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Video: Lebanese diva Nancy Ajram to tour U.S. in October

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Lebanese singer and Arab Idol judge Nancy Ajram was among 300 Arab celebrities at the MBC Suhoor in Dubai last Thursday, where Al Arabiya English had an opportunity to catch up with her.

Ajram, a mother of two, had flown in from Lebanon to attend the event with her husband, Dr. Fadi El-Hachem.

When asked about what message she would give aspiring Arab artists around the globe, Nancy said: “My advice would be peace, peace and peace.”

The star arrived in a Chanel couture gown and accessorized with a pearl necklace, also designed by Chanel.

She told Al Arabiya English that she has plans to travel to the United States and perform in a number of cities, including Las Vegas, Detroit, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Ajram, who had previously sang in the U.S. city of Boston, Massachusetts, said it was an “amazing experience.”

The Lebanese singer released her first album at the age of 15. However, her career took off with the release of her song “Akhas-mak-ah” in her third album, produced by the well-known Jiji Lamara.

In 2004, Ajram achieved pop icon status with her album “Ah w Noss”, including the hit singles “Ah w Noss”, “Lawn Ouyounak” and “Inta Eih”.

Shortly after that, she was made Coca-Cola’s spokesperson for the Arab world.

“Ya Tabtab Wa Dallaa,” Ajram’s fifth album, her most successful album, was released in 2006. This album was accompanied by six music videos, eight radio hits and five songs used in commercials.

In 2008, she released “Bitfakkar Fi Eih” and received the World Music Award for the best-selling Middle Eastern artist, becoming the youngest person to hold the title.

Ajram appeared in Oprah Winfrey’s All Around the World episode in 2009 during which the queen of television described the Arab star as the Britney Spears of the Middle East.

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