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Raphael Gualazzi: Sugar Music signs the Italian breakthrough artist with the Blue Note division of EMI Music France

Paris, Thursday 28th June 2012, EMI Music France announces a deal with Sugar Music for the signing of the multitalented Italian breakthrough artist Raphael Gualazzi.

Raphael Gualazzi, the multitalented Italian artist discovered by Caterina Caselli Sugar and launched by Sugar Music, won the Young Talent Section of the 2011 Festival of Sanremo with ‘Follia d’Amore’. At the Festival, he also won the Critics Award, Press and Media Award and the Assomusica Award for Best Performance. His success at the festival allowed him to be the first Italian representative for the past 13 years to take part at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf (ESC 2011) with the English version of ‘Follia d’Amore’ called “Madness of Love”, reaching a remarkable 2nd place at the competition, and winning the Jury Awards with the same song.

Raphael’s latest album ‘Reality and Fantasy’ -written, produced and arranged by Gualazzi himself -, was first released in Spring 2011 on Sugar Music Label and has sold more than 100.000 copies to date, making it Platinum in Italy. This album is made of catchy modern melodies inspired by Jazz and Soul music. From October 2011 till May 2012 the ‘Reality and Fantasy European Tour’ saw Raphael performing in the most prestigious stages of Italy, with a number of sold out concerts,  and over 100 gigs all around Europe, culminated in May 2012 with two concerts in Germany, where he performed with the WDR Big Band.

EMI Music will reissue on the Blue Note label Gualazzi’s first album ‘Reality and Fantasy”including 6 bonus tracks in September 2012.

Festival di Sanremo “Mia Martini” Critics Award 2011 Winner
Festival di Sanremo Press and Media Award 2011 Winner
Festival di Sanremo New Talent Section 2011 Winner
SIAE Awards – Best new talent and composer – 2011 Winner
Assomusica Awards – Best live performance at the Sanremo Festival – 2011 Winner
Eurovision Song Contest 2011: 2nd position with “Madness of Love”
Eurovision Song contest 2011:  Jury Awards Winner



About EMI Music
EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies, representing artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Latin, Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Records Nashville, Manhattan, Parlophone, Virgin Classics and Virgin Records. the Blue Note division of  EMI Music France includes the artists Hindi Zahra, Stacey Kent, Avishaï Cohen, Erik Truffaz and St Germain.

About Sugar Music
Sugar Music is the number-one independent music publisher and record producer in Italy and one of the most important in Europe. Run by Filippo Sugar, it is a family business following the steps of founder Ladislao Sugar since 1932. Over the years the Sugar company has built up an impressive catalogue of modern classical works by distinguished composers, while continuing to invest in the creation of popular music with over 90.000 copyrighted international fame songs. Through the recent acquisition of the CAM catalogue, Sugar is now a leading brand in movie soundtracks and film music internationally. Aside publishing, Sugar renowned and extremely effective talent scouting abilities that were the founding pillars of Andrea Bocelli’s world-wide success since 1993, have continued to perform under deputy chairman Caterina Caselli Sugar.


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