Like Prince Charming looking for the owner of the glass slipper, reclusive Italian singing legend Mina launched a social media campaign Tuesday to identify who wrote a song on her upcoming album, said the Italian press agency ANSA.
The demo, entitled This Song (Questa Canzone), was sent to the pop superstar without a name or return address, yet made its way onto her new album set for release in November.
“We're enlisting the web to help bring forth the composer,” says her official site, where as of Tuesday fans can listen to the mastered track sung by Mina and accompanied by an animated video that narrates the mysterious origins of the song. The singer is also using the occasion to launch her official facebook page www.facebook.com/mina.
Mina, 70, is reckoned by many the finest female pop singer Italy has produced. Her life story will be the subject of Pedro Almodóvar's next film called, simply, “Mina”.
Louis Armstrong once called her ”the greatest white singer in the world”, and Sarah Vaughn said that she would have liked to have Mina's voice if she did not have her own.
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