Sanremo Music Festival

  1. 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 ...

  2. Controversial Songs Dropped From Sanremo

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italy's state-owned RAI TV has dropped plans for performances of two historic, yet controversial songs at the 61st edition of the country's flagship Sanremo Festival, which is due to run from Feb. 15 to 19. Its follows protests by a numb ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Italy's Sanremo Allows Non-Italians To Compete

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The organizers of Italy's flagship Sanremo festival have announced some important changes in the rules and regulations for the 60th edition, which will run from Feb. 16 to Feb. 20, 2010. The festival's artistic director, Gianmarco Mazzi, ...

  6. Italian Singer Carla Boni Dies Aged 84

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Carla Boni, an Italian singer who enjoyed household name status in the 1950s, died at her home in Rome on Saturday (Oct. 17) at the age of 84. She had been ill for some months. Born Carla Gaiano in Ferrara on July 17, 1925, she joined the state-ow ...

  7. Italy 'X Factor' Winner Earns Sanremo Slot

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The growing influence of the Italian version of the TV talent show 'The X Factor' is confirmed by the fact that the winner of the current edition will automatically qualify for the country's flagship Sanremo Festival. The show, whic ...

  8. 'Father Of Italian TV' Mike Bongiorno Dies

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mike Bongiorno, "the father of Italian television" and a frequent presenter at the country's flagship Sanremo Song Festival, died in Montecarlo today (Sept. 8) of a heart attack. He was 85. Bongiorno was born to Italian immigrant pa ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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, ...

  11. Sanremo Fest Ratings Plunge

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Italy's flagship Sanremo festival is undergoing a ratings crisis. The annual show is broadcast live every evening over five nights in February, from 9.10pm to 12.30p.m. on the state-owned Rai Uno network. For the first half of the Monday, Feb ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Mogol Label Inks Deal With Edel Italy

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Edel Records Italy has struck a deal to license and distribute Avventura Records, the label recently founded by Mogol. Giulio Rapetti, known as Mogol, is a renowned in Italy as a lyricist, producer and talent scout, having worked wit Patty Pravo, ...

  15. Acts Unveiled For Italy's Sanremo

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Pippo Baudo, artistic director of Italy's flagship Sanremo Festival, has unveiled the names of the 20 competitors for the event's 57th edition, which will run from Feb. 27 to March 3. Baudo, a veteran TV presenter, announced the names li ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Sanremo Fest Splits With Director Baudo

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pippo Baudo, the veteran Italian TV presenter who was recently appointed artistic director for the Sanremo Festival, has resigned from the post. Pippo Baudo, the veteran Italian TV presenter who was recently appointed artistic director for the San ...

  19. FIMI, RAI Reach Terms On Sanremo Fest

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Italian industry body FIMI and state-owned television network RAI have signed a four-year agreement for the Sanremo Festival. As a result of the arrangement, members of FIMI will attend the 2005 editi Italian industry body FIMI and state-owned tel ...

  20. Italy's FIMI Hints At Return To Sanremo Festival

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Italian music industry body FIMI has indicated that its members could return to next year's Sanremo Festival. Billboard.biz has learned that FIMI's directive committee has instructed its president, Al Italian music industry body FIMI has ...

  21. Italy's Pedrini Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery

    June 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, underwent emergency surgery on Tuesday (June 8) due to a heart condition. According to a spokesperson, Pedrini required an eight-hour operation for an aortic laceratio Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, underwent eme ...

  22. Italy's Pedrini Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery

    June 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, underwent emergency surgery on Tuesday (June 8) due to a heart condition. According to a spokesperson, Pedrini required an eight-hour operation for an aortic laceratio Italian singer Omar Pedrini, 37, underwent eme ...

  23. FIMI May Extend Boycott Of Italy's Sanremo

    May 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Italian industry body FIMI has hinted that its members could stay away from the 2005 edition of the country's Sanremo Festival. The festival, which is held in March, has been the key event in the Ital Italian industry body FIMI has hinted tha ...

  24. FIMI May Extend Boycott Of Italy's Sanremo

    May 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Italian industry body FIMI has hinted that its members could stay away from the 2005 edition of the country's Sanremo Festival. The festival, which is held in March, has been the key event in the Ital Italian industry body FIMI has hinted tha ...

  25. Marco Masini Wins Italy's Sanremo Fest

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Marco Masini, with the song "Uomo Volante" ("Flying Man"), won the 54th edition of Sanremo Song Festival, traditionally the key event in the Italian music calendar. Marco Masini, with the song "Uomo Volante" ("Fl ...

  26. Marco Masini Wins Italy's Sanremo Fest

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Marco Masini, with the song "Uomo Volante" ("Flying Man"), won the 54th edition of Sanremo Song Festival, traditionally the key event in the Italian music calendar. Marco Masini, with the song "Uomo Volante" ("Fl ...

  27. Italian Record Biz Down 7.69% in Value in 2003

    February 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST The value of recorded music shipments in Italy in 2003 fell 7.69% from the previous year to €314 million ($392 million), according to new figures from Italian industry body FIMI. Volume fell 7. The value of recorded music shipments in I ...

  28. Eros Ramazzotti Manager Forms Panorama Label

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Roberto Galante, manager of Eros Ramazzotti, has started an independent label in Milan. Panorama Records, which has no official link with Ramazzotti, shares an address with his recording studio, and h Roberto Galante, manager of Eros Ramazzotti, h ...

  29. Eros Ramazzotti Manager Forms Panorama Label

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Roberto Galante, manager of Eros Ramazzotti, has started an independent label in Milan. Panorama Records, which has no official link with Ramazzotti, shares an address with his recording studio, and h Roberto Galante, manager of Eros Ramazzotti, h ...