Måneskin

If you’ve opened Spotify, read a newspaper or turned on the radio in recent weeks, then you’re likely aware that Italy’s Måneskin are on the move. Winning Eurovision 2021 gave them a vast platform and they aren’t just standing there — they’ve set it on fire and are throwing on buckets of gasoline.

Now, as we all admire the flames and smoke and bask in the warmth of their rise to world domination, a big question is on many a mind: Who will be the group’s new manager? Among the many whispers two names have popped out: X Factor Italia musical director Fabrizio Ferraguzzo and music mogul Simon Cowell.

Who will be Måneskin’s new manager?

At the beginning of June, the band parted ways with their long-time manager Marta Donà. On June 4 Marta shared an Instagram pic from the Eurovision green room, which showed her and the band overcome with emotion as they reacted to Italy’s win.

The caption made clear that the group’s decision had caught her off guard. Marta wrote: “We spent four unforgettable years full of dreams to fulfil and projects to realise. I have brought you this far. From now you have decided to continue without me. I’m heartbroken, but I wish you guys the best in life.”

Marta, a management powerhouse, also works with other Italian stars including Marco Mengoni and Francesca Michielin.

 

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Italian media have suggested that Måneskin are now more focused on conquering new lands rather than only prospering at home. Writing in the New York Times on Wednesday, the Italian journalist Elisabetta Povoledo recounted the domestic buzz.

“Some newspapers here wondered whether an Italian management agency had begun to feel too tight for Måneskin’s international aspirations, and the name of Simon Cowell, the mastermind behind ‘The X-Factor,’ came up as a possible successor.”

As All Music Italia reported, the assumption that the band may have signed with an international manager has been built partly on their success abroad. Some pundits interpreted their presence on more than 30 Spotify charts as a sign they had a big-time name out there working their contacts.

But the band have remained silent on the matter. And last week the Italian web site dismissed such speculation, writing that the new manager is actually in Italy.

“According to the rumors in our possession, Fabrizio Ferraguzzo will manage the career of Måneskin from now on.”

“For those unfamiliar with him, Ferraguzzo is an external consultant for Sony Music Italy and A&R of the company. Ferraguzzo is also musical director of X Factor, the talent show that, among other things, launched the band. He’s also music producer for artists such as the Pinguini Tattici Nucleari, Anastasio, Giusy Ferreri and many others.”

As we all wait for new details about who will help lead the band moving forward, one thing is certain: They won’t be turning down the volume any time soon. They’ve announced they’ll perform at the Tons of Rock festival in Oslo this June, and their song “I Wanna Be Your Slave” is sitting at #7 in the mid-week charts here in the UK.

“We really want to do our best to keep the attention by writing new music and trying to do some gigs in Europe and beyond,” bass guitarist Victoria De Angelis told British music mag NME after their Eurovision win. “We’re working hard and we just want to play everywhere. We’re just figuring out how to manage everything.”

Hopefully they’ll land with another top-flight manager soon to help them do just that.

Are you loving the band’s non-stop ascent? Have they confirmed a gig in your country already? Let us know in the comments box down below!

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Europotato
Europotato
1 month ago

If it’s Simon cowell, give them about another 1 hit and that’ll be that for this band.

Cal
Cal
1 month ago

Stay away from Simon Cowell, PLEASE guys

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

it won’t be Simon Cowell although HE WISH!

Ted
Ted
1 month ago

Avoid Simon Cowell. For a long time he has only been interested in one hit wonders and getting his pop puppet acts to record cover versions of unchained melody and If ever I saw your face. He’s run out of ideas a long time ago.

Eugenie
Eugenie
1 month ago

Simon Cowell is a bad variant. Of course, it’s not like Maneskin is underground band with unacceptable style, but Cowell is too mainstream for them. He’s like anti-Midas: turns everything he touches into cheap conformist sh&t. However, I don’t think like it’s a big issue. Sound more depends on producer and label, so if they won’t change it, serious changes in their music won’t happen. And if Maneskin’s sound is truly their own even change of producer won’t kill them. I point it, though we don’t know it(and I hope we will never know).

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 month ago

Hellz no! Definitely not Simon! They will pop like bubble gum, and bubble-gum pop or pop/rock is a place in which they’d do well NOT to venture!

dia6olo
dia6olo
1 month ago

I have grown to love Maneskin over the past 3 or 4 weeks, but, if they go down the Simon Cowell route or too far down the English song route I’m afraid that I personally could see myself losing interest in them VERY fast. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind their English songs, they currently have a good few of them so it’s not like they aren’t singing in English. My issue would be if they went too far the English route at the expense of their Italian songs which for me as whole are their best songs thus… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago

simon cowell ended more careers than he helped so he needs to stay away from them

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago

OK am I the only one who feels sorry for Marta? She led them this far so it’s kinda sad to see them saying goodbye to her. .:( In one way I do understand it but in another way I think that’s kinda rude.

dia6olo
dia6olo
1 month ago
Reply to  Erasmus

No you you are not the only one, I like you feel the same way about Marta, I have seen plenty of behind the scenes footage of them growing into what they are now, Marta was always present, she meant a lot to them and them to her.

