Italian music

  1. La Scala Projects Tough Finances in 2012

    January 25, 2012 7:00 AM EST MILAN (AP) - La Scala general manager Stephane Lissner's first goal when he arrived at the renowned opera house in 2005 was to balance the budget, which he did that year and every year since. This year could be different, he warned Tuesday. L ...

  2. John Turturro Wants To Bring 'Passione' Concert Tour to U.S.

    July 21, 2011 3:46 PM EDT Taking a page out of the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" history book, a concert tour featuring acts in John Turturro's film about Neapolitan music begins July 29 in Genoa and Turturro has begun exploring a way to bring the acts to the ...

  3. Italy's 2010 Music Sales Drops Slightly to $234 Million, Offset by Strong Digital Revenues

    February 23, 2011 4:02 PM EST FIMI, the Italian recording industry association, just announced its sales figures for 2010. The €170 million (about $234 million) in overall sales for 2010 represents a relatively small drop of less than 4% from 2009's €176 million total ($2 ...

  4. Roberto Vecchioni Wins Italy's Flagship Sanremo Festival, Sets TV Ratings Record

    February 22, 2011 12:15 PM EST Veteran singer-songwriter Roberto Vecchioni was the winner of the 61st edition of Italy's flagship Sanremo Festival, which concluded on Saturday (Feb. 19). Vecchioni, 67, came first with the song, "Chiamami Ancora Amore," while seco ...

  5. Italian Music Sales Bounce Back

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italian executives are positively delighted with today's (July 23) announcement by major label representative FIMI that sales are up by value for the first time in 11 years. According to data collected on FIMI's behalf by auditors Deloii ...

  6. Italian Indie Sugar Revives Insieme Brand

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sugar , Italy's leading indie label, is reviving its Insieme ("Together") brand as a management company. The Insieme label was originally founded by Caterina Caselli in the late 1980s. It was subsequently replaced by the Sugar label ...

  7. Wind Music Awards Bring Out Italian Music Industry

    May 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Italian music industry gathered at Verona's picturesque Roman arena on Friday (May 28) and Saturday (May 29) nights for the fourth edition of the Wind Music Awards. Rather than awarding prizes in individual categories, the WMA show is for ...

  8. Labels United In Battle With Italian Radio

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italy's record labels have decided to present a united front in the current showdown with the 10 national radio networks that stopped broadcasting new records two weeks ago. This morning (May 24) in Milan, all four CEOs of the country's ...

  9. Hayley Westenra Teams With Morricone

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand-born soprano Hayley Westenra will team up with veteran Italian composer and conductor Ennio Morricone for her forthcoming classical studio album, set for international release in October 2010. The album will feature new songs written b ...

  10. BMG Rights Management Acquires Pressing Line

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management acquired the catalog of the Italian publishing company Pressing Line, including the songs of the Italian star Lucio Dalla and the singer/songwriter Samuele Bersani. In addition to the catalog, included in the deal are also ri ...

  11. Sanremo Acts Still Dominate Italian Charts

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Italian album charts continue to be dominated by artists who appeared at this year's Sanremo Festival. Taking the No. 1 spot for the third straight week is Marco Mengoni with the album "Re Matto" (RCA Sony). Mengoni, who last ye ...

  12. Valerio Scanu Wins Controversial Sanremo Festival

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Valerio Scanu (EMI) was the winner of the 60th edition of Italy's flagship Sanremo Festival. The competition concluded chaotically on Saturday (Feb. 20) amid concerns about the voting system. Scanu came first with the song "Per Tutte le ...

  13. Italian Music Market Slumps 19%

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Italian recorded music industry shrank by 19% in 2009, according to figures released today by the major labels representative body FIMI. The figures were collected for FIMI by the auditing company Deloitte. Overall recording industry turnover ...

  14. Italian Lyricist Alberto Testa Dies

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alberto Testa, who wrote the lyrics to some of the most popular Italian songs of the modern era, died in Rome on Monday (Oct. 19) at the age of 82. He co-wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including "Quando Quando Quando," which was an inte ...

  15. Female Benefit Concert For Italian Earthquake Victims

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Latin Grammy winner Laura Pausini will join fellow Italian female artists in a benefit concert benefit for the victims of the recent earthquake in the country's Abruzzo region. The event, which is being organized by Live Nation Italy, will ta ...

  16. Italian Market Slumps 21%

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST According to data gathered by the auditors Deloitte on behalf of the major labels' representative body FIMI in Italy, music sales (CDs, music, DVDs and digital) fell by 21% in 2008. Total sales (after returns) were worth €178 million ($223.7 ...

