11:33 pm - 05/11/2013

♕Perfect Pop Post♕

Najwa Karam, the Reigning Queen of Arabic Music, welcomes you in.

Have you ever wondered what your favourite pop stars’ personalities are really like? MTV Lebanon has compiled a summary of the personalities of MENA’s biggest pop stars based on their appearances on Kalam Nawaem. Here is the round-up about Haifa Wehbe, Nawal Al Zoghbi, Najwa Karam and Elissa.
Elissa is the one who is most often at the centre of real drama and feuds (as opposed to those created by the tabloids). This is probably because she is so honest that she tends to hurt people’s feelings. Naïve to a fault, Elissa is often moody and hurt. She wears her heart on her sleeve and this is why she is believable as the Voice of Romantic Music.
Najwa Karam, known as Shams el-Ghinnieh (the sun of song), is the Great Voice of Arabic music. She is also known as a true lady: classy, respectable and good-hearted, Najwa conducts herself with the utmost respect of self and of others. She is never seen to be unkind. Her longevity puts her in the same sphere as Umm Kulthum and Fairouz.
Nawal Al Zoghbi has been around for a very long time and, through it all, has kept her emphasis on emotional realness at the forefront of her public persona. She is down-to-earth and quite a jokester, often prompting others to call her “cute” as the go-to description. She does not forget faces as she is quite the people person, her popularity making her a favourite among all classes of people.

Haifa Wehbe is known to be very sexy and naughty, often pissing off the MENA conservatives because of her sexpot status. However, Haifa is also very gentle in her dealings with others and is also known to be very generous. She laughs a lot and tries to keep others laughing, preferring to deal with her troubles and her mourning behind closed doors.

A Real Doll/Nancy Ajram Round-Up for Your Time

Nancy Ajram’s Interview with OMG! Nujoom

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Nancy Ajram Meets Okan Yalabık
Nancy Turkey
Nancy Ajram met Okan Yalabık who stars on the Turkish soap opera Muhteşem Yüzyıl as Ibrahim Pasha. The television show published a picture of the two on its Facebook page and this pleased many people since the Lebanese Nancy Ajram is hugely popular in Turkey and, in turn, Turkish soap operas are hugely popular in Lebanon.

Nancy Ajram Divorce?

Nancy Divorce
Divorce rumors were surrounding the Lebanese super star Nancy Ajram, but to show everyone she is happily married to her dentist husband Fadi Al-Hashem, Nancy went for a walk with her husband and 2 daughters in the streets of Beirut.
nancy Family
Some say that the reason there are divorce rumors surrounding Nancy is that she cried during a performance by Mirna one of the contestants at Arab Idol,  when Nancy Ajram could not stop crying.
But Nancy Ajram then explained that she was crying because of the difficult decision she had to make in choosing one of the contestants and eliminate the other.

  Other MENA entertainment news is also included.

Maya Diab Gossip
Sources say that Maya Diab is indeed divorced, despite some insider claims to the contrary. It helps, of course, that her ex-husband, Abbas Nasser, is prohibited from entering Lebanon because of the marital divorce drama of his other wife and two sons in Africa. Despite his problems with his other family, however, Nasser is still taking Diab to court in Syria, in attempts to get custody of their daughter Kay. His lawsuit claims that she is unfit as a parent.

Rami Ayach Gossip
Rami Ayach has cultivated a reputation as a pop star who is friends with many and, this time, his friendship with Tamer Hosny was put on display when he congratulated the Egyptian and his wife Basma Boussil on the birth of their daughter Talia on his Twitter account.

Ahlam Gossip
Ahlam and Shams have been going at it for years now. Shams, back in February, alleged that Ahlam had made death threats against her and took her case to court via a lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that Ahlam had threatened to kill Shams and that the UAE singer also defamed and libelled Shams. The case has been stalled thus far in Beirut as the prosecution, represented by Maya Knaan, waits for more evidence from Shams and her lawyer, Samer Simon. If Ahlam is found responsible, she could faces anything ranging from fines to up to three years in prison.

Elissa Gossip
Elissa has always been known to be outspoken in areas where others stay silent. Most recently, her opinions turned political when, on Twitter, she spoke of the current Syrian Civil War. Elissa said that the world should be ashamed of itself because it sees what is happening to the Syrian people and says nothing. She then stated that she prays for Syria and hoped that her followers would follow suit.
This post has been brought to you by your resident ONTD MENA entertainment news correspondent and is always dedicated to all my habibis who enjoy MENA entertainment news. Sources translated by clarelove.
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grilled_cheese 12th-May-2013 06:38 am (UTC)
YASSSSS These posts are giving me life. I love you, OP. You are the best! <3
clarelove 12th-May-2013 06:48 am (UTC)
And I love you, grilled_cheese!
britneyspears 12th-May-2013 06:39 am (UTC)
bless the op for translating
clarelove 12th-May-2013 06:49 am (UTC)
It took forever, and this post was rejected twice! LOL. I'm glad my hard work paid off.
andthenwevomit 12th-May-2013 07:09 am (UTC)
Nancy Ajram is the only one I've heard of, but what I really wanna know is who's the King, Queen, Princess, and Prince of Arabian pop music?
clarelove 12th-May-2013 07:14 am (UTC)
Queen is Najwa Karam and Princess is probably Nancy. I've never seen popularity like hers.

King and Prince are harder to determine. I'd say you're looking at Melhem Zein, maybe, or Ali Al Deek for the older set. Then you have the old stand-bys like Wael Kfoury and Melhem Barakat.

