The business of… Lebanese divas
Elissa, Nancy and Haifa are known for their music, acting and sex appeal. But for some, they also represent big business.
April 4, 2010 10:36 by kippreport
Lebanese performers are celebrated throughout the Arab World – and consequently have high sales figures. For example, Ajram (pictured) has sold over four million albums in Lebanon and ranks as the third best-selling female artist in Lebanese and Egyptian music history.
Lebanon is one of the powerhouses of Arab music. While traditional folk music remains popular, modern music combining Western and traditional Arabic styles, pop, and fusion are becoming more and more popular.
Despite problems with piracy and illegal music downloads, the World Intellectual Property Organization says that Lebanon’s music industry is mounting and could reach leading status in the region.