Tamer Hosny’s US tour hits Vegas

Tamer Hosny
Updated 13 November 2017
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Tamer Hosny’s US tour hits Vegas

LAS VEGAS: Egyptian singer and actor Tamer Hosny’s American tour is breaking records for an Arab artist outside the Middle East, according to online news portal Bitajarod.
Hosny performed at Paris Las Vegas Hotel on Saturday — the fourth stop on his tour — where his audience consisted of both Arab and non-Arab fans, in numbers that Sabq claimed “exceeded all expectations” and constituted “the largest Arab and foreign audience in the state’s history.” Bitajarod provided no source for that claim, although it did mention that there are not many Arabic-language concerts in Las Vegas.
Hosny has been dubbed “Egypt’s answer to Justin Timberlake.” He rose to fame with the success of his debut album, 2006’s “Hob,” and has since become one of the most successful pop stars in the Arab world.
He has also made some impact on pop culture outside of the Middle East, collaborating with US rapper Snoop Dogg on 2013’s “Si L Sayed” and with Senegalese star Akon on “Welcome to the Life.”
Hosny’s US tour concludes with dates in Houston on Nov. 17 and Orlando on Nov. 18.


Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

Updated 22 September 2018
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Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

  • Rihanna's home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism
  • The singer has scored 14 number-one singles on the US Billboard chart

NEW YORK: Rihanna is now Ambassador Rihanna, after her home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said that Rihanna — real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty — has been conferred the title of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary.
While the singer will not be formally accredited to another country, Mottley said that Rihanna — whose more colorful songs include “Bitch Better Have My Money” — would be in charge of bringing investment as well as encouraging education and tourism.
“I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility,” Rihanna said in a statement dated Thursday.
Rihanna, 30, grew up in a troubled home in Barbados and was propelled to fame after visiting US producer Evan Rogers recognized her talents.
The singer, who since achieving stardom has lived primarily in Los Angeles and New York, has scored 14 number-one singles on the US Billboard chart, more than any artist except The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey.