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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.

Lyrics of Soldi

In periferia fa molto caldo Mamma stai tranquilla sto arrivando Te la prenderai per un bugiardo Ti sembrava amore ma era altro Beve champagne sotto Ramadan Alla TV danno Jackie Chan Fuma narghilè mi chiede come va Mi chiede come va, come va, come va Sai già come va, come va, come va Penso più veloce per capire se domani tu mi fregherai Non ho tempo per chiarire perché solo ora so cosa sei È difficile stare al mondo quando perdi l’orgoglio Lasci casa in un giorno Tu dimmi se Pensavi solo ai soldi, soldi Come se avessi avuto soldi, soldi Dimmi se ti manco o te ne fotti, fotti Mi chiedevi come va, come va, come va Adesso come va, come va, come va Ciò che devi dire non l’hai detto Tradire è una pallottola nel petto Prendi tutta la tua carità Menti a casa ma lo sai che lo sa Su una sedia lei mi chiederà Mi chiede come va, come va, come va Sai già come va, come va, come va Penso più veloce per capire se domani tu mi fregherai Non ho tempo per chiarire perché solo ora so cosa sei È difficile stare al mondo Quando perdi l’orgoglio Ho capito in un secondo che tu da me Volevi solo soldi Come se avessi avuto soldi, soldi Prima mi parlavi fino a tardi, tardi Mi chiedevi come va, come va, come va Adesso come va, come va, come va Waladi waladi habibi ta3ala hina Mi dicevi giocando giocando con aria fiera Waladi waladi habibi sembrava vera La voglia, la voglia di tornare come prima Io da te non ho voluto soldi È difficile stare al mondo Quando perdi l’orgoglio Lasci casa in un giorno Tu dimmi se Volevi solo soldi, soldi Come se avessi avuto soldi, soldi Lasci la città ma nessuno lo sa Ieri eri qua ora dove sei, papà Mi chiedi come va, come va, come va Sai già come va, come va, come va
It’s quite hot in the suburbs Mum, don’t worry, I’m on my way home You will be disappointed by a liar It looked like love to you but it was something else He drinks champagne during Ramadan On the telly they are airing Jackie Chan He smokes shisha. He asks me how I’m doing He asks me «How are you doing?» «How are you doing?» «How are you doing?» You already know how things are going, how things are going, how things are going. I think faster trying to figure out whether tomorrow you will fool me I got no time to clear things up Because only now I found out what you are Being alive it’s not easy When you lose your pride You leave home out of the blue You, tell me whether You only thought about money, money As if I have had any money, money Tell me whether you miss me or you don’t give a damn You used to ask me «How are you doing?» «How are you doing?» «How are you doing?» Now how things are going, how things are going, how things are going? You haven’t told yet what you had to tell Betrayal is a bullet in the chest Keep all your mercy to yourself You keep lying at home but you know that she knows (Sittin’) on a chair she’ll be asking me You ask me «How are you doing?» «How are you doing?» «How are you doing?» You already know how things are going, how things are going, how things are going. I I think faster trying to figure out whether tomorrow you will fool me I got no time to clear things up Because only now I found out what you are Being alive it’s not easy When you lose your pride I figured it out in one second That you, from me You only wanted money, money As if I have had any money, money Before, you used to talk to me till late You used to ask me «How are you doing?» «How are you doing?» «How are you doing?» Now how things are going, how things are going, how things are going? «My son, my son, darling, come over here» You used to tell me while playing, looking proud «My son, my son, darling», it looked real your wish, your wish to bring things back to what they were I – from you – didn’t want any money… Being alive it’s not easy When you lose your pride You leave home out of the blue You, tell me if You only wanted money, money As if I had any money, money You leave the city without anybody knowing Yesterday you were here, where are you now, dad? You ask me «How are you doing?» «How are you doing?» «How are you doing?» You already know how things are going, how things are going, how things are going.