Stromae has achieved a rare European distinction that few artists can claim to share. The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) has awarded him a double European platinum certification for sales of his album Racine Carrée.
According to IFPI, “IFPI’s Platinum Europe Award honours the elite community of artists who have achieved sales of one million copies of an album in Europe. The award is now recognised as an established hallmark of success for artists in Europe.” Stromae has been awarded a double Platinum Europe Award, which is given to artists who achieve sales of two million copies of an album in Europe.
In 2015, Stromae has focused his attention on building his audience in the U.S. On June 6, he will return to his African tour before heading back to North America in late summer.
In Europe, he may be gone, but he’s hardly forgotten. Racine Carrée spent 26 weeks at number one in France, and is currently at number 13 there as the second anniversary of its release approaches. According to Charts in France, Racine Carrée also reached number one in sales in Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland and achieved huge success in Russia and Austria.
Only a handful of other artists received an IFPI double Platinum Europe Award for 2014.
We’d have to agree with Charts in France, who say that “this award provides further proof that Stromae has the means to export his music outside the Francophone circle and rock the entire world.”
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