Blanco (singer)

Italian singer and rapper (2003-)

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Blanco
Blanco in 2022
Blanco in 2022
Background information
Birth nameRiccardo Fabbriconi
Born (2003-02-10) 10 February 2003 (age 19)
Brescia, Lombardy, Italy
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2020–present
Labels
Associated acts

Riccardo Fabbriconi (born 10 February 2003), known professionally as Blanco (commonly stylized in all caps as BLANCO), is an Italian singer, rapper and songwriter.[1] He rose to fame following the success of his singles "Mi fai impazzire" and "La canzone nostra". In 2022, he won the Sanremo Music Festival 2022 alongside Mahmood with the song "Brividi", and will represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin.

Early life

Riccardo Fabbriconi was born in Brescia[2] on 10 February 2003, to a father from Rome and a mother from Lombardy, and raised in Calvagese della Riviera, a small town on Lake Garda. He spent most of his childhood between his hometown, Brescia and Desenzano del Garda, where he attended school.[3] During childhood, his father introduced him to artists such as Lucio Battisti, Lucio Dalla and Pino Daniele, and he also enjoyed most pop radio; growing up, he was involved in the Italian hip hop scene.[4]

Career

2020-2021: "Mi fai impazzire" and Blu celeste

In June 2020, he released on SoundCloud his EP Quarantine Paranoid, thanks to which he was noticed and signed by Universal and Island Records.[5] He subsequently released his debut single "Belladonna (Adieu)",[6] followed by his second single "Notti in bianco",[7] which became a sleeper hit in the summer of 2021, peaking at number two on FIMI's singles chart.[8] On 8 January 2021, Blanco, Mace and Salmo released the collaborative single "La canzone nostra".[9] It became Blanco's first single to peak at number one on FIMI's singles chart[10] and was certified quintuple platinum, having sold 350,000 copies.[11]

On 26 February 2021, Blanco released his single "Paraocchi",[12] which also reached the top ten of FIMI's singles chart.[13] On 18 June 2021, he released the hit single "Mi fai impazzire" in collaboration with Sfera Ebbasta;[14] it peaked at number one on FIMI's singles chart for eight consecutive weeks[15] and was certified sextuple platinum, having sold 420,000 copies.[11]

On 10 September 2021, Blanco released his debut studio album Blu celeste, containing nine original tracks produced by Michelangelo, as well as the previously published singles "Notti in bianco", "Ladro di fiori" and "Paraocchi".[16] The album, which debuted atop FIMI's album chart, was certified as a gold record a week after its release, having sold 250,000 album-equivalent units, and as a platinum record the following week.[11] Simultaneously, the lead single of the same name debuted at number one on FIMI's singles chart and Blanco's songs occupied the entire top ten; furthermore, all twelve tracks included in the album appeared concomitantly on the chart.[17] In November 2021, the track "Finché non mi seppelliscono" was selected as a radio single.[18]

2022-present: Sanremo and Eurovision Song Contest

In December 2021, RAI announced that Mahmood and Blanco would be participating together in the Sanremo Music Festival 2022 with the song "Brividi".[19] They later won the competition with over fifty percent of the vote and subsequently confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 as Italy's representatives.[20] Critics commented how for the first time in the history of the festival a performance put on the same level homosexual and heterosexual love.[21] "Brividi" recorded over 3.3 million streams in 24 hours, becoming the most-streamed song in a single day on Spotify in Italy.[22] It debuted at number one on FIMI's singles chart[23] and peaked at number fifteen on the Global 200.[24]

Blanco was chosen by the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) to introduce Pope Francis's meeting with young people at Piazza San Pietro on 18 April. He performed "Blu celeste" accompanied by Michelangelo.[25] The choice was criticized by the bishop of Ventimiglia, Monsignor Antonio Suetta [it], who thought the message expressed through Blanco's performance was "not suitable to a catholic context"; however, a representative of the CEI, Don Michele Falabretti, replied to the concerns and restated the decision to invite Blanco to the event.[26]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
ITA
[27]
SWI
[28]
Blu celeste
  • Released: 10 September 2021
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
1 11

