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)


Exhibition showcases expansions of Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah

Those wishing to see the exhibition must send a request confirming the date of the visit, which can be from Sunday to Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Exhibition showcases expansions of Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah

  • During the Saudi era, the mosque witnessed a great expansion during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1953
  • The mosque’s ongoing expansion is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to provide as many pilgrims as possible with the opportunity to easily perform their rituals

JEDDAH: An exhibition in Madinah, organized by the General Presidency of the Prophet’s Mosque, is showcasing the mosque’s expansions since its establishment by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
“The exhibition, in the southern part of the mosque, highlights its expansions throughout history with 50 paintings, photographs, presentations, models and documentaries in Arabic and English,” said Faez Al-Faez, the exhibition’s director.
“The exhibition also includes copies of manuscripts, a model of the Prophet’s ring, photos of his letters and 200-year-old Qur’ans,” he added.
“The exhibition includes the most important books about Madinah, and a hall where visitors are shown a 20-minute video about the stages during which the mosque witnessed expansions since the prophet’s era,” Al-Faez said.
“The Prophet Muhammad was the first to expand the mosque in 628, followed by Caliph Omar bin Al-Khattab in 638. The mosque was later expanded in the years 651, 710, 778, 782, 1483, 1849 and 1861,” he added.
“During the Saudi era, the mosque witnessed a great expansion during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1953,” Al-Faez said.
“The expansions and development projects continued until King Salman ordered the completion of the expansion of the eastern and western sides in 2015,” he added.
“King Salman’s interest in this matter reflects the attention and keenness of the kings of Saudi Arabia to serve the visitors of Madinah, especially those visiting the Prophet’s Mosque, which holds a special place in the hearts of all Muslims,” Al-Faez said.
“The mosque’s ongoing expansion is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to provide as many pilgrims as possible with the opportunity to easily perform their rituals,” he added.
Those wishing to see the exhibition must send a request confirming the date of the visit, which can be from Sunday to Thursday.
Visitors praised the details of the mosque’s construction and expansions, and commended the Kingdom’s constant efforts since the reign of its founder King Abdul Aziz to take care of and expand the mosque.