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Racine Carrée (2013)

Stromae
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Eurodance, House music

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Racine Carrée is the second studio album by Belgian musician Stromae. It was released digitally on 16 August 2013 and three days later physically in France and Belgium. Recorded in an attic, Stromae expressed his desire to incorporate Caribbean and African musical influences along with his signature 1990's-inspired dance beats. The album explores themes as diverse as alienation from social networks, relationship issues, discrimination, cigarettes and lung cancer, AIDS and absent father figures. Prior to its official release and afterwards, Racine Carrée has immediately received critical acclaim for its thoughtful lyrics and gained comparisons to fellow Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. The album has also been a commercial success across Western Europe, including non-francophone countries. Racine Carrée has topped the charts in France, Flanders, Wallonia, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Italy, as well as reaching the top ten in Canada, and the top forty in Germany. In his native Belgium, it has remained at the top the charts for multiple weeks and been certified eight times platinum by the BEA. In France, the album has been certified diamond by the SNEP and become one of the highest-selling albums in recent years after amassing over one million copies sold four months after its release. Racine Carrée has so far yielded three chart-topping singles: "Papaoutai", "Formidable" and "Tous les mêmes".

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