This is crazy. I told you a couple of weeks ago that the song “Seen (Io Si) from the movie “The Life Ahead” was getting radio play.
Well, it’s turned into an actual hit on Adult Contemporary radio. Laura Pausini sings the English version of Diane Warren’s song, nominated for Best Song at this year’s Oscars.
It’s Warren’s 12th nomination for Best Song. And even though there is a lot of jockeying for the Oscar from the other nominees, this is the only one that’s turned into a HIT on the radio. I’m not sure even Diane Warren — who’s written tons of top 10 hits over the years — has seen this chart from Media Access. “Seen” is number 20, ahead of a lot of established stars’ hits!
“Seen (Io See)” is a great record, and one that deserves the Oscar. It’s entirely original, not patterned after other music in its movie. (Some of the other nominated songs are written to sound like other songs in their film.)
I hope the music branch of the Academy realizes how important it is to have an Oscar Best Song on the radio. I think they do. And breaking Pausini as a new artist in America is very exciting. Netflix, which showed “The Life Ahead” with Sophia Loren, should be sending out cannoli’s or Prosecco to celebrate!