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Nek in concerto a Assago.jpg
Nek at a concert in Assago, Milan, Italy
Background information
Birth name Filippo Neviani
Born (1972-01-06) 6 January 1972 (age 43)
Origin Sassuolo, Province of Modena, Italy
Genres Pop, rock, pop rock, Latin pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, bass
Years active 1991–present
Labels Fonit Cetra, Don't Worry, Warner Music
Associated acts Sanremo Music Festival

Nek (born Filippo Neviani, 6 January 1972, Sassuolo, Province of Modena, Italy) is a popular contemporary Italian singer-songwriter.

Some of his hits include "Laura non c'è" (in Spanish: "Laura no está"), which became a major hit in Europe and Latin America in 1997, being one of the most listened songs of that year, and "Almeno stavolta".

Nek records and performs in both Italian and Spanish.


Early life (1972–1991)[edit]

Filippo Neviani was born in Sassuolo on 6 January 1972.

He began playing drums and guitar at nine years of age. In the late 1980s he began searching for a well-defined expressive identity: he started playing in small clubs with his band "Winchester", and subsequently enjoyed budding notoriety in the Bologna province with soft-rock band "White Lady".

In 1991 he came second at the Castrocaro Music Festival, which at the time represented a major promotional opportunity for emerging artists.

The Beginning (1992–1996)[edit]

His stage name Nek dates back to 1992, when his first album was released with the name nek]. In 1993 he came third in the New Talents Section of the Sanremo Music Festival, with the song "In te", that dealt with the controversial issue of abortion (inspired by a musician friend's true experience). In te was also the title of Nek's second album, which included a version of his song "Figli di chi", also entered in the Sanremo Festival 1993 and performed by Mietta.

In the summer of 1995 he released Calore umano, his third album, and came second at the Festival Italiano, hosted by Mike Bongiorno, with the song "Angeli nel ghetto". Also in 1994 he received his first major acknowledgement, together with Giorgia: the European Award as best young Italian pop artist.

Lei, gli amici e tutto il resto, In due and great success in Italy, Europe and Latin America (1997–1999)[edit]

After having signed a recording contract with WEA, which has remained his label to date (now Warner Music), in 1997 he took part in the Sanremo Music Festival, in the "Star" category, with a song that was destined to become a massive hit: "Laura non c'è" sparked enthusiasm right from the first performance, and although it failed to win the Festival, it became that year's edition's greatest hit. The huge success of "Laura non c'è" boosted sales of the album Lei, gli amici e tutto il resto, which went 6 times platinum, selling over 600,000 copies in Italy alone. That same year Nek also took part in the Festivalbar with the song "Sei grande", and debuted on the European market, garnering positive reviews in Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Belgium and Finland. The public's reaction was also sensational, and Lei, gli amici e tutto il resto went on to sell two million copies worldwide. Nek's confirmation as a major international artist arrived when the album was published throughout Latin America, including Brazil, Peru, and Colombia, and soon reached gold status in Argentina and Mexico in its Spanish version.

Nek's fifth album In due was released in June 1998, simultaneously in Europe, Latin America and Japan. The single "Se io non avessi te" immediately topped the sales charts and ranked high in all the major radio play charts for over four months. In the meantime, Nek also consolidated his success in Europe: on 9 July 1998 he received the IFPI award in Brussels for having sold more than a million copies of his previous CD, Lei, gli amici e tutto il resto, in Europe. Audiences also rewarded In due, which went three times platinum in Italy, platinum in Spain, and gold in Austria, Switzerland and Argentina. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Nek reached the top 20 with two albums simultaneously: Lei, gli amici e tutto il resto and In due. In the first half of 1999 he toured Italy, Europe and Latin America, enjoying great success wherever he performed.

La vita è and world success (2000–2001)[edit]

His sixth album La vita è was released worldwide on 2 June 2000, and stood out for Nek's brilliant artistic choices, the quality of the musical project, and the disarming effectiveness of the compositions. Rather than seeking a revolution, Nek was looking to perfect the mission of every artist:

Le cose da difendere (2002)[edit]

Two years later, on 24 May 2002, his seventh album Le cose da difendere was released, once again worldwide, 10 new songs that revealed to what extent Nek had matured as a songwriter, also thanks to his new manager Alfredo Cerruti, who produced the album alongside Dado Parisini (the team behind Laura Pausini's success).

