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'I love Nancy Ajram': Billie Eilish speaks of her appreciation of Arabic music on radio show

The American pop sensation spoke about the Lebanese singer on Me & Dad

Ati Metwaly , Thursday 28 May 2020
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In the second episode of Me & Dad radio show released this week on Apple Music, American teen superstar Billie Eilish revealed her fascination with Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram.

"I'm going to tune myself by playing a very special song to me that's in Arabic," she said at the beginning of the episode, adding swiftly "I love Nancy Ajram."

Eilish mentioned the Lebanese star's two songs Enta Eih and Fi Hagat, adding that while she admires their tunes and the singer, she does not understand the meaning of the songs' words.

Eilish said she first heard Enta Eih as a background music for an irrelevant meme. She searched the tune up and got immediately attracted to the song.

"From then on I listen to all of Nancy Ajram's stuff," she said in the episode.

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"The way that she sings is crazy," Eilish commented on Ajram. "The way that the Arabic music sounds is like melted chocolate in my ears. I love the melodies, I love the way that she sings.

Eilish added that at a certain point in her life she used to play Enta Eih all day long.

While playing parts of the two songs in the background, Eilish talked about the Arabic words and the uniqueness of their prolonged consonants in songs.

Me & Dad is released every two weeks on Apple Music.

In the show, Eilish talks with her father, American actor Patrick O'Connell, about music, songs that she likes and inspired her, her career and family.

Following the release of two episodes on Apple Music, several media users uploaded the show on other platforms, including YouTube.

Listen to Billie Eilish commenting on Nancy Ajram and Arabic music in the YouTube recording below. The segment begins at minute 3.30. 

 

The 18-year-old American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish launched her career in 2015 when she uploaded her song Ocean Eyes on Soundcloud.

Ever since, her music career skyrocketed with many of her songs becoming instant hits.

In a very short time Eilish won multiple awards, including five Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two Guinness World Records, three MTV Video Music Awards, and one Brit Award.

Born in 1983 in Beirut, Nancy Ajram is one of the most popular artists in the Arab region.

She launched her career at the age of 15, yet her breakthrough came with the single Akhasmak Ah.

Today, the Arab world's multi-platinum recording artist has released 11 albums and garnered dozens of music awards and recognitions in the Arab world.

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