Shireen faces prosecution over “New Year” duet
The Egyptian Musician Union has decided to probe Egyptian singer Shireen in front of the judiciary committee of the union after she returns from her current tour in Dubai. Shireen will undergo questioning by the committee after her business producer Naser Mahrous filed a complaint against her for releasing a duet with Lebanese singer Fadel Shaker without his consent.
According to the Egyptian based daily, Al Ahram, Mahrous has the sole right of managing Shireen’s work and deciding what can be released. Mahrous claimed that Shireen intentionally made the song without telling him because she has made plans to move to a new production company. The producer added that in the case that Shireen breaks the contract with him, she must pay a compensation fee of 3 million Egyptian pounds.
The union stated that it has the right to solve the problem between both parties before it is taken to a higher court in order to protect everyone’s rights. A decision will be made after Shireen is questioned regarding whether Mahrous’s case is valid or not.
Despite the fact that the duet "New Year" between Shireen and Fadel proved great success especially due to the way the video clip was filmed and the timing of its release, which was during New Year's Eve, Shireen has to deal with legal problems with Naser who claims she had made the song without referring to him.
The problem that was raised by Mahrous was due to the fact that he has sole rights over all Shireen's music production and since the duet was created without his knowledge. Shireen on her part insisted that she had notified Nasr of the matter and that he was in on all of its details. It was also revealed that many other problems had occurred previously between Shireen and her producer over financial matters.
On his part, Fadel did not give any comments regarding the matter and simply said that he was ecstatic about having the chance to sing the duet with Shireen. The two chose the song and recorded it together, in addition to filming a music video for it under the direction of Said Al Marouq. The song was recorded in recording studios in Lebanon, and talks about two lovers meeting on New Year's Eve and they exchange hope and wishes for good times that bring them closer to each other.
Shireen denied strongly the most recent circulating rumors that she and Lebanese singer Fadel Shaker have secretly gotten married. The singer stressed that a very good friendship is the only form of bond between them nothing more or less.
Shireen revealed that the fact that she and Fadel sang a duet together recently is what made such rumors come out. She added that Fadel is a happily married man with children and nor she or Fadel would ever jeopardize that.
Shireen and Fadel held numerous performances together in Lebanon, Canada and the United States of America. All their concerts were marked with remarkable success due to the fact that both have reached a point where their popularity is expanding at a fast rate. -Albawaba.com
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