Star power: the Middle East's bestselling artists

Virgin Megastore reveals the solo-artist albums which have sold the highest number of copies in the Middle East this year
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Adele Atkins, commonly known as ‘Adele’, is a platinum-selling soul queen. Her album 21 is the number one best selling CD in the Middle East according to Virgin, and has proved to be extremely popular the world over. The young star from North London in the UK, who topped the nominations list for this year's American Music Awards, is fast becoming a pop sensation in the region. (Getty Images)
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Debut studio album Doo-wops & Hooligans by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, called, was only released at the beginning of this month, but has already sold record sales in the region, and is the number two best selling album according to Virgin. The 26 year-old icon, whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, is known not only for his solo work but for co-writing and lending his vocals for songs such as "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B, and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy. (Getty Images)
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Lebanese singer Nancy Arjam is yet another idol in the Middle East. Not only have her star-studded performances in the region, including a set in Dubai, gone down a treat, but her album 7 has sold huge numbers here, coming in at the number three most popular. Earlier this year, Middle East jewellery and watch retailer Damas, signed Arjam as the new face of Farfasha. (Getty Images)
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Amr Diab, the Egyptian singer and composer of geel music, is thought to be the best-selling Arab recording artist of all time. Between 1998 and 2009 he was awarded the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist four times, and has also sold over 50 million albums worldwide. His album "Banadeek Ta'ala", released in September, is number four on the list of Virgin’s top-selling solo artist CDs this year. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Despite being condemned by Egyptian protesters for supporting former president Hosni Mubarak during the Egyptian revolution, the Egypt-born singer Tamer Hosni has still got a solid fan base in the region. As well as being mobbed by thousands of fans during his performances in Dubai, the star’s album Elli Jay Ahla has been quickly nabbed off Virgin shelves this year, ranked number five in the top selling. (AFP/Getty Images)
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R&B artist and pop diva Rihanna is an international high flyer, as well as being one of the most respected singers in the Middle East. On New Year’s Eve 2009, the global superstar brought in the new decade in front of over 10,000 fans with a stunning two-hour long performance on the lawns of Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace followed by a spectacular firework display. Her album Loud has since gone down well among regional fans, and is the sixth most popular solo artist album in 2011 according to Virgin. (Getty Images)
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Another star to make the top selling list was singer Nawal Al Zoughbi, known for her Arabic performances. Ma'rafsh Leh 2011 is the 13th studio album by star, marks her first collaboration with prominent record company Melody Music. It was the seventh most sold solo artist CD by Virgin in the Middle East this year. (Getty Images)
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DJ and French house music producer David Guetta has sold over three million albums and 15 million singles worldwide and is one of the most sought-after music producers. In the region, his albums One More Love made the album top-selling list at position number eight. The grammy award-winning star has become even more popular in the Arab world after he headlined Creamfields Abu Dhabi in 2010 as part of his world tour. (Getty Images)
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Lebanon-born DJ Said Mrad came in at number nine, after selling scores of his album Greatest Dance Hits. The artist, whose specialism is Arabic and Asian remixes, started his career in 1990 playing in famous Lebanon nightclubs. He is now known as one of the best DJs in the Middle East. (Getty Images)
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Iraq's top singer Kazem al-Saher, had the number tenth most popular album with La Tazidh Lawaa. Hardly surprising, since his performance at the Jordan Festival in 2009 left fans hankering for more, and given that he is one of the most successful singers in the history of the Arab World. Music by the singer-composer, who has sold more than 100 million albums since the start of his career, ranges from romantic ballads and pop to Arab classical music. He is thus often referred to as the “George Michael of the Arab World”. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Justin Bieber is a Canadian pop and R&B singer, whose reputation in the West continues to grow. In the Middle East, the 17 year-old teen idol has sold plenty of copies of his album Never Say Never The Remixes, Virgin said, making it the 11th best selling album. According to a 2010 survey, the pop sensation also generated the most interest from UAE internet users last year along with the Burj Khalifa and “the meaning of love”. (AFP/Getty Images)

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