Italian singer-songwriter Tiziano Ferro has signed to a new management company. The artist joins A&R Management, which has been set up by Fabrizio Giannini, the former deputy GM and VP of A&R at Ferro's label, EMI Italy.

Giannini tells Billboard.biz that "Tiziano has effectively been managing himself for the last 12 months."

Giannini signed Ferro to EMI when the executive moved to the company from Warner Music in 2001. He says that, on quitting EMI this summer, Giannini "received offers from major labels," but preferred "to go it alone."

He adds, "I only want to manage a couple of artists for the moment, but I will also continue to look out for new acts as an A&R man and talent scout. I have signed an exclusive contract in this respect with my former employer, Warner Music Italy."

It was during Giannini's time at Warner during the 1990s that the company signed Laura Pausini, Luciano Ligabue and Irene Grandi, all of whom are still on the roster today.