The most prominent entertainment event last week was Rotana's release party for Shatha Hassoun's first album, "Wajh Thani".
The celebration was held on September 26th at the Mövenpick Hotel in Beirut, and was punctuated with songs from Shatha's new album.
Shatha entered the celebration amid the sound of fireworks launched from the Beirut coast, and was welcomed by loud applause from Lebanese and Gulf personalities as well as a number of friendly faces, such as Spain's Ambassador to Lebanon Juan Carlos Gafo and Rotana officials, led by its chief executive Salem al-Hindi.
The ceremony culminated when Shatha cut her cake, surrounded by composers Wissam al-Amir and Salim Assaf, poet Siham al-Shaashaa, Syrian actress Lilia al-Atrash, and director Jobo Eid.
Shatha's new album has been the top selling album at Virgin stores in Lebanon, Bahrain and Qatar for more than two consecutive weeks, according to a statement from her media office, while the song "Aladdin", which Shatha is preparing to film with director Leila Kanaan, occupied first place on Rotana's Facebook page.
Her song "Meen Ilma Indu Madhi" also occupied first place in the Top 10 programme on al-Rashid Channel.
Ramy Ayach performed at two concerts at the Villa Blanca Hotel in Morocco on September 28th and 29th. According to a statement issued by his press office, tickets for the two events were sold on the black market for nearly $1,000 after they were completely sold out.
Ramy ended his contract with the company Music is My Life and transferred the management of his work to Ayach Management. This new company will book his concerts in Lebanon and abroad, and will also manage his business and his direct communication with the media.
Nawal al-Zoghbi recently held a concert at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Nicosia, Cyprus, and has also begun preparing a set of songs for her new album, which she will sing in both Lebanese and Egyptian dialects. With this album, she collaborates with a number of poets and composers, including Faris Iskandar and Salim Salam.
Zein El Omar held a press conference at Rotana Café in Beirut to release his new album, "Zein 2011".
Composer and opera singer Hiba Kawas will launch her new album "Lianni Ahya" on the evening of October 13th at the National Museum in Beirut.
Wadih El Safi announced during an interview with the Lebanese magazine Al-Chabakah that he is considering sharing his biography with the public in a television series. He said his life is full of secrets, but not all should be shared.
Rola Saad is preparing to launch her new album, "Rola Sings Sabah", which contains songs by Sabah for children and adults.
Rola performed at a concert at the University of Beirut as part of the open house activities organised by the Office of Student Activities at the university. Rola sang and danced "dabke" with students to her old and new songs.