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Giusy Ferreri

Background information
Birth name Giuseppa Gaetana Ferreri
Also known as Gaetana
Born April 17, 1979 (1979-04-17) (age 30)
Origin Palermo, Italy
Genres Pop, Blues, Rock
Years active 2005–Present
Labels Sony Music Italy

Giusy Ferreri (born Giuseppa Gaetana Ferreri on 17 April 1979 in Palermo, Italy) is an Italian singer-songwriter. In 2008 Giusy took part at the first Italian edition of the talent show X Factor, in which she came second. Her vocal qualities have been compared to Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and Amy Winehouse.

Between 2008 and 2009, Ferreri sold 900,000 copies of her first EP and debut album.



In June 2008 Sony BMG Italy released the debut EP by Ferreri, which includes her first single Non Ti Scordar Mai Di Me written by Italian pop singer Tiziano Ferro, and five covers of classic songs from the 60s-70s. The single held the number one position of the Italian singles chart for an impressive fifteen consecutive weeks, becoming one of the most successful tracks ever on that chart. The album debuted at the top spot of the Italian album chart and stayed there for eleven consecutive weeks. It went on to be certified 4x platinum denoting over 300,000 copies shipped[1].


Debut album: Gaetana

In October 2008 the song Novembre, the first single from Ferreri's official debut album Gaetana, was released. The tune debuted at number one in Italy and held the top for eight weeks so far. The album was released on 14 November 2008. It debuted at number one on the iTunes Italy chart and subsequently peaked at #2 on the Italian FIMI albums chart, selling over 80,000 copies in its first week of release[2]. The album sold so far over 400,000 copies in Italy. The second single from the album, "Stai Fermo Lì", was announced on 8 January 2009 and was released in Italy on 16 January 2009. The third single off the album was "La Scala (The Ladder)", originally written by Linda Perry and translated in Italian by singer Tiziano Ferro. The song peaking at #27 on the FIMI singles chart and at #49 on the Greece Singles Chart.

Cover album: Fotografie

On 20 November 2009 her second album was released across Europe, while debuting at #10 on the Italian FIMI albums chart. The first single is a cover of Ma il Cielo è Sempre Più Blu by Rino Gaetano.

Fotografie is an album that was born from the artistic Giusy Ferreri confronting songwriters of high thickness. The songs chosen directly by Giusy are part of his musical knowledge: I Was Made To Love Magic by Nick Drake, with a rose by Vinicio Capossela, Paolo Benvegnù Portrait The Sea, by Jerome Kern Yesterdays (song played in the past by Billie Holiday) , Hello Love Hello Luigi Tenco and Estate of Bruno Martino.

Fotografie was born thanks to the comparison and collaboration with Tiziano Ferro proposed to Giusy Ferreri tracks of large international authors and renovated in the key Italian, in order to be able to honor some of the world: Vilarejo (Little Village) of Brazilian singer Marisa Monte, Como Quieres Que Te Quieras (How do you think I can love you) by Rosario Flores, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee (Miss Dynamite) by Ms. Dynamite and I Was Made To Love Magic (Magic is my lover) by Nick Drake .



Year Name Sales and certifications Charts





BEL (Wa)

2008 Gaetana
  • Total Sales: 620,000+
  • Italy Certification: Diamond (7x platinum)
  • Swiss Certification: Gold
  • Greek Certification: 2x platinum
2 20 2 5 52 21
2009 Fotografie
  • Total Sales: 135,000+
  • Certification IFPI: —
  • Certification FIMI: 1XPlatinum
  • Certification FIMI: —
10 87 16


Year Name Sales and certifications Charts



2008 Non ti scordar mai di me
  • Total Sales: 300,000+
  • Certification FIMI: 4xPlatinum


Year Title Charts Album
2005 Il Party Gaetana
2008 Non Ti Scordar Mai Di Me 1 26 1 14 7 14
Novembre 1 65 7 18 24
2009 Stai Fermo Lì 15 59
La Scala (The Ladder) 27 49 177
Ma il Cielo è Sempre Più Blu 2 44 Fotografie
2010 Come Pensi Possa Amarti 45
Il Mare Verticale

Awards and nominations

Yeat Award Category Result
2008 Venice Music Awards Best New Artist Winner
2008 M.E.I. Best Newcomer Winner
2008 Italians note in the world Act of the Year Winner
2009 Premio Tributo ad Augusto 2009 Best New Song-writer Winner
2009 TRL Awards Italians Do It Better Nomination
2009 Wind Music Awards Diamond Certification "Gaetana" Winner
2009 Wind Music Awards 4x Platinum Certification "Non ti scordar mai di me" Winner
2009 Gran Festival Mediterráneo with "Novembre" Winner
2009 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Italian Act Nomination
2010 European Border Breakers Award Best Italian Artist Winner

Music videos

Year Song Director
2005 "Il Party" Cosimo Alemà
2008 "Non Ti Scordar Mai Di Me"
2009 "Stai Fermo Lì" Gaetano Morbioli
"Nunca Te Olvides De Mi"
"La Scala (The Ladder)"


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