Nancy Ajram top Arab artist of 2017: Anghami

Nancy Ajram
Updated 16 December 2017
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Nancy Ajram top Arab artist of 2017: Anghami

JEDDAH: Nancy Ajram, the well-known Lebanese singer, is the top Arab artist of the current year (2017), according to the Anghami website and application.
The Arab singer surpassed other Arab singers with her song “Am Bitaliq Feek” (Devotedly Attached to You), which was released nearly a year ago.
With this new record, Ajram has added to a series of successes she achieved during the year with her album “Hasa Baik” (I Feel You), and concerts she performed in a number of countries.
The first five editions of her album “Hasa Baik” were totally sold out in the market for seven months. The album contained 14 different songs.
Within 24 hours of the release of “Am Bitaliq Feek” in December last year, the Lebanese singer dominated all major musical charts in the Arab entertainment world.
The Arab music icon also reached another milestone this year when she crossed the 1 million subscription mark on YouTube in April.


Napoleon fever confirmed as hat sells for €350,000

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Napoleon fever confirmed as hat sells for €350,000

  • The final price far exceeded the expected €30,000 to €40,000 for the distinctive “bicorne” hat, which Napoleon wore sideways — rather than with points at the front and back — so he could easily be spotted on the battlefield.
  • Auctioneer Etienne De Baecque: “There’s a sort of craze going on with historical souvenirs, in particular those from Napoleon.”

LYON: A two-cornered military dress hat thought to have belonged to Napoleon went for €350,000 ($406,000) at auction on Monday, the latest sale to highlight the boundless appetite for all things associated with the emperor.
The final price far exceeded the expected €30,000 to €40,000 for the distinctive “bicorne” hat, which Napoleon wore sideways — rather than with points at the front and back — so he could easily be spotted on the battlefield.
The identify of the buyer was not disclosed.
“There’s a sort of craze going on with historical souvenirs, in particular those from Napoleon,” Etienne De Baecque, the auctioneer leading the sale in the eastern city of Lyon, told AFP.
Yet despite details that suggest the hat is one of about 120 the “Little Corsican” went through during his 15 years in power, there is no conclusive proof it belonged to him.
Most of them were made by the French hatmakers Poupard in black felted beaver fur, though only a handful of confirmed examples still exist.
“There are some distinctive elements: Napoleon hated the internal band so he always had it removed,” as is the case with the model sold Monday, De Baecque said.
It has long been attributed to the emperor, with records confirming its ownership since a Dutch captain took it as a war trophy after the battle of Waterloo in 1815.
The auction house said the hat was sold with the box used for its display at the World Expo in Brussels in 1897.
It had passed down through the captain’s family until the end of the last century, when it was sold to a French collector.
Monday’s sale still fell short of the €1.9 million paid for a Napoleon bicorne four years ago — part of a prestigious collection auctioned off by Monaco’s royal family — to the owner of the South Korean food and agriculture giant Harim.
Demand for all things Napoleon has often sent prices spiralling well above estimates.
Last November a fragile gold laurel leaf from the crown made for Napoleon’s coronation in 1804, weighing just 10 grams, was sold for €625,000.