Paul Van Haver, better known by his stage name Stromae, is a Belgian musician and singer-songwriter. He established himself in both electronic music genres. Stromae came to wide public attention in 2009 with his song "Alors on danse", which became a number one in several European countries. In 2013, his second album Racine carrée was a commercial success selling, 2 million copies in France alone and nearly 600,000 units elsewhere, he has sold over 8.5 million records worldwide. His music is sung in French. Paul Van Haver was born in Brussels and raised in the city's Laeken district, to a Rwandan father, Pierre Rutare, a Belgian mother, Miranda Van Haver. Paul Van Haver and his siblings were raised by their mother, as his father, a successful architect, was killed during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, while visiting his family. Paul Van Haver attended a Roman Catholic Jesuit school after he failed in the public school system at the age of sixteen, he formed a small rap group with his friends in school.
His early influences included Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, Cuban son, Congolese rumba.. In 2000, he appeared as a rapper called Opmaestro, though he changed his stage name to "Stromae", "Maestro" with the syllables reversed following the French slang practice, verlan. At the age of 18, he founded a rap group called "Suspicion", along with rapper "J. E. D. I." in Eichhof. They produced the song and music video "Faut que t'arrête le Rap..." before J. E. D. I. Decided to leave the rap duo. To finance his private school education, Van Haver worked part-time in the hospitality industry, but his academic performance wasn't up to standard, it was only when he registered at the Institut national de radioélectricité et cinématographie, that he released his first album "Juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic...". In 2007, during his studies at the film school of Brussels, Stromae decided to concentrate on his musical career; this resulted in his debut-EP "Juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic…".
In 2008 he signed a 4-year record deal with "Because Music" and'Kilomaître'. In 2008, Stromae worked. Vincent Verbelen, Music Manager, was impressed by the talent he perceived in Stromae's first single "Alors on danse" and decided to air it for the first time on NRJ; the response from listeners was one of extreme enthusiasm and Stromae came to wider public attention. In a few weeks from that point, sales of the song established it as number one in Belgium. Vertigo Records, a label of Mercury Records France, signed him for a worldwide licensing deal soon after this. By May 2010 the track "Alors on danse" had reached number one in Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Denmark and the Czech Republic. On 2 September, Stromae collaborated with Kanye West and Gilbere Forte in a remix of his hit "Alors on danse". In 2010, he was nominated for Best Dutch and Belgian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Of his music and influences, he has said: "I was in a little group doing rap music. I thought that rather than copying the French sound, I'd focus on a more American style but give it a European spin.
And I rediscovered the 90s Eurodance. For a long time we were ashamed of that sound but in fact, there's a lot to discover, it has its roots in everything from house to salsa. I really admire Jacques Brel – he has been a huge influence on me – but all sorts of other stuff, Cuban son, the Congolese rumba, that I heard as a child. Stromae insists he wanted to collaborate with up and coming rap group Swag+5 featuring rapper T-Jay. In the end, the collaboration did not take place, but Stromae is a big fan of the America-based group; the critic Molloy Woodcraft: "He combines 90s electro synths and beats with a laidback delivery to the mesmeric effect". He is one of the ten winners of the European Border Breakers Award 2011. On 9 February 2011, his debut album Cheese won the award for Best Dance Album at the Victoires de la musique. On 23 May 2011, during the recording of the French TV show Taratata, Stromae did a mashup of "Alors on danse" and "Don't Stop the Party" with the Black Eyed Peas. Stromae announced he would perform as the opening support act for the first of two concerts by the band in Paris on 24 and 25 June 2011 at Stade De France.
