This year Italy was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest by their most successful artist of 2013, Marco Mengoni. Winner of the third series of X Factor Italy in 2009, he came third in the 2010 Sanremo Music Festival. Tipped as a favourite to win the 2013 edition Marco not only did so but was also selected to represent Italy in Eurovision.
Before going to Malmö, L'Essenziale went on to top the Italian singles chart for 8 weeks and was certified multi-platinum for domestic downloads. It is, so far, 2013's biggest selling song in Italy. After his 7th place in the contest, Marco also entered other European charts like the Spanish, the German or the Dutch ones.
Ready To Run
In March he released the album #prontoacorrere (Ready To Run), and yes, it is the biggest selling album in Italy so far in 2013. The title track is also the Marco's second single from the album, another smash hit that has already been certified platinum.
The song, written among others by Take That's Mark Owen and by Marco himself has been described by the singer "not as a love song; it talks about the scars left throughout life by human relationships, including those with friends or colleagues".
Below you can listen to the song and watch the video directed by Gaetano Morbili and filmed at the Stadio Bentegodi in Verona (Italy):
The new video
Some days ago Marco Mengoni released the third single entitled Non Passerai (You Won't Pass). The video is an interesting tribute to the extraordinary moment that Marco is living with with his public and was directed by Gaetano Morbioli too. Shot entirely in Paris, the main character is the "Collector of love" wandering in the City of Lights with a big heart and a strange cardboard box on his head asking for souvenir photos to all the people he meets on the streets:
The song was originally written in English by Tobias Gad, E. Kidd Bogart, and Lee DeWyze as My Magnetic Heart and was later translated and adapted in Italian by Andrea Regazzetti. Both versions are included in the special edition of the #prontoacorrere album.