By Arwad Khalifeh
In October, Mohammed Assaf's first music album became an instant hit in the Middle East. Today, his success continues to grow as the Palestinian star tours the region for his first ever album-signing tour.
Thousands of eager fans welcomed Assaf in Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and the UAE, along with a copy of their favourite superstar's album.
The tour kicked off in his homeland Palestine, followed by Beirut's City Mall, before moving onto Abu Dhabi's Galleria Mall, shortly followed by Amman's Galleria Mall. Cairo is the final stop on the Arab Idol winner's tour.
So far, the journey has been 442 for the "Ya Halali Ya Mali" singer, who, complete with a pen and a smile, signed thousands of his album copies over the past week. Platinum Records had to even provide more copies on his Amman leg of the trip, after they all flew off the shelves around the country.
In an interview with Sayidaty.net in Beirut, when asked which song is dearest to him from the album, Assaf said, "To be honest with you, I don't want to be asked this question, because I've worked so so hard on this album. The success of the album goes back to my careful selection of the songs in it. I would like to individually thank each one of my fans and the Assafi Army for their support. In addition, I would like to thank the press for writing about my news, in particular the Lebanese press, as they are a big part of what makes me successful."
Mohammed's album, titled "ASSAF," claimed the number one spot on music charts in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Jordan, and ranked in third place in Lebanon, only hours after its release.
The long-awaited album, which was released in the early hours of Oct 15, includes 11 singles, which he created with some of the Arab world's most creative composers and poets, including Ahmad Madi, Ziad Burji, Mohammad Rahim, Melhem Barakat, Nizar Francis, Fares Iskandar, Nasser Al Asaad and Michelle Fadel.
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