Emirati singer Ahlam announces collaboration with K-pop band BTS

BTS is the most streamed K-pop band in Saudi Arabia on Spotify. (AFP)
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Updated 14 February 2020

Emirati singer Ahlam announces collaboration with K-pop band BTS

DUBAI: Emirati singer Ahlam Al-Shamsi, dubbed “The Queen,” announced on Twitter that she will be collaborating with K-pop band BTS.

A fan commented on one of her tweets writing: “Please answer me Ahlam, will there be a collaboration with BTS?”

“Yes, of course there is,’’ the star, who celebrated her 51st birthday last night, said.

After the star’s response, fans expressed their enthusiasm about the potential partnership with the hashtag “#AhlamxBTS.”

However, Al-Shamsi’s confirmation was not enough for supporters of the artists. They were curious about the topic of the song and its language.

“What will an Arab-Korean song have to say,” one user commented.  

Others questioned the credibility of it all. “Ahlam, are you really collaborating (with them) or is this a joke?” a fan wrote.

Al-Shamsi, the coach of the “The Voice: Ahla Sawt,” is considered one of the most influential musicians in the Middle East, with over 27 million followers on social media and several chart toping hits.

BTS is the most streamed K-pop band in Saudi Arabia on Spotify. Last year, they had six tracks in the top 10 K-pop list in the UAE and four of the top 10 in Saudi Arabia.

The music genre’s upbeat tempo, painstakingly choreographed dance routines, and colorful visuals have turned it into a global phenomenon, despite the language barrier. 

BTS recently launched a mobile simulation application, “BTS World,” which allows players to become the group’s manager (in the virtual world — and without real-life cash). 


US-Moroccan singer Abir releases second EP

Updated 09 August 2020

US-Moroccan singer Abir releases second EP

DUBAI: US-Moroccan singer Abir has released this week her second EP, “Heat.”

The Fez-born crooner’s new musical project is a collection of seven songs, which she describes as “Arab pop.”

The new EP is accompanied by visuals for the singles “Inferno” and “Yallah.” Both music videos were shot on location in the Moroccan desert just outside of Marrakech with the help of a team of all Arab creatives. 

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I can’t believe I’m announcing this!!!!!!! My sophomore EP, HEAT, will be with you Friday, AUGUST 7TH This project is near and dear to my heart for reasons far beyond music. I consider this project to be the culmination of many years of growth and self-discovery—a journey that extends to a newfound connection with the meaning of my name, an Arabic word that translates as “fragrance of a flower” and ultimately signifies a certain blossoming into the woman I've become. As a daughter of the East and West, I wanted to explore that duality in my music as well as contribute to the conversation surrounding Arab women + challenge the narrative that exists in today's world. I pray you receive this project with an open heartPre-save link in my bio! AUGUST 7TH, YALLAH!!!

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“As a daughter of the East and West, I wanted to explore that duality in my music as well as contribute to the conversation surrounding Arab women and challenge the narrative that exists in today’s world,” the singer said on Instagram ahead of the EP’s launch. 

“This project is near and dear to my heart for reasons far beyond music. I consider this project to be the culmination of many years of growth and self-discovery.”