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AMR DIAB: Egyptian singer, Amr Diab (24 from 38), is still raising the bar — often beating his own records — on Arabic record sales worldwide in a career that has spanned over 20 years in the entertainment industry, so it is no surprise that he has moved up from being number 38 on the list last year. The singer has an international fan base thanks to the success of his songs on dance floors all over the world, and he is known to be a regular award winner for his original music.
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ELISSA: The Lebanese pop singer, Alissar Khoury (38, from 97), known to fans of her music as Elissa, has been playing with Vogue and enjoying skyrocketing album sales as her popularity continues to surge, driving her up almost 60 spots to number 38 on this year’s power list.
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TAMER HOSNY: 31-year old Tamer Hosny (66) is an Egyptian singer, actor and composer. Hosny was first signed to the Free Music record label after being discovered by the record label’s manager and co-owner Mahrous. But it has been his music for his films which gained him his most success. In September last year he released Il Ganna Fe Biotna, Heaven is in our Homes, featuring Islamic and Ramadan themed songs.
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NANCY AJRAM: A legend in the Arab world, Nancy Ajram (60 from 68) has sold over thirty million records, making her one of the richest Lebanese singers. In Lebanon alone she has sold more than four millions albums in Lebanon securing her ranking as the third best selling female artists in Lebanese music history.
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FAIRUZ: Fairuz’s (76 from 48) name still pops up whenever the greats of Arabic music are discussed. The Lebanese singer’s legendary voice has become part of people’s music libraries equally among the young and the old. Today, it will be no exaggeration to say that millions worldwide idolise this singing legend.
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CHEB KHALED: This year is a special one for singer Cheb Khaled (91) because he’s set to appear at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as part of the UK programme to celebrate the city’s new status as European Capital of Culture 2008. His signature song, Didi, became extremely popular in several countries, including India.