Francesco Gabbani releases new album…and says he never felt like the Eurovision favourite

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Six months on from Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv, Francesco Gabbani has been one busy monkey. Releasing and touring his latest album Magellano over the summer, the Italian representative has now released Sudore, fiato, cuore (Sweat, breath, heart), a new album recording his live performances across Italy this past summer.

Despite all his success over the year, including more than 166 million views on Youtube, the Italian stallion remains humble, insisting that he doesn’t have time to think about how his life has changed. Speaking to Italian media TGCOM24, he stated that he was pleased with his 6th place finish at Eurovision — despite being the bookies’ favourite prior to the contest.

“On the contrary, it was a confirmation that my approach was the right one, because I was not convinced of being favoured,” he said. “It was a wonderful experience that gave me the opportunity to give ‘Occidentali’s Karma’ an international breath.”

Fans may also have noticed that the ape which accompanied him to the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv has been noticeably absent in Gabbani’s recent performances. Gabbani explains that this is by no means an accident, but rather he and the ape have had a parting-of-ways.

“The popularity of the monkey is now falling…but it’s part of the game.”

“Many have focused only on that but at the same time it gave me the opportunity to draw attention to ‘Occidentali’s Karma’.”

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With insightful lyrics in his songs, Gabbani tellingly addressed the complexity of the meaning of his songs. Our review of his post-Eurovision hit “Pachidermi E Pappagalli” also left us scratching our heads. Luckily, Francesco sympathises:

“My songs are multi-level readable, so it’s just a matter of getting a piece on a superficial level, without fully understanding the meaning.”

Lyrically, at least, Francesco loves to go deep. And it’s paying off for him in spades, recently announcing that his post-Eurovision single “Tra le granite e le granate” has gone double platinum, selling over 100,000 copies.

And by the looks of it, he’s already made his Christmas list and checked it twice, recently filming the video clip of his newest single “La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi”. Bring the ho ho ho, Francesco!

Francesco continues to tour throughout Italy, concluding his multi-city tour in Florence on 20 January 2018.

Will you listen to Francesco’s new album? Are you going to miss the ape? Let us know in the comments below.

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