Takeover Tuesday: Phoenix Share Their 'Ti Amo' Album Inspirations Playlist

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Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible. 

It's been a busy week for French indie rockers Phoenix. After an electrifying set at Governor's Ball Music Festival in New York City this past weekend (June 3), and in the midst of a sweeping headlining tour, they're also prepping the release of their new album Ti Amo (Loyaute/Glassnote Records), set to drop this Friday June 9. Their first LP since 2013's critically acclaimed Bankrupt!, the set was produced by the band and recorded at  La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, with the help of long time collaborator Pierrick Devin. 

In the bands' words, Ti Amo is an album about simple pure emotions "love, desire, lust and innocence," and was inspired by their diverse European, Latin roots, which they describe as "a fantasized version of Italy: a lost paradise made of eternal Roman summers (hyper-light, hyper-clarity, pistachio gelato), juke-boxes on the beach, Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroiani, fearless desire and Antique marble statues."

Today, in advance of the band's forthcoming Italian-inspired LP, they reveal their Takeover Tuesday Ti Amo Playlist, exclusively via Billlboard

"This is the music that made Ti Amo possible," Phoenix tells Billboard of the set's inspiration. "Some Italian classics that are part of our DNA, some hidden gems and a few extra flavors."

Give their Ti Amo Playlist a spin and grab their LP of the same name here

01. Beau comme Dresde – Dodi El Sherbini

"We love this song so much that we asked Dodi El Sherbini to arrange a few songs on Ti Amo." 

02. L'appuntamento – Ornella Vanoni

03. A brazillian classic turned into an italian classic : so much gained in translation! 

04. Vespro della Beata Vergine: Magnificat I a 7 - Deposuit potentes – Claudio Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh

05. Centro Di Gravità Permanente - 2008 - Remaster; – Franco Battiato

06. Noi Come Voi – Lucio Dalla

07. Ninna Nanna – Luca Carboni

08. Dopo l'esplosione - Originale – Ennio Morricone

09. Non sono una signora – Loredana Berte

10. Ci stiamo sbagliando – Luca Carboni

“The anthem of a generation: ‘we try to find a way not to die, and not to pay any taxes!’”

11. Ninna nanna - Canto del trentino – Coro Della Sat

12. Il cielo in una stanza – Gino Paoli

13. Nel Corso – Gino Paoli

14. Una Festa Sui Prati – Adriano Celentano

15. Il ragazzo della via Gluck – Adriano Celentano

16. Roda Viva – Chico Buarque

17. Why Can't I Touch It? – Buzzcocks

18. Wonderful - Version 1 – The Beach Boys

19. Wonderful - Version 3 – The Beach Boys

20. Je t'aime moi non plus – Brigitte Bardot, Serge Gainsbourg

“The ultimate French lovers song. The Vatican banned it - a good sign.” 

21. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - 1999 Digital Remaster – Bryan Ferry

22. Pensiero stupendo – Patty Pravo

Catch Phoenix on tour dates through November below.

Phoenix Tour Dates

June 7 -- Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks + %
June 10 -- San Francisco, CA @ Live 105
June 11 -- San Diego, CA @ X-Fest
June 13 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater +
June 14 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl +
June 15 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl + &
June 24 -- Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
June 29 -- Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain @ Vida Festival
June 30 -- Marmande, France @ Garorock Festival
July 1 --  Montreux, Switz @ Montreux Jazz Festival
July 6 -- Lisbon, Portugal @ NOS Alive
July 7 -- Bilbao, Spain @ Bilbao BBK Live
July 8 -- Hérouville-St-Clair, France @ Beauregard Festival
Julu 9 --Belfort, France @ Les Eurockéennes Festival
July 13 -- Aix-les-Bains, France @ Musilac Festival
July 14 -- Carhaix, France @ Les Vieilles Charrues
July 12-16 -- Dour, Belgium @ Dour Festival
July 16 -- Berlin-Ferropolis, Germany @ Melt! Festival
July 20-22  Wiesen, Austria @ Out of the Woods
July 22 -- Roma, Italy @ Rock in Roma
Aug 5 -- Bandol, France @ Lunallena festival
August 11-12 -- Bali, Indonesia @ Sunny Side Up Festival
Aug 11-13 -- Jakarta, Indonesia @ We The Fest
Aug 12 and 13 -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ Good Vibes Fest
Aug 15 -- Bangkok, Thailand @ Moon Star Studio
Aug 19  --  Tokyo, Japan @ Summer Sonic Festival
Aug 20 -- Osaka, Japan @ Summer Sonic Festival
Sept 1 -- Stockholm, Sweden @ Popaganda Festival
Sept 2 -- Laois, Ireland @ Electric Picnic
Sept 24 -- Munich, Germany @ Tonhalle
​Sept 25 -- Cologne, Germany @ Palladium
Sept 26 --  Hamburg, Germany @ Grosse Freiheit
​Sept 29  --  Paris, France @ AccorHotels Arena
Sept 30 -- London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
No2 -- Bogota, Colombia @ Soma Festiva
Nov 18/19 -- Mexico City, Mexico @ Corona Capital
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