Alissa in first place

Published April 12th, 2006 - 06:32 GMT

Lebanese singer Alissa worked arduously to prepare for the release of her most recent album "Bastanak" (I'm Waiting for You) to meet the expectations of her fans, and she is now witnessing the fruits of her labor.

The album has proved to be a success and her songs have earned the number one spot on a number of music charts around the Arab world. The album, produced by ‘Rotana,’ has seized the number one spot in Virgin Mega Stores around the Arab world with the highest record sales.

The music video for the main song, also titled "Bastanak," has also earned a number one seat on several charts. 

Despite this ongoing success, Alissa was in a state of despair over the spread of pirated copies of the album in Lebanon. The bandit copies negatively affected album profits, and some of the songs were leaked over the internet two days before the official release of the album.

‘Rotana’ tried to stop the circulation and collect the pirated copies.

The album, featuring 12 songs, carries a new signature since the distribution process was shifted from Jan Marie Riashi to distributors Michel Fadel and Danny Hilo.

The album cover was created by American photographer Matthews Claimer, and the singer filmed the music video for ‘Bastanak’ under the direction of American Brandon Darikson in Burgh, the capital of the Czech Republic.
‘Bastanak’ is Alissa’s first cooperation with singer and composer Marwan Khoury and her second with ‘Rotana.’

Pepsi launched the latest television commercial for Alissa with American pop star Christina Agelera in conjunction with the release of the album.


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