Ancora is the second studio album released by classical crossover vocal group Il Divo. The album was released in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe on 7 November 2005, excluding the United States and Latin America. The album was later released in the United States and Latin America on 24 January 2006. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 on the week of releases. The album contains one song partially in Latin, one song performed in Italian, two songs performed in French, two songs performed in English, and six songs performed in Spanish, excluding the bonus track. The album features the single "I Believe in You", performed with Céline Dion, that is also featured on her international album, On Ne Change Pas.

Ancora
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Studio album by
Released7 November 2005 (United Kingdom)
24 January 2006 (United States)
RecordedFebruary 2004 – August 2005, Metropolis Studios, London
GenreClassical crossover
Length44:49
LabelSyco, Columbia
ProducerSteve Mac
Il Divo chronology
The Christmas Collection
(2005)
Ancora
(2005)
Siempre
(2006)
Singles from Ancora
  1. "Unchained Melody (Senza catene)"
    Released: 8 July 2005
  2. "O Holy Night"
    Released: 18 September 2005
  3. "I Believe in You (Je Crois en Toi)"
    Released: 14 November 2005
  4. "All By Myself (Solo Otra Vez)"
    Released: 22 January 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

This was recorded in both Sweden and London with producers Per Magnusson, David Kreuger and Steve Mac, who were also the producers of their first album. Released on 7 November 2005 in the UK, it hit number one both in the UK and Australia within one week. Ancora was released in the US on 24 January 2006. It entered the Billboard albums chart at number 1, selling more than 150,000 copies during its first week of sales.

Highlights include "Isabel," "I Believe in You (Je crois en toi)," a duet with Céline Dion, a Spanish version of Secret Garden's "You Raise Me Up" (Por ti seré), and a Spanish cover of Eric Carmen's "All by Myself." Two of the tracks on the non-American release of this CD, "O Holy Night" and a version of Schubert's "Ave Maria," also appear on 2005's The Christmas Collection.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Heroe"Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff4:17
2."Isabel"Romdhane4:16
3."I Believe in You (Je crois en toi)" (featuring Celine Dion)Elofsson, Kreuger, Magnusson4:01
4."Unchained Melody (Senza Catene)"Alex North3:50
5."Si Tú Me Amas"Larossi, Reid, Romdhane4:09
6."Ave Maria"  
7."Hasta Mi Final"Hector, Mac3:36
8."All By Myself (Solo Otra Vez)"Eric Carmen, Rachmaninoff3:54
9."En Aranjuez con tu Amor"Garcia3:51
10."Pour que tu m'aimes encore" 3:55
11."O Holy Night"Popular4:03

ChartsEdit

Decade-end chartEdit

Chart (2000–09) Position
Australia Album (ARIA) [2] 72

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[3] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[4] Platinum 30,000*
Belgium (BEA)[5] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[6] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[7] Gold 20,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[8] 2× Platinum 62,647[8]
France (SNEP)[9] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[10] Gold 100,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[11] Gold 10,000*
Hungary (MAHASZ)[12] Platinum  
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 5× Platinum 75,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[14] Gold 100,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[15] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[16] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Portugal (AFP)[17] 2× Platinum 40,000^
Russia (NFPF)[18] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] 4× Platinum 320,000^
Sweden (GLF)[20] Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[21] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Gold 500,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[24] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Monger, James Christoph. Ancora at AllMusic
  2. ^ "2009 ARIA End of Decade Albums Chart". ARIA. January 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
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  9. ^ "French album certifications – Il Divo – Ancora" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Il Divo; 'Ancora')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  11. ^ "香港唱片銷量大獎 2006". IFPI Hong Kong. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2006" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Irish album certifications – Il Divo – Ancora". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Il Divo – Ancora" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 24 May 2019. Select 2006年7月 on the drop-down menu
  15. ^ "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Retrieved 24 May 2019. Type Il Divo in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and Ancora in the box under TÍTULO
  16. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Il Divo – Ancora". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Top Oficial AFP – Top 30 Artistas – Semana 25 de 2006" (in Portuguese). Artistas-espectaculos.com. Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Russian album certifications – Il Divo – Ancora" (in Russian). National Federation of Phonogram Producers (NFPF). Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Spanish album certifications" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 10 October 2019. Select Albums under "Chart", enter 2008 in the field "Year". Select 48 in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts".
  20. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2006" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  21. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Il Divo; 'Ancora')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  22. ^ "British album certifications – Il Divo – Ancora". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 24 May 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Ancora in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Il Divo – Ancora". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 24 May 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  24. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2005". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 July 2019.