on November 7, 2005 in the UK, it hit number one both in the UK and Australia within one week. Ancora was released in the US on January 24, 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 UK and Australia release of this CD, "O Holy Night" and a version of Shubert's "Ave Maria", appear on the 2005 US-only release, The Christmas Collection.

Siempre (2006)

Released on November 21, 2006 in the United States and one week later in the rest of the world. Three weeks after its release, it was number one in the United World Chart, above the Beatles, Eminem and U2, having sold 472,000 copies worldwide, the largest sales increase in the week previous to the Christmas Holidays of 2006.[5]

I also bought the DVD on their live performance titled IL DIVO encore. In the interview section, one of the member mentioned that some fans really followed them around to their it US, Europe and even Japan....hehe hope they are not stalkers.

They came to Malaysia in January this year. Ticket was RM1,500. If i was working in KL, would have gone to their concert...hehe.

I hope they will try to blend their music to country or golden oldies...that would be cool...right Uncle Lee...:)


J.T. said...

I took notice of Il Divo only when my sister pointed them out to me during one of my holidays in Malaysia.

What a combination! They are not only handsome dudes, they melt my heart when they sing.

I too think that if they ventured out to golden oldies, they may do well. Country - I doubt they may go that way because Simon Cowell, the creator of this group, is known for his dislike of country music. :D (at least that is what I saw in the last few seasons of American Idol). However, we will never know what the future holds.

pat said...

i simply love them too!!

Puteri said...

I love Il Divo too! Like I mentioned in my blog, I only discovered them this year. I borrowed the video Il Divo Live at the Greek Theater from Netflix, and made a copy of the video! Illegal copy of course, but hey, why not?! :-)

Nightwing said... was on my way to the golf course with my brother. I was playing the new Il Divo CD, he asked me whether i understand what they are singing..

Hehe..told him nope, not yet. But just enjoy their music and songs, cause it is not easy to sing like them. Those high notes... Need a lot training and practise.

JT, their looks and song...Simply devine. Who's ur guy in the group?

Pat, glad u love them..any favourite guy in the group..:), u got that video. Will try to get it here too. Same question..hehe..any favourite guy in the group?

pat said...

Nightwing..All of lah,just admire the "handsome"ness...kekeke

Nightwing said...

Pat, ya agree..they look very GQ with the way they dress up in those suits...:)