I don’t know the facts behind the move but it does feel like she’s been kicked in the teeth…

Ariadne
Ariadne
1 month ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I feel terrible for Marta, and Simon Cowell would be dreadful for them. It is sad how capitalism seems to corrupt almost everyone.

ESC fan
ESC fan
1 month ago

On the Official German Charts, their cover of “Beggin'” peaked at #2, while “I Wanna Be Your Slave” is at #3: https://www.offiziellecharts.de/album-details-475165 “Zitti e buoni” peaked at #9. I think it’s clear they’re destined for worldwide success.

Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  ESC fan

I can’t believe they’re sitting at #2 and #3 in Germany at the same time. They’re the first ever rock band to do so ever since I’m interested in music.
The only other Eurovision act who managed it during that period was Lena Meyer-Landrut right after her national final.

Generally, before Måneskin, there hasn’t been any genuine rock song in the German Top 10 for at least four years.

Their feat really can’t be overestimated.

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
1 month ago

Off-topic: As expected, apparently Slovakia has ruled out both a debut at Junior Eurovision and a return to Eurovision 2022.

I guess we won’t see Andorra most likely either and personally I am not that optimistic about other countries, such as Hungary Montenegro, Monaco and Luxembourg either.

Bosnia most likely wants to participate, but they can’t afford their participation due to the broadcaster’s debts.

The only one that could make a surprising appearance are Kazakhstan and/or Turkey.

Please, can the EBU just let Kazakhstan debut already?

Last edited 1 month ago by ROXELANA
esc_fl
esc_fl
1 month ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

I’d love any of those countries to return/debut, along with Kosovo and Liechtenstein!

Last edited 1 month ago by esc_fl
Zisk
Zisk
1 month ago
Reply to  esc_fl

I’m almost certain that if Kosovo enters, Serbia withdraws, and possibly Spain as well (they are the biggest anti-Kosovo ally in Europe due to a fear of emboldening Catalonians movement). I love getting a new or returning country involved, though I do wonder what knock on effect a controversial one like that might have.

Azaad
Azaad
1 month ago
Reply to  Zisk

Kosovo won’t enter until they get UN membership. It’s as simple as that or otherwise the EBU will open up a whole can of worms and spark several diplomatic crises across the continent.

Sot
Sot
1 month ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

Hungary is out, as well as Turkey, due to anti-LGBTQ+ laws
The Andorran broadcaster unfortunately unofficially ruled out a return but it’s not certain yet
Bosnia, Montenegro and Kazakhstan are hesitating because of the economical crises there
And Monaco and Slovakia just don’t care

Kinda sad ngl

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Sot

I think it’s fair to say that we’re not expecting Belarus to be back since the broadcaster has been suspended by the EBU

Micky
Micky
1 month ago
Reply to  Sot

Luxembourg doesn’t care either, also Turkey and the EBU have been talking about Turkey returning.

Leo
Leo
1 month ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

Also consider that Latvia might withdraw

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

How do you know?

Micky
Micky
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

Yeah why would Lietuva withdraw

Antonio G
Antonio G
1 month ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

I think we will have only Armenia returning. Sad

IPIESC
IPIESC
1 month ago

Again Simon Cowell. Pls not him…

Zeri
Zeri
1 month ago

They’ve changed their artist management, not their record label. Record label also has management side, which sounds like it’s Ferraguzzo for them (who produced both of their albums). Simon Cowell has never been a band or artist manager for anyone, he’s always been on the record label side. Their new artist manager is probably the unnamed company mentioned by All Music Italy.

It can be confusing when record label and artist management get mixed up but they are totally different things.

OberonYronwood
OberonYronwood
1 month ago

Oh please god not Simon Cowell. Look, I’m sure he can make them huge global stars but he is all about the money and how mainstream his artists can be.

Please Manneskin, fight for your creative independence, you are insanely talented and I’m certain you’ll become legends, but just don’t let economic preassure affect your sense of self.

Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
1 month ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

nothing to add – well written and I think most readers will agree with you Oberon Yronwood.

willhrisiam
willhrisiam
1 month ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

I agree about them having to steer clear of Simon if they care about their creative input at all, but I also have to disagree with one part. No, he wouldn’t be able to make them huge global stars. If he wasn’t able to propel Little Mix, he wouldn’t be able to make anyone a global star. (I love Little Mix and I know they have a huge fan base but they haven’t even made a dent in the US charts and that’s completely ridiculous) He would need to actually invest some time and heart into such a project and… Read more »