Lebanese singer Elissa said on Monday that she plans to retire after her next album release, adding that she could no longer work for an industry “that is similar to mafias.”
“I am preparing this new album with a lot of love and passion. The reason is that it will be the last one in my career. I am announcing this with a heavy heart but with a lot of conviction because I can’t work in a field that is similar to mafias. I can’t be productive anymore,” Elissa said in a tweet.
Elissar Khoury, who performs under the name Elissa, is one of the best-known and highest-selling female artists in the Arabic-speaking world, with 13.6 million followers on Twitter.
She surprised fans last August by revealing in a new music video that she had overcome breast cancer, raising awareness of a disease campaigners say can be a taboo topic of discussion in Lebanon.
Lebanese singer Elissa plans to retire, likens music industry to ‘mafias’