NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Noted Italian singer Andrea Bocelli’s latest album “Si” debuted top the U.S. Billboard 200 chart for the first time in his long career.
“Si” which is his first album of new material in 14 years, shifted more than 126,000 equivalent units in its first week, and topped charts in both the U.S. the U.K. for the first time.
In its debut, the album bested offerings from Joji (Ballads), Tori Lanez (LoVE me NOw?), and John Legend (A Legendary Christmas) which also debuted this week.
For the album, Bocelli collaborated with a slate of artists that included Josh Groban, Dua Lipa, Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, Ed Sheeran and Andrea’s 21-year-old son Matteo Bocelli.
His duet with Matteo become a viral hit with its music video garnering more than 21 million views in just 5 weeks, while charting on streaming playlists globally.
“Life really never ceases to amaze, especially those who are madly in love with it and love what they do, rather than stubbornly doing what they love. I would have never imagined to achieve this result in a country that nevertheless, loved me from the very beginning. Yet, beyond, well beyond the numbers and the charts what really counts are the affection and the esteem of an audience; what really counts are the handshakes, the smiles, the graces, the applauses, which often, as in this happy circumstance, are translated into results that go beyond the rosiest expectation,” Bocelli said.