In 2013, he mesmerised Europe with his performance of “L’Essenziale” on the Eurovision stage. Six years later, and Marco Mengoni is doing much the same with his new music. Now, the Italian star has released the new extended album Atlantico / On Tour, which includes three new singles and live renditions of some of the star’s greatest hits.
This latest album follows on from his fifth studio album Atlantico, released last November. Like his previous four LPs, the album went to number one on the Italian charts and was certified double platinum.
The Eurovision alum has spent 2019 touring the songs from Atlantico. Whilst doing so, the star recorded some of the performances and has now added these to the new extended double album. This gives fans the opportunity to feel as if they’re at one of Mengoni’s concerts, while still being in the comfort of their own home.
In addition to the tracks from Atlantico, there are also live recordings of some of the Italian singer’s other most popular songs. This includes his Sanremo 2013 winning song, and Eurovision 2013 entry, “L’Essenziale”.
Marco Mengoni – Atlantico / On Tour
But, this new album isn’t just about the live recordings. It also includes three brand new songs recorded in the studio. The first of these, “Duemila volte” (“2000 times”), was released earlier in October. The song has an extra Eurovision connection as Italy’s 2019 contestant Mahmood is a co-writer on the track.
A strong, emotional ballad, the track begins slowly with repeated piano chords accompanying Mengoni’s fragile vocals. A drum beat slowly builds up from the second verse onward, before the song reaches it’s peak in the third chorus. The track takes the listener on a journey, with Mengoni’s emotions resonating through every word, regardless of whether you speak Italian or not.
The accompanying music video sees the Italian star surrounded by flowers and trapped in an art installation. Meanwhile, people walk past and look in on the star as he contemplates about a relationship that he wants to keep going back to: “I need to lose you / To come and look for you / 2000 times more / Although now you are distant / I need to forgive you”.
Marco Mengoni – “Duemila volte”
An overview of Marco Mengoni’s 2019
With Mengoni’s star still shining brightly, this year has naturally been very busy for the Italian singer. Here’s a rundown of some of the main things he’s got up to in 2019.
In Spring, Mengoni released the fourth single from his Atlantico album, “Muhammad Ali”. A track with a strong pulsing beat, the song talks about how “we are all Muhammad Ali” and that we all have the strength to stand tall even if you wake up in the morning to find “your greatest enemy smiles at you in the mirror”.
The music video was shot in the Italian city of Ronciglione. It sees the Eurovision alum taking to the streets with the local marching band, which brings together people of all ages and genders.
The Lion King
This year also saw Mengoni take to the big screen. He gave voice to Simba in the Italian dub of the live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King. Sanremo 2001 winner Elisa starred alongside him as Nala. Looking as suave as ever, the star jetted off to Hollywood for the premiere of the movie in July.
Fuori Atlantico Tour
Over the summer, the Sanremo 2013 champion embarked on the Fuori Atlantico Tour. This saw Mengoni perform six concerts in outdoor settings across Italy. This ranged from outdoor theatres to fields on the hillside. It gave the star’s fans the opportunity to see him perform the songs from his Atlantico LP in a raw and stripped-backed fashion, without all the extra noise and lights that come with other arena/concert tours.
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