Stromae started off his musical career as a rapper in 2000 under the alias Opmaestro which he later changed to Stromae. He formed his band “Suspicion” when he was eighteen. The band’s other member was J.E.D.I., a fellow rapper. Together, they released the song Faut que t'arrête le Rap. He joined Institut national de radioélectricité et cinématographie where he worked on his first EP titled “Juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic…”
Later, he started studying film in Brussels. Around the same time, he started focusing on music career which resulted in the release of his debut EP. Following this, he signed a record deal with Kilomaître and Because Music. As a young trainee, he worked at NRJ, a local musical radio station in Brussels. He continued his music career along and released his second single “Up Saw Liz” in 2009. Though the song failed to chart, it gained much popularity on YouTube. The song was featured in his second EP “Mixture Elecstro.”
His next single was “Alors on danse” which was released in Belgium in 2009. The song topped many charts in Belgium including Belgian Dance Singles Chart and Belgian Singles Chart. The following year in February, it was released in the rest of Europe. By May 2010, it had charted at number one in many countries including Romania, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Impressed by his new single, music manager Vincent Verbelen decided to air the song on NRJ Radio. This was the first time the song was aired on radio. Stromae received positive response from many influential people including the then French president.
Following the airplay, the song was released in North America where it was again a success. The song peaked at number one on the European Hot 100 Singles and had sold one million copies worldwide within four months of its European release. The song also spent more than one year on German Singles Chart and became 31st longest running song. The song earned Stromae worldwide recognition and is considered to be his breakthrough in the music world.
In 2010, it was the most-played song according to Francophonie Diffusion. The song was covered by Gilbere Forte, Lumidee and Kanye West. It earned him a nomination for the MTV Europe Music Awards in the category of Best Dutch and Belgian Act.
The song made the lead single of his debut album titled “Cheese” which was released in June 2010. The second album from the single was Te Quiero which was certified gold. Both of these songs along with the third single House'llelujah were big hits in Belgium. The album was released on Vertigo records and charted at number one among the Belgian Albums. In 2001, the album won the Victoires de la Musique award, the French equivalent of Grammy Awards.
His next album was Racine Carrée which was released on Mosaert Records in August 2013. The album produced three hit single which are Formidable, Papaoutai and Tous les memes. Across Western Europe, the album was a commercial success, topping the charts Italy, Switzerland, Flanders, France and the Netherlands. In Belgium, he remained on the top of chart for multiple weeks. The album sold more than one million copies within four months of its release and was certified eight times platinum. During 2013 TV Europe Music Awards, he won the award for Best Belgian Act.
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