27-11-13

Stromae entre au Musée Grévin de Paris

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Tout le monde y a cru, tout le monde l'a vu: Stromae erre, ivre, gisant sur le sol en riant et habillé comme un cheeseburger, sur le rond-point Louise et dans les fontaines à Bruxelles. Aidé par des passants, des passantes, et même par la police. 

Le journal Le Parisien a annoncé qu'ill aura son double en cire au célèbre musée parisien dès l’automne 2014.

Formidable !

28-10-13

Stromae also seen "drunk" in Brasilia

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The Belgian-Rwandan singer and marketing genius Stromae has repeated a promotion stunt that he had performed in Brussels and Montreal earlier this year, in Brasilia. His stunt was paid by the Fast food company McDonald's.

Stromae: 'Great place to hang out any day of the week. I love the food. The pizza is delicious!! My favorite is the margherita, but they have plenty of options for pizza fanatics. Although you get served fast food style (wait in line and order) I'm definitely going back again and again!'

14-06-13

Stromae used a great way to promote his new album

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Stromae, well known artist in Belgium, used a great way to promote his new album. He pretended to be drunk on a square in Brussels. The police stopped him on suspicion that he may be tired, drunk, or probably lost his mind.
Stromae tragically lost his sister to suicide a few years ago, and became inspired by the idea of turning destruction into creation.

02-06-13

Brussels - Bruxelles - Stromae - Formidable

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Le formidable succès de Stromae

3.6.2013

La simplicité est parfois la meilleure des vertus commerciales. Intituler leur chanson Get Lucky ! était déjà un gage de bonheur dans les classements des ventes pour les Daft Punk et leur complice Pharrell Williams. Ils sont numéro 1 partout, y compris aux Etats-Unis, battent des records en centaines de milliers de disques et de téléchargements.

Pour sa part, le jeune Belge Stromae approche des trois millions de vidéos vues sur le Net de sa nouvelle chanson, Formidable. Le refrain traînant comme un slam de fin de nuit ("Formidable, fooormidable/Tu étais formidable, j'étais fort minable/Nous étions formidables/Formidable/Tu étais formidable, j'étais fort minable/Nous étions formidables") nous entêtera tout l'été, surtout par temps maussade, avant que l'album ne paraisse fin août pour la rentrée des classes.

Paul Van Haver (Stromae, maestro en verlan) est un grand type dégingandé, un métis belgo-rwandais portant éventuellement costard crème et nœud papillon assorti, né à Bruxelles il y a vingt-huit ans. En 2010, sa chanson Alors on danse fait le tour de la planète. C'est un constat amer de l'inconfortable condition européenne, livrée avec une lucidité à vous couper l'envie de passer le bac ("Qui dit étude dit travail,/Qui dit taf te dit les thunes,/Qui dit argent dit dépenses,/Qui dit crédit dit créance,/Qui dit dette te dit huissier, alors on danse").

Sur un air électro et dansant, déclamé par un être gracieux et souriant, on y retrouve la tristesse ambiante et la désespérance d'une jeunesse telle que décrite par le rappeur Orelsan – les deux compères viennent d'ailleurs d'enregistrer un duo très dance intitulé Papaoutai ("Tout le monde sait comment on fait les bébés/Mais personne sait comment on fait des papas"), un tube à venir à coup sûr, tant les géniteurs (ou "génies") ont tendance à disparaître des écrans radar.

Stromae a aussi intégré que la jeunesse européenne était portée sur la bouteille, que pour noyer ses brouillards ou fêter une séparation, le "binge drinking" est en vogue. Cette "Génération "biture express"" ("Le Monde Science&Médecine" du mercredi 29 mai) se sera reconnue dans la vidéo amateur filmée sur un iPhone que Stromae a laissée filtrer à la mi-mai : lui, ivre, débraillé, sauvé de justesse par des passantes de l'écrasement par un tram au cœur d'un petit matin pluvieux.

Le 24 mai, Stromae chante en direct sa nouvelle chanson, Formidable, en titubant et avec des accents exagérément copiés sur le Jacques Brel du Port d'Amsterdam, de Jeff, dans l'émission de Frédéric Taddei, "Ce soir ou jamais". Il fait sensation. On le soupçonne d'avoir forcé sur la bière et les substances. Pas du tout, trois jours plus tard, il donne la réponse par le clip.

