Italy's 2019 Eurovision Song Contest representative is Alessandro Mahmoud, AKA Mahmood, he will sing 'Soldi'. Mahmood was born in Milano in 1992 to an Italian mother and Egyptian father. In 2016 he took part in Sanremo Giovani with the song 'Dimentica' and in 2017 he collaborated with superstars Fabri Fibra and Michele Bravi. A year later, he worked with Dardust on the hit single 'Nero Bali' by Elodie and Michele Bravi (Platinum), he co-wrote his new album 'Atlantico' with Marco Mengoni which includes radio candy 'Hola' featuring Tom Walker, and released 'Doppio Whisky' with rap star Guè Pequeno.
In 2018 Mahmood released his first EP Gioventù Bruciata with Island Records, produced by Ceri, MUUT and Katoo, which includes the duet Anni ‘90, another collaboration with Fabri Fibra.
Title track Gioventù Bruciata won Sanremo Giovani 2018 and as a result Mahmood got to take part in the Sanremo Festival along with the other established contestants.
In February 2019 Mahmood managed to win the Sanremo Festival with the song Soldi, written and produced with Dardust and Charlie Charles. The track immediately became a megahit in Italy, resulting in a certified platinum status and reaching the number 1 position in all the Italian charts including airplay, the official singles chart, iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and even charting in the Spotify Global Top 50.
In March, Mahmood released his full Gioventù Bruciata album, which debuted at number 1 in the FIMI/GFK Albums Chart.