Stromae had met will.i.am at the NRJ Music Awards in January. Will.i.am told him that he said he wanted to collaborate with Stromae. In 2011, he received one nomination for Best Belgian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards; the first single "Papaoutai" from his second album Racine carrée was digitally released on 13 May 2013. It went on to chart number 1 in Belgium and France, number 2 in the Netherlands, as well as number 7 in Germany and Switzerland. On 22 May 2013, amateur-looking videos appeared on YouTube showing Stromae drunk and wandering at the Louiza tram station in Brussels at dawn; the videos went viral. A few days it was revealed that this was linked with the filming of a professional music video; this was confirmed during an appearance by Stromae on the French TV show Ce soir ou jamais in which he discussed and performed his new single "Formidable", about the story of a drunk man just separated from his girlfriend. The clip was made from edited hidden camera footage taken on 22 May, it shows
M83 are a French electronic music project based in Los Angeles. The band's primary member is vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, record producer Anthony Gonzalez. Formed in 2001 in Antibes, the band was formed as a duo with Nicolas Fromageau; the band has released seven albums and two soundtracks, including the Grammy Award-nominated Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. Gonzalez and Fromageau parted ways shortly after touring their second album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. Gonzalez records on his own, with other artists as guest musicians; the band is signed to Mute Records and found international success in 2011 with the single "Midnight City". Their most recent album Junk was released in 2016. Anthony Gerard Gonzalez grew up in France together with his brother Yann, his family had a great interest in football and Gonzalez had trials with AS Cannes, while his maternal grandfather is the French international Laurent Robuschi. At the age of 14 he got turned to music instead after his parents bought him a guitar.
Gonzalez developed his interest in music American culture while at secondary school. Together with Fromageau he formed. At the age of 17, Gonzalez bought a synth to record a demo, which he sent to a number of French labels; when the Paris-based Gooom Records appeared interested, he recruited Fromageau to "help me because I didn't feel like I had the shoulders to carry the project on my own". The band is named after the galaxy of the same name. In spring 2001, M83 released its self-titled debut album recorded on an 8-track while Gonzalez was still in college; the release did not attract much attention outside Europe until September 2005, when Mute Records reissued the album for a worldwide release. M83's second album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts followed in spring 2003 to widespread critical acclaim. After worldwide touring for Dead Cities resumed, Nicolas Fromageau left the band and formed the band Team Ghost in 2009. Gonzalez returned to the studio to record the group's third studio album, Before the Dawn Heals Us, released in January 2005.
The same year, M83 provided a remix of "The Pioneers" by Bloc Party, included on Bloc Party's remix album Silent Alarm Remixed. M83 remixed Placebo's "Protège-Moi", Goldfrapp's "Black Cherry", Depeche Mode's "Suffer Well", Van She's "Kelly", The Bumblebeez's "Vila Attack". M83's songs have been remixed by Gooom labelmates Montag and Cyann & Ben. In 2006, after the Before the Dawn Heals Us US tour, Anthony Gonzalez continued to explore a musical direction heard on earlier M83 tracks and began writing and recording a collection of ambient works; the album was recorded at his home studio with the assistance of Antoine Gaillet. The resulting project was called Digital Shades Vol. 1, was released in September 2007 with a sleeve illustrated by Laurent Fetis. It is intended to be part of an ongoing series of ambient works. Saturdays = Youth, M83's fifth studio album, was released in April 2008, it was recorded with Ewan Pearson and Morgan Kibby. The album features a more focused approach to song structure and form, Gonzalez stated that the main influence of the album came from music of the 1980s: "I think that'80s music is such a brilliant period for music history.
It was the occasion for me to do a tribute to this'80s music, but a tribute to my teenage years because the main theme of the album is being a teenager, being a teenager means a lot to me." Four singles were released from the album: "Couleurs" in February 2008, "Graveyard Girl" in April, "Kim & Jessie" in July, "We Own the Sky" in December. Redbull and Snowboarder Travis Rice used "We Own the Sky" as the opening song in the 2008 snowboard film That's It That's All. M83 appeared on a limited edition split 7" single with Maps in 2008. In December 2008, M83 supported Kings of Leon on its UK tour. In January and February 2009, M83 supported The Killers across United States tour dates and toured with Depeche Mode on its Tour of the Universe in Italy and France. In July, M83 appeared at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. In July 2009, M83 appeared at the Wexner Center in Columbus, when there was an altercation between Gonzalez and a security guard, the band apologized to its fans for the incident. In 2010, on the eve of turning 30, Gonzalez moved to Los Angeles.
