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Amr Diab vs. Eminem

Amr Diab and Eminem are both immense figures on the world music stage; but who comes top of the charts when Kipp puts them head-to-head?

 

Amr Diab is heralded as a living legend by his fan base in the Arab world. He is the best and biggest selling Middle Eastern artist to date and has changed the face of Egypt’s entertainment industry. He has often been referred to as rebellious, as he challenged everything in Middle Eastern show business, the image, the musical style and of course the sheer financial scale of his projects.

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Eminem, or Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is the top selling solo artist of the Western music industry in the 21st century. Despite his struggle in the early 90s to overcome the racial barrier that had formed in the American hip-hop scene, he has come into his own, creating the best known, most lucrative and possibly most controversial rap music ever. Eminem’s success as a white artist in what was a predominantly African-American scene brings about similarities to the success of the late great Elvis, matching his achievement, status and universal influence - a well deserved first point.

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Way back in 1989, Amr Diab experimented in the film industry when he starred (playing himself) in El Afareet. Following this he made two more cinema appearances in Ice Cream Fe Glim and Dehk Wele'b Wegad Wehob. The latter of which was the most successful and was chosen as the opening film in the Egyptian Film Festival. But this was as far as Amr Diab’s acting career reached; with no real commercial success he is now focused solely on his singing career. It's probably for the best.

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Hugely successful music artists have at times gone down the acting route and gotten it wrong but Eminem, pretty much playing himself in 8 Mile (a movie that portrayed the struggle of his early life leading up to his success in the hip-hop scene in America), can’t be labelled as one of those flops. The film was, in Box Office terms, a hit, making $51,240,555 in it’s opening weekend. However, it has to be said that, other than 8 Mile, Eminem hasn't had the same level of success or perhaps opportunity that he has in the music industry. Still, as they say, money talks - another big point to Eminem.

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Amr Diab’s luck in love rates him way above Eminem on this one and we just have to give him the point. Amr is a great family man, married to Zena Ashoor with four children. He is apparently devoted to his family and cherishes the time he spends with them.

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Eminem’s personal life isn’t such plain sailing. Married and divorced (twice) to Kimberley Anne Scott, the pair have agreed to share custody of their daughter, Hailie Jade Mathers. He has also adopted two other daughters. Despite all the trouble Eminem has had in relationships, creating feuds with both Kim and Mariah Carey, he appears to want the best for his daughter - he brings her into many of his most famous songs such as; ‘When I’m gone’, ‘Mockingbird' and ‘Hailie’s song’.

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Awards
 

Amr Diab, the Middle East’s most successful music artist, has won the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist four times in 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2009. That’s some mean feat. But his accolades don’t stop there, as in 1997 he won three awards at the Annual Arabic Festival; one for Best Video, for Best Song, and for Best Artist of the Year. The following year Diab received a Triple Platinum Award for the sales of his album ‘Nour El Ain’. His most productive years in terms of awards may have been 10 years ago, but he’s still releasing successful albums.

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Eminem has won 191 official awards in his career winning almost all of his 214 nominations. An incredible statistic that wins him the point.

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Fans
 

Being the Middle East’s biggest star in music earns Amr the point here. Although most of his awards came in the late 1990s and in the early part of the 21st century, 2009 beheld a new chapter in the Egyptian’s career, with the release of "Wayah". The release saw Amr - as usual - on top and ahead of the rest in the Middle Eastern music industry and with his Marina concert his success was proven as was his fan base - over 80,000 people attended.

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Eminem may be a mega star with a huge fan base worldwide but the impact that Amr Diab has had on the musical culture and industry in the region wins him our vote over the rapper. The hip-hop scene of America has an audience that will pick up and leave trends behind over night; Amr did too much for his fans to ever forget - which is maybe why they’re so dedicated.

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Style
 

Diab’s blending of Western rhythms with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music styles created a new music genre, a new image and whole new attitude towards music for the Middle East, especially Egypt. There he changed the face of show business and won himself a legendary reputation amongst fans - he was the first of his style and will be remembered for it.

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Unusually for Kipp’s ‘Brand to Brand’ both get a point on this one. Eminem’s style had a dramatic effect on the hip-hop scene that had not heard anything quite like him before. He brought a whole new audience that could relate to him and eradicated a lot of the racial prejudice that surrounded rap - at the same time as making lots of money out of these new fans.

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Amr Diab has sold just over 50 million albums worldwide throughout his entire music career, which is extremely respectable. He gets a point, but can he top the much younger Eminem?

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The answer is no, he can’t. According to Kipp’s research, Eminem has sold somewhere around 80 million records worldwide. And since he is only in his 30’s and is back to playing live shows after some time out thanks to his newest album ‘Recovery’, it looks like he has a way to go yet.

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Regionally, Diab can't be topped. But globally? Eminem dominates not just hip hop, but the music industry in general.

 

9 Comments

  1. migooo on March 7, 2011 4:42 am

    surely,amr diab
    he is the world’s mega star

     
  2. saso on March 7, 2011 10:43 am

    just diab

     
  3. mero on March 7, 2011 7:34 pm

    amr diab king 4 eveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer he will win

     
  4. Zezo Amr-Diab on March 7, 2011 8:18 pm

    Amrrrrrrr Diaaaaaaaab Onlyyyyyyy Diab is the first … Iloooooove you mooooot Amr diab

     
  5. Zezo Amr-Diab on March 7, 2011 8:21 pm

    Amr Diab can win by his fans all over the world .. because he is the Magic

     
  6. josh bradford on March 7, 2011 11:34 pm

    of course everyone knows amr diab is king here in kansas city!!!!!!

     
  7. Hoda on March 8, 2011 8:20 pm

    Amr Diab of course….. No contest.
    Its true Amr has the Magic. His music is fantastic and his voice is lovely. Plus he is very charming. :)
    He is the ultimate mega superstar.

     
  8. gResh@ on March 9, 2011 12:49 pm

    amr diab king 4 eveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer

     
  9. FB.com/3liiiii on July 2, 2011 8:02 am

    Diab 4 life .. <3

     

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