Nancy Ajram fires up social media with new video teaser

Nancy Ajram (AFP)
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.


Hollywood star Will Smith brings down curtain on Russia World Cup

Updated 15 July 2018
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Hollywood star Will Smith brings down curtain on Russia World Cup

  • Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium

MOSCOW: Hollywood actor and singer Will Smith performed the soccer World Cup’s official song “Live It Up” in the tournament’s closing ceremony in Moscow on Sunday.
As Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, giant screens laid out on the pitch showed images of soccer players and the colors of the Croatian and French flags — the two teams who face each other in the final.
Smith was joined on stage by Nicky Jam, a US-born singer with Puerto Rican roots, and by Era Istrefi, a pop singer who describes herself as Albanian Kosovar. Both artists had featured with Smith on the “Live It Up” single.
In the final sequence of the ceremony, Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina performed Russian folk song “Kalinka” accompanied by bagpipes, a children’s choir, and a percussion section.
That section featured a guest performer: Brazilian soccer star and past World Cup winner Ronaldinho, who for a few bars of the song hammered out the rhythm on an African drum.
The performances were a prelude to France and Croatia’s players taking to the pitch to begin their final match, in front of a packed crowd at the 80,000-seat stadium.