Francesco Gabbani, the Italian representative for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, revealed today that he will be releasing his third studio album on 28th April.
Francesco, who will represent Italy with the song “Occidentali’s Karma”, will release his new album just two weeks before he takes to the stage in Kyiv. His previous albums Greitist Iz (released 2013) and Eternamente ora reached number 62 and 18 in the Italian album charts respectively. However it is expected that this next album will peak much higher, following the huge success of “Occidentali’s Karma”.
he song has become a huge hit in Italy since winning the Sanremo Festival in February, having now sold over 100,000 copies and becoming certified double platinum. The official music video has over 57 million views on YouTube, and was number one in Italy for three weeks following it’s Sanremo victory. His live Sanremo performance of the song, which is featured on the official Eurovision YouTube channel, has over 4 million views and is the most-watched 2017 entry on the channel so far.
Francesco’s commercial success follows his victory at the 67th Sanremo Festival. He is the first winner of the competition to win the Campioni (Big Artist) contest only one year after winning the Newcomer contest. Hours after his victory, he was announced as Italy’s representative at this year’s Eurovision, and he has since been the hot favourite to win in May.
The release of his next album will come at the end of a long pre-Eurovision promotional tour. Francesco will kick off with the London Eurovision Party on 2nd April, before moving onto Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam on 8th April, and finishing up at the Moscow Eurovision Party on 21st April.
As a member of the Big 5, Italy will not participate in the Eurovision semi-finals, and will progress straight to the grand final on 13th May.
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Italy debuted in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the contest in 2011, having last participated in 1997. Italy has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti’s “Non ho l’età”, and the second being in 1990 with Toto Cutugno’s “Insieme: 1990”. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top 10 on four occasions, finishing in 2nd in 2011 with Raphael Gualazzi’s “The Madness of Love” and 3rd in 2015 with Il Volo’s “Grande amore”. The former was the jury winner of Eurovision 2011, and the latter was the winner of the public vote in 2015.