Nancy Ajram to be the Marilyn Monroe of the Middle East
After her hit single "Akhasmak Aah, Aseebak Laa" (I'll Upset You, But I Won't Leave You), Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram was able to gain tremendous popularity around the Middle East and abroad. The singer is hoping to add to her success by releasing a new music video for the song "Ya Salam" (Oh My), which is also from her latest album.
According to the Arab magazine Sayidaty, Nancy's upcoming video will attribute a fifties look and style in which the singer will appear looking liking the superstars of those time, specifically like the American legend Marilyn Monroe. A special stage has been decorated and prepared for the song that will give viewers flashback to the fifties. In the clip Nancy will play the role of a performer whose artistic performance will remind people of the stars of Hollywood especially Monroe.
A special makeup artist and a fashion designer have been brought in for the sole purpose of turning Nancy into a star from the old days. The video will be directed by Nadine Labki, who directed her previous music video, under the supervision of her business manager Jiji Lamara.
Nancy had recently celebrated the hundredth day of her singing career. She had contracted with a production company to release a new album, which she hopes will add tremendously to her career.
Ajram revealed that her dream will come true and is confident that her popularity will be international and people in the East and West will know who she is. She began her quest to stardom at the age of twelve, but was not very lucky the past years mostly due to the incapability of her previous production company EMI and poet Issam Zughaib who have adopted her talent for a long period of time.
Before the US war on Iraq, Nancy was to perform alongside international Lebanese-Colombian pop/rock singer Shakira Mebarak in Cairo this May and proceed with her to Lebanon, but the current conditions had forced the Columbian singer to cancel all prior arrangements. Nancy had said that if this comes true, it would mark the foundation of her international stardom and place her on a pedestal alongside other international singers, but to her dismay, she will have to wait a bit longer.
Nancy added that Lamara, who was the previous agent/manager for Lebanese singer Elaine Khalaf, is the only person who is capable of making her dream a reality and bring her the stardom she longs for by discovering her true talent. She also noted that Jiji had warned her not to fall in the trap of reaching the top too fast or becoming too conceited, for that would create a number of complications for her and may backfire and drop her to the ground.
Nancy's description of reaching the top is basically taken one step at a time patiently and carefully. She expressed that she always dreamed of standing on stage and performing to a large crowd and through God's will she achieved that dream and is striving to always improve.
Ajram had stressed that there was never a dispute between her and poet Zughaib, who was the main reason behind her popularity. Nancy stated that she feels its time to move on to a different poet in order to have more variety and different styles.
Essam had refused to diverse the songs for Nancy and insisted that she sings in the Lebanese accent only and refrain from singing in other styles. Nancy eagerness to introduce something new to her audience led her to a new poet saying that regardless of the breakup in business, she and Essam remain very close friends and will stay that way. –Albawaba.com
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