“I don’t know why America isn’t ready for a French-speaking artist”

“I don’t know why America isn’t ready for a French-speaking artist”

Can Angel Conquer America With French-Language Music? The Belgian singer kicked off her North American tour earlier this month. In the meantime, he has already shined on the stage of the Coachella festival in the California desert in four unquestionable concerts.

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Thierry Coljohn, author and music journalist Le Soiree: “I don’t know why America isn’t ready for an exclusively francophone artist. It’s the exception, but every now and then a French speaker still hits the American charts. Look at Soeur Sourire, Plastic Bertrand, Vanessa Paradis and Serge Gainsbourg.

The Belgian singer performed for the first time at the world famous Coachella festival this weekend. “It’s a lot less stressful to perform here than in France,” Angel, 27, admitted to French news agency AFP shortly before her performance. “Public is seeing me here for the first time. I can be myself, sing and act as I want. With that attitude, Angel took to the stage and she took it right away. For a moment, a piece of the American desert lay at her feet.

Twitter was filled with positive reactions: “Audience singing in French now? Wow” and “What a Queen”. American magazine Rollingstone Praises the singing talent: “The Belgian star may have delivered the only pure pop performance of the evening.” And according to L.A. The Times This is clear: “He is the most popular Belgian artist since Strome.” After the performance, he announced that he was still in a “.Small subtlety“Tired.

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The concert is the latest stop in Angel’s career since he broke through in 2018 with his single ‘Doubt Oplier’. A year later, ‘Balance ton quoi’ brought the star to the Belgian and French charts. Since then he has become a fixture in our music scene.

His collaboration with world famous singer Dua Lipa took him a big step forward. Their song ‘Fever’ has already been streamed around 314 million times and brought her to the American people. “They even know the lyrics,” he says. The singer ventures into English in a few songs. “But writing lyrics is completely different. I can express better in my own language.

According to Coljon, the Belgian has all the qualities to break through in America: “The scene is about Angel. She’s sexy and beautiful, she dances well. The audience consists of only English speakers. How can Angel reach that young audience? There’s one answer: Google Translate.”

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