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 of a Rwandan father and a Belgian mother. At the age of eleven, Paul Van Haver showed an interest in music and attended ‘l’Académie Musicale de Jette’, where he studied music history and learned to play the drums. 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 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. In September of the same year, Stromae collaborated with Kanye West on a remix of his hit ‘Alors on danse’.
At the end of 2010, he was nominated for “Best Dutch and Belgian Act” at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Stromae was one of the ten winners of the European Border Breakers Award 2011. And in 2011, his debut album ‘Cheese’ won the award for Best Dance Album at the Victoires de la Musique.
‘Papaoutai’, the first single for his new album, was released on May 13th and has already reached 45 million views on Youtube.
‘The Morrissey of the Eurozone’ – The Guardian
‘A pop-star embodiment of a contemporary Europe that’s smart, increasingly heterogeneous, historically aware, anxious about the future, sleekly charming and unfailingly stylish’ – New York Times
‘Like Jacques Brel and MC Solaar got their hands on a copy of Garageband in some amazing alternate universe’ – The Line of Best Fit
‘Live, he’s really quite brilliant’ – The Quietus