It’s over two months since they won Eurovision and four weeks since they first topped Spotify’s global chart. But Måneskin’s march towards world domination shows no signs of slowing down. This week they’ve reached another milestone with “Beggin'” breaking into the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.
Fuelled by its virality on TikTok, the band’s 2017 cover has landed at number #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 — the music industry standard record chart in the United States. The group’s US success comes in the midst of a meteoric rise on the global charts. “Beggin'” is currently at #3 on both of Billbaord’s Global Charts, while “I Wanna Be Your Slave” and “Zitti E Buoni” also feature.
It is normally very rare for Eurovision acts to crack the main Billboard chart, although 2019 winner Duncan Laurence is also climbing the Hot 100 with “Arcade”. He currently sits at #57 — a new peak. TikTok is also responsible for his newfound popularity across the pond.
Måneskin on the Billboard Charts
Billboard Hot 100
- #35 “Beggin'”
Billboard Global Excl. US
- #3 “Beggin'”
- #8 “I Wanna Be Your Slave”
- #48 “Zitti E Buoni”
- #3 “Beggin'”
- #13 “I Wanna Be Your Slave”
- #96 “Zitti E Buoni”
Måneskin’s “Beggin'” cover
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 kind of 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.
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