Laura Pausini, omri is an Italian pop singer-songwriter, record producer and television personality. As a child, she was encouraged by her father to join him during his performances in local piano bars. After competing in local singing contests, Pausini signed her first recording contract. She rose to fame in 1993, winning the newcomer artists’ section of the 43rd Sanremo Music Festival with her debut single “La solitudine”, which became an Italian standard and an international hit, topping the charts in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. Her eponymous debut album was released in Italy on 23 April 1993 and later became an international success, selling two million copies worldwide.
“La solitudine” was selected as one of the entries in the newcomer artists’ section of the 43rd Sanremo Music Festival. Pausini performed it for the first time on 23 February 1993, during the first semifinal of the contest. After being admitted to the final, held on 27 February 1993, she won the competition, receiving 7,464 votes from the juries and beating Gerardina Trovato with “Ma non ho più la mia città”, who took second place with 7,209 votes. The song also became a commercial success in Italy, peaking at number one on the Italian Musica e dischi singles chart in March 1993 and maintaining the top spot for three consecutive weeks, and it is still one of Pausini’s best-known hits.
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