Lucky number 7 for Måneskin as they crack UK Official Singles Chart18 June 2021 at 18:25 CEST
A third Måneskin track, Beggin’ (a cover of Madcon’s version of The Four Seasons’ hit), also makes its debut appearance at 73 this week.
[Update Tuesday 29 June: I Wanna Be Your Slave sits at #6 and looks set to climb higher; Beggin’ is now #10]
The Italian alt-rockers are the first Eurovision winners to reach the Top 10 of the UK’s countdown for nearly a decade, as Official Charts chief executive Martin Talbot explains:
'This year’s Eurovision Song Contest heralded praise from many observers who celebrated the quality of entrants in the 2021 competition. The fact that UK music fans have sent Måneskin into the Official Singles Top 10 this week (the first winners for nine years to do so) underlines this point and indicates that Eurovision is a powerful platform for launching artists internationally in 2021.'
Indeed, Loreen was the last Eurovision winner to crack the UK Top 10 but Måneskin have managed to reach these lofty heights with a song that wasn’t their Eurovision entry; the last winner/non-winning-song combo to do that was Celine Dion with A New Day Has Come in March 2002 (not long after guitarist Thomas Raggi celebrated his first birthday).
Taken from the band’s album Teatro d’ira – Vol. I, Zitti E Buoni and I Wanna Be Your Slave have delivered 6.46 million and 7.96 streams in the United Kingdom respectively.
Martin Österdahl, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, was excited to learn of the news:
‘We’re thrilled to see Måneskin enjoying such success following their appearance in Rotterdam. Their popularity proves what a huge springboard the Eurovision Song Contest is and highlights the quality of both the acts and songs taking part.’
Zitti E Buoni’s global success is impressive, breaking the Top 10 of the Spotify Global Chart, becoming the most streamed Italian song ever, and hitting the number one spot in Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, Sweden, Lithuania and the UK Rock and Metal charts.
Across the Atlantic, Zitti E Buoni peaked at number 22 on the US Billboard Global 200 (rising to the top ten when excluding American stats), with I Wanna Be Your Slave looking to replicate that success when a new chart is announced this weekend.
I Wanna Be Your Slave has also risen to number 7 in the Official Irish Singles Chart Top 50 this week.
The members have known each other since middle school but didn’t establish the band until 2015, when they brought together their musical influences, from rock and rap, to reggae, funk and pop. They took their band name from the Danish word for ‘moonlight’, as a tribute to their bassist Victoria’s home country.
The band are simultaneously promoting Teatro d’ira – Vol. I, recording new material and preparing for their tour.