In Spring 2010, M83 composed the score of French director Gilles Marchand's film Black Heaven. On 5 July 2010, the Black Heaven Soundtrack was released, which included two new songs by M83 called "Black Hole" and "Marion's Theme", along with five tracks from his back catalog; the soundtrack includes songs from the score by Emmanuel D'Orlando, Moon Dailly and John & Jehn. However, his feelings towards the record were negative, leaving him depressed. In 2011, Gonzalez started working on a new batch of songs for an album slated for release in the year, he described the tracks as darker and "very very epic". Speaking with Spin, he said of the new album ``. It's about dreams, how every one is different, how you dream differently when you're a kid, a teenager, or an adult. I'm proud of it. If you're doing a long album, all the songs need to be different and I think I've done that with this one." He recorded again with Morgan Kibby as well as others, in
Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper, known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Allen left school when she was 15 and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. In 2005, she made some of her recordings public on Myspace and the publicity resulted in airplay on BBC Radio 1 and a contract with Regal Recordings, her first mainstream single, "Smile", reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006. Her debut record, Still, was well received, selling over 2.6 million copies worldwide and brought Allen a nomination at the Grammy Awards, the Brit Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards. She began hosting Lily Allen and Friends, on BBC Three, her second studio album, It's Not Me, It's You, saw a genre shift, having more of an electropop feel, rather than the ska and reggae influences of the first one. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the Australian ARIA Charts and was well received by critics, noting the singer's musical evolution and maturity.
It spawned the hit singles "The Fear" and "Fuck You". This success saw. Allen and Amy Winehouse were credited with starting a process that led to the "year of the women" media label in 2009 that saw five female artists making music of "experimentalism and fearlessness" nominated for the Mercury Prize. After announcing a hiatus from her music career in 2009, Allen launched her own record label, In the Name Of, in 2011, she has released two further albums: Sheezus, which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, No Shame. In September 2018, Allen released her debut book, My Thoughts Exactly. Allen was born in Hammersmith, west London, daughter of Keith Allen, a Welsh-born comedian, film producer Alison Owen, she has Sarah. Allen's mother was from a working class Portsmouth family, was 17 when she gave birth to Sarah, her family were devout Catholics. Allen is the goddaughter of Wild Colonials vocalist Angela McCluskey and third-cousin of singer Sam Smith. At the age of three, Allen appeared in The Comic Strip Presents... episode "The Yob", which her father had co-written.
When she was four, her father left the family. During her early childhood, Allen lived with her family on a council estate, they settled in Islington. For a time, the family lived with comedian Harry Enfield; the Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer was close to Allen. Allen attended 13 schools, including Prince Charles's junior alma mater, Hill House School, Bedales School and was expelled from several of them for drinking and smoking; when Allen was eleven, former University of Victoria music student Rachel Santesso overheard Allen singing "Wonderwall" by Oasis in the school's playground. This led to Allen singing "Baby Mine" from Disney's Dumbo at a school concert. Allen told Loveline that the audience was "brought to tears at the sight of a troubled young girl doing something good". At that point Allen said she knew that music was something she needed to do either as a lifelong vocation or to get it out of her system, she achieved grade 8 in singing. Allen played violin and trumpet and was a member of a chamber choir.
Her first solo was "In the Bleak Midwinter". She appeared as a lady-in-waiting in the 1998 film Elizabeth, co-produced by her mother; that same year, Allen appeared in the music video to the Fat Les song "Vindaloo". She dropped out of school at age fifteen, not wanting to "spend a third of her life preparing to work for the next third of her life, to set herself up with a pension for the next third of her life." When her family went to Ibiza on holiday, Allen told her mother that she was staying with friends but remained in Sant Antoni de Portmany instead. She earned money by dealing ecstasy. Allen met George Lamb in Ibiza, she was rejected by several labels, which she attributed to her drinking and being the daughter of Keith Allen. She used her father's connections to get signed to London Records in 2002; when the executive who had signed her left, the label lost interest and she left without releasing the folk songs many of which were written by her father. She studied horticulture to become a florist, but changed her mind and returned to music.
