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A phenomenon of the sertanejo (Brazilian country) music, the duo Zezé Di Camargo & Luciano have sold 16 million copies of the ten albums they have recorded between 1991 to 2000. Since 1998, they have been expanding their niche through the incorporation of arrangements, songs, and stage persona borrowed from pop and romantic repertory. Zezé Di Camargo became a successful composer after Chitãozinho e Xororó, Leandro e Leonardo, and Sula Miranda had hits with his songs. Then he had the opportunity to record with his brother, Luciano. Zezé di Camargo & Luciano was released in 1991 and had the hits "É O Amor" (recorded later by Maria Bethânia) and "Eu Te Amo," which were included in the soundtrack of the soap opera Perigosas Peruas. The album sold more than 1.1 million copies. The second album, released the next year, had success with "Coração Está Em Pedaços," "Muda de Vida," and "Coração Na Contramão." The third album had the participation of Willie Nelson on the track "Eu só Penso Em Você," a version of "Always On My Mind," and exploded with "Saudade Bandida" and "Faz Mais Uma Vez Comigo." The fourth record sold more than 1.5 million copies with "Vem Cuidar de Mim." 1995 marked their approximation with the Hispanic market, as the new album had Spanish versions of their hits. In 1996, they had already reached the cipher of selling seven million copies of their previous albums. In the next year, "Toma Juízo" and "Felicidade, Que Saudade de Você" propelled the sale of over 1.6 million copies. Julio Iglesias' recording of Di Camargo's "Dois Amigos" was another important accomplishment for the two upcountry brothers of humble origin. Their eighth release had the hit "Pra Não Pensar em Você" and sold 1.5 million copies. The first live album was recorded in 2000, having some of their biggest hits: "Vem Ficar Comigo," "Vivendo por Viver," "Coração Está em Pedaços," "Felicidade, Que saudade de Você," "Pão de Mel," and "Amor Selvagem."
Zezé Di Camargo & Luciano (Portuguese pronunciation: [zeˈzɛ dʒi kaˈmaʁɡw i luˈsjɐ̃nu]) are Brazil's most famous sertanejo/country duo and brothers. They were born in Pirenópolis, Goiás. Zezé is the artistic name for Mirosmar José de Camargo and Luciano the artistic name for Welson David de Camargo.
In 1991, their first LP exploded thanks to the hit single É o Amor, which was the year's most popular song and one of the most famous sertanejo songs ever. Their 1994 album featured a guest appearance from Willie Nelson on their version of "Always on My Mind", Eu só Penso Em Você. Until 2001, every album of the duo surpassed 1 million copies sold, including the 1995 one which sold over 2 million copies. In total, their releases from 1991 to 2000 sold 16 million copies. They are one of the best-selling sertanejo acts in Brazilian history, and beginning with their 1995 release, they began singing in Spanish as well. They also have the most lucrative recording deal in Brazilian industry with Sony BMG.
A Brazilian film made about the duo, 2 Filhos de Francisco, released in 2005, was the most successful Brazilian movie in 25 years.