Lebanese superstar Elissa is breaking new records after the music video of her new song “Aaks Elli Shayfenha” hit more than 3 million views in its first week.
The song was posted on July 19 by Rotana Records, the Arab World’s largest record label, which has 4.5 million subscribers.
WATCH: “AAKS ELLI SHAYFENHA”
The hit music video is directed by Lebanese director Angy Jammal, who collaborated with Elissa for the fourth time after music videos for “Ya Merayti,” “Hob Kol Hayaty,” and “Saharna Ya Leil,” according to a press release.
“Aaks Elli Shayfenha” is composed by Amir Teima and with lyrics by Walid Saad. The song comes from Elissa’s album, “Saharna Ya Leil.”
Elissa, whose real name is Elissar Zakaria Khoury, is a popular Lebanese recording artist, and the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist in 2006.
She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
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(BEIRUT) – Lebanese singer Melhem Zein released a new single composed by legendary composer and singer Melhem Barakat, who died last week at the age of 71.
The single, “Marti W Ana,” was set to release later this year, but Zein wanted to honor Barakat’s legacy by releasing the song early.
“Marti W Ana” which translates to “My Wife and I” was just one of the songs Barakat was composing before his death. Reports say he was also working on “Albi Al Walhan” or “My Heart That’s in Love.”
Barakat’s music career started in the 1960s and hit its peak when he joined the Rahbanis’ musical theater. He later grew into one of the most popular stars in Lebanon, and toured in Australia, South America, Canada and the U.S.
He died Oct. 28 at Hôtel-Dieu de France hospital in Achrafieh, Lebanon.
LISTEN to ‘Marti W Ana’:
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A new Miss Lebanon for 2015 was elected on Monday, proving that some elections do actually exist in Lebanon!
While the presidential palace in Baabda remains empty, a panel of judges somehow managed to appoint a new Miss Lebanon to represent the country in the upcoming Miss World and Miss Universe competitions.
Clearly, representation at these pageants is far more important than representation at international security meetings and among world leaders.
The beauty is Valerie Abou Chacra, a 23-year-old student at the Lebanese American University, who received the crown from Sally Greige, Miss Lebanon 2014.
Abou Chacra beat out 13 other women with the judges’ votes, including Josline Mosleh and Cynthia Samoeil, who were first runners-up. Nour Nasrallah and Maria Tannous came in second and third place, respectively.
Greige presented Abou Chacra with the Miss Lebanon crown during a live pageant broadcast on LBC. Unlike Lebanon’s own leaders, Greige cannot extend her own term.
Political quarrels have created a stalemate in Lebanon, which has left the country without a president for over a year. President Michel Sleiman’s term expired in May 2014.
So here’s an idea — elect Valerie as president! You don’t have enough women in politics, anyway.
Once again, Lebanon proves to be the land of irony.
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(SAO PAULO) — Lebanese-Brazilian singer Luciana Zogbi will leave you speechless after you listen to her cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
At just 19-years-old, Luciana’s singing career is already off to a great start! With 310,000 Facebook likes and more than 52 million YouTube views, she’s become internationally known as a YouTube star.
The independent singer shot to fame after her cover of John Legend’s “All of Me” went viral, garnering 36 million views worldwide.
WATCH her recently posted cover of Hallelujah:
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(LOS ANGELES, CA) — After releasing her first-ever English music video in April, Lebanese superstar Haifa Wehbe revealed plans to enter the U.S. music market with two additional English songs.
Haifa is planning partnerships with R&B singer Ne-Yo and Moroccan-born rapper French Montana for her new songs, “Habibi” and “Snake Charmer.”
Her first English music video, “Breathing You In,” pulled in a whopping 7.6 million views on YouTube.
“For me its about taking risks – lots of them,” Haifa told Entertainment Scoop. “I want to continue to push myself to do things that are outside of my comfort zone.”
“Breathing You In” featured a provocative Haifa flaunting around Jennifer Lopez’s ex-lover, Casper Smart. In June, celebrity tabloids revealed an alleged scandal between Haifa and Casper.
In Touch Magazine said a source told them Haifa and Casper began a “secret affair” that lasted until the spring.
“J-Lo saw texts between Casper and Haifa, that’s how she uncovered the affair,” the source is quoted by In Touch Magazine. “She became possessive and controlling, she was furious and forced him to sever all ties with Haifa.”
Haifa did not respond to the allegations, but admitted to being an “easy target” for controversy.
“The world is changing and people are ultimately frightened by the unknown so they lash out and I regrettably am an easy target,” Haifa said. “I work at not taking it personal because the issues are much bigger than me.”
“Breathing You In” was directed by Dubai-based businessman and film producer Tarik Freitekh. The music video was shot in Las Vegas in studios previously used by the likes of Shakira, Snoop Dog, and Justin Bieber.
WATCH Haifa’s first English music video:
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