Singles

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
ITA
[30]
LTU
[31]
LUX
[32]
SPA
[33]
SWI
[34]
"Belladonna (Adieu)" 2020 Non-album single
"Notti in bianco" 2 Blu celeste
"Ladro di fiori" 16
  • FIMI: Platinum
"La canzone nostra"
(with Mace and Salmo)
2021 1
  • FIMI: 5× Platinum
Obe
"Paraocchi" 3
  • FIMI: 3× Platinum
Blu celeste
"Mi fai impazzire"
(with Sfera Ebbasta)
1 56
  • FIMI: 6× Platinum
Non-album single
"Blu celeste" 1
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum
Blu celeste
"Finché non mi seppelliscono" 3
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum
"Brividi"
(with Mahmood)
2022 1 3 11 95 1
  • FIMI: 4× Platinum
TBA
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Guest appearances

List of non-single appearances on compilation albums or other artists' albums, with chart positions, album name and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
ITA
[30]
"Tutti muoiono"
(Madame featuring Blanco)
2021 28 Madame
"Dio perdonami"
(Blanco & Drast)
48 Red Bull 64 Bars: The Album
"Nemesi"
(Marracash featuring Blanco)
4
  • FIMI: Platinum
Noi, loro, gli altri

Other charted songs

List of charting songs that were never released as singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
ITA
[30]
"Sai cosa c'è" 2021 4
  • FIMI: Platinum
Blu celeste
"Lucciole" 5
  • FIMI: Platinum
"Mezz'ora di sole" 6
  • FIMI: Gold
"Figli di puttana" 8
  • FIMI: Gold
"Pornografia (Bianco paradiso)" 10
  • FIMI: Gold
"Afrodite" 15
  • FIMI: Gold
"David" 19
  • FIMI: Gold

Videography

Year Title Director Ref.
2020 "Notti in bianco" Simone Peluso [35]
"Ladro di fiori"
2021 "La canzone nostra"
(with Mace and Salmo)
YouNuts! [36]
"Paraocchi" Simone Peluso [35]
"Mi fai impazzire"
(with Sfera Ebbasta)
Andrea Folino [37]
"Afrodite" Simone Peluso [35]
"David"
"Pornografia (Bianco Paradiso)"
"Finché non mi seppelliscono"
"Lucciole"
"Sai cosa c'è"
"Blu celeste"
"Figli di puttana"
"Mezz'ora di sole"
2022 "Brividi"
(with Mahmood)
Attilio Cusani [38]

Tours

  • Blu celeste Tour (2022)

Awards and nominations

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, award category, nominee(s) of the award, and the result of the nomination
Year Award ceremony Category Work Result Ref.
2021 SEAT Music Awards Single Award "Notti in bianco" Won [39]
"La canzone nostra" Won
"Mi fai impazzire" Won
2022 Sanremo Music Festival Big Artists "Brividi" 1st Place [20]
Eurovision Song Contest N/A Pending [20]

