Stromae Deals With A Twitter Addiction In The Animated Video For 'Carmen'

Belgian pop artist Stromae battles with the dark side of social media in his animated music video for "Carmen."

Belgian-born, Rwandan-rooted pop artist Stromae drops the animated visuals for "Carmen," the latest single off 2013's hit-packed Racine Carrée LP. The music video, directed by the Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist animator Sylvain Chomet, chronicles an animated Stromae's barreling addiction to social media and followers, as represented by the constant and ominous presence of a certain blue bird on his shoulder. “In 1875 Georges Bizet compared love to a rebellious bird.” Stromae tells BuzzFeed, “140 years later (and in 140 characters-messages) love is a blue bird.” Catch Stromae on his expansive North American and European tour dates listed in full below. For more, revisit Stromae's Cesária Évora tribute video "Ave Cesaria", Belgian world cup anthem "Ta Fête" and the second capsule collection for his clothing line MOSAERT. Watch the music video for "Carmen" below.

Stromae North American & European Tour Dates

Apr 05 Orpheum Vancouver, Canada

Apr 06 Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA

Apr 07 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR

Apr 09 Fox Theatre Oakland, CA

Apr 10 Fox Theater Oakland, CA

Apr 12 Coachella Indio, CA

Apr 14 Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA

Apr 16 Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV

Apr 19 Coachella 2015 Indio, CA

Apr 22 stade Renée Serge Nabajoth des Abymes Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe

Jul 05 Wireless Festival London, United Kingdom

Jul 08 Postepay Rock Roma, Italy

Jul 11 NOS Alive Festival Lisbon, Portugal

Jul 13 Moon & Stars Festival Locarno, Switzerland

Jul 14 Hydrogen Festival Padova, Italy

Jul 17 Benicassim Festival Benicasim, Spain

Jul 31 Lollapalooza Chicago 2015 Chicago, IL

Aug 02 Grant Park Chicago, IL

Sep 12 James L. Knight Center Miami, FL

Sep 14 The Buckhead Theater Atlanta, GA

Sep 16 Echostage Washington, DC

Sep 17 The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA

Sep 18 House of Blues Boston, MA

Sep 22 Myth Minneapolis, MN

Sep 25 Royal Oak Music Theater Detroit, MI

Sep 26 Echo Beach Toronto, Canada

Sep 29 Bell Centre Montreal, Canada

Oct 01 Madison Square Garden New York, NY


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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