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So, I'm a big fan of Italian popular music.  I might as well share a bit, for anyone that may be interested.

 

I'll begin with the new CD by veteran singer Elisa entitled: "L'anima vola".  Known for writing songs in English, this may be her first all Italian lyric album - which is OK with me.  The beauty of the songs seems to build as the record progresses.  Recording style is a bit nebulous so it's not going to push your equipment to the limit but it lends an ethereal, sometimes haunting quality to the music.  Best of all, this record is avilable thru the usual US online music distributors (I checked iTunes, anyway) which is not as common as one would wish.

 

The CD contains a new version of Ancora Qui, the song penned by Elisa and composer Ennio Morricone for Quinten Tarrantino's Django Unchained.  I'm not Tarrantino's hugest fan but even I'd admit that he knows how to put a soundtrack together.  I believe this is the film version of the song.

 

 

Till next time, Ciao!

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So, I'm a big fan of Italian popular music.  I might as well share a bit, for anyone that may be interested.

 

Is there a YouTube channel or a site which is like a hub for all Italian pop music? For example, there is a YouTube channel Ello which accumulates most of new releases in Russian pop music.

 

I used to listen Italian singers from 80-s in my childhood: Adriano Celentano, Toto Cutugno, Ricchi e Poveri.

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mutabor,  My main source is Radio Italia.  They broadcast on the web (radioitalia.it) and have smartphone apps.  Their YouTube channel is mostly selections from their in house concerts which they do a lot of.  They also link to a lot of music videos on their Facebook and twitter feeds.  They do a good job promoting the local music.

 

Adriano Celentano is still around though I'm not familiar with him. Not so sure about the others.  Please post something about any of them here if you feel like it.

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Luciano Ligabue, or simply Ligabue, released his long awaited collection of new material a couple of weeks ago.  Ligabue is probably Italy's most loved rocker. Some may argue that that honor goes to Vasco Rossi, but I'm going with Ligabue. Here's the video for the first single from Mondovisione, "Il Salle Della Terra":

 

 

 

Unfortunately, Mondovisione is not yet easily available in the US - though there are ways …..


Edited by CharlesC - 12/8/13 at 3:19pm
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Released a couple of years ago, Dannato Vivere is Negrita's most recent collection of new material.  Just recently they release an acoustic rehash called Deja Vu.  I picked up Dannato Vivere about 6 months ago and it became one of my favorites. I imagine that I'll have Deja Vu also before long. I don't know much about the band but the lead singer has a great voice and the band can play.

 

Here's a great tune from DV: Un giorno di ordinario magia:

 

 

 

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Another big release of the last few weeks is Senza Paura by Giorgia.  I have to admit to having mixed feelings about Giorgia. On the one hand she can definitely sing and has survived beyond the "new girl" phase of her career to become a major European star.  She doesn't look bad either.  On the other hand, she often sings with trills and flourishes that remind me of Whitney Houston - not a real plus in my book.  But she is good, very pop. And if you are always missing Whitney Houston then you may want to give her a listen.  First hit from the CD: Quando una stella muore.

 

 

 

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So I guess that one day Luca Carboni decided to grab some of the best songs from his extensive catalog and rerecord them with many of Italy's greatest contemporary singers joining him in duets. It turns out to have been a great idea. This is a fantastic record. The only problem is that I've never heard any of the original versions of these songs and now I'm a little apprehensive about doing so.  Anyway, here he is joined by the great Cesare Cremonini singing Mare mare:

 

 


Edited by CharlesC - 12/14/13 at 3:51pm
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Damn, It just occurred to me that I haven't shown any love yet for the younger pop stars. Where better to begin than with Emma. A very capable singer, she excels at singing her guts out. Even on a song that begins rather gently like this one, you just know that before it's all over those guts are coming out.

 

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I'm crazy about Laura Pausini, and i use her recordings as reference when testing headphones.

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What a huge star she is, too.  As you know, she is one of the ones that releases her music in both Italian and Spanish. Apparently there are a lot more Spanish speakers then Italian speakers on planet Earth.  Oh, and she just release a greatest hits collection:

 

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And do post a link to your favorite auditions songs. Please.

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Would Effiel 65s self titled album still be considered popular? Or their side project Bloom 06

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Would Effiel 65s self titled album still be considered popular? Or their side project Bloom 06
 

 

Those guys are Italian?

Who know Da Ba Dee Da Ba Dai?

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Those guys are Italian?

Who know Da Ba Dee Da Ba Dai?

 

Eiffel 65 are an Italian three-piece Italo dance/Eurodance group consisting of Jeffrey Jey, Gabry Ponte and Maurizio Lobina.

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Of the artists mentioned here I am familiar Ligabue and Negrita... Ligabue the album I prefer which is also his best-selling "Buon Compleanno Elvis" published in 1995 ... While the Negrita really phenomenal is the self-titled "Negrita" released in 1994 .....Excellent Italian rock .... recommended 

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