Ragheb Alama and international artist Shakira will collaborate on the duet "Good Stuff" without ever meeting each other. Ragheb will sing in Arabic and Shakira in English.
"After several meetings between me, representing our company Backstage Production, and Sony Music, the company that produces Shakira’s works, we have agreed on this duet," Khudur Alama, Ragheb’s brother and business manager told Al-Shorfa.
"After selecting the song, Ragheb wrote the lyrics for his part of the song, and composed the music, while Shakira took care of her part of the song. Lebanese producer Dani Hilou was in charge of executing this work," he said.
According to Khudur, the song will be released as part of Raghebs’s new album early next November.
The album will present Arabic songs with international and western tunes, including a song with blues music.
Khudur said Ragheb and Shakira may film a music video for the song, saying that filming a music video does not require a meeting between the two stars.
Bride faints while Haifa sings
Haifa has been the subject of many news reports.
One report claimed a bride fainted while Haifa Wehbe was performing at her wedding in a hotel in Alexandria. As Haifa was singing, guests gathered around her on the dance floor, suffocating the bride who fell unconscious.
But Haifa was reportedly quick to catch her, and after the bride regained consciousness, Haifa resumed singing.
Haifa is also making news with a rumoured pregnancy.
When contacted by Al-Shorfa, Haifa's publicity office declined to comment on the reports.
“There is no comment on what is being written. The truth is what comes out of our office. And the truth is that Haifa is putting the final touches on her next album that is expected to be released for Eid Al-Adha," said information officer Nisrine Zawahiri.
Haifa’s newest work is a song entitled "Ya ma layali", which brought her together with Aldi Jay Vandetta. It was included in the latest edition of the international "Buddha Bar" compilation album.
She appears in the song's music video as a muse. In the video, she searches for a man among the crowds, and ends up being the "Dream Bride".
Carole Samaha learning Egyptian dialect for film role
The star Carole Samaha is speaking Egyptian dialect to portray singer Sabah in the series titled "Al-Shahrourah". She is undergoing training sessions on the use of the Egyptian dialect under the supervision of a specialized team.
Carole, who is devoting herself to studying all aspects of the professional and personal life of Sabbouhah, will wear clothing that belongs to the singer Sabah in the series, designed by Walid Khoury, according to her business manager Mario Usta.
Although Carole is preoccupied with the series, she managed to shoot her song "Khallik Bihalak" between the Port of Beirut and Monroe Street, with French Director Terri Verne.
War of words between Nicole Saba and "Bidoun Rakaba"
A war of words erupted between Nicole Saba and representatives of the LBC programme "Bidoun Rakaba", after Nicole failed to appear on the show.
Nicole said she refused to appear because the show is embarrassing and includes attacks against artists. However, the programme's producers issued a statement saying that Nicole requested a huge sum of money.
Al-Shorfa asked for clarification from Nicole who was in the city of Aleppo throwing a concert. She said that the main reason for failing to appear on the show is the content that provokes the guest and not the money.
"If the matter was related to money, I would not have appeared in the programme 'Sireh Winfatahit' with Zaven Kuyumjian," she said.
Studio al-Fann in Tunisia
Studio Al-Fann flew out of Lebanon and landed in Tunisia to prepare for a new Tunisian version of the talent show.
"Starting November 23rd, we will present the Tunisian version of the show on Hannibal Television, that is, young Tunisian male and female participants, a Tunisian judging committee that will decide the fate of the artists," said director Bashir Simon Asmar.
According to Asmar, the step to move the programme is part of a plan to introduce other versions to several Arab countries such as Jordan, Syria and UAE.