Fedez in concert in 2015 throughout Pop-Hoolista Summer Tour

Federico Leonardo Lucia (born 15 October 1989 in Milan), known by his stage name Fedez, is an Italian rapper and singer. In 2011, he released the albums Penisola che non c'è and Il mio primo disco da venduto, released as free digital downloads. His first studio album, Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare, was released in 2013, and it debuted at number one on the Italian Albums Chart. The album, which spawned three singles, including the top ten hit "Cigno nero" featuring Francesca Michielin, was later certified 3 times platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.

Biography

Federico Leonardo Lucia was born in Milan on 15 October 1989. Before moving to Rozzano, he grew up between Buccinasco and Corsico, in the province of Milan. He studied at the artistic lyceum, but he left in the fourth year.

Career

In 2011, Fedez recorded his first self-produced album, Penisola che non c'è. The album, released as a free digital download, was entirely composed of songs about political and social issues. Later in 2011, Fedez signed with the label Tanta Roba, founded by Guè Pequeno and DJ Harsh. The label produced his second free album, Il mio primo disco da venduto, released as a digital download in November of the same year.

In June 2012, Fedez appeared in a new version of 883's song "Jolly Blue", included in the album Hanno ucciso l'Uomo Ragno 2012, recorded by the band's frontman Max Pezzali to celebrate the twentieth anniversary after the release of their first full-length album, Hanno ucciso l'Uomo Ragno.

In January 2013, Fedez released his first single for a major label, "Si scrive schiavitù si legge libertà". The song was later included in the album Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare, released by Sony Music on 5 March 2013. The album was additionally preceded by the top ten single "Cigno nero", performed with Francesca Michielin, which was additionally certified platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. The album debuted at number one on the Italian Albums Chart, and it was later certified triple platinum denoting sales exceeding 180,000 units. To promote the album, Fedez embarked on a tour starting from 12 April 2013 in Turin. The album additionally spawned the single "Alfonso Signorini (eroe nazionale)", whose music video features Italian TV personalities Alfonso Signorini and Raffaella Fico.

In June 2013, Fedez was additionally a guest judge throughout the auditions of the seventh season of the Italian talent show X Factor. In May 2013, it was announced that Fedez and Victoria Cabello would replace Elio and Simona Ventura as judges on the eighth season of the Italian version of X Factor alongside Morgan and Mika. His fourth studio album, Pop-Hoolista, was released on 30 September 2014. Predeced by the single "Generazione boh", the record additionally includes duets with Malika Ayane, Francesca Michielin, Noemi, Elisa and J-Ax. The album debuted atop the Italian Albums Chart, and it was certified gold one week after its release. In 2015 American singer Ariana Grande released a remixed version of her song One Last Time, featuring Fedez.

Discography

Albums

List of albums, with chart positions and certifications
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
ITA
Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare1
Pop-Hoolista
  • Released: 30 September 2014
  • Label: Newtopia, Sony Music
  • Format: CD, download
1
  • FIMI: 4× Platinum

EPs

TitleAlbum details
Pat-a-Cake
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Funk Ya Mama
  • Format: CD
Diss-Agio
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Self-produced
  • Format: CD, download

Mixtapes

TitleAlbum details
BCPT
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Blocco Recordz
  • Format: Download
Tutto il contrario Remixtape
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Harsh Times
  • Format: Download

Singles

YearTitlePeak
position
CertificationAlbum
ITA
2013"Si scrive schiavitù si legge libertà"11
  • ITA: Gold
Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare
"Dai cazzo Federico"
"Cigno nero" (with Francesca Michielin)8
  • ITA: 2x Platinum
"Alfonso Signorini (eroe nazionale)" (with Elio)32
  • ITA: Gold
"Bocciofili" (Dargen D'Amico with Fedez & Mistico)Vivere aiuta a non morire
"Nuvole di fango" (with Gianna Nannini)9
  • ITA: Gold
Sig. Brainwash - L'arte di accontentare
(Diamond Edition)
"La cassa dritta" (with Two Fingerz)Two Fingerz V
2014"Generazione boh"15
  • ITA: Platinum
Pop-Hoolista
"Magnifico" (with Francesca Michielin)1
  • ITA: 5x Platinum
2015"L'amore eternit" (with Noemi)6
  • ITA: 3x Platinum
"Seven" (with Caneda, J-Ax, Gemitaiz,
Rocco Hunt, Baby K & Emis Killa)
"One Last Time" (with Ariana Grande)6
  • ITA: 2x Platinum
My Everything - Italian Edition
"21 grammi"4
  • ITA: 2x Platinum
Pop-Hoolista Cosodipinto Edition
"Beautiful Disaster" (with Mika)5
  • ITA: Platinum
2016"Vorrei ma non posto" (with J-Ax)1
  • ITA: 5x Platinum
"—" denotes singles that didn't chart or weren't released

Awards and nominations

YearCeremonyCategoryWorkResult
2013MTV Europe Music AwardsBest Italian ActHimselfNominated
Italian MTV AwardsInstaVIP AwardHimselfWon
Superman AwardHimselfNominated
2015Lunezia AwardPop-Rap AwardPop-HoolistaWon
MTV Europe Music AwardsBest Italian ActHimselfNominated