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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Maher Zain

Maher Zain (born 1982) is a Swedish singer and music producer of Lebanese origin. His first album 'Thank You Allah' of 13 tracks and two bonus songs was released on 1 November 2009. His music videos on Youtube has collectively gained more than 4 million of views.

Early life

Maher Zain was born on 1981 in Lebanon. His family moved to Sweden when Maher was only eight, where he continued his schooling. Maher got his first keyboard when he was only ten. He later entered university and got a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering. During his teenage years, he like to spend late nights at school with his friends where they would sing, rap, compose and experiment with music in every way


After being involved for a while in the music scene as a music producer, Maher was introduced to RedOne, a music producer in the music scene in Sweden. Maher started working with and later moved to New York. In January 2009, Maher Zain began work on an album and signed with Awakening Records. Maher’s first musical inspiration came from his father, who was a singer himself, performing locally in the Mediterranean city of Tripoli, Lebanon.
Maher has been on the bill of a free concert in Bahrain, and also at the Spring concert in the American University In Cairo,Egypt.


Best Religious Song for 2009 from Nujoom FM (Egypt’s biggest music radion station) for ‘Ya Nabi Salam Alayka'..

Thank You Allah (2009–now)

Thank You Allah was released on 1 November 2009..

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Always Be There"   4:38
2. "Ya Nabi Salam Alayka"   4:59
3. "Insha Allah"   4:31
4. "Palestine Will Be Free"   4:55
5. "Thank You Allah"   5:31
6. "Allahi Allah Kiya Karo (feat. Irfan Makki)"   5:14
7. "The Chosen One"   3:54
8. "Baraka Allahu Lakuma"   4:30
9. "For the Rest of My Life"   3:54
10. "Hold My Hand"   4:06
11. "Awaken"   3:43
12. "Subhana Allah (feat. Mesut Kurtis)"   4:55
13. "Open Your Eyes"   4:26
14. "Ya Nabi (Arabic Version – Bonus Track)"   4:59
15. "Thank You Allah a.k.a Thank You God (Acoustic Version – Bonus Track)"   5:28

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Malaysian Islamists Object to Adam Lambert Concert

Malaysian Islamists Object to Adam Lambert Concert
by Kuala Lumpur, Reuters  |   October 11, 2010 5:14 EDT

Malaysia's Islamist opposition party on Monday demanded that authorities cancel a planned concert by Adam Lambert that they say is promoting "gay culture" in the mainly Muslim country.

The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) has also threatened to call "as many of its members and supporters" to proselytize to concert-goers if the performance by the former "American Idol" runner-up goes ahead on Thursday, a party official said.

"Adam Lambert's shows...are outrageous, with lewd dancing and a gay performance that includes kissing male dancers, this is not good for people in our country," said PAS Youth leader Nasrudin Hasan. Homosexual sex is a criminal offense in Malaysia.

PAS is Malaysia's second-largest political party with close to a million members and is a partner in a rainbow opposition grouping led by former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

Foreign acts often draw protests from PAS, which since 2007 has campaigned against performances by singers including Beyonce, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Mariah Carey.

Police in May broke up a demonstration by Islamists including PAS supporters protesting against a concert by rapper Pitbull, underscoring a deepening tide of Islamic conservatism in the country.

An official from Malaysia's Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministry was reported saying that the singer, had signed a contract agreeing to abide by the Ministry's rules on performances, which can require foreign performers to tone down their acts to suit local sensibilities.

Rihanna: The Billboard Cover Story

Rihanna: The Billboard Cover Story
by Monica Herrera  |   October 08, 2010 12:50 EDT

It's been just six weeks since Rihanna's wax figure was unveiled, but already it needs a makeover. The creepily life-like sculpture, which assumed its place in Madame Tussaud's Washington, D.C., outpost on Aug. 31, immortalizes the biker chick-meets-"Blade Runner" look that the pop star rocked this past winter: shoulder-padded blazer, airtight corset, shimmery makeup and a haircut that only she could pull off, part-buzz cut and part-blonde-streaked, sideways swoop.

But Rihanna has moved on since then, now sporting mostly shoulder-length, barrel-curled locks in a shade twice as fluorescent as fire-engine red. Her new look is less severe, more romantic. A day after the figure's unveiling, a photograph of the Barbadian singer kissing her waxen self appeared on Twitter and made it abundantly clear how much she's changed."A lot of people dress like Lady Gaga now. I've just stepped off into a whole new look and style," Rihanna says calmly, phoning in just before a flight to London after a nonstop week of work and play in New York. "The whole shoulder pad thing, and the architectural look, is so sharp-edged and tough. I'm over that. I like floral prints now, which I never liked.

"Trends are boring," she adds. "It's boring to see everyone doing the same thing."

If the 22-year-old's ever-changing hairstyle doesn't get that across, then "Loud" (Nov. 16, Island Def Jam Music Group), her fifth studio album and the follow-up to 2009's "Rated R," should do the trick. While not all that experimental sonically, the set teems with some of mainstream pop's most unabashedly dance-driven beats yet. It also boasts joyful hooks, markedly improved vocals and the kind of risqué lyrics that she first articulated so well on 2007's "Good Girl Gone Bad"-her best-selling album to date at 2.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

On the bluntly titled, Stargate-produced and Ester Dean-penned "S&M," for example, Rihanna proudly claims her vices: "I may be bad, but I'm perfectly good at it/Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it/Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me." On "Cheers," a twangy bar song that samples Avril Lavigne, she name-checks Jameson Irish whiskey and chants, "Cheers to the freakin' weekend-drink to that!" "Man Down," a reggae song featuring rap provocateur Nicki Minaj, turns her into the protagonist of her own murder fantasy. "I took his heart when I pulled out that gun . . . rum-puh-pah-pum, man down . . . oh mama, I just shot a man down."

With these sorts of lyrics, "Loud" could easily get caught in the believability trap that befell Christina Aguilera's "Bionic" earlier this year. That's unlikely, however, because being bad has been good business for Rihanna when she's done it well. "Rude Boy," the manhood-touting third single off "Rated R," also produced by Stargate and co-written by Dean, topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five straight weeks in the spring. "Love the Way You Lie," her intimate duet for Eminem's "Recovery" that has been read in the context of both artists' prior abusive relationships, held the chart's No. 1 position for seven more weeks.

"Only Girl (In the World)," the lead single for "Loud," presents Rihanna at her most confident, demanding undivided attention from her lover over impeccably calculated synths and bass. The song is another collaboration with Stargate, and when it reached No. 3 on the Hot 100 two weeks ago, Rihanna officially raised her sum of top 10 hits to 16, the sixth-best total among women in the chart's 52-year history. She now trails only Madonna with 37 top 10s, Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson (27 each), Whitney Houston (23) and Aretha Franklin (17).

"At this point, there's no denying that she's more than a cool voice, a pretty face and a hot style," says Stargate's Tor Erik Hermansen, who with Mikkel Storleer Eriksen make up the Norwegian duo. "She has a swagger which is unbelievable."

Hermansen says Rihanna pinpointed "Only Girl" as her lead single "the minute she heard the song. She picks and chooses everything, which to me is crucial. And she has good taste."

Not a bad kickoff for an album clearly meant to mark a new chapter in Rihanna's life and career. "Rated R," her first release after her February 2009 assault at the hands of then-boyfriend Chris Brown, has sold 998,000 copies, according to SoundScan, her lowest amount since her 2005 debut, "Music of the Sun" (594,000). The edginess of "Loud" doesn't feel nearly as forced as that of its predecessor, whose other three singles, the despairing "Russian Roulette," the street cred-appealing "Hard" and the Slash-featuring "Rockstar 101," all stalled on the charts.

"Let me not kid you -- this album is as personal to me as it is to Rihanna," says Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) chairman/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid, who outlines the strengths of "Loud" after blasting its nine confirmed tracks (the album is still being tweaked) through the enormous speakers in his equally enormous New York office. As he does this, Reid sings along with nearly every line, punctuating the most memorable ones with finger points and fist pumps, and giving himself a bear hug when Rihanna's voice coos, "Hold me like a pillow," on "Only Girl."

"This is the truest Rihanna album yet because it sounds the most like her first one," Reid continues. "[2005 debut single] 'Pon De Replay,' that was obviously Rihanna at her purest, with that Caribbean-flavored dance-pop music. After that, she went in many different directions only to find herself right back where she really started. Though I think the songs are much better now. Her growth as a vocalist is really evident."

Natasha Bedingfield Teams With Hotel Chain For New Album

Natasha Bedingfield Teams With Hotel Chain For New Album
by Cortney Harding, N.Y.  |   October 08, 2010 4:50 EDT

A few years ago, the rigors of the touring life started to get to Natasha Bedingfield. She didn't mind the hard work and travel; her manager, William Derella, says she's one of the most committed artists he knows. But Bedingfield was tired of "hit and run" visits, as she describes them.

