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Music Formidable Stromae (clip - 2013)
An international hit, Formidable has largely contributed to establishing Stromae as a major artist. A lullaby full of melancholy having given the opportunity to the singer-songwriter to shoot a clip in hidden camera, on the place Louise in Brussels, and to illustrate once again his visionary character.
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Louise Station Brussels - Credit: Harilevente, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

“I prefer to consider Stromae as a collective project. Stromae is not me. Or at least, it’s not just me.”

Stromae

May 2013. Several videos appeared on the Internet in which Stromae, visibly drunk, wanders among the passers-by at the Louise tramway station in Brussels. Without delay, rumors about the health of the musician circulate. Nevertheless, a few days later, Stromae unveils the video clip of his latest single Formidable. Short film where we can see him interpreting a lonely man after the breakup with his girlfriend. Everyone understands then that the multiple videos showing Stromae drunk were in reality only images of the shooting in hidden camera of the clip in question.

Once again, the Belgian artist takes his audience by surprise and delivers a performance that goes far beyond the simple promotional object. Questioned about this, the main interested party explains that the idea of the clip came to him one day when he was walking in the streets of Brussels, when a homeless person called out to him by asking: “Do you think you’re beautiful? This is when the concept of Formidable was born. And so much the worse if his project has at first disconcerted some of his relatives. The success of the project has proven the validity of its approach.

To this day, this filmed recording is one of the singer’s most amazing and offbeat performances. A daring proposal, touching in many ways, and authentic.

150 000

Formidable sold 150,000 copies in France

Awarded the Rolf Marbot Prize for Song of the Year, she also won the NRJ Music Award for Francophone Song of the Year in 2014. The clip won the Victoire de la Musique award for best video clip. It has also accumulated over 273 million views on YouTube. The song has been covered several times, including one by Coldplay’s Chris Martin on stage on June 21, 2017 in Brussels.

Extrait du clip Formidable de Stromae à la station Louise à Bruxelles
Excerpt from Stromae’s Formidable video at Louise station in Brussels – Credit: Mercury
Excerpt from Stromae's video Formidable at Louise station in Brussels
Excerpt from Stromae’s Formidable video at Louise station in Brussels – Credit: Mercury

Louise

A metro and streetcar station, Louise went into service on August 16, 1985 and is part of the life of the people of Brussels.

At the time of its inauguration, the station was officially named Place Louise. However, on October 2, 1988, its name was changed to simply Louise. The station has three underground levels and is located near the P... Learn more about Louise

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By Gilles Rolland

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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