Most music production companies in the Arab World have postponed the release of albums while Lebanon is at war with Israel, although ‘Rotana’ has bucked the trend and released prominent Syrian singer Asalah Nasri’s latest album (Hayati) (My Life), her second release with the company.
According to the Qatar based daily, Al Raya, Asalah tried to convince ‘Rotana’ to postpone the release, arguing it was inappropriate while so many Lebanese are dying from the Israeli offensive.
The singer argued the success of the album would be negatively affected by the decision, but “Rotana’ officials were not convinced.
The feature song “Hayati,” also the album title, takes listeners through her life’s journey. Asalah said the album is her life transformed into words and music.
Asalah dedicated the song “Bain Eidaik” (In Your Arms) to her new husband Tareq, and another song is dedicated to her children.
The album is Asalah’s first releases after divorcing her ex-husband Aiman Al Thahabi, and marrying director Tareq Al Arian.
Shortly after Asalah married Tareq, she began recording the songs for her album.
Rumors began circulating that Asalah's ex-husband filed a lawsuit against her demanding that she pay a 5 million US dollar fine for breaking their contract.
Aiman claims Asalah signed a contract with him when they were married, giving him exclusive rights to her music. Asalah denied a contract existed and continues to characterize him as a bitter ex-husband.