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The performing moniker of Dutch and Belgian pop and rock singer/songwriter Joost Zweegers, Novastar began in the early '90s after Zweegers departed from his previous band, the Side Burns. His first big break -- as Novastar, anyway -- came in 1996, when he won the musical competition Rockrally. A record deal with Warner Benelux was secured two years later, and his first album, Novastar, was released in 2000.

 

The success of the album led to some high-profile gigs, including shared stages with K's Choice and Neil Young. In 2004, he complete what would become his second album, Another Lonely Soul. The album was a huge hit, scoring not only popular accolades but also winning Zweegers the Best Album Award at the Belgian TMF Awards in 2004.