"I'd go on radio and a DJ would ask me what I liked about a certain city, and I'd draw a blank," she says. "I couldn't say, 'Oh, the airport was very nice,' or 'The backstage of the venue was excellent.' "

In search of a more intimate experience while on the road, Bedingfield came to work with the Hotel Indigo, a mini-chain of boutique hotels owned by Intercontinental Hotels Group. Hotel Indigo director of brand management Mary Dogan says the group's 38 hotels are all designed to reflect the neighborhood in which they're situated, while their restaurants and bars are geared toward attracting locals as well as visitors.

Hotel Indigo partnered with Bedingfield on its Locals Know Best contest, with the artist serving as a judge and playing a show for contest winners in New York. The Chelsea Hotel Indigo also hosted a listening party for Bedingfield's new album, "Strip Me," due Dec. 7 on Epic.

As she has done in the past, Bedingfield is partnering with numerous brands and doing several synch deals. Her song "Pocketful of Sunshine" was featured prominently in the film "Easy A," released last month, although Derella says he had reservations when he first heard the pitch.

"They sent me the part of the script where the star of the film says the song is awful, so we turned it down," he says. "But then they sent me the rest of the script, where the character can't get the song out of her head and winds up loving it. I approved it, and we've seen a nice sales boost for the track." According to Nielsen SoundScan, in the week after the movie debuted on Sept. 17, the digital single went from 3,000 downloads to 5,000.

"Strip Me," the first single from the forthcoming record, is featured prominently in the trailer for the film "Morning Glory," and Derella says it will be heard in the film as well. "We're also planning on some other promotions with the movie and attending premieres," he says.

For her last album, "Pocketful of Sunshine," which has sold 614,000 copies, according to SoundScan, a clip of the first single was made available as an audio insert in a magazine, and Derella says they're considering doing the same thing for the new album. "We had 45 million impressions from that, which was huge," he says.

Derella adds that he's in talks with Verizon, which sponsored Bedingfield's last tour, as well as fashion brands, and is hoping to partner with an automotive technology company for her next video.

Bedingfield also recorded a companion EP to her new album, which features more upbeat dance tracks than previous efforts. "I heard from so many people that they wanted acoustic versions of the songs, so we went into the studio and rerecorded seven tracks from the new record, stripped down," she says. "It's great the songs work so many different ways-I'm still a pop artist, but I want people to focus on my songs."

Miley Cyrus Hits the Club in 'Who Owns My Heart' Clip

Miley Cyrus Hits the Club in 'Who Owns My Heart' Clip
by Megan Vick, N.Y.  |   October 08, 2010 1:30 EDT

Miley Cyrus is still determined to prove herself as a teenage rebel in her new video for "Who Owns My Heart," which premiered yesterday.

The second single and subsequent video off her latest album, "Can't Be Tamed," follows in the same footsteps of the title track's video released earlier this year -- dark lights, lots of bare Cyrus parts and writhing around on flat surfaces.

The video starts with Cyrus crawling out of bed to get ready for a night out. The bathroom scene is sure to cause flashbacks to Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" video with Cyrus' rollers, hair net, and white wife-beater tank.

The amount of grinding taking place in the video's dance club is something you'd certainly never see on "Hannah Montana." One can only hope Cyrus' league of younger fans won't try to emulate the moves.

The video concludes with Cyrus waking up on the same bed as in the video's intro, as if the entire thing was dream. Turns out 17 year olds weren't out all night feeling each other up at the club -- Cyrus just imagined it. What a relief!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

BILLBOARD TOP100 CHART (7th October 2010)