Arabic pop music is mostly ruled by women though.
andthenwevomit 12th-May-2013 08:29 am (UTC)
ty bb!

Edited at 2013-05-12 08:31 am (UTC)
flawed_x_design 12th-May-2013 09:44 am (UTC)
Queen is Najwa Karam and Princess is probably Nancy.

This truth right here :)
sgmln 12th-May-2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
What are some popular girl groups/boy bands?
hagar_tammaa 13th-May-2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
op is talking about lebanon pop music tbh not all Arabian mucic
ultra_obscene84 12th-May-2013 07:30 am (UTC)
These Arab pop posts are EVERYTHING. Keep it up, OP.

But Asalah is Queen tho. That woman's voice is flawless.
doughnutholes 12th-May-2013 09:40 am (UTC)
hagar_tammaa 13th-May-2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
Shereen tho.
ultra_obscene84 14th-May-2013 03:04 am (UTC)
Gorl no. Shereen's cool but Asalah is mah queen.
shadwrayvn 12th-May-2013 07:52 am (UTC)
Thank you OP for these posts.
ltmsysf 12th-May-2013 08:30 am (UTC)
OP, Is there any chance that you're Levi?
clarelove 12th-May-2013 09:54 am (UTC)
Probably not, since I don't know what you mean :)
bumie 12th-May-2013 08:35 am (UTC)
my view to Najwa Karam changed after "arabs got talent" she is a real queen I need this show back just to see her every week.
shokran 3la eltarjamah el7elwa
doughnutholes 12th-May-2013 09:38 am (UTC)
Who's that in your icon? I long for him...
bumie 12th-May-2013 10:41 am (UTC)
he is wonbin a korean actor ❤
clarelove 12th-May-2013 10:28 am (UTC)
7adir, 7abibi
nefertitii 12th-May-2013 08:48 am (UTC)
no to tamer hosny forever and always. even if hes mentioned in passing. urgh

and wow i have been out of the loop for a while, nancy has 2 kids?!
clarelove 12th-May-2013 10:29 am (UTC)
lol your hate-on for TH is everything
flawed_x_design 12th-May-2013 09:46 am (UTC)
<3 this post!
Yay for the mention of Fairouz!
I love Fairouz, her voice is flawless. Shady will forever and always be one of my fave songs ever

clarelove 12th-May-2013 09:57 am (UTC)
Fairouz is a goddess among mere mortals. My favourite:

flawed_x_design 12th-May-2013 10:35 am (UTC)
Oh I love that one too!! As well as habaytak bil saif of course.
carminaburana 12th-May-2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
My queen! ♥
doimoveyou 12th-May-2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
mine too, it makes me very emotional lol
bestcoast 12th-May-2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
fairouz is literally an angel
speshsnowflake 12th-May-2013 09:48 am (UTC)
Isn't Haifa Wehbe the one who referred to black Egyptians as monkeys? ^_-

Anyway, flawless eyebrows all up and through this post but I don't care for the heavily made up Real Doll look. :/
clarelove 12th-May-2013 09:53 am (UTC)
Did she? I can't stand Haifa so I don't follow her too much, especially after she publicly backed Hezbollah. She's the worst.
speshsnowflake 12th-May-2013 11:00 am (UTC)
idk how to hyperlink so: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/nov/23/nubian-monkey-arab-racism

lol she sounds awful ia.
areusuretho 12th-May-2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Ugh did she really? she's awful.
bestcoast 12th-May-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
sadly theres a ton of casual racism in arab pop
audiocandy026 12th-May-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
The songwriter for her children's album wrote the song for her first single "Baba Fein?" (Where's daddy?) and it mentioned a nubian monkey. The premise of the song is that Haifa's son has a nightmare and wants to come inside her room so he asks where his dad is. In the song he mentions his toys like a teddy bear and a Nubian monkey. Of course the Nubian community sounded off at this racial slur and rightfully so. Haifa apologized pretty much throwing the songwriter under the bus and tried to take the line out but the album was already distributed. However, I think when she performs it, she leaves that line out.

I think her and the songwriter's ignorance to the fact that saying "Nubian Monkey" is racist is due to the fact that racial tolerance is not widely discussed in MENA and people are just becoming aware of how things such as this is not politically correct.
hagar_tammaa 14th-May-2013 03:22 am (UTC)
isn't she half Egyptian tho?
swanghost 12th-May-2013 10:51 am (UTC)
Thank you for this post, OP!
Plz make more. ;)

/nerdy Arabic student
swanghost Re: Way ahead of you!12th-May-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
audiocandy026 12th-May-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
Arabic student here too! Holla :-)

Edited at 2013-05-12 11:06 pm (UTC)
doimoveyou 12th-May-2013 12:14 pm (UTC)
Such a beautiful picture of Nawal.
mndctrl 12th-May-2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
bless op for bringing in some diversity into this community

also that feud shebang is crazy, azealia got nothing on them with her weak twitter rants.
clarelove 12th-May-2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
Shams is a huge shit-disturber. I'm not surprised that someone threatened her with death.

Also, I could tell you stories of 1940s Arabia... Some pop stars put out hit on others (that went through: people actually died)
dammayanti 12th-May-2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
Yay thank you OP! I've been slowly getting into Arabic pop since I started learning Arabic. My teacher is such a massive Nancy stan hahah
areusuretho 12th-May-2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
yayyyyy ty ty

i wish there were a separate community
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