At Eurovision 2015, Il Volo won the televote with their popera song “Grande amore”. Now the Italian trio has gone in a bold new direction that has shocked some fans. The group has released new single “Noche Sin Día” — and it’s reggaetón, not popera.
The single is a collaboration with the Cuban reggaetón group Gente de Zona, who are best known for their appearance on Enrique Iglesias’s 2014 single “Bailando”.
Now it’s Il Volo’s turn to ride the reggaetón wave, following the international success of tracks such as Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” and J Balvin and Willy William’s “Mi gente”.
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“Noche Sin Día” — which translates to “Night without day” — is not Il Volo’s first release in Spanish. The Italian trio have regularly released Spanish versions of their albums, which have charted in the United States and Latin America. But “Noche Sin Día” is the first time the trio have sung in Spanish and in a reggaetón style.
The group announced the single on social media, noting that it was a “special project for Latin America”. This suggests that Il Volo aren’t quite ready to ditch their popera style yet.
A music video for the song was released today. It features Il Volo and Gente de Zona in a lavish night-time carnival setting. Around them, party people — including women dressed as angels — dance to the reggaetón grooves.
Note: the video is unable to view in Italy, Malta, San Marino and Vatican City.
The trio’s new sound has divided fans. Some are in support of it, while others are less impressed.
In YouTube comments, commenter Twins Padilla wrote, “After singing with Plácido [Domingo] they sing with these guys. What is this?” While another commenter, Ana Karina Mtz, wrote, “Nooo IL VOLO!! It hurts me to see my Gianluca singing reggaeton. I love them so much, I love their music but, my God, why?”
Commenter Alejo was more blunt, writing, “I will remove the poison from my ears by listening to Grande Amore, goodbye.”
But others were supportive of Il Volo’s new direction. Commenter evehhr2 asked, “Why are you so dramatic??? They have released a danceable single for the summer.” While commenter angymagic reminded fans, “They are young, they are not even 25 years old, they want to try new things.”
What do you think? Are you enjoying Il Volo’s new reggaetón style? Or should they stick to popera? Tell us what you think below!