  17. Marco Carta Wins Sanremo Festival

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Italy pop artist Marco Carta was the winner of the 59th edition of Italy's flagship Sanremo festival. Carta, 23, who was discovered last year on the TV talent show "Amici," won the five-night festival with the song &quo ...

  18. Billboard Q&A: Sanremo Fest Artistic Director Paolo Bonolis

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 59th edition of Italy's flagship Sanremo Festival begins tonight (Feb. 17) and it will air for five nights on the main state-owned network Rai 1. In the festival competition, the 16 acts include Dolcenera, Patty Pravo and Francesco Renga, ...

  19. Crooner Conte Unveils New Universal Album

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Italian singer/songwriter Paolo Conte unveils his new album tomorrow after changing record labels at the age of 71 to join Universal Music Italy. The veteran artist, who had been with CGD/ Warner Music Italy for most of his recording caree ...

  20. Italy's PMI Appoint Exec Team

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italy's PMI, the indie representative body whose members broke away from FIMI in 2005, has re-appointed its executive committee for the next three years. PMI's members confirmed Nar International GM Mario Limongelli, who led the 2005 exo ...

  21. Promoters Pleased With Italy's Second Wind Awards

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Milan-based concert promoters Friends and Partners have expressed their satisfaction with the TV ratings for the second edition of Italy's Wind Music Awards. The show, a non-competitive event which simply gave prizes to Italian artists who so ...

  22. Italy's Second Wind Awards Takes Shape

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eros Ramazzotti, Luciano Ligabue, Elisa, Miguel Bosé, Biagio Antonacci and Zucchero have been confirmed to perform at the second edition of Italy's Wind Music Awards, which will be held at Valle Giulia in Rome on June 3. During the course of ...

  23. Mazza Appointed FIMI Pres

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italian major labels representative body FIMI has confirmed Enzo Mazza as president and named its new executive committee, following a May 22 assembly in Milan. Universal Music Italy CFO Corrado Filpa has been appointed vice president. The body� ...

  24. Park, Police, Pistols Play Italy's Jammin' Fest

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Police, Sex Pistols and Linkin Park have been named in the line-up for the 11th edition of Italy's Heineken Jammin' Festival, to be held at the Parco San Giuliano near Venice on June 20, 21 and 22. Alanis Morrisette, the Stooges and ...

  25. No Mend In Sight For FIMI, Sanremo Rift

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The current poor relations between Italy's major representative body FIMI and the organizers of the country's flagship music event, the Sanremo Festival, show no sign of improving. FIMI president Enzo Mazza was widely reported in the nat ...

  26. FIMI Lowers Gold, Platinum Levels

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Italian industry body FIMI has confirmed that requirements for gold, platinum and diamond records have been lowered, as of January 1. Gold, which was previously 40,000 units shipped, has been reduced to 35,000, while platinum drops from 80,000 to ...

  27. Mika Tops Italian Year-End Downloads

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Relax, Take it Easy" by Mika was the most downloaded song in Italy last year, according to the country's official monitor, FIMI Nielsen SoundScan. The artist also took the fourth place for legal downloads with "Grace Kelly&quo ...

  28. Italy's Singles Chart Goes Digital

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Italian labels body FIMI confirms that it has replaced its traditional singles sales chart with a digital downloads listing. The move took place without any great fanfare on Jan. 1. The Italian sales charts, as used by Billboard, are prepared for ...

  29. Italian Biz Welcome 'Historic' Trade Fair Funding Plan

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Italian record labels attending Midem, Popkomm, Womex and other international fairs next year are to receive government financial support. The agreement, struck between the industry's "Music Round Table" umbrella group, the Ministry ...

  30. Italian Star Antonacci Switches Labels

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Italian singer-songwriter Biagio Antonacci has changed labels. The artist and his Iris label have signed a contract with Sony BMG. Antonacci, 44, made his recording debut in 1989 and had spent his entire career to date with Universal Music Italy ( ...

  31. Italian H1 Internet Sales Rise

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online music sales in Italy soared in the first six months of 2007, according to a new report. Research conducted on behalf of industry body FIMI by the auditing company Deloitte reveals digital album sold via online music stores increased by 66% ...

  32. Italy's Music Bill Report Presented

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The chances of the Italian parliament passing the much-awaited Music Bill appear to have improved. Pietro Folena, member of parliament and president of the parliamentary culture commission, has officially presented his report on the subject to the ...

  33. Italy's Digital Charts Track Mobile Music

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Italy's official digital sales charts will now include mobile download data thanks to the inclusion of Vodafone in its monitoring sample, representative body FIMI said Monday. Italy's digital charts had previously covered only sales info ...

