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Francesca Michielin

Francesca Michielin
Birth name Francesca Michielin
Born (1995-02-25) 25 February 1995
Bassano del Grappa, province of Vicenza, Italy
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2011–present
Labels Sony Music (2012–present)
Associated acts
Website .itfrancescamichielin

Francesca Michielin (born 25 February 1995) is an Italian singer-songwriter. She rose to fame after winning the fifth series of the Italian talent show X Factor. Her first single, "Distratto", debuted atop the Italian FIMI Top Digital Downloads chart and was certified double platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Michielin's debut studio album, Riflessi di me, was released in October 2012, preceded by the single "Sola".

She also appeared as a featured artist on Italian rapper Fedez's singles "Cigno nero" and "Magnifico", both of which achieved commercial success in Italy.


  • Early life 1
  • Music career 2
    • X Factor (2011–2012) 2.1
    • After X Factor 2.2
  • Discography 3
    • Studio albums 3.1
    • Extended plays 3.2
    • Singles 3.3
      • As lead singer 3.3.1
      • As featured artist 3.3.2
    • Album appearances 3.4
    • Music videos 3.5
  • Awards and nominations 4
  • References 5

Early life

Michielin was born in Bassano del Grappa, to Vanna Moro[1] and Tiziano Michielin.[2] She has an older brother, Filippo.[2] Her first approach with playing music came studying piano, and she later started studying bass too.[3] At the age of fourteen, she started singing in her hometown's gospel choir.[4] Thanks to her brother, she developed an interest in rock music, and she later focused on artists like Bon Iver, Jeff Buckley and Damien Rice.[5]

Music career

X Factor (2011–2012)

Michielin auditioned for the fifth series of X Factor in 2011,[6] singing Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love".[5] Mentored by Simona Ventura, during the live shows she performed songs including Adele's "Someone Like You",[7] "Roadhouse Blues" by The Doors,[8] and "Higher Ground".[9]

On December 29, 2011, during the semi-final, Michielin sang for the first time the previously unreleased song "Distratto", written by Elisa and Roberto Casalino.[10] The following week in the finals on January 5, 2012, she was announced the winner, beating runner up vocal group I Moderni.[11] Michielin's prize was a recording contract with Sony Music, with a stated value of € 300,000.[12]

After X Factor

Her debut single "Distratto" was released as a digital download EP on 6 January 2012.[13] On 12 January 2012, the song debuted at number one on the Italian Singles Chart,[14][15] and it was later certified double platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry, for domestic downloads exceeding 60,000 units.[16] The song was included in Michielin's debut Extended Play, Distratto, physically released on 24 January 2012.[17] The EP includes re-recorded versions of some of the songs she performed during the live shows. On 17 February 2012, Michielin appeared as a guest during the fourth night of the 62nd Sanremo Music Festival, performing the song "Al posto del mondo" with contestant Chiara Civello.[18]

Michielin's second single, "Sola", was released on 31 August 2012. The single preceded her debut studio album, Riflessi di me, featuring collaborations with producer Andrea Rigonat and singer-songwriters Elisa and Roberto Casalino.[19] Michielin also contributed writing three songs on the album, including the title-track,[20] co-written with Elisa and Virginio Simonelli.[21] Riflessi di me later spawned the singles "Tutto quello che ho" and "Se cadrai". In March 2013, Michielin was featured on the song "Cigno nero" by Italian rapper Fedez. The song, co-written by Michielin herself, was included in Fedez's album Sig. Brainwash − L'arte di accontentare and was released as its second single.[22][23]

On 28 March 2014, Michielin released a new single, "Amazing".[24] The song, entirely composed in English, was written by Michielin with Fausto Cogliati and Negin Djafari for the Italian version of the soundtrack of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.[25][26] In April of the same year, Michielin confirmed she was working on a new album.[26]

In 2014, Michielin also returned working with Fedez, recording the track "Magnifico" for his album Pop-Hoolista.[27] After being released as the album's second single, the song reached the second spot of the Italian Top Digital chart, and it was certified gold by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.[28][29][30]


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Riflessi di me
  • Released: 2 October 2012
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download

Extended plays

Title EP details Peak chart positions
  • Released: 24 January 2012
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download


As lead singer

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album or EP
"Distratto" 2012 1
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum[16]
"Sola" 13
  • FIMI: Gold[16]
Riflessi di me
"Tutto quello che ho"
"Se cadrai" 2013
"Amazing" 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Italian version)

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album or EP
"Cigno nero"
(Fedez feat. Francesca Michielin)
2013 8
  • FIMI: Platinum[29]
Sig. Brainwash − L'arte di accontentare
(Fedez feat. Francesca Michielin)
2014 2
  • FIMI: Platinum[29]

Album appearances

List of other album appearances
Contribution Year Album
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"[32] 2014 X Factor Christmas 2014

Music videos

Title Year Director(s)
"Distratto"[33] 2012 Stefano Sollima
"Sola"[34] Marco Salom
"Tutto quello che ho"[35]
"Se cadrai"[36] 2013
"Cigno nero"[37] N/A
"Amazing"[38] 2014 Gaetano Morbioli
"Magnifico"[39] Cosimo Alemà

