Fedez

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Fedez
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Background information
Birth name Federico Leonardo Lucia
Born (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 27)
Milan, Italy
Genres Pop-rap
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer-songwriter
Years active 2006–present
Labels Tanta Roba, Best Sound, Sony Music Italy, Newtopia
Website fedezofficial.com
Fedez (2013)

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 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 times 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] He studied at the artistic lyceum, but he left in the fourth year.

Career[edit]

In 2011, Fedez recorded his first self-produced album with a budget of only € 500, 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 on 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 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.[18] His fourth studio album, Pop-Hoolista, was released on 30 September 2014. Predeced by the single "Generazione boh", the record also includes duets with Malika Ayane, Francesca Michielin, Noemi, Elisa and J-Ax.[19] The album debuted atop the Italian Albums Chart, and it was certified gold one week after its release.[14][20] In 2015 American singer Ariana Grande released a remixed version of her song One Last Time, featuring Fedez.

Personal life[edit]

Fedez proposed to Chiara Ferragni, an Italian fashion blogger and entrepreneur, on May 6 2017 during his concert in Verona, Italy. The concert and proposal were broadcast live on the Italian radio and TV channel RTL 102.5.[21]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
ITA
[20]
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
Pop-Hoolista
  • Released: 30 September 2014
  • Label: Newtopia, Sony Music
  • Format: CD, download
1
  • FIMI: 4× Platinum[14]
Comunisti col Rolex
(with J-Ax)
  • Released: 20 January 2017
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, download
1
  • FIMI: Platinum[14]

EPs[edit]

Title Album details
Pat-a-Cake
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Funk Ya Mama
  • Format: CD
Diss-Agio
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Self-produced
  • Format: CD, download

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Album details
BCPT
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Blocco Recordz
  • Format: Download
Tutto il contrario Remixtape
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Harsh Times
  • Format: Download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak
position
Certification Album
ITA
[22]
"Si scrive schiavitù si legge libertà" 2013 11 Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare
"Dai cazzo Federico"
"Cigno nero" (with Francesca Michielin) 8
  • ITA: 2× Platinum[23]
"Alfonso Signorini (eroe nazionale)" (with Elio) 32
"Bocciofili" (Dargen D'Amico with Fedez & Mistico) Vivere aiuta a non morire
"Nuvole di fango" (with Gianna Nannini) 9 Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare
(Diamond Edition)
"La cassa dritta" (with Two Fingerz) Two Fingerz V
"Generazione boh" 2014 15 Pop-Hoolista
"Magnifico" (with Francesca Michielin) 1
  • ITA: 6× Platinum[23]
"L'amore eternit" (with Noemi) 2015 6
  • ITA: 3× Platinum[23]
"Seven" (with Caneda, J-Ax, Gemitaiz,
Rocco Hunt, Baby K & Emis Killa)
"One Last Time" (with Ariana Grande) 6
  • ITA: 2× Platinum[23]
My Everything - Italian Edition
"21 grammi" 4
  • ITA: 2× Platinum[23]
Pop-Hoolista Cosodipinto Edition
"Beautiful Disaster" (with Mika) 5
  • ITA: 2× Platinum[23]
"Vorrei ma non posto" (with J-Ax) 2016 1
  • ITA: 5× Platinum[23]
Comunisti col Rolex
"Assenzio" (with J-Ax featuring Stash and Levante) 1
  • ITA: 3× Platinum[23]
"Comunisti col Rolex" (with J-Ax) 38
"Senza pagare" (with J-Ax featuring T-Pain) 2017 1
[24]
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Work Result
2013 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Italian Act[25] Himself Nominated
Italian MTV Awards InstaVIP Award[26] Himself Won
Superman Award[27] Himself Nominated
2015 Lunezia Award Pop-Rap Award[28] Pop-Hoolista Won
MTV Europe Music Awards[29] Best Italian Act 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. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. 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 c d e "Archivio Certificazioni" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. 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. ^ Francesco Chignola (22 October 2014). "Fedez giudice di X Factor 8: l'intervista integrale". TV Sorrisi e Canzoni (in Italian). Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  19. ^ Alessandro Alicandri. "Fedez è Pop-Hoolista: tutto sul nuovo album". Panorama (in Italian). Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "Italian Charts - Fedez - Albums" (in Italian). Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Fedez dedicated a song to Chiara Ferragni to propose the blogger May 6, 2017 Arena di Verona Verona, Italy". 
  22. ^ Peaks from "Cigno nero": "italiancharts.com - J-Ax & Fedez - Vorrei ma non posto". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Italian single certifications – Fedez" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  24. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 27" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  25. ^ "MTV EMA: svelate le nomination, in testa Justin Timberlake e Macklemore" (in Italian). Rockol.it. 17 September 2013. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. 
  26. ^ "MTV Awards 2013: Trionfano Mengoni e One Direction. Tutti i vincitori" (in Italian). MTV Italy. 16 June 2013. Archived from the original on 29 August 2014. 
  27. ^ Valentina Ciannamea (4 June 2013). "MTV Awards 2013". Cosmopolitan (in Italian). Archived from the original on 8 June 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  28. ^ "I Premi Lunezia da Fedez a Francesca Michielin" (in Italian). Radio Italia Solo Musica Italiana. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  29. ^ "MTV EMA 2015: Fedez, J-Ax, Marco Mengoni, Tiziano Ferro nominati Best Italian Act! E il quinto lo scegli tu!" (in Italian). MTV Italy. 8 September 2015. Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 

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