Monday, September 24, 2012

Nerys's Guide to Italian Music: Cesare Cremonini

Cremonini was born in Bologna exactly six years before me, on March 27th 1980. He started off his music career in pop-rock group Lùnapop. Their first single 50 special was released in May 1999 and sold over 100,000 copies in three months.

Another one of the band's biggest singles is Qualcosa di grande. In 2000 it won the Festivalbar competition, which was a televised contest involving the summer's biggest hits which ran until 2007.

Their last appearance was at the 2001 edition of Festival bar, and at the beginning of 2002 the band split. In November 2002 Cremonini released his first solo album, Bagus. The biggest-selling single from the album was Vieni a vedere perché.

His second album, Maggese, was released in June 2005, and the title track is another one of those songs that reminds me of my Erasmus year.

My favourite song of his solo career is Mondo, a collaboration with Jovanotti from the summer of 2010.

His previous single, Il comico (sai che risate) was one of the biggest songs of the summer, and his current single Una come te can currently be heard on radio.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Classic

Tuscan Gianna Nannini and her distinctive voice have been a constant presence in Italian music for over 20 years, and at 58 years old she's still going strong. One of her biggest successes is 1986's Bello e impossibile.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Song of The Week

Un posto per me is the first single from Andrea Nardinocchi. I've not actually been able to find much information about him other than a couple of interviews, but he's been hyped by many as the next big thing in Italian music.