EXCLUSIVE: Classical Icon Andrea Bocelli Enlists Ariana Grande on New Hollywood-Inspired Album
By Sophie Schillaci
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Andrea Bocelli is going Hollywood.
The Italian tenor has completed a new album inspired by the world's greatest movie songs, recorded in five different languages (Italian, French, Spanish, English and Sicilian). Cinema will be released worldwide on Oct. 23, and features an emotionally-charged duet -- "E Piu Ti Penso" from Once Upon a Time in America/Malena -- with Ariana Grande.
Only ET has your first look at Bocelli's new take on "Nelle Tue Mani (Now We Are Free)," from Russell Crowe's 2000 hit Gladiator. See the epic new music video -- featuring a cameo from John Travolta -- in the player below! (For a behind-the-scenes look at the project, tune in to Friday's edition of Entertainment Tonight.)
"With the album Cinema, I’m fulfilling a wish that I’ve harbored for decades," said Bocelli. "If films are a 'dream factory,' the music that supports them embraces these dreams and heightens all of the magic and emotional vitality. My invitation, my token is for these immortal 'classics' to merge with the experiences, with the most precious memories, with the emotions of every listener, to become the inimitable soundtrack to their life."
Bocelli is set to perform his new material on Sept. 18 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The show will be recorded and aired nationwide on Nov. 27 via PBS.