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Il Divo Biography

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Years Active: 2004–present
Genres: Operatic Pop, Vocal

Il Divo 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 comprised of four male singers, Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, Swiss tenor Urs Bühler, American tenor David Miller, and French pop singer Sébastien Izambard. To date, they have sold more than 26 million albums worldwide.

The idea behind Il Divo's creation came to Cowell after hearing Andrea Bocelli singing “Con te partirò” while watching “The Sopranos.” Aware of this new appreciation for lyrical voices and classical music, he decided to form a multinational quartet that tried to recreate the style of The Three Tenors.

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. Il Divo sings in English, Italian, Spanish, French, and Latin.

Their debut album, “Il Divo,” was released in 2004 and went to #1 in 13 countries worldwide. Their second album, “Ancora,” was released in 2005 and went to #1 in America selling more than 150,000 copies during its first week.

Their third album, “The Christmas Collection,” was released in October 2005 and was certified 2× platinum in Canada and platinum in America. Their fourth album, “Siempre,” was released in 2006 and went to #1 in ten countries.

Their fifth album, “The Promise” was released in 2008 and went to #1 in seven countries. In 2011 their sixth album, “Wicked Game,” debuted at #10 in America.