Måneskin

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At the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final 1 dress rehearsal
At the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final 1 dress rehearsal

Måneskin is an Italian rock band from Rome, consisting of lead vocalist Damiano David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi, and drummer Ethan Torchio.[3] The band rose to fame after ending up second in the eleventh season of the Italian talent showX Factor in 2017.[4] The band won the Sanremo Music Festival 2021 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 – as the Italian representative in the latter – with the song “Zitti e buoni“.[5][6]

Before X Factor

The band members first met each other as students of the same high school in MonteverdeRome. They decided to start a band in 2016.[7][8] The bands name was chosen when they had to register for Pulse, a local music contest for emerging bands.[9] While brainstorming, De Angelis, who is half Danish, was asked by her bandmates to toss out some Danish words, and they agreed on Måneskin (“moonlight”), although its meaning is not related to the band itself.[10] The Pulse Contest also marked a turning point in their career, since they had to start writing their own songs. The competition led them to perform at the Felt Music Club & School, and they later went on to win first prize.[9][11]

They later performed as buskers in the streets of the Colli Portuensi district of Rome, as well as in the historical centre of Rome, including in Via del Corso.[8] One of their first live concerts outside their native city took place in Faenza, at the 2016 Meeting of Independent Record Labels. Approximately 30 people attended the show.[12] After a trip in Denmark, during which the band also performed some live shows, Måneskin strengthened their cohesiveness, and started to play together for several hours a day.[11][13]

Debut album and breakthrough

Their debut single, “Chosen“, was released on 24 November 2017 by Sony Music and charted at number 2 on the Italian FIMI Singles Chart.[14][15] It was included in the extended play of the same title, released in mid December 2017 and mainly consisting of covers previously performed during the X Factor live shows.[16] The EP was certified platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.[17]

On 23 March 2018, the band released their first Italian-language single, “Morirò da re“, which continued their commercial success.[18][19] Måneskins first full-length studio audio, featuring “Morirò da re” and preceded by the ballad single “Torna a casa“, was released on 26 October 2018.[20] Both the album, titled Il ballo della vita, and the single “Torna a casa” topped the charts in Italy.[21] To promote the album, the band theatrically released a documentary film, titled This Is Måneskin. The film premiered on 26 October 2018 in Italy.[22]

Sanremo Music Festival 2021 and Teatro dira

Måneskin won the Sanremo Music Festival 2021 with the song “Zitti e buoni“.[23] The band announced its new project entitled Teatro dira, with the Vol. 1 released on 19 March 2021.[24] They were announced as the winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, representing Italy, in Rotterdam on 22 May 2021.[5]

Discography

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
ITA[25]SWI[26]
Il ballo della vitaReleased: 26 October 2018Label: Sony MusicFormats: CD, download, streaming126FIMI: 3× Platinum[27]
Teatro dira: Vol. 1Released: 19 March 2021Label: Sony MusicFormats: CD, download, streaming, vinyl.113FIMI: Gold[27]
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

Extended plays

TitleEP detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
ITA[25]
ChosenReleased: 15 December 2017Label: Sony MusicFormats: CD, download, streaming3FIMI: Platinum[27]

Singles

As lead artist

TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum or EP
ITA[28]
Chosen20172FIMI: 2× Platinum[27]Chosen
Morirò da re20182FIMI: 3× Platinum[27]Il ballo della vita
Torna a casa1FIMI: 5× Platinum[27]
Fear for Nobody201926
Laltra dimensione6FIMI: Platinum[27]
Le parole lontane5FIMI: Gold[27]
Ventanni202012FIMI: Platinum[27]Teatro dira: Vol. 1
Zitti e buoni20212FIMI: 2× Platinum[27]
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum or EP
ITA[28]
Stato di natura“(Francesca Michielin featuring Måneskin)202099Feat (stato di natura)

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2018This Is MåneskinThemselvesDocumentary[22]

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