In the end, 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 9 February 2011, his debut album ‘Cheese’ (including the hit single “Alors on danse”) won the award for Best Dance Album at the Victoires de la musique.
On 23 May 2011, 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 as opening support act for the first of two concerts by the band in Paris on 24 and 25 June 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.
Stromae organizes his songs and music in the same way he is: a somewhat ambiguous mix of identities and influences. But that doesn’t mean he acts in a random and hazardous way because he does have a certain rigor and framework.
For him, it was obvious to talk about real life, even if it is not mostly what people want to hear, especially nowadays when looking at all the video clips about money, sex and vulgarity. He chooses important issues that are relevant for him, even sometimes from a personal perspective.
For instance, in “Papaoutai” he broaches the subject of a childhood without a father and it is actually a situation he has himself experienced. He uses what he is to create music and lyrics. For example, his African roots have an impact on the instruments and dance, and also on his clothing style and now collection.
In addition, the fact he’s Belgian helps him to avoid a manichean view of the world he describes because Belgians are often known to be good at compromise and to be in the middle all the time. According to him, the common point in all his creations is melancholy, which is sadness and happiness at the same time.
The first single “Papaoutai” from his upcoming second album Racine Carrée (English: Square root) was digitally released on 13 May 2013. It went on to chart number 1 in Belgium and France, number 2 in the Netherlands, as well as number 7 in Germany and Switzerland.
On 22 May 2013, amateur-looking videos appeared on YouTube showing Stromae, apparently drunk and wandering at the Louiza tram station in Brussels at dawn. The videos went viral. A few days later, it was revealed that this was linked with the filming of a professional music video.
This was confirmed during an appearance by Stromae on the French TV show Ce soir ou jamais in which he discussed and also performed his new single “Formidable”, which is about the story of a drunk man just separated from his girlfriend.
The clip was made from edited hidden camera footage taken on 22 May. It also shows people taking pictures with their cellphones and three policemen talking to the artist.
On 26 July 2013, Stromae announced on his Facebook and Twitter accounts that he had completed his second studio album Racine Carrée or ? and that it would be released on 16 August 2013. On 25 August 2013, Stromae joined Major Lazer’s show at French festival Rock en Seine, where he performed Papaoutai.
In September 2013, Belgian rock band Mintzkov covered his song “Formidable/Wonderful” for a live session on Studio Brussel, with lyrics in English. In November 2013, Stromae received the award for Best Belgian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
On 17 March 2014, it was made public that Stromae’s song “Ta fête” would become the official song for the Belgian football selection at the 2014 World Cup.
In June 2014, Stromae made his US television debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. He then performed at the Best Buy Theater in New York City.While in New York, on 22 June 2014, Stromae guest starred in a Snapchat story with Jerome Jarre as The Carrot’s Father.
On 21 October 2014, it was revealed that New Zealand singer Lorde invited Stromae to work on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 along with artists like Kanye West, Grace Jones, Diplo and The Chemical Brothers.
He will be featured on the song “Meltdown” which also features Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim and Lorde herself. Earlier that month she declared herself a fan of Stromae after attending his concert.
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