Tuesday, June 30, 2015

These Composers Won't Work With Elissa And Her 2014 Album

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Elissa who shot to fame with catchy lyrics. Elissa is Arabia's highest-paid musician, and that success is due only partly to the mass popularity of her music. After all, there are many artists who get more radio time but don't make as much money. Ms. Khoury has made very astute decisions on how to monetize her music and image and position herself for a lengthy, successful career. However her musical stylings strike you, her thoughts on the future of the music industry—an industry she has come to dominate ealry on in her career are worth considering.

Elissa  didn't advocate a handful of singles and some OKish fillers, of course, she recommended trying to create albums that fans will cherish for years to come. Elissa seems to think "music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for." Her rise to prominence owes much to the loyal fan base she cultivated on her social media pages, where listeners could discover Elissa music for free on radios and where fans can still stream dozens of songs free. Once this fan base was built, however, Elissa embraced the concept of rarity.

Elissa is preparing for the release of her latest album with Rotana...other than having an interesting cover art, the album will not feature two of her biggest collaborators in the past. It seems she lost some serious talents that gave her some of her better songs and most memorable hits. I think this will be a good album, it sounds like she is the same again and that's not too bad. Rotana will market the hell of out of this album, here are the two composers who won't be collaborating with Elissa on this album.

  1. Marwan Khoury who hated fighting with Rotana over his rights and payments. He got sick of them and asked them not to include his song on Elissa's album. Marwan is still cool with Elissa though. Rotana talked back and said they do not care about Marwan or his song. This is a big loss for Elissa as Marwan knows how to make a song perfect for Elissa.
  2. Mohamed Rahim shared on his Facebook a post where he denied that his songs were removed from Elissa's album. He said, that he did not even record any songs with Elissa, and stated that he chose not to work with her from the get go on this album. He did not say why he chose not to collaborate with Elissa this once, but he wanted to make sure we knew he was not eliminated. 
Elissa is a smart markerter 

Monday, June 29, 2015

She's Got Her Eyes On Toni Qattan

People love Toni Qattan, they love his music, his family and they love his persona. Many more love about him that despite a serious illness in the liver he has not slowed down. Now comes a new song by this Palestinian/Jordanian pop star.

His song is about the lady whose sight is on him. It's a happy flirty song. Produced by Toni himself and released to his millions of fans. In the hopes of scoring some eid concerts Toni rushes the release of this song during the month of Ramadan--not a very usual move.

Toni Qattan - Einha Alaya / طوني قطان - عينها عليا
Lyrics: Abd Alrahman Asem
Composer: Kareem Ashour
Arranger: Mansi
Mastering: Haytham Kawar
Producer: Toni Qattan.
طوني قطان - عينها عليا / Toni Qattan - Einha Alaya

Islamic Songs Don't Have To Be Sad...Here Are Few Happy Ones

Have you ever noticed that Muslim or Islamic songs tend to be sorrowful, depressed and, miserable. I know the idea is to give people the sense of meekness and regret...and you cannot be these things if you are too happy. But you know we are not sad all the time, so happy songs that are upbeat there is certainly room for them.

Sami Yusuf did it more than a decade ago with his global hit, and he did it in more than one language in "Hasbi Rabbi" It was a sweet song that checked all the boxes. Not many have been able to pull such a magic trick.
Sami Yusuf - Hasbi Rabbi | سامي يوسف - حسبي ربي | Official Music Video

Egyptian pop star and iconic singer Mohamed Mounir did an upbeat song that does not seem weak on force. A song worthy of celebration, the music is awesome but the lyrics are what make this song best. No surprise there Mounir has done many dance and party songs and this song celebrates Islam in such a way that open many hearts and souls. The song even mentions the virgin Mary, so take that ISIS.

مدد - الارض السلام - محمد منير

In the weird fashion of street songs in Egypt (Mahrganat music) this is not a traditional religious song per se, it's folksy song for the month from Egypt about the customs of the month not the worship party. So two party artists take the song and with the help of auto tunes, you get something to dance to--if you will. Sadat and Haha are a punch of many jokes but they are powerful music force in the world that does not listen to music.

مهرجان ( هاتو الفوانيس ) سادات - فيفتى توزيع عمرو حاحا جديد 2014

Similar thing here, this is not a song about worship or even about God, it's about the social customs of the holy month. It's about the food, the gathering, the crescent and all the joy. Sure it's the month of Koran and redemption.  Moroccan native Jannat's song highlights all the good deeds of the month. It's song that sits well with the masses, it might be something that airs once the fast is over with.
Jannat - Ramadan / جنات - رمضان

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Watch How @JohnnyHomsy Takes A Different Approach To Arabic Music

Lebanese excel on many fields at home and abroad. They as people are unafraid to try new things in the hopes of being better than the next guy. Everyone in Lebanon tries to dominate whatever industry they find themselves in.

Here's a guy who is not a singer, yet he did a song that has a global reach. Johnny Homsy owns a production company in Beirut and he seems himself as a singer, composer, director and a creative talent. In just one song he has shown that he is really all these things. His new single "Ma Fi Haki is something really different than pop music in Arabia. Even his music video tells a surreal love story"

The song itself is beautiful and the lyrics capture the spirit of what Johnny is trying to do. The music in the song is closer to what you hear on American radios than in the Middle East, though the lyrics are in Arabic the song's theme feels universal.  

This is a music video that one has to watch few times as it's filled with many elements that may goes unnoticed in the first viewing. Well, it's official we have a breath of fresh air in Lebanese pop who is not short on words.

Johnny Homsy - Ma Fi Haki | جونى حمصى - ما فى حكى