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Italian Pop Music

Although Italy happily imports the usual cocktail of American and British pop songs, Italians also have their own, thriving, home-grown music industry about which they are passionate and justifiably proud. There are two national radio stations dedicated to playing Italian music: Radio Italia and RTL

Here is a selection of the most popular pop artists in Italy today:

Laura Pausini
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Laura Pausini - Photo: Elena Torre)

Laura Pausini is one of Italy's most popular and successful solo pop artists. She sings mainly in Italian and Spanish and has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide. She leapt to fame after winning the 'New Artist' section of the Sanremo Festival in 1993 with her song 'La Solitudine' which became a number one hit in the Italian singles chart. She has since won four World Music Awards, three Latin Grammys and a Grammy Award, the first female Italian artist to do so.

Laura Pausini video
Giorgia
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Georgia - Photo: Sara Santopietro

Giorgia Todrani, best known as Giorgia, was born in Rome and influenced by Jazz and Soul music during her early years. She is now one of the most iconic and famous Italian singers, with a powerful, soulful voice that has led her to be dubbed: "the fourth best voice in the world". She has released ten studio albums that have been very successful in Italy and have enjoyed some success internationally.

Giorgia video
Tizziano Ferro
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Tizziano Ferro - Photo: Riverblog

Tizziano Ferro is known as the modern face of Italian pop music. His latest album, 'L'amore è una cosa semplice' was the best-selling album of 2012 in Italy with the supporting tour culminating in his first full stadium concert at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Tizziano Ferro video
Jovanotti
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Jovanotti - Photo: Elena Torre

Jovanotti, whose real name is Lorenzo Cherubini, is an Italian singer-songwriter who performs in a more modern, international style. His music includes a wide range of influences including hip hop and rap as well as wider world music with some classical arrangements. At the same time his lyrics concern philosophical, religious and political issues, which are more typical of the Italian cantautore tradition. His name is an anglicised version of 'Giovanotti', meaning 'Young Men' in Italian.

Jovanotti video
Elisa
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Elisa - Photo: Keenan
Elisa video
Emma
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Emma - Photo: PM
Emma video
Marco Mengoni
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Marco Mengoni - Photo: Albin Olsson
Marco Mengoni video
Gianna Nanini
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Gianna Nannini - Photo: Manecchino
Gianna Nanini video
Zucchero
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Zucchero - Photo: Danielle dk
Zucchero video
Italian Rock Artists
Ligabue
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Ligabue - Photo: Elena Torre
Ligabue video
Vasco Rossi
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Vasco Rossi - Photo: Messina Sportiva
Vasco Rossi video
Negro Amaro
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Negroamaro - Photo: Matteo Martinelli
Negro Amaro video

Sanremo
The heart and soul of Italian music can be found at the 'Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo'. The Sanremo Music Festival is a popular Italian song contest that was the inspiration for the Eurovision Song Contest. It is held annually in the city of Sanremo, in Liguria, Italy, and consists of a competition between a variety of Italian artists performing previously unreleased songs. It is immensely popular in Italy and in 2013 it was watched by a record 17 million television viewers.

Origins:
The origins of Italian popular music can be traced back to a mixture of classical music and folk music, both of which have strong traditions in Italy. Like many other things, the folk tradition varies dramatically from region to region, each fiercely proud of its own identity. The strongest and most influential styles come from Naples, Sardinia and Sicily.

Music of Naples

The 'Canzone Napoletana' or 'Neapolitan song' is a traditional form of music sung in the dialect of Naples, usually about love, and usually by a male singer although there are many famous female singers from Naples as well.

Some of the best known examples of this type of song are 'O Sole Mio', 'Funiculì, Funiculà' and 'Santa Lucia' which are famous around the world. The musical tradition of the 'Cantautore' or singer/songwriter has been extremely popular in Naples for many years and there are a number of contempory artists, such as Pino Daniele, who continue in that tradition.

Pino Daniele
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Pino Daniele - Photo: Elena Torre
Pino Daniele video
Gigi d'Alessio
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Gigi d'Alessio
Gigi d'Alessio video
Fausto Cigliano
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Fausto Cigliano
Fausto Cigliano video
Music of Sardinia

Sardinia, one of the autonomous regions of Italy, is very protective of its cultural heritage which is probably the most distinct of all the regions in Italy. The tradional folk music of Sardinia has two main styles: The first is traditional singing accompanied by guitar, called: 'Cantu a chiterra'. One of the most loved exponents of this style was Maria Carta.

The second style is a type of rural polyphonic chanting, known as 'cantu a tenore' which is sung 'a capella' with four voices. The best known example of the 'pure' traditional style is the group 'Tenores di Bitti'.

Other, more modern exponents of 'La Musica Sarda' or Sardinian music are Andrea Parodi and Elena Ledda.

Maria Carta
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Maria Carta

Maria Carta was born in Siligo, Sassari, Sardinia in 1935. Through her personal interpretations of tradional songs, she succeeded in bringing Sardinian folk music to a wider audience in Italy as well as Europe and America. She was also a film actress, appearing as the mother of Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Godfather Part II'. In 1991, the then President of the Republic, Francesco Cossiga, named her a 'Commendatore della Repubblica' ('Knight of the Republic'). She died of cancer in Rome in 1994, aged 60.

Maria Carta video
Tenores di Bitti
Tenores di Bitti video
Andrea Parodi
Andrea Parodi video
Elena Ledda
Elena Ledda video
Music of Sicily

The folk music of Sicily was heavily influenced by its position at the heart of the Mediterranean. Influenced by the Italian, Greeks Arabs and Spanish, its culture developed into a fascinating mix which is evident in its musical traditions.

Two of Sicily's most popular folk singers are Rita Botto and Carlo Muratori

Rita Botto
Rita Botto video
Carlo Muratori
Carlo Muratori video
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