Thursday, December 24, 2020

Italy - Occidentali’s Karma - Francesco Gabbani

Vinyl 7"inch single
6 - 334 pts, not in semi 
Francesco Gabbani is the winner of the 2017 Sanremo contest and he also agreed to take the ticket to Eurovision.
The winning song Occidentali’s Karma is written by Francesco Gabbani, his brother Filippo Gabbani, Fabio Ilacqua and Luca Chiaravalli.

Occidentali’s Karma (Western's Karma) is being recorded in English and Spanish.
(now where are they....)

The Eurovision edit is fully in Italian after all.
The official video is here 
On April 26 the official (full) videoclip reached the 100.000.000 views mark at Youtube (Vevo).
More than any Eurovision video ever, and the contest is still two weeks away.

Updates: One year after the video was released the ticker stands at 180.000.000.
Two Sanremo's later (2019) it's 213.078.735,  On December 26 the counter hit 250.000.000, a record for Sanremo and for a Eurovision. 

OK has been released as a digital single and can be also found on the Sanremo 2017 CD (see below).
The Eurovision version was released (digital) on April 7.

Vinile, promo's and more
Francesco Gabbani is thee King (Kong) of limited editions.
The Sanremo winner has also been released on a limited edition 7"inch single (1000 numbered copies, transparent blue vinyl) with the instrumental version on the b-side.
(Warner BMG 4050 538 8270969).
Mispressing vinyl single, pic from discogs
But Warner cheated and have pressed an extra 1500 copies numbered 1001/2500 to 2500/2500.
Mispressings of the first batch exist. They didn't turn out blue but transparant. Instant collectors item???

More Sanremo Vinyl
Warner Music Italy released three more Sanremo 2017 entries  on limited vinyl singles:
Fatti Bella Per Te - Paola Turci (red vinyl)
Togliamoci La Voglia - Raige e Giulia Luzi (yellow vinyl)
Nel Mezzo Di Un Applauso - Alessio Barnabei (blue vinyl).
Two more Vinyl Sanremo singles were released by other companies:
Tutta Colpa Mia - Elodie (Universal, pink vinyl)
Canzone Per Federica - Maldestro (Aerelive, white vinyl)

More Karma stuff
A cdsingle of Occidentali's Karma was released March 17, so far it seems to be another limited edition affair with a t-shirt. The disc includes OK, the instrumental and a version of Eternamente Ora. (BMG 5382 79820).

A 1 track promo cdsingle is also issued. It's a 3"inch cds in a 5"inch sleeve. (Promo BMG 1317)
3"inch promo, picture taken from discogs
Kyiv promo

An Italian BMG promo, also used in Kyiv (BMG 1346), includes the original version, A Benny Benassi & MazZz remix,  a Karaoke (which is ctually the full instrumental) and the song Amen.
Another promo cds is issued by Undivided records (A label from Belgium). It includes the original version, A Benny Benassi & MazZz remix, a Karaoke version and the song Amen. The Karaoke is listed as being 3:09, so I'm not sure if it's the Eurovision karaoke or the original instrumental (as on the BMG promo) with a misprint for the tracks length.

A set of 10 remixes has been released on May 5, (digital shops, see versions below.)

Gabbani's new album, titled Magellano is released in Italy on April 28. It will be released on CD, Vinyl LP and digital. The LP will also come in a limited edition white vinyl pressing (Out on May 3, exclusively for
CD: BMG 538292242 Italy
CD: BMG 538293043 Europe
LP: BMG 538292261 Italy
LP (White vinyl): BMG 538292311 Italy
The European edition titled Magellan, out on May, 12 includes one extra track: Amen from the 2016 Sanremo contest.
See tracklist below.
The Magellano album, picture from Francesco Gabbani's Facebook

Occidentali’s Karma digital single (DRI)

Not only does Gabbani's performance have an ape (inhabited by Filippo Ranaldi), he's also the first Eurovision artist ever to have ABBA in his surname. So now you know.

Last year Gabbani won the newcomers section of Sanremo with the song Amen.
He has released two albums so far: Greitist Iz in 2013 and Eternamente Ora in 2016.
He also wrote and recorded the music for the film comedy  Poveri Ma Ricchi (2016)

Magellano special edition
November 17 sees the release of a Special edition of the Magellano album. The 2CD includes a disc with live tracks recorded on Gabbani's recent tour.
Of course Occidentali's Karma is also included.