  34. Scissor Sisters, Kaiser Chiefs Rule Italia Wave Bill

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Scissor Sisters, Kaiser Chiefs and Mika are included in the line-up for the Italia Wave Love Festival, which will be held in Florence from July 17 to 22. Italian acts include Carmen Consoli, Vinicio Capossela, Avion Travel and Casino Royale. T ...

  35. Cristicchi Wins Italy's Sanremo Fest

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Simone Cristicchi was the winner of the 57th edition of Italy' flagship Sanremo Festival, which concluded on March 3. The Sony BMG-signed singer won with the song "Ti Regalerò Una Rosa" ("I Will Give You A Rose"). Veteran ...

  36. Homegrown Acts Dominate 2006 Italy Record Sales

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Local artists took the honors in Italy last year, according to 2006 sales results released by local trade body FIMI. FIMI reports that local artists accounted for 80% of album sales in 2006, in a market that has traditionally seen a 50:50 split be ...

  37. Italian Gov't Passes Music Industry-Friendly Budget

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Italian parliament has passed the 2007 budget law which includes legislation with specific fiscal benefits for the music industry. The budget, which was presented by the centre-left coalition led by prime minister Romano Prodi, was debated and ...

  38. Italian Government Set to Install Industry Incentives

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT To be debated in parliament later this month. The Italian music industry has expressed its satisfaction with the news that the government coalition led by Romano Prodi has inserted a series of specific fiscal incentives in its 2007 budget, which w ...

  39. Latin Notas

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Italian star Tiziano Ferro faux pas trips up promotion plans in Mexico--his biggest market outside Italy. Read Leila Cobo's column. Italian star Tiziano Ferro faux pas trips up promotion plans in Mexico--his biggest market outside Italy. Read ...

  40. Marc Anthony Preps U.S. Tour

    May 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Outing will include Antonio Solis, Laura Pausini. Outing will include Antonio Solis, Laura Pausini. News Laura Pausini , Antonio Solís ...

  41. Italy Launches Official Digital Chart

    April 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Italian music industry body FIMI yesterday (April 10) published the country's first digital singles chart. Italian music industry body FIMI yesterday (April 10) published the country's first digital singles chart. Local artist Gianna Nan ...

  42. Povia Wins Big At Italy's Sanremo Fest

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Povia, who performed the song "Vorrei Avere Il Becco" (Target), was the overall winner of the 56th edition of Italy's flagship Sanremo Festival, which ran from February 27 to March 4. Povia, who performed the song "Vorrei Avere ...

  43. Strong Showing For Locals On Italy's 2005 Chart

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Homegrown artists accounted for seven of the top ten places on Italy's year-end annual albums chart for 2005, according to figures prepared by ACNielsen, the official compiler of the weekly national s Homegrown artists accounted for seven of ...

  44. Italy's Sanremo Line-Up Confirmed

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Organizers have unveiled the line-up for the 56th annual edition of Italy's Sanremo Festival, which will run from Feb. 27 to March 4. The song contest will be divided into four separate sections: men, Organizers have unveiled the line-up for ...

  45. Ferro Renews Contract With EMI

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Italian pop act Tiziano Ferro has renewed his recording contract with EMI Music. A new album from the artist, his third for EMI, is due out in 2006. Details of the deal were not disclosed. Italian pop act Tiziano Ferro has renewed his recording co ...

  46. Ferro Renews Contract With EMI

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Italian pop act Tiziano Ferro has renewed his recording contract with EMI Music. A new album from the artist, his third for EMI, is due out in 2006. Details of the deal were not disclosed. Italian pop act Tiziano Ferro has renewed his recording co ...

  47. Italy's FIMI And AFI To Merge

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Two Italian music industry representative bodies, FIMI and AFI, which were rivals until a few months ago, have signed a federation agreement Oct. 7 which will subsequently lead to a merger. The new or MILAN -- Two Italian music industry representa ...

  48. Italy's FIMI And AFI To Merge

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Two bodies were rivals until a few months ago. Two Italian music industry representative bodies, FIMI and AFI, which were rivals until a few months ago, have signed a federation agreement October 7 which will subsequently lead to a merger. The new ...

  49. Italy's Indie Defectors Create PMI

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Italy has a new representative body for its independent record labels. The new Milan-based body, Produttori Musicali Indipendenti (Independent Musical Producers), currently consists of 21 organization MILAN -- Italy has a new representative body f ...

  50. Italy's Indie Defectors Create PMI

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As of today (July 1), Italy has a new representative body for its independent record labels. The new body, Produttori Musicali Indipendenti (Independent Musical Producers), currently consists of 21 or As of today (July 1), Italy has a new represen ...

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