italian pop music

ZUCCHERO "Diamante" Occupation - Musician singer songwriter record producer His stage name Zucchero is the Italian word for sugar, as his elementary teacher used to call him. In his career, spanning more than three decades, Fornaciari has sold over 50 million records around the world,and internationally his most successful singles are "Diamante", "Il Volo/My Love", "Baila (Sexy Thing)/Baila morena", and the duet "Senza una donna (Without a Woman)" with Paul Young. He has achieved numerous awards, including four Festivalbar, six Wind Music Awards, two World Music Awards (1993, 1996), six IFPI Europe Platinum AwardS and a Grammy Award nomination. He collaborated and performed with many famous artists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Brian May, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Sting, Bono, Paul Young, Peter Gabriel, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli among others.
"Voglio vederti danzare" - Live Exhibition Francesco "Franco" Battiato is an Italian singer-songwriter, composer, filmmaker and, under the pseudonym Süphan Barzani, also a painter. Battiato's songs contain esoteric, philosophical and religious themes. He is and has been for decades one of the most popular pop singer-songwriters in Italy. His unique sound, song-crafting and especially his lyrics, often containing philosophical, religious, and culturally exotic references, as well as tackling or painting universal themes about the human condition - unusual subjects for pop songs - earned him a unique spot on Italy's music scene, and the nickname of "Il Maestro" ("The Master" or "The Teacher"). His work includes songwriting and joint production efforts with several Italian and international musicians and pop singers, including the long-lasting professional relationship with Italian singer Alice. Together with Alice, Franco Battiato represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 with the song "I treni di Tozeur". After the Ricordi label failed to re-sign him, Battiato signed with EMI. He abandoned the Prog Rock experiments of the previous years and moved to a more pop-oriented style which afforded him ever increasing popularity with Italian audiences. In this period his albums were usually in collaboration with the renowned musician and violinist Giusto Pio, whose two later albums were produced by Battiato.[citation needed] After L'era del cinghiale bianco (The Era of the White Boar, 1979) and Patriots (1980), Battiato obtained astounding success with La voce del padrone (His Master's Voice) in 1981, which was the first Italian LP to sell more than one million copies. His commercial success was confirmed by L'arca di Noè (Noah's Ark) in 1982. Songs such as "L'era del cinghiale bianco", "Prospettiva Nevskij" ("Nevsky Prospekt"), "Centro di gravità permanente" ("Permanent Gravity Centrepoint"), "Bandiera bianca" ("White Flag"), and "Voglio vederti danzare" ("I Want To See You Dance") established Battiato in Italy. Orizzonti perduti (Lost Horizons, 1983), which Battiato himself called a kipper, was followed by the successful Mondi Lontanissimi (Faraway Worlds, 1985), which featured a solo version of the popular "I treni di Tozeur" ("The Tozeur Trains)", originally a duet with Alice performed at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest.[2] 1988's Fisiognomica (Physiognomy) sold more than 300,000 copies and it confirmed Battiato's success. The album, considered by Battiato himself his best work for the balance between music and lyrics, contained the hit "Nomadi" ("Nomads"), originally recorded by Alice and written by his old friend Juri Camisasca, who in the meantime had retired to a Benedictin monastery. The album also included the songs "E ti vengo a cercare", which was performed by director/actor Nanni Moretti in his 1989 movie Palombella Rossa, and "Veni l'autunnu" with lyrics entirely in the Sicilian and Arabic languages In 1994 Battiato began to collaborate with the Sicilian philosopher Manlio Sgalambro, who was to write almost all the lyrics of his following albums. After the tentative L'ombrello e la macchina da cucire of 1995, in 1996 the duo published what is considered their best work so far, L'imboscata, containing the romantic hit "La cura" ("The care"), elected best Italian song of the year.[3] Gommalacca (1998, with an unusual stress on hard rock), Ferro battuto (2000) and Dieci stratagemmi (2004) continued on the same path, with variations mainly set by Battiato's unceasing desire for musical experimentation.[citation needed] In 2003 Battiato released his first feature film, Perduto amor (Lost love), for which he also composed the soundtrack. The movie won the Silver Ribbon for the best debutant director. However, heavy criticism struck against his following movie, Musikanten, a rather experimental work about Beethoven's last four years of life. The German musician was played by the Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky. In November 2012 he accepted an offer from newly elected Sicilian regional president Rosario Crocetta to become the new Regional Minister for Tourism and Culture, announcing he will not take any compensation for the job, but was subsequently fired soon after for his "whores within Parliament" (troie in Parlamento) comment.  
