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.
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