Ben l'Oncle Soul

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Ben l'Oncle Soul
Ben l'Oncle Soul - Festival du Bout du Monde 2014 - 010.jpg
Background information
Birth nameBenjamin Duterde
Also known asL'Oncle Ben
Born (1984-11-10) 10 November 1984 (age 35)
Tours, Indre-et-Loire
OriginFrance
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active2004–present
Websitebenlonclesoul.com

Benjamin Duterde (French pronunciation: ​[bɛ̃ʒamɛ̃ dytɛʁd]; born 10 November 1984), better known by his stage name Ben l'Oncle Soul (French: [bɛn l‿ɔ̃klə sul], literally Ben the Uncle Soul) is a French soul singer-songwriter.

Career[edit]

After graduating in 2004, he started singing in a gospel group called Fitiavana. He often wears a bow tie like Uncle Ben from Uncle Ben's Rice.[1] His friends called him "l'Oncle Ben", but he decided to change it in 2009, shortly before the release of his first EP, Soul Wash: Lesson 1, to avoid copyright problems.[2] His eponymous debut album was released by Motown Records in 2010.[2]

On 25 June 2011, Ben L'Oncle Soul opened the 32nd edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival in a major free concert in front of more than 10,000 people at the Scène TD de la place des Festivals in the heart of Montreal. The concert was his third appearance in Montreal having performed at the 2010 FrancoFolies and at the 2011 Montréal High Lights Festival.

He performed at North Sea Jazz Festival on 9 July 2011, and appeared on Later... with Jools Holland on BBC 2 on 21 October 2011. As part of the London Jazz Festival, he played at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre, London, on 12 November 2011.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions Certification
BEL
Wa

[3]
FR
[4]
GER NED
[5]
SWI
[6]
2010 Ben l'Oncle Soul 11 4 81 12 37 France: 3× Platinum
2014 A coup de rêves 14 7 50 21
2016 Under My Skin 154 60
[7]
Live albums
Year Album details Peak
positions
Certification
BEL
Wa

[3]
FR
[4]
2011 Live Paris 25 32

EPs[edit]

  • 2009: Soul Wash: Lesson 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Certification Album
BEL
Vl
BEL
Wa

[3]
FR
[4]
GER NED
[5]
SWI
[6]
2010 "Seven Nation Army" 16 51 57 54 Ben l'Oncle Soul
2011 "Soulman" 16 14 39 63
"Petite Sœur" 40 54
"Elle me dit" 31*
(Ultratip)
2013 "Hallelujah!!! (J'ai tant besoin de toi)" 22*
(Ultratip)
33*
(Ultratip)
68 À Coup de Rêves
"Être un homme comme vous" 94 We Love Disney
2014-5 "You Got My Back" 75 À Coup de Rêves
"Ailleurs" 67
"So Hard to Find" 53
"À Coup de Rêves" 40

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Featured in
Year Single Charts Certification Album
FR
[4]
2010 "À mi-chemin"
(Hocus Pocus featuring Akhenaton and Ben l'Oncle Soul)
70

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2010: Nominated for the Prix Constantin for Ben l'Oncle Soul
  • 2010: Nominated for La Chanson de l'année (The Song of the Year) for "Soulman"
  • 2011: Nominated for Francophone Breakthrough of the Year for Ben l'Oncle Soul at the NRJ Music Awards
  • 2011: Won for Best Male Singer of the Year at the Globes de Cristal
  • 2011: Won for Live Breakthrough at the Victoires de la musique
  • 2011: Nominated for Breakthrough of the Public at the Victoires de la musique
  • 2011: Nominated for Album of the Year for Ben l'Oncle Soul at the Victoires de la musique
  • 2011: Nominated for Music Video of the Year for "Soulman" at the Victoires de la musique
  • 2011: Nominated for Best French Artist for Ben l'Oncle Soul at the MTV Europe Music Awards
  • 2012: Won for European Border Breakers Award[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Ben l'Oncle Soul biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b Basque, Ludovic (22 June 2010). "Le casse de Ben l'Oncle Soul". Radio France Internationale. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b c ultratop.be: Ben l'Oncle Soul discography
  4. ^ a b c d LesCharts.com: Ben l'Oncle Soul discography
  5. ^ a b LesCharts.com: Ben l'Oncle Soul discography Archived 19 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b Hitparade.ch Ben l'Oncle Soul discography Archived 12 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 45, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  8. ^ "European Border Breakers Award", Etep.nl. Retrieved 20 February 2012

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