With her popularity at stubbornly high levels, Nancy Ajram makes it into the top 100 again this year.
Her reputation as one of the most successful Arab singers was cemented last November when she took to the stage to accept the 2008 World Music Award for best-selling Middle Eastern artist.
A legend in her own lifetime, Ajram 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 making her the country's third bestselling female artist.
Ajram burst onto the music scene as the winner of a national entertainment show, ‘Noujoum Al-Moustakbal' (Stars of the Future), which followed two unsuccessful album attempts.
Her third album ‘Ya Salam' (How Fantastic) was released in 2003. ‘Ya Salam' included the song ‘Akhasmak Ah' (‘I'll Taunt You'), which became an enormous hit, as did its provocative music video.
Two other singles from the album were shot as music videos. ‘Ya Salam' had Ajram playing a 1930s style cabaret performer, while ‘Yay (Sehr Oyoono)' (Oh the Magic of his Eyes) became a mini-drama, with Ajram discovering romance as a demure Beirut hairdresser.
Her success as a performer has led to a series of high-profile advertising deals, most notably with drinks brand Coca-Cola, and luxury jewellery retailers Damas.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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