Ligabue soon was a famous Italian rock star, finding fans mainly among younger audiences. His most famous hits include "Balliamo sul mondo", "Ho perso le parole" and the most successful of all, "Certe Notti", which was voted "Italian song of the 1990s" in a poll held by a popular music magazine. He also collaborated with another famous singer-songwriter, Francesco Guccini, who also had a part in Ligabue's first movie. In 1998 Ligabue directed his first movie, "Radiofreccia", a semi-autobiographical story about a local radio station. Critics called it surprisingly well made for a newcomer, and the film received 3 David di Donatello (the highest award of Italian cinema).
He also composed the soundtrack. Four years later he directed "Da Zero A Dieci": but this was not admired as much as the first work, either by critics or fans. On September 10, 2005, Ligabue held a concert in Reggio Emilia to celebrate his first 15 years in the music business. The concert established an European record for audience attendance (single artist, paid attendance), with a crowd of 180,000 coming to listen to his songs. Ligabue has also published a short story collection, "Fuori e dentro il Borgo", which won several literary awards, and a science-fiction novel "La neve se ne frega" (2005), which has been also made in comic book format by Panini Comics. Read more on Last.fm.
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