10 years of Nek and greatest hits (2003–2004)[edit]

On 10 October 2003, his first greatest hits compilation was released, in both the Italian and Spanish versions: The Best of Nek: L'anno zero crowned an immensely successful 10 years by offering hits taken from the seven previous albums, plus two unreleased tracks, "Almeno stavolta" and "L'anno zero". The album sold over 250,000 copies in Italy alone, and soared to the top of the charts, where it stayed for 27 weeks, of which 13 in the Top 10.

Una parte di me and grand comeback (2005)[edit]

His eighth album of originals, Una parte di me, was released on 13 May 2005, produced once again by Cerruti and Parisini, and available around the world in both the Italian and Spanish version. The single "Lascia che io sia..." is a gripping pop-rock song which highlights the maturity reached by Nek with his latest productions, in terms of both song-writing and recording.

The year 2005 was very rewarding for Nek, who won that year's edition of Festivalbar 2005 with "Lascia che io sia...", the single which ranked high in radio play charts for 20 weeks, and was one of Italy's Top Ten selling singles for one year. The two following singles, "Contromano" and "L'inquietudine", also climbed the charts, and the album Una parte di me sold over 200,000 copies, staying in the Top Fifty for over 50 weeks. In November 2005, the arena tour to promote the new album debuted at the Milan Forum with a sold out show, and went on to match the same achievement in every major Italian city.

Nella stanza 26 (2006–2007)[edit]

In November 2006 Nek released his ninth album Nella stanza 26 (in Spanish: En el cuarto 26) which soon climbed Italy’s Top Ten Charts.

In July 2007 he received the prestigious "Premio Lunezia" for "Poetry in Music". This Italian award is given to the most successful and appreciated singer–songwriter.

In the summer 2007 Nek recorded the song "Para ti sería..." (Spanish version of 2005's hit "Lascia che io sia...") with famous Spanish band "El Sueño de Morfeo". The song was included in the re-edition of En el cuarto 26 and the single reached #1 in the Spanish download charts (more than 250,000 downloads), holding this position for several weeks.

Un'altra direzione (2008–2009)[edit]

In 2008 Nek recorded a duet of "Walking Away" with Craig David, which was included in the Greatest Hits of the British artist.

On 30 January 2009 Nek released Un'altra direzione. His tenth album which contains 12 new originals plus "Walking Away" (Duet with Craig David) and it's preceded by the single "La voglia che non vorrei" on radio from 9 January 2009. The Spanish-language version of the single called "El deseo que ya no puede ser" was released two months later followed by the album Nuevas direcciones.

Nek has written Fino all'Anima, the first single released from Silvia Olari, Silvia Olari's first homonymous album.

20 years of Nek and second greatest hits (2010–2011)[edit]

Greatest Hits 1992–2010: E da qui (produced by Nek, Alfredo Cerruti and Dado Parisini for Warner Music Italy) was released on 16 November 2010 and has a collection of individuals Nek in his 20-year career and three previously unpublished songs: "E da qui", "Vulnerabile" and "È con te" (dedicated to his daughter Beatrice), plus 3 live songs recorded in Summer Tour 2010.

In October 2011, Nek sang duet with L'Aura in a re-release of her song named "Eclissi del cuore", the Italian version of the 80's power ballad "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler.

Filippo Neviani (2013-present)[edit]

Filippo Neviani is the eleventh album by Nek, published April 16, 2013. The album has been anticipated from the single "Congiunzione Astrale", March 22, 2013. All the tracks on the album were played by Nek.

On October 3, 2013, Nek's European Indoor Tour was cancelled because of health issues. "I am very sad to have to tell you that I have throat problems" explains Filippo "I must not sing for 60 days in order to avoid surgery". <>

Personal life[edit]

On 2 September 2006 Nek married Patrizia Vacondio. They have a daughter, Beatrice Neviani, born 12 September 2010.


Main article: Nek discography


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