Fans surprised as Egyptian pop icon Amr Diab removes latest albums from online platforms

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Feb 2022

Some of the latest albums of Egyptian megastar Amr Diab have been removed recently from a number of online applications.

Amr Diab

The songs from the singer’s very own Nay for Media were removed from platforms such as YouTube, YouTube Music, Spotify, and iTunes.

After the removal of most of his songs, Amr Diab’s YouTube channel — where he is followed by over five and a half million users — currently includes mainly footage from his concerts.

The most recent video available on YouTube was released last week and presents Diab’s concert at Al-Manara Arena in Cairo on 11 February.

A number of similar videos are still available on Diab’s YouTube channel, however, the viewership of the singer’s music videos usually attracted several million views.

Among the artist’s best-known songs are those released by Nay for Media — Diab’s very own company — and they include hits from albums such as ‘Ahla wi Ahla’ (2016), ‘Meaddy El-Nes’ (2017), ‘Kol Hayaty’ (2018), ‘Ana Gheir’ (2019), ‘Sahran’ (2020), and ‘Ya Ana Ya La’ (2021).

The songs were also removed from Spotify, a platform on which Diab was ranked as the most listened to artist across the Arab world on more than one occasion.

Fans flocked to social media platforms to express their surprise and disappointment due to the sudden disappearance of their favourite music, which was produced by the region’s top star, whose illustrious career spans over 30 decades.

Though there is no official statement from Diab, some social media experts suggest that the move is part of the singer’s plans to create a new platform where he would compile all his creative history, reported Al-Ahram Arabic. We are yet to understand the reasons behind the removal of the albums.

Born in 1961, Amr Diab is among the most prominent and regionally recognised Egyptian pop singers, dubbed by his fans ‘El-Hadaba’ (‘The Hill’).

Diab is also the only Middle Eastern artist to receive a World Music Award seven times.

He is known for many top hits in Egypt and the Arab world, including ‘Ya Baladna Ya Helwa’ (O Our Beloved Country), ‘Zai Manti’ (As You Are), and his smash hit ‘Amaken El-Sahar’ (Places of Night Life), which features star actress Dina El-Sherbiny.

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