  1. Just The Way You Are > Bruno Mars
  2. Like a G6 > Far*east Movement feat. Cataracs & Dev
  3. Teenage Dream > Katy Perry
  4. Just A Dream > Nelly
  5. DJ Got Us Fallin In Love > Usher feat. Pitbull
  6. Dynamite > Taio Cruz
  7. Love The Way You Lie > Eminem feat. Rihanna
  8. Only Girl (In The World) > Rihanna
  9. I Like It > Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull
  10. Club Can't Handle Me > Flo Rida feat. David Guetta
  11. Bottoms Up > Trey Songz & Nicki Minaj
  12. Mine > Taylor Swift
  13. Take It Off > Ke$ha
  14. Deuces > Chris Brown  feat. Tyga & Kevin McCall
  15. Animal > Neon Trees
  16. Toxic> Glee Cast
  17. Gonorrhea > Lil Wayne feat. Drake
  18. Misery > Maroon 5
  19. Cooler Than Me > Mike Posner
  20. California Gurls > Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
  21. Fuck You! > Cee Lo Green
  22. Airplanes > B.O.B feat. Hayley Williams
  23. Magic > B.O.B feat. Rivers Cuomo
  24. Not Afraid > Eminem
  25. The Only Exception > Paramore 
  26. The Only Exception > Glee Cast
  27. Secrets > One Republic
  28. Hot Tottie > Usher & Jay-Z
  29. Stuck Like Glue > Sugarland
  30. The Boys of Fall > Kenny Chesney
  31. If I Had You > Adam Lambert
  32. Fancy > Drake & T.I feat. Swiss Beatz
  33. 2012 (It Ain't The End) > Jay Sean feat. Nicki Minaj
  34. OMG > Usher feat.
  35. King of Anything > Sara Barellies
  36. Ridin' Solo > Jason Derulo
  37. September > Daughtry
  38. Love Like Woe > The Ready Set
  39. Right About It > Lil' Wayne feat. Drake
  40. Letting Go (Dutty Love) > Sean Kingston feat. Nicki Minaj
  41. Billionaire > Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars
  42. What's Wrong With Them > Lil Wayne feat. Nicki Minaj
  43. No Hands > Waka Flocka Flame & Roscoe Dash & Wale
  44. Hey,Soul Sister > Train
  45. If I Die Young > The Band Perry
  46. As She's Walking Away > Zac Brown Band feat. Alan Jackson
  47. If It's Love > Train
  48. Need You Now > Lady Antebellum
  49. Come Back Song > Darius Rucker
  50. Check It Out > Will.I.Am & Nicki Minaj
  51. Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) > Pitbull feat. T-Pain
  52. I'm A Slave 4 U > Glee Cast
  53. Stronger > Glee Cast
  54. Baby One More Time> Glee Cast
  55. Teach Me How To Dougie > Call Swag District
  56. Me Against The Music > Glee Cast
  57. Farmer's Daughter > Rodney Atkins
  58. Roll With It > Eeaston Corbin
  59. My Kinda Party > Jason Aldean
  60. All Over Me > Josh TurnerOur Kind of Love > Lady Antebellum
  61. Your Love > Nicki Minaj
  62. Miss Me > Drake & Lil' Wayne
  63. We No Speak Americano > Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup
  64. Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles) > Jazmine Sullivan
  65. I Am Not A Human Being > Lil Wayne
  66. Can't Be Friends > Trey Songz
  67. Little Lion Man > Mumford & Sons
  68. Love All Over Me > Monica
  69. Please Don't Go > Mike Posner
  70. Our Kind Of Love > Lady Antebellum
  71. Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer > Billy Currington
  72. Why Wait > Rascal Flatts
  73. La La La > Auburn feat. Iyaz
  74. Right Thru Me > Nicki Minaj
  75. Bill Gates > Lil Wayne
  76. Half of My Heart > John Mayer
  77. Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na...) > My Chemical Romance
  78. Anything Like Me > Brad Paisley
  79. Little White Church > Little Big Town
  80. Tool It & Boot It > YG
  81. Grenade > Bruno Mars
  82. A Year Without Rain > Selena Gomez & The Scene
  83. Got Your Back > T.I feat. Keri Hilson
  84. The Breath You Take > George Strait
  85. All I Want Is You > Miguel feat. J.Cole
  86. B.M.F (Blowin' Money Fast) > Rick Ross feat. StylesP
  87. Mama's Song > Carrie Underwood
  88. Hope She Cheats On You (With ...) > Marsha Ambrosius
  89. No Love > Eminem
  90. All About Tonight > Blake Shelton
  91. Power > Kanye West
  92. Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) > Shakira feat. Freshlyground
  93. The Catalyst > Linkin Park
  94. Empire State Of Mind > Glee Cast
  95. Only Prettier > Miranda Lambert
  96. Way Out Here > Josh Thompson
  97. Smoke A Little Smoke > Eric Church
  98. Turn On The Radio > Reba
  99. Dog Days Are Over > Fiorence + The Machine
  100. Pretty Boy Swag > Soulja Boy Tell'em


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