On September 20th, Italian singer and Eurovision 2014 participant Emma Marrone announced on Instagram that she would be taking a break from performing and recording music.
The pop star has sold over a million singles, and almost 20 of her singles have been certified gold, platinum, or multiplatinum in the span of her over 15-year-long career. She was the runner-up in Sanremo 2011 and won the contest in 2012. Her Eurovision entry, “La Mia Città,” was certified gold and charted in the top 25 in Italy, despite only coming 21st in the contest.
But last month, Marrone stated that she would be taking a break “to face a health problem.” The picture is a John Lennon quote from his song “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” in Italian, which reads “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
Marrone does not state how long the break may last. However, she did state that she “will come back stronger than before.”
Before the break, however, Emma Marrone released a single earlier last month. The track “Io Sono Bella,” which means I am Beautiful, charted at #33 on the Italian charts last month.
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
Italy was one of the seven original countries that competed at the first Eurovision Song Contest in Switzerland in 1956. The country has won twice in its long history: in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti and the song “N’on ho L’età” and in 1990 with Toto Cotugno and the song “Insieme: 1992.” The most recent Italian entry is “Soldi” by Mahmood, which came second out of 41.
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