L'amore è femmina (song)

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"L'amore è femmina"
Single by Nina Zilli
from the album L'amore è femmina
Released13 April 2012 (Italy)
Recorded2011; Kanepa Studio (Milan, Italy)
LabelUniversal Music Italy
Producer(s)Michele Canova
Nina Zilli singles chronology
"Per sempre"
"L'amore è femmina"
"Per le strade"
Music video
"L'amore è femmina" on YouTube
Eurovision Song Contest 2012 entry
Italian, English
  • Nina Zilli
  • Christian Rabb
  • Kristoffer Sjökvist
  • Frida Molander
  • Charlie Mason
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Entry chronology
◄ "Madness of Love" (2011)
"L'essenziale" (2013) ►

"L'amore è femmina" (Italian pronunciation: [laˈmoːre ɛ fˈfemmina]; English: "Love is female") is a song recorded by Italian singer-songwriter Nina Zilli for her second studio album of the same title. It was produced by Michele Canova[1] and written by Zilli herself with American songwriter Charlie Mason (later won the Eurovision Song Contest 2014) and Swedish songwriters Christian Rabb, Kristoffer Sjökvist and Frida Molander. The song was selected by the Italian Broadcaster RAI to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.[2] During the contest, it was performed in English-Italian language, titled "L'amore è femmina (Out of Love)".[3]

Background and composition[edit]

The song was originally written in English by Christian Rabb, Kristoffer Sjökvist, Frida Molander and Charlie Mason. A demo of the song was later sent to Zilli's manager, Fabrizio Giannini.[4] After hearing the song, Zilli translated the lyrics in Italian and recorded it with the title "L'amore è femmina". The song was chosen as the sixth track of her second studio album, named after the song itself.[5]

Explaining the meaning of the song, Zilli claimed that the lyrics are written from the point of view of a woman telling her man that he should not expect anything from her if he acts "like a stupid".[1] Zilli also stated that the song contains references to sensual love, specifying that she didn't intend to write a sort of new "Material Girl".[6]

Critical reception[edit]

OndaRock.it's Claudio Fabretti described the song as "an essay of muffled vocalism, counterpointed with a lot of choruses and wind instruments on a rocking rhythm".[7]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

During the Final of the 2012 Sanremo Music Festival, Nina Zilli was announced by the ESC 2011 winners Ell & Nikki as the singer who would represent Italy at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.[8] One week later, her Sanremo entry, "Per sempre", was confirmed as the song chosen to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.[9] However, on 13 March 2012, RAI and Universal Music Italy announced that the Italian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest would be the title-track of her second studio album, L'amore è femmina.[10]

The version that represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was mostly sung in English, but it kept some of its parts in Italian.[11] It was presented on 23 March 2012, at Eurovision's official website. A video of Zilli singing the song inside the studio was uploaded on their YouTube channel.[12]

As Italy is one of the Eurovision's "Big Five", she automatically qualified for the final, where she finished in 9th place with 101 points.[13]

Music videos[edit]

On 23 March 2012, a preview video for "L'amore è femmina (Out of Love)" was uploaded on Eurovision.tv's YouTube channel. It shows Zilli inside the studio singing the international version of the song that represented Italy in Eurovision 2012.[12]

The official music video, featuring the Italian-language version of the song, later premiered on 7 May 2012 on Gazzetta TV.[14] The video, directed by Cosimo Alemà[15] and filmed in March 2012[16] at a palazzo in EUR, Rome, focuses on Zilli, who is accompanied by six male dancers.[17] The video for the international version of the song that represented Italy in Eurovision was eventually released on 10 March 2012.[18]

Live performances[edit]

The song was presented for the first time on a TV show on 25 April 2012, when Zilli performed live the Italian-language version of the song on the Italian programme Quelli che... il Calcio.[19][20] The song was also included in the setlist of her L'amore è femmina tour,[21] which started on 10 April 2012 in Florence.[22][23]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital Download[24]
  1. "L'amore è femmina (Out of Love)" – 3:01


Chart (2012) Peak
Italy (FIMI)[25] 40

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Format Version
Italy 13 April 2012[26] Mainstream radios Italian
30 April 2012[24] Digital download International


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  2. ^ "Baku 2012: Italy change to L'Amore È Femmina". 13 March 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  3. ^ Edward Montebello (24 April 2012). "Part twenty-eight. Introducing 2012: Italy". ESCToday.com. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Nina Zilli L'amore è femmina" (in Italian). Radio Monte Carlo. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  5. ^ Emanuela Del Frate (9 March 2012). "L'amore è femmina di Nina Zilli". la Repubblica XL (in Italian). Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  6. ^ Cinzia Marongiu (16 March 2012). "Nina Zilli, Benvenuti nel mio mondo vintage, colorato e un po' folle". TV Sorrisi e Canzoni (in Italian). Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  7. ^ Claudo Fabretti (15 March 2012). "Nina Zilli - L'amore è femmina" (in Italian). OndaRock.it. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Italy: Nina Zilli to Baku!". Eurovision.tv. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Italy: Nina Zilli confirms she will sing 'Per Sempre' in Baku!". ESCDaily.com. 3 March 2012. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Italy changes their song to L'Amore È Femmina". Eurovision.tv. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  11. ^ Raffaella Oliva (25 April 2012). "Un urlo liberatorio aprirà il mio concerto". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 13 May 2012.
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  13. ^ "Eurovision 2012, vince la svedese Loreen" (in Italian). Rockol.it. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Esclusiva Max: L'amore è femmina, Nina Zilli". Gazzeta.it. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
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  16. ^ Morena Pisto (22 March 2012). "Nina Zilli e il sesso, l'intervista integrale". Donna Moderna (in Italian). Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  17. ^ "Ecco il video ufficiale de "L'amore è femmina". E San Marino…". Eurofestival.ws. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  18. ^ "Nina Zilli – L'Amore è Femmina (Out Of Love). Ecco il video ufficiale in inglese". Eurofestival.ws. Archived from the original on 27 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
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  20. ^ "Nina Zilli a Quelli che il calcio canta l'amore è femmina e si parla delle nonne russe" (in Italian). ESC-time.com. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  21. ^ "Nina Zilli: Ecco la scaletta del tour" (in Italian). StayTunedLive.com. 11 April 2012.
  22. ^ "Nina Zilli" (in Italian). Radio Dimensione Suono. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  23. ^ Serena De Angelis (12 April 2012). "Nina Zilli conquista Roma con 'L'amore è femmina tour". Itali@ Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
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  25. ^ "Classifiche – Top Digital – Classifica settimanale WK 21 del 2012". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana (in Italian). Retrieved 18 April 2015
  26. ^ Eleonora Forastiero (12 April 2012). "Nina Zilli - L'amore è Femmina (Radio Date: Venerdì 13 Aprile 2012)" (in Italian). Earone.it. Retrieved 12 April 2012.