FIRST SINGLE, “HOLA”, ADELE’S HIT “HELLO” RECORDED IN SPANISH, WILL BE RELEASED TODAY
11 May 2018 (Toronto, ON) - First discovered and mentored by Simon Cowell 15 years ago, Il Divo has evolved into the pre-eminent tenor powerhouse vocal group with 160 Gold and Platinum albums in 33 countries to their credit, over 30 million albums sold, and were the first Classical Crossover artists to have an album debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.
To celebrate their 15th Anniversary, Il Divo - original members Carlos Marin (Spain), Urs Buhler (Switzerland), Sebastien Izambard (France) and David Miller (America) - will release their 7th album, and first recording for Decca Gold, TIMELESS, on August 10 via Decca Gold/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Pre-order TIMELESS HERE.
Graham Parker, President of Universal Music Classics and Decca Gold commented, “We are thrilled that Il Divo’s TIMELESS album, celebrating their 15th Anniversary, will be released on Decca Gold, their first album with Universal Music. Il Divo's vocal artistry, that led the way for the contemporary classic genre, continues to cultivate massive appeal worldwide."
TIMELESS marks the first time that executive production has been under the auspices of Il Divo’s four members who curated the song selections. The songs are a classic mix of favourite pop and traditional standards in four languages including “Hola”, “Love Me Tender”, “What A Wonderful World”, “Smile”, “All Of Me”, and “The Way We Were”. As Carlos Marin explains, “We chose songs that have a timeless quality, many of which were part of classic movies, including ‘Smile’ which was in Charlie Chaplin’s film, Modern Times, in 1936 and was a song for which Chaplin composed the music.” "This album represents our tribute to the eternal nature of all music,” adds David Miller. TIMELESS was produced and mixed by Alberto Quintero who has worked with Il Divo on several previous recordings and also served as arranger on the recording which features a 60-piece orchestra.
Il Divo’s global 15th Anniversary TIMELESS tour kicked off in Mexico on April 26 and by the end of 2018, the group will have performed in the U.S., China, Russia, Japan, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and South Africa. The six continent TIMELESS tour will be an incredible fan experience of the new album and Il Divo’s extensive catalog of song interpretations and will feature a dramatic and evocative production that will include dancers, acrobats, and video elements. Sebastian Izambard commented, “I am very proud of this record and we cannot wait to bring it to life on stage and we hope that everyone who comes to our shows has as much fun experiencing songs from TIMELESS as we had recording them in the studio.” Il Divo has previously had four sold-out world tours.
Simon Cowell, credited for Il Divo’s inception, was inspired to create a contemporary multi-national tenor vocal group after the original The Three Tenors (Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo). The end result was the genre-creating formation of Il Divo where operatic and contemporary pop vocals and repertoire were joined to pioneer a new sound. In 2006, the Guinness Book of World Records listed Il Divo as the most commercially successful classical crossover group in international music history, a standing that Il Divo still currently enjoys since they first came together in 2003. “For the past 15 years, Il Divo has embraced a wide variety of songs and genres and made them our own and TIMELESS is an all-out testament to our musical legacy on the occasion of this anniversary milestone,” commented Urs Buhler.
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Universal Music Classics (UMC) is home to Decca Gold, the new U.S. classical label based in New York City. It serves as the American home for new classical and crossover artists, continuing the rich tradition of a historic legacy dating back to 1956 with artists such as Andrés Segovia, Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Arrau, and Dave Brubeck. The revitalized imprint has forged partnerships with the New York Philharmonic, The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project, as well as new artist signings with Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends with the release of their successful album New Worlds, the acclaimed Emerson String Quartet, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Il Divo, Nadine Sierra (in partnership with Deutsche Grammophon), and more. Under UMC, Decca Gold sits aside European imprints Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Mercury KX and ECM. The present roster includes Andrea Bocelli, Lang Lang, Renée Fleming, André Rieu, Max Richter, Cecilia Bartoli, Daniil Trifonov, Anna Netrebko, Tori Amos, Ólafur Arnalds, and more.