Arabic Pop Music

Arabic Pop Music

Pop music sung in the Middle Eastern Language, Arabic, first originated in Egypt, then countries like Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey took into the trend. Traditional or classical Arabic Music known as Tarab, was created out of poetry, and Arabic instruments such as the Oud and the Nay was used to create the instrumental elements. It was early on in the 1990s when three events occurred in Egypt, that the music was modernized into modern day pop culture.

The first event was the formation of the First International Congress of Arab Music, inaugurated in 1932 by King Fuad I of Egypt. The conferenceplayed a part in westernizing Arabic music by introducing Western harmonies and instruments. At this time, the phonograph, the fist sound recording device, was invented and the film industry began, resulting in Arabic musicians imitating western songs. The second event was the Egyptian revolution against foreign rule in 1952, which led to a decline in the lengthy Tarab music to shorter, modernized, political songs. The third and final event was the introduction of mass media, that is television and radio, which led to the exposure of the Western forms of music and dance to the Middle Eastern world.

Today, with the mass migration of Middle Eastern culture to the Western world, Arabic Pop Music is becoming more and more popular. The following is a list of famous Arabic Pop Music artists from across the Middle Eastern continent:

  • Amr Diab (Egypt)

He was the first Middle Eastern pop singer to start making high-tech music videos and 4-time winner of the World Music Award for best selling middle eastern artist. He has many accolades, the last of which was achieved in 2016 where he won the Guinness World Records title for the Most Music Awards for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist.

  • Nancy Ajram (Lebanon)

Currently ranked number 2 on the Forbes Top 10 Arab Singer List, she sat on the judging panel for “Arab Idol” Seasons 2, 3 and 4 and she has more social media followers than any other Arab singer, over 48 Million.

  • KadimAlsaher (Iraq)

Also nicknamed the “Caesar of Arabic Song” he has toured the world, performing in countries such as USA, Canada, England, Italy, France, Germany and Australia. His last album “Min Kitab Al hob” (The Book of Love) was recorded by Platinum Records.

  • Saad Lamjarred (Morocco)

Known as one of the best new Arabic Pop singers, he gained the Guinness World Record for garnering 500 million views on YouTube for his hit single Lm3allem, in 2015 in just 3 months of being released. As of May 2018, it garnered more than 626 million views, the most viewed Arabic pop music video.

  • AhlamAlShamsi (United Arab Emirates)

This Emirati singer recorded a total of 10 albums, sat as judge for 4 consecutive seasons of “Arab Idol” and was the first Arab singer to perform twice at the Unisco Festival and Ledo Festival in France. She held performances throughout London, in the Alberta Hall Festival held in the UK and the Washington Festival in the US.

Kim Petras

5 Notable Pop Stars To Look Out For

There are many quality pop stars out there. Some of them are looking for their big breaks and some of them have already made it big and are only getting bigger. Today we are putting together a short list of pop stars that have some notable talent in today’s world of pop music.

MAX

MAX

MAX broke out last year with the hit “Lights Down Low” from that song along, MAX got himself into the Hot 100 list. Not only that but this was the same song he sang to his wife as a marriage proposal. From listening to the song, it’s clear as to why she said yes to him. The song was successful in an unusual combination dancing between the line of confessional acoustic as well as pop soundscapes. That combination paired with expressive vocals, deep love, and of-the-moment seduction, this song was a beautiful combination that not many can pull off.

Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers

Even though the Pharrell co-sign certainly helped in boosting Maggie Rogers’ career, what got her there was her effortless and impeccable songcraft. Paired with her detailed production work, she has some strong skills that shouldn’t be overlooked. To see those skills in action all you have to do is look at some of her songs. The electronic bops in “Alaska” and the hypnotic, smaple-heavy tracks of “On + Off” are prime examples.

Dagny

Dagny

Norway’s most notable exports today is in the form of pop music, and Dagny is certainly one that can help boost those exports. Out of the pop singers in Norway, the 27 year old is the most promising singer in the area. You can tell that she has quite the skills when you hear one of her latest songs “Love You Like That”. The song is nothing but a heart-pumping anthem that only shows off her skills.

Sigrid

Sigrid

We weren’t lying when Norway has exports some great talent. Another Norway-born Sigrid is budding talent compared to Dagny. We’ve only seen a little glimpse at what she can do but her music is already good and showcases some of her talents.

Take “Strangers” which is a low-key banger filled with moody and pulsating synth-pop vibes. What’s notable about the song though is Sigrid’s ability to go from a restrained coo to a full blown rapid-fire sing-speak without missing a beat or sounding off at all.