Occidentali’s Karma - Eurovision version
- digital release, Kyiv 2CD
Occidentali’s Karma - Original
- 7"inch vinyl, Sanremo CD, digital single, CD Magellano
Occidentali’s Karma - Instrumental
- 7"inch vinyl, cdsingle
Occidentali’s Karma - ESC version karaoke
- digital release, Undivided promo cds (unsure)
Occidentali’s Karma - Benny Benassi & Mazzz remix
- digital release, Undivided promo.
Occidentali's Karma - Marc Benjamin & DNMKG remix
Occidentali's Karma - Gabry Ponte remix
Remixes DRI
Occidentali's Karma - Addal remix (edit)
Occidentali's Karma -  Dj Ross & Savietto remix
Occidentali's Karma -  Molella & Valentini remix
Occidentali's Karma - Tyro Maniac remix
Occidentali's Karma - Simon from Deep Divas remix
Occidentali's Karma - Ken Holland vs Mess remix edit
Occidentali's Karma - Wlady remix (radio edit)
- all above remixes: digital release
Occidentali's Karma - Wlady remix (extended)
- various compilations
Occidentali's Karma - Ken Holland vs Mess remix extended
- 2CD DJ Selection 460
Occidentali's Karma (live)
- 2CD Magellano Special Edition (out Nov 17)
Occidentali's Karma (live in Palermo 2018)
- VA 2CD/DVD Radio Italia Live, Il Concerto

Occidentali’s Karma - English version
Occidentali’s Karma - Spanish version
- English and Spanish to be revealed (well,  probably not....).
Spotify had an Italian version without the intro for a while but that was changed. I rather think it was an error than an alternate version (Thanks Frank)

Occidentali's Karma got Platinum status in Italy after just one week of sales, double platinum in three weeks, triple in six, quadruple in 12. Five time platinum was announced on August 9.
Italy top 20: 1, 1, 1, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 6, 7, 6, 7, 8, 16, -
Switzerland top 100: 25, 79, 96, -, 43, -
Sweden top 100: 87, -
Austria top 75: 57, -
France top 200: 110, -
Spain top 50: 14, -

i Cover
A fun kids cover is released on the (digital) album Baby Dance vol. 12. It is sung by Sofia Del Baldo (watch here).
Another cover aimed at the kids (but quite crappy) by "Elsa" can be found as a digital single.
Fuori Orario made a "dance" cover better avoided. (Album Cover Medley 2).
German acoustic rock singer Meg Pfeiffer recorded an acoustic version for her digital EP Perfect Life (ESC Convention & Acoustic-Edition) which also includes a cover of the German entry.

A coverversion in English was released by South African singer Karin Bekker.
Find out more here at Eurocovers.

Quite nasty cover by Antonella Francavilla and by Pippo Scagliola are also released. The version by Fuori Orario is equally useless, but it has a dance beat.
Above coverversions have been released through digital stores, many other spoofs and covers have been uploaded to the Tube, but you'll have to sort these out for yourself.

Sanremo 2017
The Italian music festival Sanremo 2017 was  held from Februari 7 to 11.

A 2CD Sanremo 2017 was released by Universal on Februari 10.  It includes most new entries (all except Bianca Etzei) and coverversions performed at the Sanremo shows. Tracklist in picture below.

Many (new) songs participating have already been released on artists albums. (or will be released soon)
All Music Italia has a detailed list of these releases in the shops.

The cdsingle/t-Shirt box
Links and sources
Thanks to Marek and to Nigel.
Francesco Gabbani: Website, Facebook
Gabbani at Discogs
Occidendali's Karma videoclip
RAI Sanremo pages
Thanks to Frank
Go ape about Italy's recent entries 20162015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011
Tracks on the Sanremo 2017 CD
Tracklist Magellano
01. Magellano
02. Tra Le Granite E Le Granate
03. Occidentali’s Karma
04. A Moment Of Silence
05. La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi
06. Susanna, Susanna
07. Foglie Al Gelo
08. Pachidermi E Pappagalli
09. Spogliarmi
The European CD (out on May 12) also includes the track Amen as track 5. (originally on the CD Eternamente Ora). The Italian CD was released on April 28, the European edition on May 12.
European edition


  1. The Eurovision version single is available in digital music stores from 7 April

  2. I don't have the Belgian 'Undivided' promo, but the Kyiv 4-track promo has the full length (3.39) instrumental - the same as the 'official' CD single in the box with the T-shirt. Given the tracklisting is identical I would assume these two singles are therefore exactly the same.

    As far as I know the 3 minute ESC version instrumental is only available as a digital download on the EBU karaoke album (albeit in CD quality if you buy from the right online shop!)