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Damian David:

Damian David:

The young Italian rock band, who have a current hit in the United States with their song "Begging'," won the international Eurovision Song Contest in May, weeks after winning the biggest song contest in their home country at Sanremo Music Festival. Taking that success across the pond, Maneskin completed their first U.S. visit early this month — it included their American TV debut on The Tonight Show and a group of concerts that, for one, had them opening for The Rolling Stones. (Source: loudwire.com And in the months between the band's European consummation and their stateside breakthrough, "Beggin'" — Maneskin's sultry cover of an old pop-soul song first made famous by The Four Seasons — became not only an alternative radio hit but a crossover one. As of this week, it has spent six total weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Airplay chart. It's also been steadily climbing the Top 40, this week rising to No. 13 on the mainstream Hot 100. Just days ago, "Beggin'" was certified platinum for a million in U.S. sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. (Source:loudwire.com))

The young Italian rock band, who have a current hit in the United States with their song "Beggin'," won the international Eurovision Song Contest in May, weeks after winning the biggest song contest in their home country at Sanremo Music Festival. Taking that success across the pond, Maneskin completed their first U.S. visit early this month — it included their American TV debut on The Tonight Show and a group of concerts that, for one, had them opening for The Rolling Stones. (Source: loudwire.com)

Questioned about the band's influences, the lead singer continues, "Each one of us has different tastes and different backgrounds; we all grew up listening to different artists. I think our music is a mixture of all of that. As for vocals, I don't try to emulate anybody, but I would say that some of my favorite rock singers are [late Soundgarden and Audioslave vocalist] Chris Cornell and [Aerosmith's] Steven Tyler." (Source: loudwire.com David also mentions Led Zeppelin as having an impact on his style before our time is up. But prior to parting ways, Loudwire mentions to Maneskin that another popular music group, the recently reunited Swedish act ABBA, also started their career by winning the Eurovision Song Contest. And though the original phrase is Italian, ABBA also has a song with a very similar title to Maneskin's most recent single, 1975's "Mamma Mia." (Source:loudwire.com))

After all, Maneskin — pronounced like moan-eh-skin, the Danish word means "moonlight" — have been through this before. They originated in an area that, by their own accounts, hardly has any rock bands anymore, and, as an extension of that, didn't take them seriously when they started. But with their subsequent success, they've proven to listeners back home that they can climb music's ranks regardless. (Source: loudwire.com Maneskin, now all in their early 20s, met when they were teenage students in Rome. David recalls, "Victoria and Thomas, they had a few bands before, but they never worked out because when you're young it's really hard to find people who take it seriously. But then we met, and we found Ethan on a Facebook group. And since that very first moment, we were 100-percent focused. We were skipping school days. The way we took it very seriously made us realize that it was actually possible." (Source:loudwire.com))

 

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