Fedez

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Fedez
Birth name Federico Leonardo Lucia
Born (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 25)
Milan, Italy
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, singer-songwriter
Years active 2006–present
Labels Tanta Roba, Best Sound, Sony Music Italy, Newtopia
Website fedezofficial.com

Federico Leonardo Lucia (born 15 October 1989 in Milan), known by his stage name Fedez, is an Italian rapper and singer. In 2011, he released the albums Penisola che non c'è and Il mio primo disco da venduto, released as free digital downloads. His first major studio album, Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare, was released in 2013, and it debuted at number one on the Italian Albums Chart. The album, which spawned three singles, including the top ten hit "Cigno nero" featuring Francesca Michielin, was later certified 3 X's platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.

Biography[edit]

Federico Leonardo Lucia was born in Milan on 15 October 1989.[1][2] Before moving to Rozzano, he grew up between Buccinasco and Corsico, in the province of Milan.[3]

Career[edit]

In 2011, Fedez recorded his first self-produced album, Penisola che non c'è.[4] The album, released as a free digital download, was entirely composed of songs about political and social issues.[4][5] Later in 2011, Fedez signed with the label Tanta Roba, founded by Guè Pequeno and Dj Harsh. The label produced his second free album, Il mio primo disco da venduto, released as a digital download in November of the same year.[6]

In June 2012, Fedez appeared in a new version of 883's song "Jolly Blue", included in the album Hanno ucciso l'Uomo Ragno 2012, recorded by the band's frontman Max Pezzali to celebrate the twentieth anniversary since the release of their first full-length album, Hanno ucciso l'Uomo Ragno.[7]

In January 2013, Fedez released his first single for a major label, "Si scrive schiavitù ma si legge libertà".[8] The song was later included in the album Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare, released by Sony Music on 5 March 2013.[9] The album was also preceded by the top ten single "Cigno nero", performed with Francesca Michielin, which was also certified platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.[10][11][12] The album debuted at number one on the Italian Albums Chart, and it was later certified triple platinum denoting sales exceeding 180,000 units.[13][14] To promote the album, Fedez embarked on a tour starting from 12 April 2013 in Turin.[15] The album also spawned the single "Alfonso Signorini (Eroe nazionale)", whose music video features Italian TV personalities Alfonso Signorini and Raffaella Fico.[16]

In June 2013, Fedez was also a guest judge during the auditions of the seventh season of the Italian talent show X Factor.[17] In May 2013, it was announced that Fedez and Victoria Cabello would replace Elio and Simona Ventura as judges on the eighth season of the Italian version of X Factor alongside Morgan and Mika.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
ITA
[18]
Penisola che non c'è[5]
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: download
92
Il mio primo disco da venduto
  • Released: 30 November 2011
  • Label: Tanta Roba, Best Sound
  • Format: download
57
Sig. Brainwash - l'arte di accontentare
  • Released: 5 March 2013
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, download
1

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Work Result
2013 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Italian Act[19] Himself Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrea Laffranchi (16 March 2013). "Il miracolo di Fedez rapper fai da te e re della classifica". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Fedez. Biografia e Discografia" (in Italian). Comingsoon.it. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Paolo Madeddu (14 March 2013). "Il rap italiano ha bisogno di… Fedez! Ecco l’intervista". Rolling Stone Italy (in Italian). Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Gloria Riva (13 October 2011). "Impegno Rap". la Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Filippo Papetti (26 May 2011). "Fedez - Recensione - Penisola Che Non C'è" (in Italian). Rockit.it. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Fedez, fuori Il mio primo disco da venduto in freedownload" (in Italian). RapBurger.com. 30 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Paola De Simone (12 June 2012). "Max Pezzali - Hanno ucciso l'Uomo Ragno 2012 - Recensione" (in Italian). Rockol.it. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Valentina Spada (9 January 2013). "Fedez - Si scrive schiavitù ma si legge libertà. Il singolo on air da venerdì 11 gennaio. Il nuovo album a marzo" (in Italian). Earone.it. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Adelia Brigo (3 March 2013). "Fedez sceglie Varese per presentare il suo nuovo album". Varese News (in Italian). Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Il Cigno nero di Fedez". Il Mattino (in Italian). Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Archivio Certificazioni" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 13 July 2013.  Select Online certifications, Week --, Year ----, and Artist Fedez, then press Avvia la ricerca.
  12. ^ "Italian Charts - Fedez - Singles". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Italian Charts - Fedez - Sig. Brainwash - l'arte di accontentare (album)". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Archivio Certificazioni" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 13 July 2013.  Select certifications for Album e Compilation, Week --, Year ----, Artist Fedez, then press Avvia la ricerca.
  15. ^ Alessandro Alicandri (13 April 2013). "Fedez: il primo concerto del 2013". Panorama (in Italian). Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Fedez e Alfonso Signorini (Eroe nazionale), il video del nuovo singlo da Sig. Brainwash". TV Sorrisi e Canzoni (in Italian). 14 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Intervista a Fedez" (in Italian). Sky Italia. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  18. ^ Peak positions on the Italian Albums Chart:
  19. ^ "MTV EMA: svelate le nomination, in testa Justin Timberlake e Macklemore" (in Italian). Rockol.it. 17 September 2013. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014. 

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