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Andrea Bocelli's 'Music For Hope' Easter Concert Sets Online Records

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Andrea Bocelli performs at the Duomo in Milan on April 12, 2020.

Andrea Bocelli’s Easter concert from the Duomo in Milan warmed hearts and smashed multiple online records, according to the classic great’s reps.

Bocelli’s Music For Hope special reached more than 2.8 million peak concurrent viewers, good enough to stand out as one of the biggest musical live stream performances of all-time, Decca reports.

That number also represents the largest simultaneous audience for a classical live stream ever on YouTube.

“I am moved and delighted to have received such an overwhelming reaction, that has gone beyond our highest expectations,” the legendary tenor says in a statement.

The performance has been viewed more than 33 million times since its premiere, including 28 million views in its first 24 hours, reads a statement.

More than a million people logged into the waiting room before the livestream began, where they were greeted with sweeping views of the empty streets of the Italian city.

“Music has the power to unite communities from around the world in the most unique and momentous ways,” comments Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Global Head of Music.

“In such an unprecedented time, it’s critical we rally together and continue connecting through music. YouTube is honored to have played a role in making sure the world could to come together, as one music family, to see, hear and listen to Andrea Bocelli’s performance on such a historic day in time.”

Watch Bocelli's performance during Music for Hope: Live from Duomo di Milano below.

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