Chalk up Il Divo as the latest act to show that worldwide platinum-plus success can come without benefit of radio airplay.Chalk up Il Divo as the latest act to show that worldwide platinum-plus success can come without benefit of radio airplay. The quartet, which performs what has been dubbed "popera -- pop tunes performed in a classical style, as well as traditional mainstream classical tunes -- has become a global phenomenon during the last year.
This week, Syco/Columbia will see whether the story can continue in the United States. On Jan. 24, the group's third release, "Ancora," will hit stateside stores. The album, released in much of the rest of the world last November, continues to sell well, moving more than 2 million units since its release, according to Sony BMG.
"Ancora" includes a duet with Celine Dion ("I Believe in You") and remakes of Mariah Carey's "Hero" and Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up," both sung in Spanish.