Pinguini Tattici Nucleari is Riccardo Zanotti’s project (born in 1994, voice, composer and author of all the lyrics), together with Elio Biffi, Nicola Buttafuoco, Matteo Locati, Simone Pagani and Lorenzo Pasini.
The group’s first album, Il re è nudo, was released in 2014, when Riccardo moved to London to begin his studies at the University of Westminster, a journey that ended in 2017 with a BA in Commercial Music BA (Hons). This change did not stop the band, which, on December 18th 2015, published the second album Diamo a calcio all'Aldilà, while Gioventù Brucata, the third, arrived on April 17th, 2017. During the month of August of the same year, PTN played at the twenty-fifth edition of the Sziget Festival in Budapest. 2019 marked an important turning point: on April 5th, 2019 the fourth album, Fuori dall'hype, was released for Sony Music, entering straight at 12th place in the FIMI / Gfk ranking of best-selling albums, a place which remained stable for several months in the Top 50. Fuori dall’hype was a success: in 2019 it collected over 50 million total streaming, while songs Irene (included in Gioventù Bruciata) and Verdura conquered the Gold Record a month within each other. The first spring tour in the clubs started with a series of sold out, while during the summer the success was the same: the band indeed played in front of over sixty thousand people. The same year, they participated in the Faber Nostrum album, a tribute to Fabrizio De André, with a reinterpretation of the singers-songwriter’s famous song Fiume Sand Creek. In October Pinguini Tattici Nucleari a fumetti, a comic entirely dedicated to the band and published by Beccogiallo Editore, was presented at the Lucca Comics & Games. Designed by the most promising cartoonists of the Italian scene, the comic was immediately a best seller on Amazon. In September, the band announced an arena tour, and tickets for the Mediolanum Forum gigwent sold out in only 20 days. The tour was later postponed, meanwhile, two shows were added at the Milan Forum, which went up to three.
The band reached the third place at the 70th edition of the Sanremo Festival with RINGO STARR, entirely written and composed by Zanotti, gaining and holding for several weeks the top of the radio and streaming charts, as well as a certified Double Platinum. The song was included in the repackaged album FUORI DALL'HYPE RINGO STARR (Sony Music), released in February 2020 which, in addition to the 10 tracks of Fuori dall'Hype (certified Double Platinum album, with the certified Gold title track), contains the unreleased songs Bergamo, Ridere - the single released in April 2020 and certified Double Platinum in a few months - and several Gold Records (Irene, Tetris Antartide, Nonono, Lake Washington Boulevard, La Banalità del Mare and, in 2021, Scrivile Scemo, Bergamo and Giulia) and the Verdura Platinum. August 2020’s new single was La Storia Infinita (double Platinum), followed by Scooby Doo (both at the top of the main charts and playlists) which came out in November shortly after the publication of Riccardo Zanotti's first book, Ahia! (Mondadori), which bears the same title as the EP released on December 3rd, 2020 for Sony Music and certified Platinum within a few weeks. Single Scrivile Scemo was certified Platinum three times, Pastello Biancowent Platinum and in radio Top 20, while Scooby Doo went Double Platinum. In less than a year, Pinguini Tattici Nucleari collected over four hundred million streams.