As Drake sets streaming record, Arab fans go wild over ‘habibi’ lyric

Drake ended Ed Sheeran’s two-week reign atop the Billboard 200 album chart on Monday. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 29 March 2017
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As Drake sets streaming record, Arab fans go wild over ‘habibi’ lyric

DUBAI: Canadian rapper Drake recently dropped his latest album “More Life” and fans around the world went wild but Arab admirers took to social media to explain why they, in particular, were so excited about the album which has set a new record.
In a song called “Portland,” the Canadian artist referencing a Toronto-based shisha bar called Habibiz, saying “it’s all habibiz ting, ya?”
Arab social media users picked up on his use of the Arabic language and some took to Twitter to celebrate while others were just very, very confused.
“Arabs on twitter acting like Drake invented the word Habibi,” one user tweeted.

“lmao at drake saying “habibi ting” in portland my guy u confusing me,” another said.
Meanwhile, some got down to celebrating Drake’s use of the word.
Laptops were pushed aside.
Some just couldn’t understand what was going on.
Drake ended Ed Sheeran’s two-week reign atop the Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, selling a monster 505,000 copies of his new album “More Life,” according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
The rapper, the world’s best-selling artist of 2016, took the No. 1 spot, setting a new streaming record and bringing home the biggest US sales week for any album since his 2016 release “Views.”
Nielsen said 257,000 units were earned from streaming, beating Drake’s previous record-setting 163,000 streaming units for “Views.”
The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).
Drake’s new release pushed British singer-songwriter Sheeran’s “Divide” into second place on the Billboard 200 with some 118,000 units sold.

(With Reuters)


Myriam Fares apologizes to Egyptian fans after backlash

Lebanese pop superstar Myriam Fares has apologized to her Egyptian fans over comments she made at a press conference. (File: AFP)
Updated 24 June 2019
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Myriam Fares apologizes to Egyptian fans after backlash

DUBAI: Lebanese pop superstar Myriam Fares has apologized to her Egyptian fans over comments she made at a press conference for the Moroccan Mawazine Festival on Saturday.

In a press appearance before her gig at the music festival, the star was questioned by a journalist and asked why she doesn’t perform in Egypt as much as she used to.

“I will be honest with you,” she told the journalist, “I’ve grown over the years and so did the pay and my demands, so it became a bit heavy on Egypt.”

The comment triggered intense backlash on social media, with many offended Twitter users using the platform to vent.

Egyptian singer and actor Ahmed Fahmi, who starred alongside Fares in a 2014 TV show, He replied to her comments sarcastically, tweeting: “Now you are too much for Egypt. Learn from the stars of the Arab world. You will understand that you did the biggest mistake of your life with this statement.”

Then, Egyptian songwriter Amir Teima tweeted: “Most Lebanese megastars like Elissa, Nawal (El Zoghby), Nancy (Ajram), Ragheb (Alama), and the great Majida El-Roumi have performed in Egypt after the revolution. You and I both know they get paid more than you do. Don’t attack Egypt; if it’s not out of respect, do it out of wit.”

Now, Fares has replied to the comments and has blamed the misunderstanding on her Lebanese dialect, saying: “I always say in my interviews that although I started from Lebanon, I earned my stardom in Egypt. I feel sorry that my Lebanese dialect and short reply created chances for a misunderstanding.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She ended her Instagram apology by saying, “Long live Egypt.”