Belgian Pop Star Angèle Shines in Los Angeles Concert, Proving She’s the Next Global Music Sensation Thoughts+Photos: Angèle at The Novo 4/19/23
LOS ANGELES, CA- Foreign pop artists have been dominating the U.S. music market for many years now, with acts from countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Korea achieving massive success and winning over American audiences. One reason for this trend is the globalization of music through streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music, which have made it easier for artists from all over the world to reach a wider audience. Additionally, social media has made it easier for fans to discover and follow artists from different countries and share their music with others.
In recent years, South Korean pop music, or K-pop, has become particularly popular in the United States, with groups such as BTS and BLACKPINK achieving chart-topping success and selling out stadiums on their U.S. tours. K-pop has a unique sound and style that has won over fans with its infectious beats, colorful music videos, and energetic live performances. It’s worth noting that Belgium also has a growing music scene that’s gaining international attention.
In 2020, British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa released the chart-topping single “Fever.” The song is a catchy pop track with a disco-inspired beat and features the performance of the then up-and-coming artist Angèle Van Laeken, also known as “Angèle,” with the artists singing in both English and French. While she was already very popular regionally with viral hits in France and Belgium, and winning numerous awards, including the Victoires de la Musique award for Female Artist of the Year in 2019, the collaboration with Dua Lipa brought her global attention.
In April 2023, Angèle has scheduled a performance for her adoring fans at The Novo in Los Angeles, between her weekend performances at Coachella.
Opening for Angèle was the up-and-coming house music artist Jenny Voss. Based out of San Diego, Jenny has released several well-received tracks that showcase her unique blend of classic house grooves and modern production techniques. Her latest single, 2022’s “Might Be Love,” is a solid track that features a driving beat, soulful vocals, and a catchy synth hook that is sure to get listeners moving. With its feel-good vibes, the song is a perfect anthem for the dance floor and a testament to Jenny’s skill as both a producer and a songwriter.
Her selection of soulful vocals and driving rhythms kept the dance floor packed, and the crowd responded with enthusiastic cheers and applause throughout her set.
As the lights dimmed, the crowd erupted into cheers as Angèle and her band took the stage. Dressed in a chic ensemble, the 27-year-old singer exuded confidence and charisma as she launched into her opening numbers, “Plus de sens” and “Tu me regardes.” The songs’ catchy choruses had the crowd singing along, and Angèle’s smooth vocals and energetic dance moves kept the energy high.
Throughout the night, Angèle delivered an impressive set that showcased her diverse range of musical styles and influences. From the reggae-infused rhythms of “Balance Ton Quoi” to the disco-inspired beats of “Fever,” Angèle seamlessly blended different genres and sounds to create a cohesive and entertaining performance.
One of the highlights of the night was Angèle’s performance of “Ta Reine,” a hit single that has become a fan favorite. The song’s infectious melody and empowering lyrics had the entire crowd singing along, with many waving their hands in the air and swaying to the beat. Angèle’s powerful vocals and confident stage presence shone through, and it was clear that she had the audience in the palm of her hand.
Another standout moment came when Angèle performed “Perdus,” a soulful ballad that showcased her impressive vocal range and emotional depth. The song’s poignant lyrics and haunting melody had the crowd swaying in silence, a testament to Angèle’s ability to connect with her audience on a deep and personal level.
Throughout the night, Angèle also interacted with the crowd, engaging in playful banter and expressing her gratitude for the support of her fans. She spoke in both French and English, demonstrating her fluency in both languages and her willingness to connect with audiences from different backgrounds.
Angèle is not just a great live performer; she is a force to be reckoned with. The way she commands the stage is nothing short of awe-inspiring, with a captivating presence that leaves the audience mesmerized from start to finish. Her unique blend of pop, hip-hop, and electronic music creates an atmosphere that is both energetic and dynamic, drawing in fans from all over the world.
Angèle’s live performances are nothing short of spectacular. Her catchy hooks and infectious beats have the crowd moving to the rhythm, while her relatable lyrics resonate deeply with fans of all backgrounds. With her smooth vocals and impressive dance moves, she keeps the energy high and the audience engaged throughout the entire show.
The concert is a testament to Angèle’s talent, charisma, and growing popularity as a pop superstar. She has a unique ability to connect with her audience on a personal level, and her performances leave an unforgettable impression. Her music speaks to people on a universal level, breaking down cultural and linguistic barriers with ease.
The presence of many French-speaking fans in attendance only adds to the magic of the show. It is clear that Angèle’s music has the power to bring people together, no matter where they come from. With her ability to blend different genres and styles, as well as her thought-provoking lyrics and engaging stage presence, Angèle is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and innovative artists in the pop music scene today. Her growing fan base is a testament to her ability to connect with audiences around the world, and we can only expect even greater things from her in the future.
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