UMBERTO TOZZI is an Italian pop/rock singer and composer, born in Turin. In 1968, at the age of 16, Umberto Tozzi joined 'Off Sound', one of the many groups that performed in small venues around Turin. In Milan, he met Adriano Pappalardo, with whom he formed a 13-piece band and began a large-scale Italian tour. In 1974 Tozzi had his first success as a songwriter, with the song "Un corpo, un anima" ("One Body, One Soul"), co-written with Damiano Dattoli and performed by Wess and Dori Ghezzi. It appeared on Canzonissima, an Italian music programme running from 1956 to 1974. In 1976, he released his first album, Donna Amante mia ("My loving woman"), from which came the single "Io camminerò" ("I Will Walk") which at the time had been sung with great success by Fausto Leali. In 1977, one of Tozzi's most famous songs was released – "Ti amo". It stayed at number one on the Italian charts for seven months, outselling every other record, and went on to become an international success throughout continental Europe. It also made some inroads in the Americas and Australia, primarily in discotheques. The single was awarded a gold record award in Australia, despite the fact that it only made number 25 on the charts there in late 1979 (source: Kent Music Report, 1980). 1978 saw the release of Tu, another hit in Italy, the same year he had a very successful national Australian tour, organized by the Italo/Australian promoter Duane Zigliotto, the tour concluded at the Sydney's Opera house with two full house concerts. The following year Tozzi recorded perhaps his most famous song, "Gloria". It was a huge success in Italy in 1979 and 1980. Jonathan King wrote an English lyric and had a UK hit with the song in 1979. The singer Elkie Brooks recorded a version in 1980. A cover version by American singer Laura Branigan brought Tozzi's name to attention in the USA in 1982. Branigan worked with the arranger and keyboardist of Tozzi's own version, Greg Mathieson, who co-produced her version with Jack White, to give the song what she called "an American kick."The song reached the top of the charts, going gold and platinum in several countries and lasting on the US pop charts for 36 weeks.Still in the 1980s, the " Eva" song, self-titled album, had Portuguese version recorded by the Brazilian rock band Radio Taxi . Branigan's vocal performance of "Gloria" was nominated for a Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Grammy Award (alongside Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, Juice Newton, and that year's winner, Melissa Manchester); "Gloria" marked Branigan's only solo nomination. She would go on to record two more Tozzi compositions, "Mama", and "Ti Amo", her version of which went top 5 in Canada and Australia two years after "Gloria". By late 1980 he releases "Stella Stai" another of his main hits. The early years of the 1980s saw the release of the album Tozzi, recorded in concert with a band of American musicians – his first live record. The following year the Latin Group Menudo recorded the Spanish version of Stella Stai "Claridad" and make it one of the biggest selling records in the whole Latin America, Central, Mexico and US Hispanic market. After a period of absence from the music scene, Tozzi returned in 1987 and won the Sanremo Music Festival with "Si può dare di più" ("More can be given"), sung with Gianni Morandi and Enrico Ruggeri. 1987 was also the year of "Gente Di Mare'"("People of the sea"), performed with Raf at Eurovision, which saw them take third place. In 1988, Tozzi released his second live album, The Royal Albert Hall. In the 1990s, Tozzi continued to record, resulting in songs such as "Gli Altri Siamo Noi" ("Others are us"), the album Equivocando ("Misunderstanding"), Il grido ("The outcry") and Aria e Cielo ("Air and sky"). He also released a greatest hits compilation, Le mie Canzoni ("My songs"). In 2000 and 2005, he performed "Un'altra vita" ("A different life") and "Le Parole" ("The words") at the Sanremo Music Festival. Between the two participations, he released a duet with French singer Lena Ka of his classic "Ti Amo" as "Ti Amo (Rien Que des mots)". Tozzi also released another greatest hits compilation, a 2-disc set entitled The best of, and another single, "E non-volo". In 2013, his re-edited version of "Gloria", sung in its original Italian, was placed by Martin Scorsese at a critical plot turn on the soundtrack of the 2014 Academy Awards nominated blockbuster, The Wolf of Wall Street. In January 2009 he released the single "Cerco Ancora te" composed by Emilio Munda and Matteo Gaggioli. In the course of his career, Tozzi has sold more than 70 million records in different languages and international markets.  


