Il Divo can expect its crossover to continue, thanks to its new album, "Siempre," and, of course, Barbra Streisand.
Simon Cowell -- judge, executioner and one of the masterminds behind starmaking vehicles including "X-Factor" of the United Kingdom and its U.S. counterpart "American Idol" -- knows a thing or two about placing bets on music ideas that work. So when he assembled Il Divo, the four-piece operatic boy band, little more than two years ago, skeptics generally kept quiet.
Still, it's likely no one anticipated just how successful the band would be. The act has shipped nearly 13 million copies of its first two albums, according to label Sony BMG, posted sold-out notices at concert venues across the globe (including 86 shows in 2006 alone) and earned the prestigious opening act slot on Barbra Streisand's current record-breaking U.S. tour.
Il Divo can expect its crossover to continue, thanks to its new album, "Siempre," and, of course, Streisand. "She gives us exposure to an audience we wouldn't necessarily reach on our own," Il Divo member David Miller says. "She's presenting us just as Liberace presented her."
"Our music is weird," Miller says. "It has a little of this and a little of that, so it doesn't really fit into any one place. We don't get radio play. Our massive exposure comes from guesting on TV shows."