Kim Petras

A 25-year old German pop singer shows a lot of promise as a budding master of some laid-back, and summery tunes. It almost sounds like these tunes could come from Katy Perry’s cool European cousin or something.

Anyway you can really get those vibes by checking out her song “Faded”. It’s one of 2017’s best songs around from pop stars who are under-the-radar at the moment.

Even though her association with Dr. Luke (supposedly) poses a bit of an issue, it’s still quite hard not to root for this confident, transgender singer who is having a time of her life when she gets behind a mic.

Conclusion

What other not-so popular singers do you have your eyes on? We’d love to hear what other singers caught your attention in the comments!

 

5 Habits That Singers Have To Improve Their Voices

5 Habits That Singers Have To Improve Their Voices

Every singer has their own habits that ensure that their voices remain as great as possible. Sure we do have auto-tune and editing to ensure the voices remain in pitch and are exceptional, however those techniques can only do so much. The rest has to rely on the singers voice and there are certain habits that they do outside of intense practicing.

Today we will be looking at some particular habits that singers have to improve their voices. These practices help in keeping your voice in check and are the habits that successful singers practice every single day.

Less Overworry, More Confidence In Your Voice

Of course the performance of an artist varies from day to day, however one thing that separates the amateur to a profession is the understanding of that. A professional singer who understands their voice through and through will be in more control and not as likely to worry about it compared to someone who lacks that.

This is key as we naturally use pitches to convey certain emotions. Naturally we raise our voices when we yell by getting angry. We get shy and reserved when we speak lower. The same case happens with singing. If you worry so much it shows in your singing performance.

Avoid Panicking When You Get Sick

Avoid Panicking When You Get Sick

We all get sick, but when you are a singer and have to perform it can leave grounds of uneasiness and panic. Instead put some effort in minimizing the symptoms. Furthermore take some more preventative measures to ensure you don’t get sick in the future.

Practice The ‘Vocal Monk’

If you plan on performing a lot through tours or for longer than usual periods of time, practice the vocal monk. What this means is you are limiting the amount in which you speak prior to the performance to reduce the strain on your vocal cords. In the end you want to ensure you either have minimal talking or ideally no talking outside of the performances. Furthermore you must never yell or scream as that’ll strain your vocal cords even further.

Live A Healthy Lifestyle

Live A Healthy Lifestyle

We all know how smoking impacts a person voice, however it’s not just smoking that affects that. A lot of singers these days live a very healthy lifestyle. It’s very rare for them to party every night, and drink and eat whatever they want. No, they treat themselves like an athlete before a game. Even when they are not performing.

Express Gratitude

The last habit that successful singers have is they express gratitude for their gift. Believe it or not, not every person has the ability to sing, let alone sing well. Some will never have the opportunity to sing at all.

It’s this particular gift that singers have that they should be grateful for and they are. Most of them devote some time during the day to express their thanks. Thanks that they could sing, that their training has paid off, and that they can perform and do what they love. And above all they express their gratitude for being able to share their talents with the world.

Conclusion

These habits don’t just apply to singers, they apply to aspiring singers or simply other people who look up to singers. In our own ways singers are people we an aspire to be or get motivated from, they are our voice in some sense. So who wouldn’t want to pick up these habits?

Eurovision

What Is Eurovision?: Basic Questions, Answered

Since it’s inauguration in 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest (aka Eurovision) is one of the longest running television programs to this day. With an audience between 100 million and 600 million internationally, this broadcast is also one of the few television programs that is most watched that isn’t a sport event.

Today though we’re going to take some time to answer some basic questions about this widely popular event as it gives you a good taste for a variety of music that you shouldn’t ignore.

Who Participates?

As mentioned above this event is an international event with singers and bands from all across the world. At the time this is posted, there are over 40 countries that are allowed to compete and since 2015, Australia has been allowed to join, however only as a guest entrant.

What Do The Artists Get From This?

Considering the fact that there are millions of people who watch this event along with so many countries participating, you’d expect that the winning bands would get a lot of exposure right? Well in a sense you are right. Many winners in the past Eurovision have seen a lot of short-term success as a result of this.

As far as long-term success that is few and far between. There are some exceptions though such as ABBA (1974, Sweden participant), Buck Fizz (1981, UK participant), and Celine Dion (1988, Switzerland participant), but outside of them most only saw short-term gain.

What Are The Rules?

