Marco Masini

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Marco Masini
Marco Masini tour2015.jpg
Born18 September 1964 (1964-09-18) (age 56)
Florence, Italy
OccupationSinger-songwriter, musician, pianist
Years active1988 –
Websitehttp://www.marcomasini.it/

Marco Masini (born 18 September 1964 in Florence), is an Italian singer-songwriter, musician and pianist.

As of 2021, he has released 11 studio albums, 12 compilations, and 3 live albums.

Early years[edit]

Marco Masini was born in the city of Florence, in the region of Tuscany, on 18 September 1964.[1] His mother, Anna Maria, sang and played piano, and was an elementary school teacher before she quit the profession to have a life at home with the family. His father, Giancarlo, worked as a representative of hair products.

When Marco was three years old he received a toy piano as a Christmas present. The little boy showed an instant interest in music and soon he began attending music classes.

During high school he created, along with friends, a music group called Errata Corrige. Meanwhile, his lack of interest in studying made him leave high school when he was 16, which caused problems within his family.

For a time, Masini worked with his father as a representative. In 1980 the family opened a bar in Florence. Sadly, the fights between Marco and his father increased, causing his mother worry and heartache. A few years later, her husband was forced to sell the bar after she was found to have cancer. Marco left to serve in the army (military aircraft in Florence), and only one day after his return on 22 August 1984, his mother died, to the deep sadness of Marco, who always regretted the fact that he could not be close to her in her last moments.

In his early years of his career he met the record producer Giancarlo Bigazzi who introduced the young musician to the music business, as a collaborator with artists like Raf and Umberto Tozzi. Eventually, in 1990 he participated in the 40th edition of popular Sanremo Festival with one of his signature songs, Disperato, and won first prize as new artist of the year.

Fame and Consecration[edit]

After winning third place, now among the main competitors, in the 1991 edition of Sanremo Festival with Perché lo fai (a controversial song about an addicted young woman), Masini, now an emerging star, released his second album, Malinconoia (a composite word coined by the artist indicating a mixture of melancholy and boredom, in Italian malinconia and noia), that became a big hit in the Italian charts, despite the somber mood of most of the record. The Malinconoia music video, taped during a concert at Palaeur in Rome, won first prize in the category "Best live video" during the 1991 edition of Riminicinema festival. The title track was presented during the popular summer music competition Festivalbar in the long playing records category, and was awarded first prize.

In 1993 the album T'innamorerai was released. The record created the basis for the international success of Masini. The song that introduces the LP, Vaffanculo (figuratively fuck off), generated controversies and was banned by most radio and television networks. In an interview for the newspaper Corriere della Sera, Masini claimed that the v-word was dedicated to "the liars and who call me 'prophet of the depression'"[2] and the song contained also some harsh verses directed to the record labels and their policies.

In the meantime, Marco became an international sensation. With a style in both music and lyrics that synthesized his diverse musical influences, challenged conservative society and many prejudices of the time[citation needed], Marco opened a new path in Italian music and popular culture. The album T'innamorerai became a huge hit, with over a million copies sold worldwide.

In 1995 (January), the fourth album was released, Il Cielo della Vergine in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the Spanish version (El Cielo de Virgo) in Spain and Latin America. For this album he was criticized again, this time because of two songs Bella Stronza ("Beautiful Bitch") and Principessa ("Princess"), both very direct and explicit.

In 1996 he published L'Amore Sia Con Te, a compilation of his greatest hits, with the new song that gave title to the album and Meglio Solo, an old song, released originally as the B-side of the single Disperato. This collection was also released in Spanish speaking countries as Mi amor allí estará, presenting a slightly different tracklist. During the summer, the tour called L'amore Sia Con Te occurred.

In 1997, fellow singer-songwriter Enrico Ruggeri called him to sing La Gente di Cuore, included in the Ruggeri's album Domani è un altro giorno.

After nearly four years of silence, on 12 November 1998, the Scimmie ("Monkeys") album was released by Ma label, founded by himself, Mario Manzani and Marco Poggione. This new album was a major turning point in production, on which he presented himself to the public with a new look: white hair and beard. But the greatest change was the separation from Bigazzi, Marco's old teacher, who had marked the beginning of his musical career. The disc is a harder rock and the lyrics are generally less sentimental but more airtight. With Scimmie, Marco said he wanted to recover the music from the 1970s that he loved and was back in fashion: the views of the critics were strangely positive, but not public opinion, which decreed the album's commercial failure.

He's an atheist, though he somewhat recognizes the "importance of religion" when a person is in trouble.

He has been engaged to Romina Contiero from 2001 to 2005.

He participated at the Sanremo Music Festival 2020 with the song Il confronto.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1990 – Marco Masini
  • 1991 – Malinconoia
  • 1993 – T'innamorerai
  • 1995 – Il cielo della vergine
  • 1998 – Scimmie
  • 2000 – Raccontami di te
  • 2001 – Uscita di sicurezza
  • 2005 – Il giardino delle api
  • 2009 – L'Italia... e altre storie
  • 2011 – niente d'importante
  • 2017 – Spostato di un secondo

Live albums[edit]

  • 2004 – Masini live 2004
  • 2010 – Un palco lungo... 20 anni!
  • 2017 – Marco Masini – In concerto

Compilation albums[edit]

(the official ones are in Bold; *contains new track(s); ®the songs are rearranged)

