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


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In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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