In 2003, the 21-year-old Josh Groban's second album "Closer" had become a huge worldwide success. Including the David Foster produced song "You Raise Me Up", the record went straight to #1 on the Billboard chart. Three years later, in November 2006, Groban's third album "Awake" was recorded and ready for release. On "Awake - The Special Edition" two exclusive bonus tracks were included. One of the songs was "Verita", written by A Side Productions together with Richard Page, the songwriter and former lead singer of Mr Mister. In the producer's chair, David Foster.
Il Divo's hectic 2006 was coming to a close. Except for a six-month tour to the US, Australia and Europe, the quartet had spent considerable time working on the next album "Siempre". Collaborating intimately with Magnusson/Kreuger since their debut record, Il Divo returned to A Side Productions' studios for new songs.
One of the songs chosen for "Siempre" was John Miles' 1976 classic pop opus "Music". Preceding the recordings of Il Divo's 2006 version, A Side Productions together with John Miles re-arranged the song, adapting it from symphonic rock into a more operatic kind of a style. Miles even wrote two new verses, and finally "Musica" was translated into Italian.
Released in the US on November 21, 2006, and globally a week later, "Siempre" went straight to #1 in 12 countries. Il Divo has to date sold well over 14 million copies across the three albums "Il Divo", "Ancora" and "Siempre".
A Side Productions' successful 2006 ended exactly just like it had begun - on top of the charts. Westlife's "The Love Album", including the duet with Delta Goodrem, came out in the UK on November 20. The album opened at #1.
Mark Feehily and Shane Filan with Delta Goodrem
A Side Productions on the charts 2006 includes:
|Ancora||Il Divo||Billboard Hot 200 #1||January 31|
|Shayne Ward||Shayne Ward||UK #1||April 23|
|A Thousand …||Clay Aiken||Billboard Hot 200 #2||September 26|
|The Love Album||Westlife||UK #1||November 26|
|Siempre||Il Divo||UK #2||December 3|