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Bob Sinclar visits Italian pop again: remix of Annalisa’s latest

Fresh from last month’s Festival di Sanremo performance, French DJ Bob Sinclar gives the remix treatment to Sanremo finalist Annalisa’s “Sinceramente, “which has hit the Billboard Global charts as well.

Annalisa – Sinceramente (Bob Sinclar remix)

The popular DJ and producer, known worldwide for “World Hold On” and “Love Generation,” had recently remixed Matia Bazar’s “Ti Sento” and had a hit remixing another well know Italian classic, Raffaella Carrà‘s “A far l’amore comincia tu” (Far l’amore).

Viral Georgian group, Niko’s Band, covers Annalisa

Niko’s Band visits Italian pop again with a cover of “Sinceramente,” the Festival di Sanremo entry from Annalisa.

Niko’s Band – Alone (cover of “Sinceramente”)

The band’s cover of the THE KOLORS’s “Italodisco,” which hit the top 20 most “Shazam’d” songs in the world at one point, has 40 million views on the official YouTube channel of Georgian network PosTV and millions more on TikTok. THE KOLORS recently complimented their cover and are looking forward to paying a visit to the group in their home country.

The group is featured on the TV show “Niko’s Show” and consists of lead female singer Manu Murghulia, “Niko host” Niko Nanitashvili, Amiko Chokharadze, Nanuka Porchkhidze, and band music director Dato Porchkhidze.

Niko’s Band – Georgian Disco
Niko’s Band – Georgian Disco with English lyrics

The band performs covers of all sorts of European pop hits including 80s French hit “Voyage, voyage” and Polish dance single “Przekorny los” from Akcent.

Niko’s Band – Voyage Voyage (cover of Desireless – Voyage, Voyage)
Niko’s Band – New Year (cover of Akcent – Przekorny los)

Recent French cover of 80s hit “Amore Disperato”

“Alabama” is a June 2023 release from French singer/actress Adèle Castillon. The electro pop single samples Nada‘s 1983 classic “Amore Disperato,” written by I Camaleonti founder, and Nada’s husband, Gerry Manzoli, and Varo Venturi.

Official video clip of Adèle Castillon – Alabama:

Nada performing “Amore Disperato” on “Popcorn,” music series broadcast on Canale 5 from 1980-1985:

For those that want a taste of both worlds, here’s a mashup of the above, posted from Youtuber Doudouard:

Zucchero US and Canada tour Sept 9 through Oct 2

A reminder that Zucchero’s world tour hits North America on September 9th in Atlantic City, NJ and goes across the US and Canada through October 2nd. For those in the Chicago and Detroit areas, visit our Facebook page and leave a comment in the last Zucchero post for a chance to win tickets to the shows in those cities.

Sep 9 – Atlantic City, NJ
Sep 10 – New York City
Sep 11 – Foxwoods Casino, CT
Sep 13 – Washington, DC (sold out)
Sep 14 – Washington, DC
Sep 16 – Boston
Sep 17 – Montreal
Sep 18 – Niagara Falls, ON
Sep 20 – Detroit
Sep 21 – Chicago
Sep 24 – Seattle
Sep 25 – Vancouver
Sep 27 – Portland
Sep 29 – San Francisco
Sep 30 – Los Angeles
Oct 1 – San Diego
Oct 2 – Tucson

Sting and Zucchero – Senza una Donna
Zucchero and Andrea Bocelli – Miserere

Bocelli was discovered by Zucchero during an audition for the featured part in “Miserere,” recorded by Luciano Pavarotti.

“Fiore di Maggio,” cover of Fabio Concato classic
Queen & Zucchero – We Are The Champions 

In Concert: Zucchero, Eros Ramazzotti, Diodato, Riccardo Fogli & Mal return to the US and Canada

Rescheduled 2020 tour dates from Zucchero and Eros arrive in the US and Canada in the second half of the year, along with Niagara Falls appearances from classic pop stars like Riccardo Fogli and Mal, and Hitweek is back with 2020 Sanremo winner Diodato in Miami and LA and Cosmo joining him in Miami.

