Tiziano International

An English-language blog dedicated to Tiziano Ferro.

Last weekend Tiziano was in Rome to support his country’s rugby union team at their last Six Nations match. He seemed to be in a good mood, smiling in many pics with fans, and he also met up with Baby K.

In other news, his website has received a much needed makeover, and on his Facebook page they are currently going through his albums one by one. Perhaps a countdown of some sort? We’ll know in a few days!

Elisa’s tour has started, and Tiziano appears on the big screens during their song! In an interview she said he will be there in person at an upcoming date, but she didn’t specify which one.

Made a new version of Tiziano’s music video history!

Happy birthday to Tiziano who turns 34 today! He posted a picture on Facebook which was probably taken last year, but it’s hard to tell. I don’t think he is in Los Angeles right now.

He says “I want to thank you all for the wonderful messages, gifts and letters that I’m receiving. A birthday surrounded by love is certainly a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Back to work now!!! :)”

Tiziano’s manager Fabrizio tweeted today that pre-production of the album has begun. Not sure whether to take this as good news, because it means the actual release of the album could still be quite far away. And I’d rather have it in June than in November.

He also tweeted “BASTA DUETTI…….” when a fan suggested a duet with Alessandra Amoroso, so I guess we can assume that unlike 2013, 2014 will not be a very collaborative year. Don’t mind that at all!

Yesterday the news broke that Tiziano’s appeal against his sentence for tax evasion was rejected and he will have to pay millions of euros. Naturally the Italian media and the people jumped all over it, cause if there’s one thing they despise it’s a tax evader. Unfortunately the articles are more slanderous than informative so it’s not easy to figure out what exactly he was accused of and whether he really did something wrong. I did some research and here’s what I found out.

First of all, I was curious about the notion that the UK is somehow a “tax haven” compared to Italy, as the UK is also known for having high taxes. Apparently the UK has a tax loophole for "residents who are not domiciled", also called non-doms. If you’re a tax resident of the UK, but you are not domiciled, meaning the UK is not your home country and you do not intend to stay there permanently, then you only have to pay taxes on the income generated within the UK and on income “brought into” the UK. So foreign income and assets that stay foreign are not taxed. This is all legal. But you do have to actually be in the UK for 183 days or more to be considered a tax resident. Tiziano was accused of not spending more than half of his time in the UK, because he was always touring and doing promo in Italy. He’s not been able to prove that he was in the UK long enough, which explains the sentence and the rejected appeal. (In cases like these you have to prove your innocence, rather than the state having to prove your guilt.)

As a fan this is a tough pill to swallow because there’s no way he moved to the UK intending to evade taxes, yet that’s the picture being painted right now. They’re actually saying his UK home was “fictitious” and that his move there had “clear evasive intent”. For those of us who are familiar with his life and his diaries, a calculated move like that is unimaginable. We know he is a simple guy who has never shown any kind of greed or desire to amass millions. He’s never done any commercial endorsements, never been “the face” of some kind of product. We know he left his beloved Italy (first to Mexico, then to the UK) because it was too difficult for him to be around family and friends, too difficult to always be recognized everywhere. We know he is a good person who would never willingly break any kind of law. But I kind of understand the other side as well. If you don’t know anything about him, or you just don’t like him, it’s easy to tear him down. And with the Italian economy being as bad as it is, everyone loves a scapegoat. This loophole is a pretty ridiculous one, and it doesn’t seem like one that you’d inadvertently jump into.

Unfortunately we only have bits and pieces of information, and I doubt we’ll ever know the full story. We don’t know if he even used this loophole. We don’t know what his financial situation is really like. And we shouldn’t, that’s his business. What we do know is that the more money you have, the more difficult it becomes to file your taxes properly. He might have trusted the wrong people, listened to incompetent tax consultants. In the end Tiziano himself is responsible for what happened, and all we can say is he should’ve been more careful. But there are many, many things he should’ve done differently during that dark period (2006-2009). We are lucky he even survived it.

He’s just one of many known tax evaders in Italy, and it’s never really killed anyone’s career, so hopefully he will rise above it and release music that’s amazing enough to make people forget. No release date has been confirmed, but I’d say spring is the perfect time.

Come back soon, Tiziano! We are with you, always.

ETA: I found some reports that there will be another appeal, so it seems the battle still isn’t over.

Baby K’s new music video for “Una Seria” has a few clips of Tiziano near the end. Cute!

Here Elisa and Tiziano fondly remember an English version of “Rosso Relativo” that she wrote that was never released. Elisa says that it was horrible, while Tiziano says that it was really great. From the bit he sang, I think he’s just being nice! This is from a special about Elisa that aired this week.

The “Persone Silenziose” video just premiered on repubblica.it! You can probably view it there, but I put it on Vimeo just in case. The video is a little boring and there’s not a lot of Tiziano in it, but it fits the song well.

Tiziano has gifted us another piece of artistic output. This time he co-wrote the lyrics to “La vita e la felicità”, the original song of X Factor contestant Michele Bravi. You might remember he also co-wrote “Non ti scordar mai di me”, Giusy Ferreri’s winner’s single on X Factor. That song became a gigantic hit, and history might repeat itself, as “La vita e la felicità” is at #1 on iTunes right now. You can listen to Michele’s live rendition of it here and the studio version here.

Alessandra Amoroso’s tour started today in Milan and Tiziano was present in the crowd. He also surprised her by going up on stage, offering words of praise and support. No duet though!

Alessandra Amoroso’s tour started today in Milan and Tiziano was present in the crowd. He also surprised her by going up on stage, offering words of praise and support. No duet though!

Holiday card Tiziano designed for the magazine Sorrisi e Canzoni! “Astro Del Ciel” is the Italian version of “Silent Night”.

It’s being auctioned here.

Holiday card Tiziano designed for the magazine Sorrisi e Canzoni! “Astro Del Ciel” is the Italian version of “Silent Night”.

It’s being auctioned here.

Already two years (and a day) have passed since the release of L’amore è una cosa semplice! I don’t know about you, but I still listen to it all the time. It’s definitely become my favorite album of his. To celebrate the anniversary, here’s a tiny bit from his second book. This is actually how the book ends.

July 31st 2011, 2:49

Damn it’s late!

IT’S FINISHED!!! The album is finished. I can’t believe it. It’s still missing some instrumentals and it still needs to be mixed, but the contents, the songs, the arrangements, the heart… those are now sealed in Michele’s computer. And now? Now it starts again. Less than a year since a revolution. Who knows how much new light I will find in the eyes of the people I’m about to encounter.

And I have again entrusted a piece of my existence to the notes of a handful of songs. These songs have changed my life, and if they could improve someone else’s life, even if just a tiny bit, then I would be a happy man.

A new chapter has already started. Yesterday, before leaving, I kissed my mom twice: “One because I support you, one because you support me,” I told her… and she was moved. As always, my existence is piloted by love. Today life is a dream and I’m happy with just myself, realizing that I have everything and I don’t have to fear anything.

And it all seems natural to me, the way I feel normal in this sea of crazy we are swimming in, we who are only looking to live a decent life, a life that fits us, that cares for us through the eyes of the person that loves us.

Love is a simple thing.