The trio discusses its fresh blend of pop and classical, as its latest release roars onto the Classical Crossover Albums chart

"What Il Volo does is we don't sing opera and we don't really sing pop. We sing classical songs in a fresh way and pop songs in a really classical way," the trio's tenor Piero Barone explains.

Il Volo, rounded out by fellow tenor Ignazio Boschetto and baritone Gianluca Ginoble, recently stopped by Billboard's New York studios to chat about its music, including its new "We Are Love: Special Edition," which bows at No. 3 this week on Billboard's Classical Crossover Albums chart. In its original release, the set debuted and peaked at No. 2 in December.

Il Volo first arrived on the tally in April 2011 with its self-titled effort, which went on to lead for four weeks. The threesome reigned again last year, for an extraordinary 17 weeks, with "Il Volo … Takes Flight: Live from the Detroit Opera House." In just more than two years, all seven of the act's chart entries have reached the top 10, the most among all artists in that span.

"On this new album, we sing a lot of classic American songs, like [Elton John's] 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight'," Ginoble says.

"Then, we wanted to record 'Little Things' from One Direction," Barone adds. "Why? Because we want to let the younger generation get more close to (our style) of music."

Check out our entire exclusive interview with Il Volo above and please feel free to share your thoughts about the chart-topping trio in the comments section below.

Interview by Alex Vitoulis of the Billboard charts department



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