Live Show Gino Paoli is an Italian singer-songwriter. He is a seminal figure who has written a number of songs widely regarded as classics in Italian popular music, including: "Il cielo in una stanza", "Che cosa c'è", "Senza fine" and "Sapore di sale". After several different jobs, he was signed to Ricordi with friends and fellow musicians Luigi Tenco and Bruno Lauzi. His first success was the single "La Gatta", which has been used in Italian language teaching classes in American middle schools and high schools. "Il cielo in una stanza" was composed in 1959. According to Paoli, the lyrics came to him while lying on a brothel bed. Gazing at the purple ceiling, he thought, "Love can grow at any moment at any place". Mina's single release of the song topped the list of annual sales in Italy and reached Billboard Hot 100. Video performances of the song were included in the movies "Io bacio... tu baci" and "Appuntamento a Ischia". Later it was featured in the "Goodfellas" movie. Carla Bruni Sarkozy covered the song (mixing French with her native Italian) in her debut album ("Quelqu'un m'a dit"). Gino Paoli’s debut album – Gino Paoli was released in Italy on October 8, 1961 on Dischi Ricordi. "Il cielo in una stanza" success was followed by "Sapore di sale" (1963), arranged by Ennio Morricone and believed to be his most famous song. In 1974 he returned with the LP I semafori rossi non sono Dio, followed by Il mio mestiere (1977). Both showed a more mature inspiration than his 1960s works. In the 1980s Paoli produced a series of successful albums, and in 1985 he toured Italy together with Ornella Vanoni. In 1987 he was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies for the Italian Communist Party. He abandoned politics in 1992 to pursue his music ambitions.    
AL BANO Occupation- Singer, Actor, Winemaker Al Bano still tours all over the world. He is a constant on Italian television and has a large number of fans who follow his career very closely. To date Al Bano has sold 165 million albums around the world. Associated acts:Al Bano and Romina Power, Sanremo Music Festival, Eurovision Song Contest
PUPO Enzo Ghinazzi was born in Ponticino, in the Tuscan province of Arezzo. His father was a mailman and his mother was a housewife, but they both cultivated interests in singing and acting. In 1975 he debuted as a singer-songwriter under the stage name “Pupo” with Ti Scriverò.[1] Pupo’s first album release, Come Sei Bella, came in 1976. His second album, Gelato al Cioccolato, was his first major success, containing the hit singles Ciao and Gelato al Cioccolato, written with Cristiano Malgioglio; the album was Pupo’s first of 11 gold records. In 1980 Pupo competed for the first time in the Sanremo Music Festival with the gold record winning song Su di Noi: the song was included in his third album Più di Prima, which was Pupo’s best selling record and also included Firenze Santa Maria Novella, a love letter to the city of Florence.[2] In 1981 he wrote his first hit for another artist: Sarà Perché Ti Amo, sung by Ricchi e Poveri at the Sanremo Music Festival that year.[3] Pupo competed again in the Sanremo Music Festival in 1983 with Cieli Azzurri and in 1984 with Un Amore Grande, written by Umberto Tozzi and Giancarlo Bigazzi. In 1986 he released the album Pupo in the USSR, a major success that sparked his fame in Eastern Europe.[4] The following year he won the international children’s song festival Zecchino d’Oro as the author of Canzone Amica. Pupo toured extensively on international stages, and in 1991 he released his first and only live album, Canada’s Wonderland, recorded in Toronto.[5] In 1992 he competed for the fourth time at the Sanremo Music Festival, this time under his birth name, with the spiritual La Mia Preghiera. After spending some years out of the national spotlight (while maintaining a solid international fanbase) and then devoting himself to his television career, Pupo rose back to musical stardom with his consecutive appearances at the Sanremo Music Festival in 2009 and 2010. In 2007, the Dutch singer André Hazes covered his song Forse with the title Blijf Bij Mi (Stay with me). In 2009 he competed with L’Opportunità, singing alongside Paolo Belli and Youssou N’Dour, reaching the finals. The year after, he came second in the Festival singing Italia Amore Mio with tenor Luca Canonici and Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, member of the former Italian royal family; in the “guest night” of the Festival, World Cup winning football coach Marcello Lippi was invited on stage. The song was a success with the audience, and the trio was considered the moral winner of the Festival. 11 gold records Gondola d'Oro  
