Andrea Bocelli Dethrones ‘A Star Is Born’ for His First No. 1 Album

Nov 07, 2018 668

BY: Joe Coscarelli

It took 26 albums, but Andrea Bocelli, the Italian tenor who has embodied the popular side of classical music and opera for two decades, has finally reached the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

Bocelli’s “Sì” (Sugar/Decca Records/Verve), which includes collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban and the singer’s son Matteo, among tracks in Italian and Spanish, debuts at No. 1 this week with 126,000 album equivalent units, according to Nielsen Music. That includes 123,000 old-school sales (physical and digital) and 2 million streams (a tiny total for this era of music consumption). 

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