Spotify continues to show its commitment to the Middle East and North Africa region, this time by proudly projecting an image of Egyptian singer and MENA superstar Amr Diab on a Spotify billboard today, stealing the spotlight in New York City’s Times Square, one of the most iconic neighborhoods and sights in the Big Apple.
In a bid to reach the millions of lovers of Arab music living outside the MENA region, Spotify launched last year with a globally accessible Arab hub as part of their Global Cultures initiative, which is instrumental in connecting the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa, with listeners everywhere. With Spotify’s global and local editorial team’s collaboration, Diab’s songs were included on various international and regional playlists, where his music continues to spread around the globe.
Diab’s appearance on a Times Square billboard demonstrates Spotify’s dedication to putting MENA talents on the world stage and marks the first time an artist, singing in Arabic, has been featured on this international landmark.
Commenting on the brand’s commitment to supporting regional talent and Arab music, Claudius Boller, Managing Director, Spotify Middle East and Africa, said, “Bringing the world to artists and artists to the world is a fundamental part of what Spotify is about. Experiencing Amr Diab’s devotion to Arabic music for nearly four decades straight and witnessing his fanbase expand across the world is beyond incredible. Today we are celebrating Diab’s legacy and we are proud to see him shine so brightly – literally – on the global stage.”
Whilst Diab’s MENA based fans have proudly followed his decades-long career, he is no stranger to the United States. The legendary artist has been busy projecting his steamy Mediterranean grooves across the world and has a massive listening base in the USA, which became the number one country streaming his music on Spotify, followed by Sweden and Germany.
“Music is a language that speaks emotions and not only words. I am blessed to have touched people around the world with my music,” Amr Diab tells Spotify. “Spotify has allowed so many artists to connect with fans beyond borders and I am glad for that.”
Diab’s global appeal can also be witnessed in Spotify’s latest marketing campaign, which features a series of fun videos set in different places around the world where non-Arabs are attempting to sing along to the icon’s latest and greatest tunes.
“What Amr Diab was doing, from the beginning, really, was look to the Mediterranean for his sound,” explains Saeed Saeed, a prominent music and culture commentator. “He took Arabic pop music into a new direction, so for that he’s deeply important,” Saeed says.
A 2013 tour celebrating Diab’s glorious career saw him playing sold-out concerts as far off as Australia, Romania, and Greece. He was even recognized by Guinness World Records in 2016 for the record-breaking number of trophies he has taken home in the annual World Music Awards.
Mohamed Ramadan Under Fire After Posting A Picture With an Israeli Singer
Mohamed Ramadan sparked controversy and is currently under fire for posting a picture with an Israeli singer, the thing that angered many of his fans and even though the singer and actor deleted the photo shortly after, he’s still under attack.
According to Ramadan, he didn’t know the nationality of the person and he says that normally he doesn’t ask each and every person who asks to take a picture with him about his nationality.
However, social media people shared videos of the party that Ramadan was at and they’re saying that it included many Israelis and that one of Israel’s popular songs was played during the party.
The singer and actor Mohamed Ramadan responded today to all fans saying that he normally doesn’t ask people about their nationality and that he is 100% pro the Palestinian case, attached with his tweet was a video of him with a Palestinian.
مابسألش عن بلد اللي بيتصور إلا لو هو لوحده قال وده ڤيديو في نفس الوقت ونفس المكان مع شاب فلسطيني!! وبوجه فيه تحية للشعب الفلسطيني الشقيق !! تجاهل البعض لهذا الڤيديو يأكد ان القصد ليس القضية الفلسطينية ولكن قضيتهم الحقيقية هي المحاولة ال١٠٠٠ لإيقاف نجاحيوشعبيتي #ثقه_في_الله_نجاح pic.twitter.com/UxMniEwXcq
— Mohamed Ramadan (@Mohamed_Ramadan) November 22, 2020
The head of the Egyptian Acting Syndicate, Ashraf Zaki, confirmed during his phone call with an Egyptian TV program, that he communicated with Muhammad Ramadan, and the latter denied his knowledge of the Israeli artist, saying: “I swear to God I didn’t know who he was, I was in an Arab country and took this picture.”
What do you think? Are you with or against the action of Mohamed Ramadan?
Tamer Hosny and Bassma Boussel Are Splitting Up and Drama Followed Them on Social Media!
After eight years of marriage, superstar Tamer Hosny and Morrocan star Bassma Boussel filed for a divorce, the news that shortly went viral.
Boussel posted on her official Instagram, a story expressing how upset she is at fans, who keep sharing photos of her and Tamer Hosny. She urges her fans to stop sending footage or tagging her and consider her feelings.
Later on, she added that they’re already in the process that follows their separation and are on the final regulations of divorce. She didn’t keep that story for long though and deleted it shortly afterwards.
The news of their divorce has gone viral in a short time, even though Boussel didn’t keep the story for long. It’s currently one of the widely discussed topics, and the couple are urging people to respect their privacy.
We wish them both the best and for god to grant them peace.
After Months of Dispute, Assala and Ahlam Finally Reconciled!
We have some uplifting news for you! After months of dispute and tension between Assala and Ahlam, both superstars finally made up following the interference of Ahlam’s son Fahed Mubark who tweeted that his mother actually listen to Assala more than he does.
Assala then replied to his tweet expressing her love to Ahlam despite everything that happened between them, she even joked with her and asked her which song she liked the most in the album.
The two superstars then started to exchange tweets, to which Lebanese star Elissa replied and expressed her happiness that they have finally made up, saying that she love the both of them and wishes them good. This isn’t the first time Elissa tries to make things better between them both.
The story of this dispute first started when Ahlam congratulated Assala for her new song “Bent Akaber,” but when Assala didn’t reply on the post, Ahlam deleted it and the clash ended with her blocking Assala on Twitter.
We’re just glad that after all this time, they both admitted their love to one another and Ahlam even tweeted a reply to her son that she loves Assala more than he does.
We wish them both happiness and for things to remain peaceful between them both.
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