Throughout the course of an ever-evolving 25-year career consisting of 12 albums and worldwide record sales in excess of 5 million units, socially conscious Italian superstar Jovanotti has notched eight #1 albums and ten #1 singles. Initially influenced by artists like the Beastie Boys, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Run DMC, Jovanotti first exploded onto the scene with his debut album “Jovanotti for President”, which established him as the only Italian to break through as a rapper and turned him into the face of the youth, selling over 400,000 copies and slating multiple #1 hits. More recently, his 2008 album “Safari” debuted at #1 and sold over 600,000 copies, and his 2011 album “Ora” also sold over 600,000 copies, making them the best selling titles in Italy those years. Today, Jovanotti continues to crank out #1 hits and is the most-followed Italian on Twitter with over 1.2 million followers, cementing his place as Italy’s most emblematic artist.
Constantly reinventing himself, Jovanotti has incorporated different styles of music into his own and has collaborated with a wide variety of artists, including Amadou & Mariam, Gogol Bordello, Juanes, Ben Harper, Bomba Estereo, Michael Franti, TV on the Radio, Bono, Carlinhos Brown, Jorge Drexler, the Beastie Boys and the late Luciano Pavarotti. A multi-generational icon, Jovanotti has been on the covers of Italian editions of renowned magazines Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone, and many more. His socially-conscious lyrics and progressive activism have had serious impact; the anthemic 2000 song “Cancella il Debito”, coupled with Bono’s support, played a part in getting then-Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema to reduce debt in developing African countries.
Jovanotti consistently sells out stadiums and arenas in his native Italy, and performs on the world’s biggest stages. As his international imprint continues to grow, his music and high-energy live shows reach new territories and captivate new audiences. In 2012, Jovanotti played some of the United States’ most well-known festivals, including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Austin City Limits. Soon, he will be performing for fans across Latin America, where hits like “Serenata Rap” resonated loudly throughout the continent.