Il Divo's Ancora Tops Billboard Album Chart

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Having conquered the Billboard classical-crossover chart, Il Divo is turning its attention to the world at large. Ancora, the pop-opera foursome's third album, debuted on Billboard's overall album chart this week at number one, eclipsing releases from such artists as Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, and Eminem.

The group continued its dominance on the crossover chart as well. Ancora jumped to the number one spot in its second week on the chart; sales for Il Divo picked up even as the album fell to number two. And The Christmas Collection, which had fallen to number 19 last week, moved back up to number 13.

On the classical chart, the mostly Baroque soundtrack to Casanova remained at number one. Dawn Upshaw's recording of Osvaldo Golijov's song cycle Ayre jumped from number nine to number two, its peak in 18 weeks on the chart. The sudden popularity of the album, which also includes Luciano Berio's Folksongs, is attributable perhaps to the publicity surrounding Lincoln Center's current Golijov festival.

The 5 Browns' self-titled debut, which had fallen off the chart entirely, re-entered at number eight as the group prepared its second album for release.

New to the classical chart were a recording of Mozart violin concertos by Andrew Manze and The English Concert, at number 19, and the Berlin Philharmonic's recording of Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, at number 22. The latter album is conducted by Simon Rattle and features tenor Ian Bostridge.

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