Their conquest of America continues unabated. Following performances on top chatshows Ellen and The Tonight Show and at the American Music Awards, Måneskin have made their U.S. talent show debut. The Eurovision 2021 winners were guests on the 29 November episode of NBC’s The Voice.
Måneskin perform “Beggin'” and “Mammamia” medley on The Voice US
“Multi-platinum, global rockstars who earlier this year won the Eurovision Song Contest representing Italy” — that’s how The Voice host Carson Daly introduced Damiano, Victoria, Ethan and Thomas to millions of Americans watching at home. He then gave the stage to Måneskin who delivered a cracking medley of their monster hit “Beggin'” and their latest single “Mammamia”. The inclusion of the latter track left fans overjoyed, as many were fearing that the quartet’s Four Seasons’ cover was becoming overexposed to the detriment of their original material.
After suiting up for the AMAs, most of the band returned to their usual glam rock aesthetic. However, frontman Damiano continued to keep things fresh by wearing a low-cut wrestling-style singlet. The audience lapped everything up, as did the panel of superstar coaches — Blake Shelton, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande. The entire panel gave the “Zitti E Buoni” hitmakers a standing ovation as the crowd clapped and cheered. “Great to have some rock and roll here” said Carson, before giving a little plug for The American Song Contest. The Eurovision spin-off is set to start airing on NBC in February.
Måneskin’s U.S. Success
Måneskin’s success with “Beggin’” started quite some time ago. 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.
Following Eurovision, the song found new life on TikTok, which helped push it up the charts elsewhere. In July the cover hit number 1 on the Spotify Global charts.
Beggin’ has spent 21 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and is currently in spot 16 — having peaked at 13.
Its success in the United States may stem partly from the fact it has American roots. “Beggin’” was popularised in 1967 by the American Franki Valli and his band The Four Seasons. 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.
Their original songs have yet to crack the Billboard Hot 100. But that doesn’t mean no one is listening. Just ahead of their The Voice appearance, the band revealed that “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE” had been certified gold in the U.S.
? I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE is now certified GOLD in the US!!— MåneskinOfficial (@thisismaneskin) November 29, 2021
500k copies, this is amazing ? thxxx ??
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