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Stromae leads a national tribute in “Fils de Joie” video

The track appears on the Belgian multi-hyphenate’s newly released third album, Multitude.

March 07, 2022
Stromae leads a national tribute in “Fils de Joie” video Photo by Michael Ferire.  

On Friday, Stromae shared his third album, Multitude, a set of 12 triumphant tracks arriving eight years after his previous studio LP. Now he's shared a cinematic video for "Fils de Joie," a dynamic mid-album cut.

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Each song on Multidude is a mini melodrama set in its own world. In the tradition of his countryman Jacques Brel, Stromae is a natural storyteller with a flair for the theatrical. "Fils de Joie" is a fictional nation's tribute to a sex worker who has passed away. In the visual treatment, he delivers a speech from a podium at a hero's funeral for the track's subject.

Read Stromae's statement on the song, watch his new video, and view his upcoming North American tour dates below.

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“The idea for "Fils de Joie" came from watching Faustine Bollaert's talk show, Ca Commence Aujourd’hui. One of her shows was dedicated to the children of sex workers. I was struck because I discovered a world that I did not know at all. A child testified by explaining that a client of his mother had come to tell him: 'Ah well, yesterday I banged your mother.' I found the phrase and the attitude most out of place. How can you afford to say such things to a child? I wanted to take everyone's point of view since everyone has an opinion on her, but unfortunately we don't often ask her for hers. I therefore speak in place of the son, the client, the pimp and the policeman. 'Fils De Joie' is in a way, a tribute to these women who do this very difficult work, very little recognized, but which exists and which will exist, whether we like it or not.”

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Stromae 2022 North American shows

4/16 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
4/23 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
10/21 – Pacific Coliseum – Vancouver, BC
10/25 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium –San Francisco, CA
11/21 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
11/25 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
11/26 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC (SOLD OUT)
11/27 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
11/29 – Coca-Cola Coliseum – Toronto, ON
12/3 –The Anthem –Washington, DC
12/6 – Agganis Arena – Boston, MA
12/11 – Centre Videotron – Quebec City, QC

Stromae leads a national tribute in “Fils de Joie” video