Stromae : C/D ?

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Belgian Francophone singer. Very catchy electronic pop hit material, very clever french puns (formidable - fort minable), lyrics that tend to be way more depressing than you'd expect at first, unique stage presence, is he breaking through in the USA as well, or is he going to have to redo his album in English?

StanM, Thursday, 19 June 2014 06:49 (seven years ago) link

Unless something unexpected happens, he's probably already broken in the US as much as he's ever going to. I voted for "Papaoutai" in the 2013 year-end poll.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 19 June 2014 06:52 (seven years ago) link

He's now touring over there and in Canada, Belgian news sites are reporting it's going well.

StanM, Thursday, 19 June 2014 06:57 (seven years ago) link

I think the biggest barrier for non-English artist to break through in the US is that you have to be able to either laugh at or laugh with them and Stromae, while animated, doesn't seem gimmicky enough.

I know, we're a horrible country.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:04 (seven years ago) link

Alors On Danse was a minor hit in the UK but Papaoutai didn't do anything, as far as i know. He plays to good capacity crowds here but that's probably because there are so many French ppl in London. I'd say there's little to no chance of him breaking anglophone markets, which is a shame.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:35 (seven years ago) link

foooooooooooooormidable was so ubiquitous last year when i was in france

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:36 (seven years ago) link

i kept hearing the instrumental of alors on danse in south america whenever that song came out. and yeah he is massive in france. i like his songs when i hear them, that video for formidable was good too, apparently lots of ppl actually thought they'd seen stromae ambling drunk in bruxelles and felt bad for him

Jibe, Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:12 (seven years ago) link

i really liked "alors on danse" but haven't heard anything else from him. i remember hearing the instrumental for "alors on danse" with the vocals from "stereo love" played over it one night when i was out, which... otm

dyl, Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:14 (seven years ago) link

Tous les Memes is very good as well. Both songs has been played on Danish radio.

Frederik B, Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:20 (seven years ago) link

I don't know if this guy loving it is a good thing?

StanM, Saturday, 21 June 2014 13:55 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Friend posts 'papaoutai' video to FB, doesn't take too long to like

174 million views

Milton Parker, Sunday, 3 August 2014 05:07 (seven years ago) link

Oh cool this guy has a thread, I've been playing his stuff a fair bit this summer esp 'formidable'. Don't remember hearing him before then but I am only ever just barely in any kind of loop.

wins, Sunday, 3 August 2014 08:43 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

is he finally having a moment in America or did I just get swept up by a tide of tweets from SXSW the other night?

alpine static, Saturday, 28 March 2015 07:08 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

I love really Stromae, it's incredible, original ! He belongs to a new generation of african-european artists which mix poetry, chanson, hip-hop, dance, african vibes, it's really beautiful. His success in America is a good thing.

In France, we have singers like Maitre Gims (master of flow, with dark glasses), very popular in France and Italy. More and more confidential, we have Jann Halexander, french-gabonese singer (style Cabaret), more famous in France and Belgium.

We have a lot of young artists which prove that (afro) european music is strong, very creative, very interesting.

For Stromae, you can discover a lot of fan remix on internet, from the entire world.

Bruno, Monday, 21 August 2017 21:06 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

On Sunday night, Stromae—a Belgian-Rwandan singer and rapper who put his career on hiatus in 2015 but is now making a comeback that has long been anticipated across the French-speaking world—appeared on TF1, the most-watched network in France, for an interview. Stromae, whose real name is Paul Van Haver (his stage name is a slangy inversion of the word Maestro), sat in a suit and tie across a desk from the journalist Anne-Claire Coudray, who asked him about his forthcoming album, his global influences, and the process of losing and refinding his desire to make music. “I think I simply needed to live,” Stromae replied.

Then, four or so minutes in, Coudray asked Stromae about his struggles with his mental health, and the interview suddenly ceased to be an interview—music swelled, and Stromae started to sing his new song “L’Enfer” (meaning “Hell”). He initially looked at Coudray, as if responding conversationally to her question, but midway through the third line of the song—“If I counted all the people like me, there’d be a lot”—he turned to look into the camera, which started gently to pan around him as the studio lighting subtly changed. In the chorus, Stromae attested to having had suicidal thoughts, his gaze momentarily flickering away as he sang that he was not very proud of them; as he hit the title word—enfer—the music swelled with pulsing backing vocals. He ran through another couple of verses and choruses, still seated at the interview desk, his face at once still and perfectly expressive. As he finished, he turned to Coudray, who thanked him for “this beautiful gift,” and for his “sincerity.”

Still, the TF1 interview felt particularly intimate in its melding of journalistic and artistic forms; a top editor at TF1 admitted afterward that it was precisely Stromae’s intention to “break the codes” of TV news. Some media critics felt that the episode set a troubling precedent, pushing factual journalism farther down the road to “infotainment.” In an article headlined, “Mesdames et messieurs, bonsoir le storytelling,” Olivier Lamm, a culture journalist at Libération, said that his paper had decided not to play along with Stromae’s efforts to promote his new work, and that TF1 had crossed a “red line” and allowed themselves to be used for commercial purposes. Writing for L’Obs, the magazine formerly known as Le Nouvel Observateur, Sophie Delassein and Arnaud Gonzague agreed that TF1 had obliterated the line between “the necessarily distanced perspective” of journalism and “the imperatives of show business,” and accused Coudray of vindicating those across the Western world who view the media as “rotten” and “complicit.” The suicide under discussion here, they added, is “journalistic.”

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 15 January 2022 03:18 (four days ago) link

Many others strongly disagreed with such conclusions. Sonia Devillers, a media critic at the public radio station France Inter, said that rather than bolster distrust in the media, TF1’s interview was a radical expression of confidence in its viewers’ powers of discernment, while also arguing that it “accorded mental illness a level of dignity unprecedented in television history.” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, thanked Stromae for highlighting the topic of suicide, as did various French experts in suicide prevention, one of whom said Stromae’s frank testimony in front of such a big audience will “clearly save lives.” TF1, meanwhile, defended itself against its critics. “We went into Stromae’s universe while respecting our DNA,” Yoann Saillon, the artistic director of TF1, told 20 Minutes. “It’s the famous storytelling that Americans know so well.” Coudray, for her part, said that the interview was “a moment of truth,” and that those “very much have their place in TV news.”

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 15 January 2022 03:19 (four days ago) link

lol that's just extremely corny by all involved

ufo, Saturday, 15 January 2022 03:34 (four days ago) link

bjork voice/"anything can be a musical"/bjork voice

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 15 January 2022 03:50 (four days ago) link

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