Zucchero’s latest album, Discover, is a cover album containing international favorites like Coldplay’s “The Scientist” and Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” as well as Italian hits from Elisa, Fabio Concato, and Fabrizio De André. His 16-city tour begins on September 9th.

Ramazzotti’s album, Battito Infinito, will be released on September 16 and his US and Canada dates begin October 30th. The first new single was released last month and is titled “Ama.”

See our Events page for more details.

Zucchero – cover of Fabio Concato classic “Fiore di Maggio”
Eros new single “Ama” released on June 10th.
Diodato’s 2020 Sanremo winning song.
2017 single from singer-songwriter Cosmo
Fogli’s 1982 Sanremo winning song
theme song to TV series “Furia”, performed by Mal

In case you missed it: “Quando trovo te”

Here’s a release from a few months back that may gone underappreciated.

Finishing at the back of the pack each night the song was performed at this year’s Festival di Sanremo was Francesco Renga’s “Quando Trovo Te”. The song seemed not well suited for the live Festival setting and found the 2005 Sanremo winner struggling a bit. Translated to “When I find you,” the track was written by Renga and popular songwriters Roberto Casolino (Giusy Ferreri, Marco Mengoni, Annalisa) and Dario Faini, who is also known as Dardust and had a hand in 5 of the entries in this year’s Festival. The song’s sound is reminiscent of Casolino hits, with a sweet pop melody and memorable chorus. There seems to be some uptick in airplay of the single in the months that followed the Festival and a YouTuber posted a remix, perfect for these summer months.

Lyrics and English translation from LyricsTranslate

Gli anni 80 en Espanol (part 1)

Top Italian pop artists have always dabbled in some Spanish, going all the way back to Domenico Modugno and then in the 70s Nicola di Bari, who became a major star in Latin America after his Sanremo wins and appearance at Eurovision. By singing in Spanish, the potential audience jumps 10x given the number of Spanish speakers in the world compared to Italian so it makes a lot of commercial sense, especially with a large Spanish audience even in the United States; Laura Pausini, Eros, and Nek have all performed to majority Spanish-speaking audiences in the US. Some singers have become even bigger stars with Latin audiences than in their homeland such as Franco Simone.

In the 80s, the list of artists that decided to give Spanish a try is a who’s who of 80s Italian pop including Toto Cutugno, Pupo, and I Ricchi e Poveri – and even Nino D’Angelo got into the act.

Pupo – Cosa Farai / Qué Puedo Hacer
Toto Cutugno – Solo Noi / Solo Tú, Solo Yo
Ricchi e Poveri – Come vorrei / Donde Estarás
Gianni Togni – Luna
Al Bano and Romina Power – Felicità / Felicidad
Nino D’Angelo – Nu jeans e ‘na maglietta / Con jeans y camiseta

Site Updates; Celebrating Casadei

Raoul Casadei, king of liscio, passed away on @ 83 on March 13 from COVID-19 complications. Raoul had taken over the Orchestra Casadei from his uncle Secondo, who composed the popular Romagna Mia, in the 70s and helped popularize the music of Emilia-Romagna all over Italy. His son Mirko took over the Orchestra in 2000.

When ABBA Ruled The World

While many define ABBA as just a guilty pleasure, there’s no disputing they are one of the most successful groups in music history, second in record sales only to the Beatles. Whether it’s their disco hits or ballads, the songs can be incredibly catchy as well as moving and it’s no wonder why their music produced thousands of covers and numerous tribute bands.

In their heyday, ABBA also recorded some of their singles in Spanish while other language versions were done by home artists. In Italy, there were a number of well-done covers performed, in particular by 60s star Anna Maria Ramenghi and the better known Wilma Goich, successful singer from the 60s and a member of the group Vianella with her husband Edoardo Vianello. Many of the songs seem translated by the same songwriter, Rino Ballista.

A YouTuber put together a playlist of Italian covers of ABBA hits and even pre-ABBA tracks of group members.