ANGELO BRANDUARDI "Cogli la prima mela" Branduardi was born in Cuggiono, a small town in the province of Milan, but early moved with the family to Genoa. He was educated as a classical violinist in the local school of music. At the age of 18, he composed the music for the Confessioni di un malandrino (Hooligan's Confession) by Sergei Yesenin. In 1996, during the celebrations for the restoration of the Duomo of Spilimbergo after the catastrophic 1976 earthquake, he recorded the album Futuro antico ("Ancient Future"), in which he, as an early Baroque musician, keeps reusing, mixing, wording pre-existing material along with his own. This experience, accomplished with the aid of musicians and musicologists, continued with Futuro antico II and Futuro antico III. The same year he performed "Te vojo 'bbene assaje" ("I love you so much" in Neapolitan) with Italian pop singer Eugenio Finardi. In 1998, Branduardi teamed up with Italian stand-up comedian and writer Giorgio Faletti for Il dito e la luna ("The Finger and the Moon"). He subsequently reworked earlier musical themes with writings of and about St. Francis to produce L'infinitamente piccolo ("The Infinitely Small"); he wrote a musical on the same topic (Francesco). In 2003, a new album, Altro ed altrove ("Other and Elsewhere"), in a time period marked by a rise of racism and intolerance, brought together (mainly) love stories from several cultures. Since last 10 years, his band, on stage, is composed with Davide Raggazoni (drums), Michele Ascolese (guitars), Leonardo Pieri (keyboards) and Stefano Olivato (bass and harmonica), or with Ellade Bandini (drums) and Maurizio Fabrizio (guitars and keyboards).


UMBERTO SMAILA (born 26 June 1950) is an Italian actor, composer, comedian, television personality, entrepreneur and musician. Born in Verona, in the early 70's Smaila co-founded together with Jerry Calà, Franco Oppini and Ninì Salerno a cabaret-ensemble, "i gatti di Vicolo Miracoli". The group, reduced to three components since 1982, appeared on several successful TV programs and films and released several songs. After the disbandment of the group Smaila was the television presenter of a number of quiz and variety shows, most notably the late night show Colpo grosso. In nineties he founded the "U.S.Band", an orchestra with whom he was cast in several television programs. As a composer, Smaila signed the musical scores of several genre films including Beast with a Gun (1977), Il ragazzo del pony express (1986), Sweets from a Stranger (1987), Delitti e profumi (1988) and Chicken Park (1994). The main theme of Beast with a Gun was later included in the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. Smaila also wrote and directed a musical comedy film, Italian Boys, released in 1982. He is the founder of the brand Smaila's, a chain of restaurants and nightclubs specialized in live music.  
MORGAN "Altrove" Marco Castoldi, better known by his stage name Morgan, is an Italian singer-songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist. His musical genres are mainly alternative rock and electronic rock, sometimes experimental rock and synthpop. He has also been a judge for three years in the Italian version of The X Factor winning the first three series through acts he mentored, Aram Quartet (series 1 - 2008), Matteo Becucci (series 2 - 2008-9) and Marco Mengoni (in series 3 - 2009). He is also a founding member of Bluvertigo, an Italian band formed in 1992.


MANNARINO Born in Rome in 1979, Alessandro Mannarino began performing in clubs in the city’s old quarter of Monti in 2001. His sets were a mixture of live concerts and DJ-ing. In 2006, he formed the five-piece band Kampina, which became a fixture on Rome’s music scene. A modern storyteller and urban singer-songwriter, Mannarino composes boundary-crossing music that reflects the multicultural reality of contemporary Rome. His surrealistic lyrics evoke dreamy, tragicomic stories of clowns, drunks and love-struck Gypsies. Based on a foundation of Italian folk
ORCHESTRA BAGUTTI • Over 250 tour dates a year on National and International ground • Over 300/400.000 spectators a year on national ground- 200.000 during summer tour dates from June to September • 30.000 posters printed yearly • Over 15.000 subscriptions to our website – 2/3 million pages visited monthly – Over 40,000 musical files downloaded monthly • National Events organized yearly with TV/RADIO/MAGAZINE Media partners and worldwide brands • Theme music and dance Holidays(on cruise lines and holiday resorts) organized every year with approximately 600 fans per trip