Italy’s Måneskin definitely aren’t a one-hit wonder. And if you need proof of that just look to the UK’s Official Chart. Two weeks on from their Eurovision win, the group have two songs in the Top 40. “Zitti E Buoni” — which debuted at #17 last week — is sticking around in spot #25. It sits just behind another Måneskin track. “I Wanna Be Your Slave” — an English-language offering from the four-piece — has climbed from #83 last week to #24 this week.
Måneskin: “I Wanna Be Your Slave” hits #24 on the UK charts
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Their album track “I Wanna Be Your Slave” continues its climb on the UK charts, having entered at No.83 last week. While the English-language track has not been officially released as a single, it’s proving popular with Måneskin fans old and new.
The song is told from the perspective of someone who has it bad for the object of their affection. The lyrics playfully recount their obsession and how they’re willing to enslave themselves if that’s what it takes to win over that special someone.
“I wanna make you hungry, then I wanna feed ya,” Damiano sings. “I wanna paint your face like you’re my Mona Lisa, I wanna be a champion, I wanna be a loser, I’ll even be a clown ’cause I just wanna amuse ya.”
During Eurovision itself, the band kindly sent us a video performance of both “I Wanna Be Your Slave” and “Zitti E Buoni” for the Wiwi Jam — our online concert that aired on May 20. Filmed at Acquapendente studio, where they recorded their album, it demonstrated their power to captivate and intrigue, even when performing in a simple setting.
Rips from that performance have subsequently been shared millions of times on TikTok, helping to get the song in front of fans both old and new. Our Wiwi Jam video has now been viewed more than 14 million times.
Last week the Italian band join an elite group of artists who have had foreign-language songs break the UK charts. They include Psy (“Gangnam Style”), Daddy Yankee (“Gasolina”) and Luis Fonsi (“Despacito”). They also became the first rock band to sing in a foreign language to crack the UK charts since Germany’s Rammstein. And they’re the first Eurovision winner since Céline Dion to have more than one song chart in the UK.
The group aren’t just intrigued by the idea of succeeding in the UK. Far from it. They’ve been on a media blitz, greeting their fans all over the world.
In fact, our very own Tbilisi-based Wiwiblogger Rezo Mamsikashvili interviewed the group recently for Georgian television. They thanked the Georgian jury for ranking them first and promised to tour their eventually. You can read their full message in our Insta post below.
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What do you make of Måneskin’s success? Do you think that “I Wanna Be Your Slave” could have won Eurovision too? Let us know in the comments box below!