Country and hip hop fans alike may be interested in our first Discover and download feature (in quite some time may we add) on the Belgian artist Milow, know for his interesting take on a common club hit. Join us as we take a look at what makes Milow worth sitting up, taking notice and downloading right now.
Jonathan Vandenbroeck, known by his much easier to pronounce stage name, Milow, was born and raised in Belgium, near the town of Werchter, famous for its Rock Werchter festival, one of the biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe. But music was also big in Milow’s own household, full of instruments and guitar and piano lessons, making Milow’s ambition to one day perform at Werchter one day that much easier to work towards.
Milow became what is known as DIY artist, releasing his first album The Bigger Picture on his own label and promoting it himself. Though he received praise, it was quite a struggle to gain notoriety, and his national breakthrough didn’t come until the release of You Don’t Know, the first of many collaborations with producer Jo Francken. After a slow start, You Don’t Know became one of the biggest hits in Belgium in 2007, peaking at 3 in the Ultratop 50 single charts.
Milow’s European break through came in September 2008 when he released a cover version of Ayo Technology. Originally a club sensation by Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, the sexually charged lyrics and video helped Milow’s odd singer-songwriter version become an internet sensation, even receiving praise from Perez Hilton as “Better than the original.”
Milow’s most recent album North and South was received with huge success in Europe, helping Milow to earn the MIA awards in 2011 for Best Live Act, Best Male Solo Artist and Best Pop Act, and help garner a US management contract to help boost his popularity stateside. And with singles like Milow’s Little in the middle, a sweet song with a country vibe and an odd music video, his success may be guaranteed.
Check out the songs Ayo technology and Little in the middle by Milow, now available on Red Karaoke in high quality mp3 to sing in the community, with our apps or to download and take with you anywhere.