It has more than 2 dozen albums, but Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli has finally beat all odds. The legend, who has embodied the more popular side of classical music and opera for two decades, has finally reached the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
Bocelli’s latest album “Sì,” with an amazing tracklist featuring collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban and his own son Matteo, debuts at No. 1 this week with 126,000 album equivalent units, according to Nielsen Music. The sales include 123,000 old-school sales (physical and digital) and 2 million streams. The new album is Bocelli’s 16th studio effort and 26th overall to chart since “Romanza” made it to Billboard in 1997.
The total units od sale for Bocelli’s “Sì” were further boosted by the new and now-common tactic of pairing new albums with concert tickets, meaning every fan who purchased a seat at an upcoming Bocelli show was given the opportunity to redeem a copy of the LP for no additional cost.
The ticket bundle, as it is known in the industry, was enough to push the album past the soundtrack for “A Star Is Born,” featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, which had held the top Billboard spot for three weeks as the film cleans up at the box office. In its fourth week on the chart, “A Star Is Born” (Interscope) is No. 2, with another 93,000 units — including 36 million streams — falling below a six-figure total for the first time.