“These kids just made it to first place in the global chart.” The words of Måneskin on Instagram after their cover of “Beggin'” hit number one on the Spotify Global Chart. The band — that’s Damiano David, Victoria De Angelis, Thomas Raggi and Ethan Torchio — celebrated by sharing a gallery on Instagram which showed them as children.
The group’s meteoric rise on the global charts with their cover shows no sign of slowing down. Last week “Beggin'” hit #1 on the German charts, and this week it’s hit #7 in the UK. It’s also been making waves in the Top 10 in Austria, Norway, The Netherlands and beyond.
That it would push to #1 on the Spotify Global Chart was never a guarantee, even if momentum was on their side. They’ve had to shimmy past Olivia Rodrigo’s global superhit “Good 4U”, which has sat at the top of the charts pretty much everywhere all summer. This week Måneskin had the added challenge of Ed Sheeran, whose new song “Bad Habits” is at #3 on the Spotify chart.
“Beggin'” takes Måneskin to No. 1 on the Spotify Global charts
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The band first performed the song in 2017 while they were competing on the eleventh season of X Factor Italia. They never released it as a single, but it managed to hit #39 on the Italian Singles Chart anyway and a year later FIMI certified it as a gold record.
“Beggin'” was popularised in 1967 by the American Franki Valli and his band The Four Seasons. The lyrics recount a man who has lost his lady through his own bad deeds and he’s regretting it bad. “I need you to understand that I tried so hard to be your man/ The kindo f man you want in the end/ only then can I begin to live again.”
The song was subsequently reworked by the likes of French DJ Pilooski and Norwegian hip-hop group Madcon.
Musical theatre buffs may recognise the song from the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which is about the Four Seasons.
A Måneskin summer
Eurovision 2021 may be in the rearview mirror at this point, but it’s very clearly given the group extra push and drive.
Their Wiwi Jam performance of “I Wanna Be Your Slave” has now topped 32 million views, unleashing a torrent of TikTok videos and Insta Reels, which in turn have helped drive its popularity and push it up the charts.
The group have subsequently performed the number on both Sweden’s Lotte på Lisberg and at the Polsat SuperHit Festival in Sopot, Poland, where bandmates Damiano David and Thomas Raggi decided to close the number with a kiss.
As the audience erupted in applause, Damiano said: “We think that everyone should be allowed to do this without any fear. We think that everyone should be completely free to be whoever the f*ck you want. Thank you Poland! Love is never wrong.”
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