Jovanotti, is the stage name of Italian singer-songwriter Lorenzo Cherubini.
The name Jovanotti derives from the plural form of the Italian word giovanotto ("young man"), i. e., giovanotti. Cherubini initially chose "Joe Vanotti" as his stage name, but a promotional poster for a night club incorrectly billed him as "Jovanotti" and the name stuck. (The spelling Jovanotti is anglicized; the letter J is not used in Italian words, other than those borrowed from other languages.) Jovanotti is commonly known to his fans by the diminutive form "Jova", and often refers to himself that way in promotional items and on his new Web TV channel Jova.TV, which launched October 2, 2014.
Jovanotti gradually departed from his early mix of hip hop, rap and disco, taking in funk, world music and even classical arrangements and ska influences. As his musical influences changed, so too did his lyrics, which over time began to increasingly address philosophical, religious and political issues, which are more typical of the Italian cantautore tradition. His social and political commitment increased as well. Some of his earlier work is also closer to keyboard-heavy 1980s pop.
Most of his songs are sung in Italian; he also released a Spanish-language greatest hits album. His live album includes a short version of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." Jovanotti appears on several international compilations, most notably Red Hot + Rhapsody, a 1998 tribute to George Gershwin, on which he performed "I Got Rhythm." His most famous songs are "L'Ombelico del Mondo" and "Serenata Rap." Jovanotti has also appeared in one of Luciano Pavarotti's charity concerts in 1996.
Cherubini was born on 27 September 1966 in Rome, but he spent part of his childhood in his parents' hometown, Cortona, in the Province of Arezzo (Tuscany).
After completing his high-school studies, he started working as a disc jockey in several discothèques and radio stations in the province of Rome. In 1985 he moved to Milan. Two years later, during the summer of 1987, while he was playing a DJ set in Palinuro, he met the record producer and talent scout Claudio Cecchetto, who proposed they begin working together. That same year Jovanotti released his first single, "Walking," and started working as a DJ for one of the most prominent national radio stations, Radio DeeJay, which was founded by Cecchetto five years earlier.
His first studio album, Jovanotti for President, was released in 1988 and became the symbol of the youth of the eighties, without any interest in ideologies and politics. Despite receiving strongly negative critics, the album became a big commercial success, reaching the third position on the Italian Musica e Dischi Albums Chart and selling over 400,000 copies in Italy. Moreover, the album spawned five singles, including the number-one hits, "Gimme Five" and "Gimme Five (Rasta Five)" and the songs "Go Jovanotti Go" and "Mix, Remix & The singers," which entered the Italian top 5.
In 1998, Jovanotti played a brief role in the movie I Giardini dell'Eden, directed by Alessandro D'Alatri.
The song "Piove" was released for the second season of The Sopranos as an ending credits track.
His 2005 CD, Buon Sangue, was influenced by both rock and old school hip hop. It is one of his most innovative works to date. Edoardo Bennato collaborated on one track, while bass player Saturnino co-wrote two of the songs.
In 2007 he was featured at the end of Negramaro's song, "Cade la Pioggia," of their CD, La Finestra, and in 2008 he released the new album Safari.
In 2008 he performed as guest artist on the track "Lugar Comum" from the album Encanto. At the end of 2009, he collaborated with Claudio Baglioni and Fabrizio Bosso, along with 70 other artists, in the song "Con tutto il mio cuore (with All My Heart)." On 1 January 2010 the group released "Baciami Ancora (Kiss Me Again)" for the soundtrack of a film by Gabriele Muccino.
In December 2010 he achieved a number one hit on the Italian Top 20 charts with "Tutto l'amore che ho." On January 25, 2011, he released his eighteenth album Ora. Later in 2011 he played at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.
Along with the evolution of his sound, his social and political commitment increased since the 1990s. As a convinced pacifist, he frequently worked with organizations such as Make Poverty History, Amnesty International, and he has contributed to events dedicated to debt relief (Global Call to Action Against Poverty).
Jovanotti has a friendship with Bono due to their mutual quest for the cancellation of foreign debt in poor African countries. He also collaborated with Michael Franti of Spearhead on his Capo Horn and Ora albums. Both Michael Franti and U2 misspelled his name as Giovanotti in the liner note credits.
Even though Jovanotti has never had a UK chart hit under his own name, he was briefly known in the United Kingdom as the presenter of the DEF II programme Gimme 5. The show, which featured a brief introduction each week by Jovanotti, showcased youth television programmes from around the world.
Jovanotti was behind one of two rival Gino Latino italo house tracks in the early 1990s. His Gino Latino single, "Welcome," reached Number 17 on the UK Top 75 Singles chart.
On 6 September 2008 Jovanotti married Francesca Valiani at Cortona, in the Church of Santa Maria Nuova. Their daughter Teresa was born in 1998. He dedicated the lullaby "Per te" to Teresa, one of the successes of the album Capo Horn (1999).
1988: Jovanotti for President
1989: La mia moto
1990: Giovani Jovanotti
1991: Una tribù che balla
1992: Lorenzo '92
1994: Lorenzo '94
1997: Lorenzo 1997 - L'albero
1999: Lorenzo 1999 - Capo Horn
2002: Lorenzo 2002 - Il quinto mondo
2005: Buon sangue
2015: Lorenzo 2015 CC.
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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