- 11:40 AM, Feb 20
2006 could be Il Divo's year. Their newest album, released on January 24 titled 'Ancora' instantaneously rests on the top chart of Billboard 200, knocking off Jamie Foxx's acclaimed album 'Unpredictable' from his comfortable seat to the third rank. This was due to the tremendous sale of the album which reached 156,000 units in the first week of its U.S. release in. In consequence, a world tour is planned for the band to travel across U.S., Canada, Australia and some countries in Europe.
One of the factors behind their rapid success was the unique formation. Not only relying on good looks and skillful performance, the group also have a secret recipe: combining opera voices with pop songs. While Josh Groban amazed music fans with his excellent voice and boyish look, Il Divo come in four times. The band emerged from the audition carried out by American Idol judge, Simon Cowell who was struck by an idea to assemble classic singers into one solid quarto after listening to Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman's duet. And thus Cowell conducted a search for talented singers and discovered Urs Toni Buhler, Carlos Marin, Sebastien Izambard and David Miller. With the inclusion of Miller to be the last member of the group in late 2003 after two years audition, they were quickly gathered as a band named 'Il Divo' which literary means 'Divine Performer'. Signed by Sony BMG, their first album called 'Il Divo' was out in U.K. as early as first half of 2004.
Creating this band can be assumed as experiment but it was such a bold move indeed, for the members not only are already in their thirties, but also each of them comes from different countries. Yet, they are able to overcome all those barriers. Being thirties, their fans are mostly older women but that doesn't mean they can't attract young girls. Besides, different nationalities added color to their accent and looks. American by nationality, the tenor David Miller (born April 14, 1973) has been a professional opera singer prior Il Divo. He graduated from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio majoring vocal performance and took a Master in opera theater. The other tenor is Swedish Urs Toni Buhler. The long-haired singer was born in Switzerland on July 19, 1971. He attended Amsterdam Conservatory before trained privately by famous tenors Gosta Winbergh and Christian Papis. Meanwhile, the oldest member, Carlos Marin