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EUROVISION 2019: What Next – The Runner Up: Mahmood

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

Italy: Mahmood – The runner up!

by Christopher Smith

For every winner there has to be a runner up. The runner up in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was Mahmood who sang “Soldi” (“Money”) for Italy. He wasn’t far away from the winner though, winning 472 points from the jury and the televote, just 26 short of the winner, Duncan Laurence. So where has Mahmood come from and what happens next for him?

Well, Alessandro Mahmoud was born in Milan in 1992. In 2012 he auditioned for the Italian version of The X Factor, where he was eliminated only later to return as a ‘wildcard’ before leaving at the end of the third episode. Mahmood released his debut single “Fallin’ Rain” the following year, although this did nothing. Three years later he was back when he appeared in the newcomers section of the Sanremo Music Festival with a new track “Dimentica”. In 2017 he released “Pesos” ans in 2018 “Uramaki” which finally landed him a chart placing in his home country.

Prior to the announcement that he would represent Italy at this year’s Eurovision Song Contect, Mahmood released his debut album “Gioventù bruciata” (“Wasted Youth”) which has now topped the Italian album chart and been certified Gold for sales of over 40,000 copies there. The title track was released as a single and made No.40 in Italy late last year. “Soldi” is in fact the fifth single to be lifted from the album and, unsurprisingly, has now topped the Italian singles chart selling over 150,000 copies to date (3 x Platinum certified)!

Mahmood co-wrote the song with fellow Milano DJ and producer Charlie Charles, and Dario “Dardust” Faini. Mahmood lists his favourite artists as Travis Scott, Beyoncé, Jazmine Sullivan and Spanish singer Rosalía. With both “Soldi” and “Gioventù bruciata” topping the charts, interest in Mahmood is at fever pitch and he is taking to the road this Summer across Italy with many dates already sold out. After a number of false starts, the future now looks far brighter for this talented singer and songwriter and who knows, global fame will soon follow as well!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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