Nancy Ajram fires up social media with new video teaser

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Updated 19 March 2018
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Nancy Ajram fires up social media with new video teaser

DUBAI: Lebanese pop superstar Nancy Ajram had her many-million social-media followers all a-flutter over the weekend after releasing a teaser for her upcoming “W Maak” (With You) video clip.
The up-tempo, EDM-infused track comes from Ajram’s ninth studio album, “Hassa Beek” (I Feel You), released last year.
Ajram is one of the Arab world’s most successful and popular pop stars. She landed her first record deal with EMI aged 15, and has been at the forefront of popular Arabic music ever since, as well as becoming an ubiquitous ambassador for a slew of regional and international brands, and a judge on the popular talent shows “Arab Idol” and “The Voice Kids.”
Ten years on from her debut release, Ajram remains a huge commercial draw. Regional music streaming service Anghami named her the top Arab artist of 2017. She has over 1 million YouTube subscribers and 15 million Instagram followers.
The “W Maak” teaser, posted on YouTube on March 14, shows the 34-year-old singer in an old-school American-style diner, dressed in a metallic baseball jacket and denim shorts and getting weirdly over-familiar with the venue’s jukebox.
Promoting the teaser on Facebook, Ajram also introduced a competition in which fans can call up and record their voices to win a chance to sing with the star.


’Blurred Lines’ legal saga ends in $5mn ruling favoring Marvin Gaye family

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’Blurred Lines’ legal saga ends in $5mn ruling favoring Marvin Gaye family

  • “The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” Pharell Williams said
  • The initial award in the case had triggered an angry response from many songwriters, who argued that there were major differences between the two songs at the center of the legal battle

LOS ANGELES: A long-running copyright dispute over the smash hit “Blurred Lines” has ended with the family of Motown legend Marvin Gaye winning a nearly $5 million judgment against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.
Thicke and Williams had been accused by Gaye’s estate of copyright infringement for their 2013 hit because of similarities with the late singer’s “Got to Give It Up.”
In 2015, the estate was awarded more than $7 million but the amount was later reduced to $5.3 million
Thicke and Pharrell appealed that judgment and a California judge earlier this year overall upheld the jury’s decision.
In a December 6 final ruling in the case made public on Thursday, US District Judge John Kronstadt ordered Thicke, Williams and Williams’ publishing company to pay Gaye’s estate $2.9 million in damages, US media reported.
Thicke was ordered to pay an additional $1.76 million. Williams and his publishing company must also separately pay Gay’s estate nearly $360,000.
Gaye’s family was also rewarded 50 percent of the song’s royalties.
The verdict caps a long-drawn legal battle that was closely watched by the music industry.
The initial award in the case had triggered an angry response from many songwriters, who argued that there were major differences between the two songs at the center of the legal battle, including the melodies and lyrics.
Williams, a popular songwriter who had another smash hit with “Happy,” said in an interview in 2015 that all creative people had inspirations.
“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” he said at the time.
“If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation.”
Representatives of both Williams and Thicke could not be immediately reached for comment.