Shireen signs with ‘Rotana’

Published March 15th, 2007 - 09:08 GMT

Music production company 'Rotana' has announced that Egyptian singer Shireen Abdul Wahab has joined their team. The company, which boasts over 120 singers, made its announcement after months of ongoing negotiations with the singer.


According to the Qatar based daily, Al Raya, Shireen’s new contract states that she will remain with the company for at least three years and will produce at least two albums, in addition to several music videos.


The dispute between Shireen, her former producer Nasr Mahrous, and the ‘Egyptian Musician Association’ continue. Nasr has filed a new lawsuit against Shireen demanding she be prohibited from releasing any new albums until she pays a fine for breaking her contract with him.


Shireen already agreed to pay Nasr 2.5 million Egyptian pounds for breaking their contract.


Shireen spoke out against the Association on live television during an entertainment program, leading Egyptian singer Hani Shaker to intervene and insist that the dispute be put to an end.


Hani later appeared with Shireen on the same show for a second time.  Shireen announced that she holds no grudges against Nasr or the Association, and characterized her previous statement as an “overreaction.”


Hani stated that Shireen had made amends with head of the Association, Hassan Abu Al Soud, and she was willing to pay her debt to the Association, an estimated 300,000 Egyptian pounds.


Shireen offered to make the payment directly or through a special performance from which the proceeds would go directly to the Association.


Sherine said she has paid a high price for her decision to challenge the Association and Nasr, and described the Association’s decision to ban her as “worse than death,” fearing it might destroy her career.


Recently, the head of the Association sent a fierce warning to Shireen to stop performing. Shireen opposed the decision to ban her from singing in Egypt and began perpetrating as a guest at entertainment events, giving performances after the audience repeatedly requested her to do so.

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