Mahmood represented Italy and placed second in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with his song "Soldi", which means money. Soldi has been streamed 200 million times on Spotify, has topped the charts of Italy and reached platinum in Spain, Switzerland and Greece. This song describes Mahmood's strained relationship with his father, who only comes around when he's asking for money. The song is sung in Italian, but in the bridge, Mahmood sings Arabic words that he remembers his dad saying to him when he was young, meaning, "My son, my son, darling, come here."
"Beve champagne sotto Ramadan
Alla tv danno Jackie Chan
Fuma narghilè, mi chiede come va
Mi chiede come va, come va, come va
Sai già come va, come va, come va
Penso più veloce per capire se domani tu mi fregherai
Non ho tempo per chiarire, perché solo ora so cosa sei
È difficile stare al mondo
Quando perdi l’orgoglio
Lasci casa in un giorno
Tu dimmi se
Pensavi solo ai soldi, soldi."
"He's drinking champagne during Ramadan
On the TV they are airing Jackie Chan
He's smoking Shisha and asks me how I'm doing
He asks me how I'm doing
You alredy know how things are going
I think faster to try to figure out if you're going to fool me tomorrow
I have no time to clear things up 'cause I finally found out what you are
It hurts to be alive
When you lose your pride
You leave home out of the blue
You, tell me if
You only cared for money"
Performed by: Mahmood
Written by: Alessandro Mahmoud, Dario Faini, Paolo Alberto Monachetti
Produced by: Dardust, Charlie Charles
Source: Universal Music Italia srL.
About the Artist
Alessandro Mahmoud (Mahmood) is famous in Italy for winning the 69th annual Festival di Sanremo and for representing Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019 where he placed second with his song Soldi. Mahmood defines his music as Morocco-pop, finding it hard to fit cleanly into established genres, like rap or pop. He was born and raised in Milan to an Italian mother and an Egyptian father, and his music conveys his background. His stage name Mahmood is a mix of his family name, Mahmoud, and "My Mood."