  • 1996 – L'amore sia con te *
  • 2001 – Collezione
  • 2002 – Collezione 2
  • 2003 – .. il mio cammino
  • 2004 – Masini *
  • 2004 – Ti racconto di me (Collezione + Collezione 2)
  • 2006 – Ci vorrebbe il mare ®
  • 2006 – Tozzi Masini
  • 2007 – le più belle di... Marco Masini
  • 2008 – Caro Babbo ®
  • 2009 – Il meglio di Marco Masini
  • 2011 – Marco Masini – i miei successi
  • 2012 – Un'ora con...
  • 2013 – la mia storia... piano e voce
  • 2015 – Cronologia *
  • 2020 – Masini +1 | 30th Anniversary

Singles[edit]

  • 1988 – Uomini / Bugie
  • 1990 – Disperato
  • 1990 – Ci vorrebbe il mare
  • 1991 – Perché lo fai
  • 1991 – Ti vorrei
  • 1991 – Malinconoia
  • 1993 – Vaffanculo
  • 1993 – T'innamorerai
  • 1993 – La libertà
  • 1995 – Bella stronza
  • 1995 – Principessa
  • 1995 – Cuccioli
  • 1995 – Il cielo della vergine
  • 1996 – L'amore sia con te
  • 1998 – Scimmie
  • 1999 – Fino a tutta la vita che c'è
  • 1999 – Lungomare
  • 1999 – Il giorno di Natale (Il giorno più banale)
  • 2000 – Raccontami di te
  • 2000 – Protagonista
  • 2000 – Ancóra vita è
  • 2001 – Lasciaminonmilasciare ("Leavemedon'tleaveme")
  • 2001 – Il bellissimo mestiere
  • 2001 – Vai male a scuola
  • 2003 – Generation – feat. Donald D
  • 2003 – Io non ti sposerò
  • 2004 – L'uomo volante
  • 2004 – E ti amo
  • 2005 – Nel mondo dei sogni
  • 2005 – Il giardino delle api
  • 2005 – Tutto quello che ho di te
  • 2005 – Rimani così
  • 2006 – Maledetta amica mia
  • 2006 – Cosa rimane (a Marco) – only for the fan club; written and performed by Andrea Amati in 2002
  • 2006 – Come si fa... ? (with Umberto Tozzi)
  • 2007 – Anima italiana (with Umberto Tozzi)
  • 2007 – Arrivederci per lei (with Umberto Tozzi)
  • 2009 – L'Italia
  • 2009 – Com'è bella la vita
  • 2009 – Lontano dai tuoi angeli
  • 2011 – Niente d'importante
  • 2011 – Non ti amo più
  • 2012 – Colpevole
  • 2013 – Io ti volevo
  • 2015 – Che giorno è
  • 2015 – Non è vero che l'amore cambia il mondo
  • 2017 – Spostato di un secondo
  • 2017 – Tu non esisti
  • 2017 – Signor tenente (cover version of Giorgio Faletti's)
  • 2020 – Il confronto
  • 2020 – T'innamorerai (feat. Francesco Renga); auto-cover of the 1993 homonymous song
  • 2020 – La parte chiara

Guest appearances[edit]

  • 1988 – Dal tuo sguardo in poi (with Rosita Celentano)
  • 1997 – La gente di cuore (with Enrico Ruggeri)
  • 1997 – Ci vorrebbe il mare (with Montserrat Caballé) – (in Friends for Life)
  • 2005 – Voglia di libertà (in ... a Pierangelo Bertoli)
  • 2009 – Nel blu, dipinto di blu (with Nazionale Italiana Cantanti) – (in L'opportunità)
  • 2009 – La canzone del sole (with Nazionale Italiana Cantanti) – (in L'opportunità)
  • 2009 – Uno su mille (with Nazionale Italiana Cantanti) – (in L'opportunità)
  • 2009 – La forza della vita (with Nazionale Italiana Cantanti) – (in L'opportunità)
  • 2009 – Si può dare di più (with Nazionale Italiana Cantanti) – (in L'opportunità)
  • 2010 – Donna a-o volante (with Buio Pesto) – (in Pesto)
  • 2010 – Dicono così (with Massimo Alessi)
  • 2016 – Il rumore che fa (with Raige)
  • 2017 – Va*******o (with Grido) – (in Segnali di fumo)
  • 2018 – Io non ti sposerò (Remix) (with Calibro 40)
  • 2018 – Sesto piano (with Zibba) – (in Le cose)
  • 2018 – Chi fermerà la musica (with Dodi Battaglia) – (in Dodi Day)
  • 2018 – Pensiero (with Dodi Battaglia) – (in Dodi Day)

Others[edit]

  • 2013 – Una parte di te (for R101's Stile libero)

Books[edit]

  • 1991 – Marco Masini - Il piviere
  • 1995 – Per rabbia e per amore
  • 2011 – questi nostri 20 anni interminabili

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simonis, Damien (1 March 2006). Florence. Lonely Planet. pp. 37–. ISBN 978-1-74059-809-5. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  2. ^ http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/1993/gennaio/13/Masini_mio_vaff_bugiardi_co_0_9301133693.shtml In Italian
  3. ^ "Sanremo 2020: Ecco chi sono i 22 Big in gara della 70esima edizione del Festival". Coming Soon. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2020.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mietta
with "Canzoni"
Sanremo Music Festival
Winner Newcomers section

1990
Succeeded by
Paolo Vallesi
with "Le persone inutili"
Preceded by
Alexia
with "Per dire di no"
Sanremo Music Festival
Winner

2004
Succeeded by
Francesco Renga
with "Angelo"