Category Archives: Music

Coldplay NOT Coming to Lebanon This October

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There were talks back in August that Coldplay might be performing live in Beirut this October, but they are definitely not coming in October or any time soon to Lebanon.

It’s too bad as there are a lot of Coldplay fans in Lebanon, including myself. One of my favorite all-time albums is Coldplay’s “A Rush of Blood to the Head”; I could listen to it almost everyday and not get bored of it. Let’s hope things calm down and we get to see them live next summer in Beirut.

Xriss Jor

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I don’t know if Xriss Jor is her real name because it doesn’t sound Lebanese at all

The first time I heard about Xriss Jor was after her live performance at the Angry Monkey in Gemmayze and her brilliant interpretation of Alicia Key’s Empire State of Mind (New York) song. She also performed live in other venues and took part as well in MTV’s Hek Menghanne show and The Voice. She’s a very talented singer and she was given the chance of a lifetime last Wednesday after she won the talent hunt at the Dubai Music Week.

In short, Xriss Jor will have the unique opportunity to work with Quincy Jones to produce a single and a video, so let’s hope she makes the best out of it and wish her the best of luck!

On another note, I noticed 2 other Lebanese among the five pre-screened performers, Dubai-based Lebanese band Jay Wud and Lebanese pop singer DD Fox. I’ve heard of Jay Wud before but had no clue who DD Fox was.

A 27-year-old Lebanese singer has been given the chance of a lifetime after she was picked as winner of a talent hunt by a star-studded panel on the second day of the Dubai Music Week late Wednesday night.

Singer Xriss Jor, who impressed judges will.i.am, Timbaland and Quincy Jones with her rendition of the Beyonce song, Listen, will get the opportunity to work with the legendary Jones to produce a single and a video.

“Thank you so much. It’s an honour,” said breathless Jor, who was chosen among five pre-screened performers at the Producers Panel on the second day of the Dubai Music Week. Her competitors were Emirati Soul singer Hamdan Al Abri, Dubai-based Lebanese band Jay Wud, Lebanese pop singer DD Fox and Sudanese R&B singer Nile. Jor who won fans with her covers of popular Western songs on the Arabic version of singing reality show The Voice last year, was picked on Wednesday for her voice and confidence, said the judges, who deliberated for five minutes before picking her.

“I liked how you drew people in as soon as you began singing,” producer and Timbaland told her. “will.i.am and I were impressed by the tone in your voice. You can also make a good rapper.” Jor, who counted Celine Dion, Alicia Keys and Pink as her inspirations, said she’s been wanting to work on her own original songs. “Well, your life is just about to begin,” Timbaland told her. [Source]

Omar Dean at X Factor Australia 2013

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I’ve been told this guy is Lebanese-Australian and is apparently a hot favorite for winning X Factor Australia. I tried looking online but couldn’t find anything on his [website] or [Facebook Page].

The only thing I found was this [post] on Lebomemes and his video shared on the Lebanese in Australia Facebook page.

Either way, he’s definitely impressing the judges so the best of luck to him!

Thanks Fouad!

Jan Blomqvist at Skybar this Friday

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I’ve been listening to “Big Jet Plane” by Jan Blomqvist on repeat for most of the week and I just found he’s going to be at Skybar this fucking Friday! I’m going to miss it since I’m not in Lebanon but if you’re there you should really check him out. I missed Booka Shade at Pier 7 last month and now this.

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Fadel Shaker Featured In The New York Times

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He was a known and loved artist and had the chance to play a positive role in society, instead he chose to get armed and shoot at army soldiers. What a total waste of oxygen this guy turned out to be.

You can read the whole article [Here].

SIDON, Lebanon — His success was a dream come true for this tough port city on the Mediterranean coast: a poor kid whose honeyed voice and ballads of love and heartbreak rocketed him to wealth and fame far from the gun-ridden neighborhood where he grew up.

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Ahmed al-Jardali, a leader in the Lebanese branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in Sidon, said he tried to persuade Mr. Shaker to focus his piety on spiritual songs.
“Someone like Fadel could send a message much better than someone holding a rifle, so it was important for us to try to put him in the right place,” Mr. Jardali said. “But then the problems started and it was too late for him to choose a different direction.”

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Standing in Mr. Shaker’s bedroom upstairs, where springs jutted from a burned mattress and a black chandelier hung overhead, Mr. Sin, the driver, shook his head.

“Even I have no idea what changed him,” he said. “How did he benefit from all of this?”