Io canto

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Io canto
Io canto.jpg
Italian language edition
Studio album by Laura Pausini
Released 10 November 2006
Recorded Logic Studio
Milan, Province of Milan, Italy
Larione 10
Florence, Province of Florence, Italy
Henson Recording Studios
Los Angeles, California, USA
Studio Impatto
Bologna, Province of Bologna, Italy
ORS (Oliveta Recording Studio)
Castel Bolognese, Ravenna, Italy

Sage Studio
Los Angeles, California, USA
Genre Pop rock
Length 1:08:07
Language Italian, French, Spanish
Label Warner Music
Producer Laura Pausini (also exec), Celso Valli, Dado Parisini, Daniel Vuletic
Laura Pausini chronology
Live in Paris 05
(2005)Live in Paris 052005
Io canto
(2006)
San Siro 2007
(2007)San Siro 20072007
Yo canto
Spanish language edition
Spanish language edition
Singles from Io canto
  1. "Io canto"
    Released: 13 October 2006[1]
  2. "Spaccacuore"
    Released: 19 January 2007[2]
  3. "Non me lo so spiegare"
    Released: 23 March 2007[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
Musica e dischi4/5 stars[5]

Io canto is the ninth studio album by Italian singer–songwriter Laura Pausini, released by Warner Music on 10 November 2006. On 14 November, Warner Music released Io canto's Spanish language edition, Yo canto, for the hispanophone market. Yo canto–Io canto is a limited-edition double album featuring both the Italian– and Spanish-language editions. This marks the first instance in Pausini's multilingual music career in which both editions are offered in a single release. Warner Music issued a third edition pressed exclusively for the French market. This pressing of Io canto features the bonus track "Je chante", a partial French adaptation of the Italian "Io canto".[6]

The album consists entirely of covers. Its repertoire spans three decades of Italian pop music history. Pausini pays homage to fellow Italian singer–songwriters whose lyrical work have influenced her artistic sensibility throughout the years.[7] In the album's liner notes Pausini reveals:

Yo canto features "Dispárame, dispara", also known as "Corazón roto"—opening theme of the Mexican telenovela Amar sin límites (2006).[8] Chile's Canal 13 employed the album's title track for its television series Cantando por un sueño.[9] The album won the Latin Grammy in 2007 for Best Female Pop Vocal Album.

Inception[edit]

The decision to present a cover album stemmed from a "pending debt" to Pausini's musical roots and homeland. She first conceptualized the idea approximately ten years prior to Io canto's publication.[1] The idea, however, did not take root until Pausini's golden year in 2006 that culminated in a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album for Escucha (2004) at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. At the post–Grammy press conference, journalists remarked how they admired Pausini for never having abandoned her brand of "Italian pop of always" despite her classification as a "Latin music" artist. Alluding to Pausini's "Italian–ness," Randy Cordova for The Arizona Republic concurred, "She doesn't pander to the crowd with Latin guitars, reggaeton remixes or Cuban percussion. [Her music] is all very organic."[10] This acknowledgement moved Pausini to honor Italy by recording a cover album of Italian "classics". Pausini also wished to export underappreciated Italian music to the world as a consequence of her multilingualism furthermore the album has sold over 2.500.000 copies worldwide.

The song "Come il sole all'improvviso" and its Spanish counterpart version have lyrics in French language.

Track listing[edit]