Allen began writing songs, while her manager introduced her to production duo Future Cut in 2004. They worked in a small studio in the basement of an office building. In 2005, Allen was signed to Regal Recordings. Allen created an account on MySpace and began posting demos that she recorded in November 2005; the demos attracted thousands of listeners, 500 limited edition 7" vinyl singles of "LDN" were rush-released, reselling for as much as £40. Allen produced two mixtapes – My First Mixtape and My Second Mixtape – to promote her work; as she accumulated tens of thousands of MySpace friends, The Observer Music Monthly, a magazine published in The Observer, took interest in March 2006. Few people outside of her label's A&R department knew who she was, so the label was slow in responding to publications wanting to report about her. She
World AIDS Museum and Educational Center
The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, located at 1201 NE 26th St. in Wilton Manors, opened on May 15, 2014. The AIDS Museum and Educational Center began as a HIV support group, Pozitive Attitudes, at the Pride Center in Fort Lauderdale; the facilitator of that group was Steve Stagon and it was his idea to create an AIDS museum, in south Florida because Broward County and Miami-Dade County are "the epicenter of the AIDS crisis in America." A non-profit corporation was set up and fundraising began. After various local exhibits in churches and the Pride Center, once they had enough funding they choose the location on 26th Street. On Nov 07, 2013, Magic Johnson visited the World AIDS Museum and dedicated the space, 22 years to the day he announced his HIV status. Doors opened to the public in May 2014; the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center has a main gallery featuring the historical timeline of the AIDS epidemic, 2 art galleries, a research library. They do traveling exhibits and educational programs in the schools.
The current Executive Director is Requel Lopes. Author and AIDS activist Larry Kramer, who spoke there on March 9, 2017, remarked: What an amazing and outstanding place this is!... Now they have funding from the state, can...host groups of students. The exhibition, beautifly installed, among much else a GMHC room, an ACT UP room, a Keith Haring room; the history of hiv/AIDS timeline is extensive, I learned a few thngs myself. The docent is exceptionally knowledgeable.... The board members are exceptionally committed.... They take pride in claiming; this museum beats anything in San Francisco or New York. Spread the word that this place exists! The AIDS Museum is a nonprofit organization based in Newark, New Jersey with a collection of art related to AIDS and art by artists living with HIV, it was founded in December 2004. Among the museum's exhibits have been: an exhibit of art by HIV-positive artists titled "Eyes of Mercy", was held from November 11 through December 1, 2006 at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.
The museum co-organized an exhibit titled "Edge of Light: Art in the Age of AIDS" at the Paul Robeson Center Gallery at Rutgers Newark, which ran from July 2007 until December 2007. The World Culture Open Gallery was the site of a collaborative project called "Positive Still: Artists Respond to AIDS" featuring, among other artwork, five pieces from the AIDS Museum's permanent collection; the AIDS Museum has no permanent location. Its Web site lists no activities since 2011, although it still has an active phone number and the Web site. There is another being developed in South Africa. World AIDS Museum and Educational Center Web site Newark AIDS Museum website
Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent, being behind Asia in both categories. At about 30.3 million km2 including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Isthmus of Suez and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast and the Atlantic Ocean to the west; the continent includes various archipelagos. It contains 54 recognised sovereign states, nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition; the majority of the continent and its countries are in the Northern Hemisphere, with a substantial portion and number of countries in the Southern Hemisphere. Africa's average population is the youngest amongst all the continents. Algeria is Africa's largest country by area, Nigeria is its largest by population. Africa central Eastern Africa, is accepted as the place of origin of humans and the Hominidae clade, as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids and their ancestors as well as ones that have been dated to around 7 million years ago, including Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus africanus, A. afarensis, Homo erectus, H. habilis and H. ergaster—the earliest Homo sapiens, found in Ethiopia, date to circa 200,000 years ago.
Africa encompasses numerous climate areas. Africa hosts a large diversity of ethnicities and languages. In the late 19th century, European countries colonised all of Africa. African nations cooperate through the establishment of the African Union, headquartered in Addis Ababa. Afri was a Latin name used to refer to the inhabitants of then-known northern Africa to the west of the Nile river, in its widest sense referred to all lands south of the Mediterranean; this name seems to have referred to a native Libyan tribe, an ancestor of modern Berbers. The name had been connected with the Phoenician word ʿafar meaning "dust", but a 1981 hypothesis has asserted that it stems from the Berber word ifri meaning "cave", in reference to cave dwellers; the same word may be found in the name of the Banu Ifran from Algeria and Tripolitania, a Berber tribe from Yafran in northwestern Libya. Under Roman rule, Carthage became the capital of the province it named Africa Proconsularis, following its defeat of the Carthaginians in the Third Punic War in 146 BC, which included the coastal part of modern Libya.
