The concept that launched Il Divo in 2005 seems improbable on paper. Take four singers from different countries (Switzerland, Spain, France and the United States), have them sing operatic versions of much-loved pop songs and give them an Italian name meaning "star"—although none of them is Italian. Unlikely? Maybe. But successful? Definitely.
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Spanish physical music sales slumped by a record 22.7% in 2007 to 284 million euros ($417.5 million) in wholesale prices, compared to 365.6 million euros ($540 million) in 2006, labels' body Promusicae reports. This was the sixth successive year of falling music sales, but the 2007 decline was the biggest ever.