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|Born||Sittard, 1 April 1971|
|Genres||Britpop, pop rock, alternative rock, rock, indie pop|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, guitar|
Novastar is a Belgian band, led by Dutch-born singer and pianist Joost Zweegers. The band is popular in Belgium and the Netherlands. Novastar is known for its deep, emotional ballads, and the pure, high voice of Zweegers.
Novastar was the winner of Humo's Rock Rally in 1996. The self-titled debut album Novastar was not released until four years later, in 2000, but with success. The album, produced by Wouter Van Belle and Marc Bonne, was released by Warner Music, reached #1 of the Ultratop Chart in Flanders and Novastar was awarded a platinum record. Singles Wrong, The Best Is Yet to Com, Caramia and Lost and Blown Away received much airplay. Novastar was honored as best album at both the Zamu Music Awards and the TMF Awards.
Joost Zweegers intended to record his second album in the United States, but unhappy with the way he was pushed to produce hits, he returned to Belgium. He started a collaboration with the Belgian musician Ozark Henry and together they wrote the songs for the next Novastar album Another Lonely Soul. The album, which Ozark Henry also produced, was released in 2004.
Although Joost Zweegers described Another Lonely Soul as "more emotional and less suited for the radio", the album was an immediate success. Just as the debut album, the new cd topped the Ultratop album chart and was awarded a platinum record and the TMF Award for best album.
Singles Never Back Down, When the Lights Go Down on the Broken Hearted and Rome got a lot of airplay in Belgium and the Netherlands. Novastar toured through Belgium and the Netherlands in clubs as well as on festivals like Pinkpop, Rock Werchter, Dour and Lowlands.
Then tragedy strikes. During a show in Vorst Nationaal, Zweegees stumbled off stage and crushes his heelbone. Total rehabilitation will take two years at least.
In the last months of 2007, Joost took his old compadre and keyboard player Jeroen Swinnen along to Bangor, a small picturesque village near the coast of Brittany, France to write songs. Back home he called Wim De Wilde, a well known Belgian soundtrack composer to ask him to produce the new Novastar album. They worked together with Kevin Killen (known for his work with Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, U2, Bryan Ferry and Kate Bush), percussionist Luis Jardim (The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bowie, Björk, Grace Jones), bassist Laurent Vernerey, pianist Claude Salmieri and many others.
The resulting album is called Almost Bangor, an electric and eclectic tour de force of a pop album. The album received a platinum sales status in Belgium and golden status in the Netherlands. Both singles Mars Needs Woman and Because reach the top of the airplay charts in both countries. Novastar received a prestigious 3FM Award for Best Alternative Artist in Holland. After a sold out club tour in the Fall of 2008, Novastar performed in February in a fully packed Antwerp based Lotto Arena and Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall. In between the band performed at the biggest festivals in Holland and Belgium as well, including Pinkpop, Cactus Festival, Dranouter and Bospop.
Joost Zweegers is currently working on his next album, again with producer Wim De Wilde.
|Album(s) with charts in the Dutch
Album Top 20/50/75/100
|Date of entry
| Number of
|Another Lonely Soul||2004||20-03-2004||36||27|
|Novastar / Another lonely soul||2009||13-06-2009||96||1|
|Single(s) Charts with
in the Dutch Top 40
|Date of appearance||Date of entry
| Number of
|The Best Is Yet To Come||2000||-|
|Lost & Blown Away||2000||-|
|Never Back Down||2004||-|
|When The Lights Go Down On The Broken Hearted||2004||-|
|Mars Needs Woman||2008||-|
|Waiting So Long||2008||03-01-2009||21||4|
- Novastar (2000) BEL#1 (Platinum)
- Another Lonely Soul (2004) BEL#1 (Platinum)
- Almost Bangor (2008) BEL#2 (Gold)
- "The Ticket : Novastar: Another Popular Soul" (in (Dutch)). Theticket.be. Retrieved 2012-08-10.