Hani Shaker's resignation still valid
The recent commotion caused by Egyptian singer Hani Shaker's decision to resign has not entirely vanished from his mind. The singer revealed in a personal interview that he is still seriously thinking of resigning and is in fact waiting for the right moment to do so, despite the fact that he is still able to give so much to the music world.
The singer stressed that the type of songs that are flooding the music world have no meaning and in turn lost any real value words of a song may have, causing him to fall into a case of utter depression. According to the London based daily, Al Quds Al Arabi, Hani revealed that if the situation stays as it is or gets worse, he will surely make the final decision of stepping down while he is still capable of giving so much more to the music world, saying that resigning at that point will be made of his own free will. Hani added that he is truly angry at the situation and is unable to cope with it in any way. He describes the music world as turning into a circus, where people just want to entertain through any means and become popular.
Recently, Shaker had gone back on a the sudden decision of quitting his singing career and resigning from the entertainment world, after receiving a number of calls from prominent figures upon his previous announcement trying hard to convince him to return to his career and take all thoughts of quitting out of his head. The singer was also given promises that all complications will be removed in order to ensure his path is clear.
Hani held a press conference in which he revealed the reasons that have led him to seriously think of resigning and end his music career. The singer has stressed that he will make this dramatic move despite the enormous popularity he has enjoyed throughout his career.
One of the reasons that have led up to Shaker’s decision is the fact that his latest album did not receive its fair share of advertising throughout the Arab world. The singer was in shock while he was on tour to Jordan, Syria, and Tunisia to see that his production company, Alam El Phan, had neglected to post any advertisements for his album and had only focused their attention on Egyptian singer Angham’s release. Hani was furious that his album was released in such a way making it loose any significance it may have.
Shaker stressed that the contract between him and Muhsin Jaber, owner of Alam El Phan, clearly states that with every new release a specific budget must be made for an advertising campaign, a matter which Muhsin neglected focusing his efforts elsewhere. Hani noted that Muhsin’s war with Egyptian singer Amr Diab has caused him to neglect all the singers that belong to his company, in turn negatively affecting them.
On his part, Muhsin denied the existence of any kind of dispute with Hani saying that his company did not neglect the singer and on the contrary they have provided him with a huge advertising campaign, in addition to a music video that cost the company over 600 thousand Egyptian pounds. Muhsin added that he had personally traveled to France with Hani to ensure that the video is up to standards.
Muhsin revealed that the reasons behind Hani’s allegations is the fact that his contract with the company is nearing its end and the singer intends on signing a new contract with Rotana Music Company, and simply wants to create a commotion. He added that Hani’s jealousy towards Angham has led him to say that more attention was focused on her and his fear that the new generation of singers will steal some of his spotlight, especially since he has come to repeat his old style in his songs is another reason why he would think of resigning.
Hani released his latest album “Bahibak Ya Ghali” (I Love You My Dear), but no significant success was witnessed due to the lack of proper advertising throughout the Arab world. The matter has led the singer to fall into a state of utter despair and in turn making him want to end his career. –Albawaba.com
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