Io canto[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Io canto"Marco LubertiRiccardo Cocciante4:16
2."Due"Raf, CheopeRaf4:38
3."Scrivimi"Nino Buonocore, Michele de VitisNino Buonocore3:52
4."Il mio canto libero" (Duet with Juanes)MogolLucio Battisti4:33
5."Destinazione paradiso"Gianluca Grignani, Massimo LucaGrignani3:39
6."Stella gemella"Eros Ramazzotti, Adelio CogliatiRamazzotti, Giuseppe Tosetto, Mario Lavezzi4:37
7."Come il sole all'improvviso" (Duet with Johnny Hallyday)Gino PaoliZucchero3:19
8."Cinque giorni"Vincenzo IncenzoMichele Zarrillo4:04
9."La mia banda suona il rock"Ivano FossatiFossati3:45
10."Spaccacuore"Samuele Bersani, Lucio DallaBersani, Giuseppe d’Onghia4:08
11."Anima fragile"Vasco RossiRossi3:26
12."Non me lo so spiegare" (Duet with Tiziano Ferro)Tiziano FerroFerro4:32
13."Nei giardini che nessuno sa”"Renato Zero, Danilo RiccardiZero, Riccardi5:13
14."In una stanza quasi rosa"Biagio AntonacciAntonacci4:33
15."Quando"Pino DanieleDaniele3:41
16."Strada facendo"Claudio BaglioniBaglioni5:40
French edition bonus track
No.TitleLyricsMusicFrench adaptationLength
17."Je chante (Io canto)" (Franco-Italian Version)Marco LubertiRiccardo CoccianteJean-Pierre Lemaire4:22
iTunes pre-order edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
17."È, non è"Niccolò FabiNiccolò Fabi3:38
18."Non me lo so spiegare" (solo version)FerroFerro4:35
19."Il mio canto libero" (solo version)MogolLucio Battisti4:40
20."Come il sole all'improvviso" (solo version)Gino PaoliZucchero3:22

Yo canto[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicSpanish adaptationLength
1."Yo canto"Marco LubertiRiccardo CoccianteFrank Andrada4:16
2."Dos"Raf, CheopeRafOrtiz, Laura Pausini4:38
3."Escríbeme"Nino Buonocore, Michele de VitisNino BuonocoreOrtiz, Pausini3:52
4."Mi libre canción" (Duet with Juanes)MogolLucio BattistiCarlos Ramón4:33
5."Destino paraíso"Gianluca Grignani, Massimo LucaGrignaniIgnacio Ballesteros Díaz3:39
6."Estrella gemela"Eros Ramazzotti, Adelio CogliatiEros Ramazzotti, Giuseppe Tosetto, Mario LavezziIgnacio de Loyola Mano Guillén, Javier Salvador Sánchez Bori, José Javier Mano Guillén4:37
7."Como el sol inesperado"Gino PaoliZuccheroOrtiz, Pausini3:19
8."Cinco días"Vincenzo IncenzoMichele ZarrilloBallesteros Díaz4:04
9."Y mi banda toca el rock"Ivano FossatiFossatiHidalgo3:45
10."Dispárame, dispara"Samuele Bersani, Lucio DallaBersani, Giuseppe d’OnghiaOrtiz, Pausini4:08
11."Corazón frágil"Vasco RossiRossiOrtiz, Pausini3:26
12."No me lo puedo explicar" (Duet with Tiziano Ferro)Tiziano FerroFerroFerro4:32
13."En los jardines donde nadie va"Renato Zero, Danilo RiccardiZero, RiccardiOrtiz, Pausini5:13
14."En un cuarto casi rosa"Biagio AntonacciAntonacciOrtiz, Pausini 
15."Cuando"Pino DanieleDanieleOrtiz, Pausini3:41
16."Por el camino"Claudio BaglioniBaglioniOrtiz5:40
iTunes pre-order edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLyricsMusicSpanish adaptationLength
17."Es, no es"Niccolò FabiNiccolò FabiCarmen Fernández3:38
18."No me lo puedo explicar" (solo version)FerroFerroFerro4:32
19."Mi libre canción" (solo version)MogolBattistiRamón4:40

Personnel[edit]

Vinnie Colaiuta: drums on 1,4,5,6,10,13,15,16

Michael Landau, Tim Pierce: guitars

Max Costa: programming

Chart performance[edit]

The first single "Io canto" debuted at No. 3 on the Italian chart at the beginning of November, and it peaked at No. 1 in the week before Christmas. It has spent a total of 4 weeks at the top spot. The album debuted at No. 1 in the Italian chart with 270,000 copies shipped in the first week. At the end of 2006 it became the Italian's best-selling album of the year, selling over 500,000 copies.[11] It has spent a total of 8 weeks at No. 1. As of October 2008 the album sold over 3,000,000 copies worldwide.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[31]
Io canto (French edition)
Gold 75,000*
Italy (FIMI)[32]
Io canto
1× Diamond 700,000[33]
Mexico (AMPROFON)[34]
Yo canto
Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[35]
Io canto
Platinum 30,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Tour[edit]