References

  1. ^ Biazzetti, Claudio (19 May 2021). "Chi è Blanco: la vita del cantante de La Canzone Nostra". Red Bull. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  2. ^ Tomelli, Mauro (19 September 2021). "Blanco, il primo album è Blu celeste: "Niente etichette, io sto bene così"". Vanity Fair (in Italian). Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Chi è Blanco: la vita del cantante de La Canzone Nostra". Red Bull (in Italian). Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  4. ^ Benedetta Borioni (22 June 2020). "15 domande a Blanco sul suo singolo d'esordio "Belladonna (Adieu)"". i-D. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  5. ^ "BLANCO e Sfera Ebbasta fuori con "Mi fai impazzire"". Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  6. ^ Cristina Breuza (24 June 2020). "Blanco pubblica Belladonna (Adieu)". Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  7. ^ Simone Zani (31 July 2020). "Blanco Notti In Bianco: un racconto trasgressivo e romantico". All Music Italia. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 37 (dal 10.09.2021 al 16.09.2021)". FIMI. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  9. ^ Benedetta Borioni (8 January 2021). "In viaggio con MACE, Salmo e Blanco". i-D. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 3 (dal 15.01.2021 al 21.01.2021)". FIMI. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  11. ^ a b c "Certificazioni". FIMI. Retrieved 6 February 2022. Type "Tutti gli anni" in the section "Anno" and "Blanco" in the section "Filtra".
  12. ^ "BLANCO non si ferma: dopo il platino arriva il nuovo brano "Paraocchi"". Billboard Italia. 22 February 2021. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  13. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 36 (dal 03.09.2021 al 09.09.2021)". FIMI. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Blanco e Sfera Ebbasta, il testo di Mi fai impazzire il nuovo singolo". Sky TG24. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  15. ^ Andrea Picariello (26 July 2021). "Classifiche: "Mi fai impazzire" è il singolo più venduto in Italia". 4Quarti Magazine. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  16. ^ Claudio Todesco (10 September 2021). "Ma sei normale, Blanco?". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  17. ^ "Blanco occupa tutta la top 10 della classifica dei singoli". Rolling Stone Italia. 18 September 2021. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  18. ^ Paola Corradini (10 November 2021). "Blanco - Finchè Non Mi Seppelliscono (Radio Date:2-11-2021)". EarOne. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  19. ^ Santos, Pedro (4 December 2021). "Italy: Artists for Sanremo 2022 revealed". Eurovisionworld. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  20. ^ a b c "Mahmood and Blanco win the Sanremo Festival and agree to represent Italy in Eurovision 2022". Spain's News. 6 February 2022. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  21. ^ "Se gli amori (gay o etero) hanno pari dignità, a Sanremo". Corriere della Sera. 2 February 2022. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  22. ^ "Mahmood e Blanco conquistano Spotify, "Brividi" nella top 5 globale". Il Messaggero. 3 February 2022. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  23. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 5 (dal 28.01.2022 al 03.02.2022)". FIMI. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  24. ^ "Billboard Global 200 – Week of February 19, 2022". Billboard. 15 February 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  25. ^ "Blanco ha cantato "Blu Celeste" in Vaticano davanti a 57mila adolescenti". Sky TG24. 19 April 2022. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  26. ^ Paolo Rodari (17 April 2022). "I brividi di Blanco per la piazza del Papa: "Abbiamo scelto lui per la capacità di attirare i giovani"". la Repubblica. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  27. ^ "Italian Charts - Blanco - Albums". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  28. ^ "Discographie Blanco". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  29. ^ "Certificazioni - FIMI". www.fimi.it (in Italian). Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  30. ^ a b c
  31. ^ "2022 6-os savaitės klausomiausi (TOP 100)". AGATA. Retrieved 21 February 2022.
  32. ^ "Luxembourg Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 21 February 2022.
  33. ^ "Brividi". EPDM. Retrieved 21 February 2022.
  34. ^ "Blanco Charts". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  35. ^ a b c Andrea Conti (10 September 2021). "Blanco a FqMagazine: "Il sesso? È passionale e carnale. Mi sono allontanato da una relazione tossica andando per la mia strada. Tra dieci anni spero di essere felice e vivo"". Il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  36. ^ "Mace Salmo Blanco fuori il trasgressivo e folle video de "La canzone nostra" diretto da YouNuts!". All Music Italia (in Italian). 11 January 2021. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  37. ^ "Blanco e Sfera Ebbasta, è uscito il video di 'Mi fai impazzire'". Rolling Stone. 7 July 2021. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  38. ^ Musillo, Alessia (2 February 2022). "Il video di Brividi di Mahmood e Blanco è una pedalata su una bici di cristallo nella periferia di Amsterdam". Elle Decor (in Italian). Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  39. ^ "Blanco: tre premi ai Seat Music Awards e la sua dedica per le persone che non ci sono più sulle noti di "Blu celeste"". All Music Italia (in Italian). 10 September 2021. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by Sanremo Music Festival winner
with Mahmood
2022
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
with Mahmood
2022
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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