Formidable est une histoire de rupture, un jeune homme s'est fait larguer, il n'a pas été bon, il s'est mis minable. Piano, instruments à vent, chœur masculin, batterie électronique, guitare sonnant comme les grincements des rails de tramway, le nouveau célibataire au cœur brisé est "un peu fort bourré". Amer, vouant tout mariage, toute descendance à l'insuccès, Stromae fait la guerre aux optimistes. Ce qui n'empêche pas de croire en soi, et de partir en promotion comme on part en guerre contre la poisse.

http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2013/06/03/le-formidable-succes-de-stromae_3423010_3246.html

Paul Van Haver, better known as Stromae

Paul Van Haver, better known as Stromae is a Belgian singer-songwriter. He has distinguished himself in both hip hop and electronic music. He first became famous with the song "Alors on danse" which remained at number one for several weeks in numerous countries throughout Europe.

He was born in Brussels to a Rwandan father, whom he only got to see three times in his life, and a Belgian mother. At the age of eleven Paul Van Haver already showed an interest in music and attended 'l'Académie Musicale de Jette', where he studied music history and learned to play the drums, this was his first experience with music theory.

In 2000 he appeared as a rapper called Opsmaestro, though he later changed his stage name to Stromae (a syllablic inversion of "Maestro", a practice called verlan). It was with this name that Van Haver became successful.

At the age of 18, he founded a rap group called "Suspicion", along with rapper "J.E.D.I." in Eichof. They produced the song and music video "Faut que t'arrête le Rap...", though later, J.E.D.I. decided to leave the rap duo. In order to finance his private school education, Van Haver worked part-time in the hospitality industry, but his school performance wasn't up to standard. It was only later, when he registered at Institut national de radioélectricité et cinématographie, that he released his first album "Juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic...".

During his study at the film school of Brussels, Stromae decided in 2007 to concentrate fully on his musical career. This resulted in his debut-EP "Juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic…". In 2008 he signed a 4-year record deal with "Because Music" and "Kilomaître".

In 2009 Paul worked as a young trainee at the musical radio station NRJ in Brussels. Vincent Verbelen, Music Manager, was impressed by the talent of Stromae's first single 'Alors on danse' and decided to air it for the first time on NRJ. The response from listeners (including important personalities ranging from Anna Wintour, Jean-Claude Vandamme, to French president Nicolas Sarkozy) was one of extreme enthusiasm and Stromae's career was launched. Sales quickly rose to number one in Belgium in just a matter of weeks.

Vertigo Records, a label of Mercury Records France (Universal Music Group) signed him for a worldwide licensing deal soon after this.

By May 2010 the track Alors on danse had reached number one in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Romania and the Czech Republic.

On September 2, Stromae collaborated with Kanye West in a remix of his hit Alors on danse. In 2010, he was nominated for "Best Dutch and Belgian Act" at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Of his music and its influences he has said : " I was in a little group doing rap music. I thought that rather than copying the French sound, I'd focus on a more American style but give it a European spin. And then I rediscovered 90s Eurodance. For a long time we were ashamed of that sound but in fact there's a lot to discover, it has its roots in everything from house to salsa. I also really admire Jacques Brel – he has been a huge influence on me – but also all sorts of other stuff, Cuban son, and the Congolese rumba which I heard as a child; that music rocked the whole of Africa." Also, Stromae insists he wanted to collaborate with up and coming rap group Swag+5 featuring rapper T-Jay. Finally, the collaboration did not take place but Stromae is a big fan of the American based group. The critic Molloy Woodcraft : " He combines 90s electro synths and beats with a laidback delivery to mesmeric effect".

He is one of the ten winners of the European Border Breakers Award 2011. On February 9, 2011, his debut album 'Cheese' (with hit single "Alors on danse") won the award for Best Dance Album at the Victoires de la Musique.

On May 23, during the recording of the French TV show Taratata, Stromae did a mashup of Alors on danse and Don't Stop the Party with the Black Eyed Peas. Stromae also announced he would perform for the first act of two concerts of the band on June 24 and 25, 2011 at Stade De France. Stromae had previously met will.i.am at the NRJ Music Awards in January. will.i.am told him that he liked "Alors on danse" and said he wanted to collaborate with Stromae.

In 2011, he received one nomination for "Best Belgian Act" at the MTV Europe Music Awards. The first single "Papaoutai" from his upcoming second album was digitally released on 13 May 2013.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stromae

http://youtu.be/S_xH7noaqTA