Pausini chose not to do a tour to promote Io canto. Instead, she opted for a single concert in Milan, in the Stadio San Siro, making history as the first female artist to play a gig in this venue. The sold out concert happened on 2 June 2007. Approximately 70,000 fans attended in the incessant rain. Tiziano Ferro appeared for a duet. The two and a half-hour concert has been released on DVD in December 2007.[36]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Arriva "Io canto", il nuovo CD di Laura Pausini" (in Italian). Videoitalia.tv. 12 October 2006. Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Oggi i nuovi brani. Laura Pausini sexy per "Spaccacuore". A Vasco "Basta poco"" (in Italian). La Stampa. 19 January 2007. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Non Me Lo So Spiegare – Da domani in radio il duetto Laura Pausini & Tiziano Ferro" (in Italian). MTV. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Yo Canto – Laura Pausini". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Mario De Luigi (November 2006). "Laura Pausini – Io canto ****" (in Italian). Musica e dischi. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Laura Pausini editará su nuevo álbum, 'Yo canto', en español e italiano". los40.com. 10 November 2006. 
  7. ^ "Laura Pausini canta a los clásicos de la canción italiana". Terra.com. 23 November 2006. 
  8. ^ "Laura Pausini dice que canta". Terra.com.mx. 17 October 2006. 
  9. ^ "Laura Pausini espera que en "Cantando por un sueño" no se compita por la fama". Cooperativa.cl. 10 May 2007. 
  10. ^ "Bellissima: Italian singer a favorite of Latinos". The Arizona Republic. 16 July 2006. 
  11. ^ Mark Worden (10 January 2007). "Homegrown Acts Dominate 2006 Italy Record Sales". Billboard. 
  12. ^ "Laura Pausini – Io canto (album)" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Laura Pausini – Io canto (album)" (in French). Ultratop.be. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Kombiniranih Lista – Tjedan 2. 2007" (in Croatian). HDU-Toplista.com. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Stranih Lista – Tjedan 6. 2007" (in Croatian). HDU-Toplista.com. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Laura Pausini – Io canto (album)" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "European Albums – Week of December 02, 2006". Billboard. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Laura Pausini – Io canto (album)". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "Laura Pausini – Io canto (album)" (in French). lescharts.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "Top 50 Ξένων Aλμπουμ – Εβδομάδα 08/2007" (in Greek). IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on 7 March 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "Laura Pausini – Io canto (album)". italiancharts.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  22. ^ "Laura Pausini – Yo canto (album)". spanishcharts.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  23. ^ "Laura Pausini – Io canto (album)" (in German). www.hitparade.ch. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  24. ^ a b c "Yo Canto – Laura Pausini". Billboard. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  25. ^ "Classifiche: Charts Annunali 2006 FIMI-AC Nielsen" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. 9 January 2007. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  26. ^ "SCHWEIZER JAHRESHITPARADE 2006" (in German). HitParade.ch. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  27. ^ "European Top 100 Albums – 2007". Billboard. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  28. ^ "Classifiche Annuali 2007 FIMI-AC Nielsen: al primo posto Eros Ramazzotti con "E2"" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. 10 January 2008. Archived from the original on 6 May 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  29. ^ "SCHWEIZER JAHRESHITPARADE 2007" (in German). HitParade.ch. Archived from the original on 18 March 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  30. ^ "Classifiche ufficiali degli Album e dei DVD musicali più venduti e dei singoli più scaricati dalla rete nel 2008" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. 13 January 2009. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  31. ^ "French album certifications – Pausini, Laura – Io canto" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  32. ^ Antonio Ranalli (18 December 2006). "Laura Pausini: Io canto supera le 500 mila copie vendute" (in Italian). www.MusicalNews.com. Archived from the original on 22 August 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  33. ^ Massimiliano Leva (31 May 2007). "Sul palco di San Siro vorrei essere Vasco" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  34. ^ "Certificaciones – Laura Pausini" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  35. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Pausini, Laura; 'Io canto')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  36. ^ Laura Pausini's official site

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