The Latin suffix -ica can sometimes be used to denote a land. The Muslim region of Ifriqiya, following its conquest of the Byzantine Empire's Exarchatus Africae preserved a form of the name. According to the Romans, Africa lay to the west of Egypt, while "Asia" was used to refer to Anatolia and lands to the east. A definite line was drawn between the two continents by the geographer Ptolemy, indicating Alexandria along the Prime Meridian and making the isthmus of Suez and the Red Sea the boundary between Asia and Africa; as Europeans came to understand the real extent of the continent, the idea of "Africa" expanded with their knowledge. Other etymological hypotheses have been postulated for the ancient name "Africa": The 1st-century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus asserted that it was named for Epher, grandson of Abraham according to Gen. 25:4, whose descendants, he claimed, had invaded Libya. Isidore of Seville in his 7th-century Etymologiae XIV.5.2. Suggests "Africa comes from the Latin aprica, meaning "sunny".
Massey, in 1881, stated that Africa is derived from the Egyptian af-rui-ka, meaning "to turn toward the opening of the Ka." The Ka is the energetic double of every person and the "opening of the Ka" refers to a womb or birthplace. Africa would be, for the Egyptians, "the birthplace." Michèle Fruyt in 1976 proposed linking the Latin word with africus "south wind", which would be of Umbrian origin and mean "rainy wind". Robert R. Stieglitz of Rutgers University in 1984 proposed: "The name Africa, derived from the Latin *Aphir-ic-a, is cognate to Hebrew Ophir." Ibn Khallikan and some other historians claim that the name of Africa came from a Himyarite king called Afrikin ibn Kais ibn Saifi called "Afrikus son of Abrahah" who subdued Ifriqiya. Africa is considered by most paleoanthropologists to be the oldest inhabited territory on Earth, with the human species originating from the continent. During the mid-20th century, anthropologists discovered many fossils and evidence of human occupation as early as 7 million years ago.
Fossil remains of several species of early apelike humans thought to have evolved into modern man, such as Australopithecus afarensis (radiometrically dated to 3.9–3.0 million years BP, Paranthropus boisei and Homo ergaster have been discovered. After the evolution of Homo sapiens sapiens 150,000 to 100,000 years BP in Africa, the continent was populated by groups of hunter-gatherers; these first modern humans left Africa and populated the rest of the globe during the Out of Africa II migration dated to 50,000 years BP, exiting the continent eith
Bruno Nicolini, better known by his stage name Bénabar, is a French songwriter and singer, who could be compared to Vincent Delerm and other singers from his generation. As many of them he was influenced by Georges Brassens, Jacques Higelin and Tom Waits, his songs describe day-to-day life events with a tender cynicism. His songs are influenced by French chanson and a heavy influence is placed on the piano or the accordion and on typical French fanfare for the most upbeat of them; this genre of music is typically French and differs from most in that emphasis is placed on appreciation of the lyrics and that it is linked to a specific culture of modern "guinche" appreciated a lot by Bobos among others. Bénabar began his career in the cinema, working as an assistant on Le Brasier before directing three short subjects: Nada Lezard, José Jeannette and Sursum corda, he turned to music, working for some time with his friend Patchol who gave him his nickname. With "Les associés" he sang for several years in small places in France and Switzerland before the release of Bénabar, which raised his profile sufficiently to make him the opening act for Henri Salvador.
He did not win it. In 2004, after the successful release of Les risques du métier, he won the award for "album "chanson/variété" of the year", his next album Reprise des négociations sold better than the previous ones: according to Le Figaro, Bénabar reached number 4 for CD sales in France, with 2.18 million euros sales in 2006. In 2007 he won the awards for "Male group or artist of the year" and "original song of the year", he has two brothers named Sébastien. He has a son born in 2004 named Manolo and a daughter born in 2009. Bénabar is a member of the Les Enfoirés charity ensemble since 2007. A Chart peak for Ultratip. Other singles 2009: Incognito 2015: The Night Watchman Bénabar on IMDb Official French site Biography of Bénabar on the RFI musique Website
Paul Kalkbrenner is a German live act, producer of electronic music, actor from Berlin. Because he breaks down his tracks into elements that are reassembled onstage, Kalkbrenner is considered a live act, as opposed to a DJ, he is most known for his single "Sky and Sand," which sold over 200,000 copies, went platinum, was charted in countries such as Belgium and Germany. He is known for portraying the main character Ickarus in the movie Berlin Calling written and directed by Hannes Stöhr, which ran for several years at Kino Central in Berlin. Paul Kalkbrenner grew up in Lichtenberg, deep in the eastern sector of the city before the Berlin Wall came down. At the time of the Reunification of Germany, Kalkbrenner was only thirteen years old, it was that he began to play records to his peers at the youth clubs of Berlin, despite his 11 p.m. curfew set by his mother. He played together with his good friend Sascha Funke, who he met at his school and discovered that they both shared a common interest in techno.