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nomination Work Result
2012 Premio Videoclip Italiano Best Video by an Emerging Artist[40] "Distratto" Won
Rockol Awards Most Promising Italian Artist/Italian Revelation of the Year[41] Herself Won


  1. ^ Gian Maria Collicelli (9 January 2012). "Francesca torna fra i banchi ma solo per un'ora. Poi diretta a Radio 105".  
  2. ^ a b "X Factor, Francesca torna a casa".  
  3. ^ Stefano Rossi (8 January 2012). """X-Factor, Francesca? "Talento naturale. Il Giornale di Vicenza (in Italian). Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Francesca - Il Profilo" (in Italian).  
  5. ^ a b Andrea Laffranchi (7 January 2012). """Francesca, scuola e rock. "Così non mi brucerò.  
  6. ^ "Francesca Michielin - Biografia" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2012-01-16. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Eleonora Cazzaro (18 November 2011). """Francesca incanta "X Factor". "La rivelazione sei tu. Corriere del Veneto (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2014-02-01. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Per X Factor semifinale a doppia eliminazione, Venditti ospite della serata" (in Italian).  
  9. ^ "Tv: X Factor, domani la sfida tra i magnifici 9" (in Italian).  
  10. ^ Gian Maria Collicelli (30 December 2011). "La sedicenne di Bassano conquista la finalissima". Corriere del Veneto (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2012-03-04. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Carlo Moretti (6 January 2012). "X Factor, vince Francesca e tra Asia e Morgan scoppia la pax televisiva".  
  12. ^ "X Factor 5: la storia del successo di Francesca Michelin" (in Italian). RSS Notizie. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Distratto (X Factor 2011) - EP di Francesca Michielin" (in Italian).  
  14. ^ "Musica: classifiche, ancora in vetta 'L'amore e' una cosa semplice' di Tiziano Ferro" (in Italian).  
  15. ^ a b Peak positions on the Italian FIMI Top Digital Download:
    • For "Distratto": "Top Digital Download - Classifica settimanale dal 02/01/2012 al 08/01/2012" (in Italian).  
    • For "Sola": "Archivio - Top Digital Download - Classifica settimanale WK 42 (dal 15-10-2012 al 21-10-2012)" (in Italian).  
  16. ^ a b c "Italian single certifications" (in Italian).   Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Click Avvia la ricerca
  17. ^ "Distratto, il CD di Francesca Michielin" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  18. ^ Matteo Cruccu (18 February 2012). "Giovani, vince il quindicenne Casillo. Eliminati Matia Bazar e Chiara Civello".  
  19. ^ "Francesca Michielin non canta più da Sola".  
  20. ^ "I riflessi di un talento: il disco della reginetta di X Factor".  
  21. ^ "Esce l'album d'esordio di Francesca Michielin" (in Italian). 1 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Il Cigno nero di Fedez".  
  23. ^ "Francesca Michielin duetta con Fedez in Cigno nero" (in Italian).  
  24. ^ Gianluca Guido (25 March 2014). "Francesca Michielin - Amazing (Radio Date: 28-03-2014)" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  25. ^ "Francesca Michielin canta Spiderman... Amazing" (in Italian).  
  26. ^ a b Mattia Marzi (14 April 2014). "'"Francesca Michielin su 'Amazing': 'E' un onore far parte di questo progetto (in Italian). Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  27. ^ Alessandro Alicandri. "Fedez è Pop-Hoolista: tutto sul nuovo album".  
  28. ^ "Magnifico: torna il duetto Fedez-Michielin".  
  29. ^ a b c "Italian single certifications – Fedez feat. Francesca Michielin" (in Italian).   Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Fedez feat. Francesca Michielin in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  30. ^ a b Peak positions for Michielin's featured singles on the Italian Chart:
    • For "Cigno nero": "Top Digital Download - Classifica settimanale WK 18 (dal 29/04/2013 al 05/05/2013)" (in Italian).  
    • For "Magnifico": "Classifiche - Top Digital" (in Italian).  
  31. ^ a b "Italian Charts - Francesca Michielin - Albums". / Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  32. ^ "X Factor Christmas 2014: festeggia Natale con noi!" (in Italian).  
  33. ^ "Argentero nel video di Francesca (X Factor)" (in Italian).  
  34. ^ "Francesca Michielin è Sola su Sky Uno" (in Italian).  
  35. ^ "Musica: da venerdì in radio Tutto quello che ho, nuovo singolo di Michielin" (in Italian).  
  36. ^ "Francesca Michielin: video sulla neve per Se cadrai" (in Italian).  
  37. ^ "Fedez e Francesca Michielin insieme per Cigno nero: guarda il video ufficiale".  
  38. ^ "Francesca Michielin canta Amazing nel film The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (in Italian). Velvet Music. 31 March 2014. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  39. ^ Chiara Cioccariello (1 November 2014). "Fedez e Francesca Michielin: ‘Magnifico’, il video del nuovo singolo" (in Italian). Tribuna Italia. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  40. ^ "PVI e Premio Videoclip Indipendente: ecco i vincitori. Oggi la premiazione" (in Italian). 29 November 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-12-02. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  41. ^ "Musica, Rockol Awards, vincono Ramazzotti, Celentano e Green Day" (in Italian).  
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Italian X Factor

Succeeded by
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