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Cue the mandolins: New law would put more Italian songs on radio

Jerrold Colten

Bloomberg

 /  Tue, February 19, 2019  /  10:05 am
Cue the mandolins: New law would put more Italian songs on radio

Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars may face some stiff competition on the Italian airwaves, if a League party lawmaker gets his way. (Shutterstock/Barna Tanko)

Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars may face some stiff competition on the Italian airwaves, if a League party lawmaker gets his way.

National radio stations would have to play more Italian music under a proposal by League party lawmaker Alessandro Morelli, Ansa news agency reports. At least one-third of all songs would have to be from an Italian singer or songwriter, according to Ansa.

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At least 10 percent of songs would have to be from young artists and minor labels, according to the report. Support for local music needs to be as wide-ranging as possible, Morelli was quoted as saying. The proposed legislation is still in a preliminary stage.

The rightist League party, which governs in a contentious coalition with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, has made headlines by trying to keep migrants out of the country, thumbing its nose at neighboring France and asserting the primacy of Italian values.

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