Of course the rules are numerous considering the size and how many parties are involved. That being said, there are some core rules that must be followed with regards to presentation. We’ll cover those here.

First off all music must be done live, therefore voices on backtracks isn’t allowed. That being said, a group can bring pre-recorded non-vocal backing tracks if need be. There is also the option of using the live orchestra which the host country is obligated to provide.

Second rule is there must be vocals. It follows the same idea as the first rule. Music isn’t simply based solely on the skill of playing instruments, but of vocals as well. The artist can choose to sing in whatever language they desire. Because of that there has been some fluctuation in English songs and native language songs during the event.

The last rule we cover is voting. Voting comes in two sets: one set from the five judges and the other set coming from televoting from the public.

What Are The Big Five?

Another important part to note about this contest is the qualification process. Although that’s another beast in of itself, there is one important thing to note about it and that is the Big Five. No matter what event you attend to you can expect a band representing these five countries to make an appearance and stay until the very end of this week long event.

The reason that is because the country is part of the Big Five. Those countries being France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the UK. They became part of this group because France, Germany, Spain, and the UK are countries that contribute the most to this event. Italy joined in after not participating in the event for 13 years and was given this title.

Anyway what this rule stipulates is those five countries have an automatic seat in the finals regardless of their current position in the competition. Although controversial, what’s also important to note is since this rule was made in 2000, there’s only been one #1 victory from the Big Five.

Conclusion

Have you ever heard of Eurovision before? What’s your experience with it? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below!

7 Facts About Beyoncé

7 Facts About Beyoncé

Beyoncé is a woman with many talents. She’s a singer, a performer, an actress, a writer, a philanthropist, and a diva. She is literally a megastar and is adored and provides inspiration to many people.

That being said there is a lot more to her than what her loyal fans idolize her for. Below are but a few interesting things about her and her incredible life.

Her First Album

Many first albums signify a good debut for a lot of large bands but did you know that Beyoncé’s debut album netted her 5 Grammy Awards! Seriously this is by far one of the best starts to a musical career and certainly enough to prove that talent was with Beyoncé from the very beginning.

Highest Paid Woman

Her First AlbumNot only does have incredible talent, but she was also been labeled as the highest paid performer in the world. This label came to be when she made a five-minute performance at a 2010 New Year’s party  in St. Bart’s. She asked for £1.25 million ($1.66 million USD equivalent today).

Accolades When She Was 7

Talent truly followed her wherever she went. At the age of 7 she won her first talent show through singing. Her song of choice: “Imagine” by John Lennon. Her performance was so good she received a standing ovation.

Beyoncé’s Favourite Number

Any die-hard fan would know Beyoncé’s favourite number is 4, however not many know the reason why. All you have to do is look a little more at her personal life. Coincidentally her birthday is on September 4th while both her mother and father’s birthdays land on January 4th and December 4th. Lastly she married her husband Jay-Z on the fourth month of the fourth day, April 4th.

Entrepreneur Skills

Entrepreneur Skills

Beyoncé is a woman with many skills and from those, she also has great business sense. You might know she has her own line of fragrances and perfumes that are a massive success in their own respects. That being said, Beyoncé also has a clothing line called House of Dereon which is also operated by her mother.

Her Struggles

Honestly there were not many times where she had a seemingly rough time. When she was younger she was teased for her ears oddly enough. There was also a point in her musical career where she had a falling out with her long-standing boyfriend at the time along with some band members. In the end though these were but small setbacks as Beyoncé is still a diva in all respects and she made a massive comeback when she got back on her feet.

Record Breaker

Record Breaker

Another fun fact about her is that she has managed to break a world record. In 2011 during the performance of ‘Love on Top,’ Beyoncé announced that she was pregnant. From that announcement alone, there were a total of 8,868 tweets sent per second making this even the “most tweets per second recorded for a single event.”

Conclusion

We could go on and on about many of Beyoncé’s great achievements. From receiving a variety of awards and other titles it’s clear that she is an incredible woman capable of anything she sets her mind to. What other facts do you know about her that we didn’t cover? Let’s hear some more in the comments below!

3 Next Gen Boy Bands To Follow

3 Next Gen Boy Bands To Follow

Over the years there have been some amazing boy bands. If we want to go way back, The Beatles were sensational at the time. Even looking at recent years there were some amazing boy bands as well in the form of 98 Degrees, NSYNC, and Backstreet Boys. In more recent years there was also One Direction.

These days, now there are some new boy bands who are hitting the scene and are hitting off quite strong as well. Below are a few bands that you need to pay attention to. They are living proof that the boy band is alive and well.

