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

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)


David Beckham in talks to make new film about himself 

Updated 03 August 2020

David Beckham in talks to make new film about himself 

DUBAI: David Beckham is reportedly in talks with streaming services Netflix and Amazon to make a new film about his life, according to British national daily The Sun. 

The movie, inspired by basketball player Michael Jordan’s “The Last Dance,” will be produced by the English footballer’s TV company Studio 99, which launched last year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A source told the newspaper: “It’s something David is excited about and has wanted to do for a while.”

“The film will feature new content and archive footage. It’s going to be about David’s life post-football, especially the creation of his new team in Miami, but will have some personal content too,” the insider added. 

Beckham, who has four kids with his singer and fashion designer-wife Victoria Beckham, has already started working on the project and is currently in talks with both entertainment companies over the rights.