Black Cat (Zucchero album)

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Black Cat
Zucchero - Black Cat.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 29, 2016
GenreBlues rock
ProducerT Bone Burnett, Brendan O'Brien, Don Was
Zucchero chronology
Una Rosa Blanca
Black Cat
Studio Vinyl Collection
Singles from Black Cat
  1. "Partigiano Reggiano"
    Released: March 24, 2016
  2. "Voci (Namanama Version)"
    Released: March 25, 2016
  3. "13 buone ragioni"
    Released: June 17, 2016
  4. "Turn The World Down"
    Released: June 17, 2016
  5. "Ci si arrende"
    Released: January 6, 2017

Black Cat is the thirteenth studio album by the Italian blues rock singer-songwriter Zucchero Fornaciari, released on 29 April 2016.[1] It's his first full-length studio album in six years, after Chocabeck in 2010, given that La Sesión Cubana (2012) was a mix of unreleased, previously released and cover songs.


The album is marked by a music which goes back to soul & blues roots and sound of the famous Oro Incenso & Birra (1989).[2][3][4][5] According to Zucchero, the album does not have the meaning of Western prejudice of Black cat, yet Afro-American for "figure of speech, a greeting, a symbol of auspice". As well there's a component of anarchism toward the "market rules". It is his "darkest album and rough ever in terms of sonority".[6]

On CNN it was announced that the album would have included a new song Streets of Surrender (S.O.S) which lyrics are written by Bono, dedicated to the victims of November 2015 Paris attacks.[7] Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits is a special guest and guitarist on the song, as well Ci Si Arrende.[1] The single Voci is sampled by Ignorant Boy, Beautiful Girl by Loney, Dear, while Ten More Days is a cover by Avicii.[8]

The album's English version includes collaboration with Elvis Costello on Love Again (renamed as Turn the World Down), Spanish version collaboration with Alejandro Sanz on Fatti Di Sogni (renamed as Hechos de sueños), while on Japanese version guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei played on Ti Voglio Sposare.[6]

The album was presented at the record breaking 11 consecutive concerts at the Arena in Verona in September 2016, and following Black Cat World Tour.[3] The Arena concerts, held between 16–28 September, were the only concerts in Italy in that year, and were special events with vast and diverse repertoire of old and new songs, and diverse special guests.[4][5] With 11 more concerts at the Arena in 2017, Zucchero broke his own record, ending with three residencies and 22 concerts in one year in that location.


Zucchero recounts that the album was "born" during the tour in Southern parts of United States (2013). He played in cities like New Orleans, Nashville, Lafayette, and immersed himself in their blues sounds, with guitars played with bottlenecks cut. He wanted to reproduce sounds from films like 12 Years a Slave and Django Unchained.[6]

He wrote the songs like in the early days when everything was simpler as didn't have nothing to lose, and didn't care about the logic of the market. He intended to have different "dress" for each song, thus entrusted seven different songs to each of album producers T Bone Burnett, Brendan O'Brien, Don Was, of which twelve were chosen. The songs show "social obligation", and few gospel songs lyrics talk about "new slaves": the migrants.[6]

In the single Partigiano Reggiano (Partisan from Reggio) a verse sings Bella ciao. Although the Reggio Emilia province was "red", and his uncle during World War II was deported to Germany, he "speak not of right or left, but someone who has ideals and that is ready to make wall against what does not work".[6]


The album was released on 29 April 2016 by Universal, in CD, standard vinyl and limited edition red vinyl.[1] It was released in three different versions; Italian, International (with English and Spanish version), Japanese.[6] The song "Partigiano Reggiano" is album's first single in Italy, released 24 March, while "Voci (Namanama Version)" the album's first single internationally, released 25 March.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Zucchero Fornaciari, except where noted.

1."Partigiano reggiano"   
2."13 buone ragioni"   
3."Ti voglio sposare"   
4."Ci si arrende" (feat. Mark Knopfler)   
5."Ten More Days"Avicii, Simon AldredAvicii, Simon Aldred 
6."L'anno dell'amore"Zucchero, D. M. Troiano, H. Sullivan, R. Kenner, P. Glan J., P. PanellaZucchero, D. M. Troiano, H. Sullivan, R. Kenner, P. Glan J. 
7."Hey Lord"   
8."Fatti di sogni"   
9."La tortura della luna" Zucchero, N. Ruzicka, S. Ioannou 
10."Love Again"   
11."Terra incognita"   
12."Voci (Namanama Version)" Loney, Dear, Zucchero 
13."Streets of Surrender (S.O.S)" (feat. Mark Knopfler)Bono, S. Carmody  


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
Argentine Albums (CAPIF)[9]
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 33
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 27
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[14] 17
Croatian International Albums (HDU)[15]
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[17] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[18] 13
French Albums (SNEP)[19] 51
US World Albums[20]
Italian Albums (FIMI)[21] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[23] 29
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[24] 148
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 11
Italian Albums (FIMI)[26] 9
Chart (2017) Position
Italian Albums (FIMI)[27] 71


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[28] Gold 7,500*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[29] Gold 10,000^
Italy (FIMI)[30] 2× Platinum 100,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone


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