Why Don’t We

3 Next Gen Boy Bands To FollowMembers Daniel Seavey, Corbyn Besson, Zach Herron, Jack Avery, and Jonah Marais formed this band in September 2016 and have been doing a lot in the two years. Within that period of time, they’ve released three EPs, launched their debut single “Taking you” (released October 2016), and have recently released their latest single “Trust Fund Baby”. They even went on tour through the US in April.

The band has done a lot during those two years, but this band is getting a lot of success not because they are your typical boy band. In fact there are some big differences in what they do. For sure the band is all boys, they sing and have some cool moves. But they also play some unusual instruments like the cello.

Wonder how they pull that off? Well you’ll have to give them a listen.

PRETTYMUCH

PRETTYMUCHSimon Cowell has once again, done it again. Labeled as “the next One Direction,” this five-member band consists of Austin Porter, Brandon Arreaga, Nick Mara, Zion Kuwonu, and Edwin Honoret. For a while, the band focused on growing as cover artists, singing songs from Drake, Ed Sheeran, and Michael Jackson. After that they released their debut single “Would You Mind?” After that all last year the band worked on released many other singles but also did some collaboration work. Particular note was the collab with French Montana who released the piece “No More” followed by another song this year called “10,000 Hours.”

CNCO

cncoLately there has been a wave of latin music that’s growing in popularity so it’s no surprise that a latin boy band would be popular as well. In fact this five-member band was part of bringing this wave along. The group consists of Richard Camacho, Christopher Vélez, Joel Pimentel, Zabdiel de Jesus, and Erick Brian Colón. Already the band is doing well by winning La Banda, a singing competition show which was created by Simon Cowell. The winner would land a 5-year record contract with Sony Music Latin. Already the band is doing well, releasing singles like “Tan Fácil” and “Quisiera,” followed by their debut album in August 2016 called Primera Cita. Last year, the band also teamed up with the band Little Mix to help work with their “Reggaetón Lento (Remix).” Currently, the band is working hard at releasing a new full-length album.

Conclusion

Each band shows a lot of promise in their own way. Regardless they have some impeccable talent that is well worth looking into. What other boy bands do you follow and enjoy? Leave your thoughts down in the comments below!

The Music Business Has Been Booming in 2018

It’s not common knowledge, but for the last twenty years, there has been a decline in music and hits. While some artists were active here and there, it wasn’t as constant as it is now in 2018. If anything, many are thinking that since music has finally caught up to the technological business, the music industry itself is seeing more growth.

Since the catchup, more music is being created and consumed in large masses, which isn’t too shocking when considering artists are releasing songs right after another in an attempt to create more hits and enjoyable tunes. Plus, more artists are incorporating touring into their schedules which has caused fans to buy even more tickets and merchandise which supports the artist on a financial level. Just as a rough estimate in 2015 there was a total amount of 7.2 billion dollars spent on tour tickets and many analysists are expecting that number to rise to 9.1 billion by the time 2021 approaches. Along with the spike in purchasing items, many artists are pairing up with brands along with vinyl’s that are becoming prevalent again.

Streaming Apps

The reason that growth is becoming so present is due to streaming sites and apps where you can listen to your favourite artist along with discovering new ones. Sites such as Spotify, Tidal, and others are ranking up more users who are helping the music industry even more. As an example, Spotify is in the lead as they have over 140 active users and over 50 million paying subscribers. This means that there are even more people listening and getting to know new tunes.

Though with the growth of Tidal, Jay-Z’s music streaming app and site, that number of users who use streaming music tools is only going to grow. On the other hand, though, even prominent companies such as Apple are jumping on board and has introduced Apple Music, which has become a popular app amongst Apple users due to the endless supply of music and the inexpensive cost.

What to Expect in 2018

In 2018 and the years following the music industry is just going to continue to grow in popularity, diversity, and size – which can be thanks to the advancements in technology. As artists continue their growth marketing methods: touring, partnerships, meet and greets, and more. More consumers are going to feel an attachment to the music and the artists – which are going to prompt them to support these artists by buying their merch, music, and concert tickets.

The one thing about 2018 that is making the music scene stand out is that more artists are becoming more creative with their music. Not to disrespect previous artists from other generous that created waves in the music industry, such as Prince, Freddie Mercury, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and many other classics, but the newer artists are given more freedom to sing about what they please with no filters. 2018 is the year that music has changed for the better and the growth in the years following is going to be just as amazing.