Andrea Bocelli signs agreement with Universal Music
In the United States alone, Bocelli has sold 26.7 million albums and recorded 614.9 million streams for his songs, according to MRC Data. He also owns a record 20 No.1 albums on Billboardthe table of classic albums from, starting with Viaggio Italiano in 1998 until his most recent studio album, To believe, which was released in November 2020. Nine of his albums also reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200, with a No. 1, 2018 Yes, which debuted in the first place and held it for a week.
During his career, Bocelli has been nominated for six Grammys, six Latin Grammys, and won seven Classical BRITs, among other honors. In April 2020, his Music for Hope performance by Milan’s Duomo Cathedral peaked with over 2.8 million simultaneous viewers, breaking the record for the largest simultaneous audience for classic live streaming on YouTube. It recorded 28 million views worldwide in its first 24 hours and has been viewed 42 million times to date. Bocelli’s latest studio album, To believe, was accompanied by the live broadcast “Believe in Christmas”, which sold over 70,000 tickets to fans in 120 countries. On Wednesday (October 13), he kicked off his tour of the American arenas in Milwaukee.
In a statement, Bocelli called the new partnership a “confirmation” of its “strong and well-established collaborative relationship” with that of UMG. He continues: “To fully join the stable of artists of the biggest record company in the world is the culmination of a dream, but it is also a bit like coming home, because at UMG I have always found this family dimension which is ideal, even in the artistic field, to give the best of oneself.
Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Mr. Lucian Grainge said: “We look forward to putting the global organization at the service of Andrea, ensuring that her catalog of new and brilliant music is loved by her millions of fans and discovered by millions more. “Thanks to this partnership, added the Executive Vice President of UMG Michele Antoine, the company will help Bocelli “continue to reach and inspire new audiences globally and constantly redefine the boundaries of classical music.”