Admiring the Underground Resistance from Detroit, both Kalkbrenner and Funke spent the years between 1992 and 1997 delving into record bins and familiarizing themselves with the best techno releases of the day. It was this and a radio show they listened to every Saturday that led them to the techno scene. Meanwhile, at school, he studied music theory. After spending many long and sleepless nights on the dancefloors of E-Werk and Walfisch, the dream was born to make music himself. In 1995, at the age of eighteen, Kalkbrenner worked for two years as a cutter in the television industry to fund the equipment he bought for production. During that time and Funke lived together and began producing music on machines they both bought and borrowed. After getting into music production, it is that Kalkbrenner decided he would like to only perform live with his own music. Before Ellen Allien established BPitch Control as a record label, she was throwing BPitch parties all around Berlin, it was at one of her parties that Funke met Allien.
She came over to hear what they were working on, gave a few recommendations, in 1999, Kalkbrenner released his first tracks as the Friedrichshain EP on BPitch Control under the name "Paul dB+." After releasing two albums and Zeit, Kalkbrenner began to see album releases as his preferred format. His melodic sound, with its affinity for grand emotional gestures, obeyed the logic of the dancefloor, but his third album, introduced a narrative aesthetic; the track "Gebrünn Gebrünn", released one year became a crossover hit. Kalkbrenner released six albums and ten EPs with BPitch Control, until his amicable departure in 2008. After his release Self, Kalkbrenner was approached by Berlin-based film director and long time supporter of his work, Hannes Stöhr, with the proposition of creating the soundtrack for Stöhr's movie about a Berlin DJ during the 2000s. In the course of their exchange, Stöhr had the realization that Kalkbrenner would be the perfect choice as the film's star. Kalkbrenner accepted the offer and they decided to title the film Berlin Calling.
In late 2006, he moved to Aix-en-Provence, South of France with Sascha Funke for six months to work on the soundtrack. The hit track off of the album, "Sky and Sand" was produced with the vocals of his own brother, Fritz Kalkbrenner. 2007 saw Kalkbrenner's return to Berlin. Although the film is fictitious, Kalkbrenner was able to relate to the film's main character, Ickarus, mentally destroyed by the scene but still holds many amazing musical ideas inside his head, it is because of that correlation, that Kalkbrenner's first venture into acting was well executed and successful. Ickarus is a representation of who Kalkbrenner did not want to become. After the movie's release in October 2008, the album went platinum with over 200,000 and the song "Sky and Sand" topped charts for weeks; the movie premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and was well received, turning in a cult classic in Europe. It broke the record of longest run film in Germany, with over 145 weeks of continuous screenings at Kino Central in Berlin.
In 2009, the movie was released on DVD. In 2009, after receiving widespread acclaim for Berlin Calling – The Soundtrack album released on BPitch, Kalkbrenner decided that after ten years, it was time for him and the label to split ways, he believed that the label did not have what it took to support his artist growth, to propel him forward. Wanting to do his own thing, Kalkbrenner created Paul Kalkbrenner Musik as a platform for his own music. Kalkbrenner set out on a sold-out, twelve-city tour in 2010, filmed with the help of the team that created Berlin Calling, released as Paul Kalkbrenner 2010 – A Live Documentary. Since the label was begun, it has seen the release of two albums. Icke Wieder, supported by DJs like Sasha, ranked number two in German music charts, reached gold status with over 100,000 CDs sold; the tour for the album brought together over 125,000 fans. That same summer, Kalkbrenner came to Ibiza for the first time to speak at the International Music Summit and play at one of Ibiza's renowned clubs, Amnesia.
Most he has released the album Guten Tag on 30 November 2012. On 25 August 2012, a few months before the release of Guten Tag, Kalkbrenner married Romanian DJ/producer Simina Grigoriu. In February 2013, he began to tour to support the new album in Europe and the U. S. Guten Tag has topped charts in both Switzerland. In 2015, he announced the release of the "Flor