After parting ways with Rotana in 2009 singer Wael Kfoury renewed his contract with the company for three years. Michel Hayek, an event organizer, led the two-year negotiations.
The signing ceremony took place between Wael and Salem al-Hindi, the president of Rotana, at Hayek's residence. Elias and Fares Karam also attended the ceremony.
The Rotana contract covers management of Wael's work, the release of three new albums and a major concert scheduled for early spring, when his first album of the year will be launched.
Wael's relationship with Rotana had been tense, as he had lodged several complaints about the company's production policies. He was also reportedly upset in 2009 because he lost the World Music Award to Elissa.
Najwa Karam led one of many attempts at reconciliation between Wael and al-Hindi, but Elissa managed to bring the two together on her birthday in September 2011. The reconciliation efforts led to a contract renewal on January 11th.
In related news, Irwa also signed a three-year contract with Rotana, which includes managing her concerts and producing her albums. Irwa, who gave a special performance at the Yacht Club in Abu Dhabi, is preparing to meet her Emirati fans during the Dubai Nights' Festival this month and will begin choosing songs for her new album.
Nancy Ajram, who won the 2008 World Music Award for her album "Bitfakar fi Eih", managed to grab the award a second time in 2011 for her album "Nancy 7".
Melissa Corken, the award's executive director, announced that Nancy won the award because she had the highest sales for her latest album, according to the award company's statistics.
Nancy performed her first concert this year in Milan on January 14th during an Arabic music concert in Italy, the first of its kind.
Pascale Machaalani celebrated the christening of her son Eli with her husband, composer Milhem Abu Shadid, during the Feast of the Epiphany. She will soon travel to Paris to choose new designs for her upcoming video clip, which will coincide with the release of one of her singles.
Singer Shatha Hassoun is in deep mourning after her maternal grandmother passed away in Morocco. Rotana recently began airing the video clip for her new song "Minoo Ilee Ma Inda Madhi" from her album "Wajih Thani".
Yasir al-Yassiry directed the clip in their second collaboration after they worked on "Shaghilha". Shatha's new song was filmed on-site between Raas al-Khaima and Dubai. In this clip, Shatha appears in three different looks, including a wedding dress.
Singer Dolly Shaheen celebrated the New Year in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, in her first visit to her paternal grandmother's birthplace. She just finished filming two clips, "Naseeni al-Madhi" and "Rah Lee Rah" for the Lebanese television series "Liqaa".
Amany al-Seweissy, the Tunisian singer and star of Star Academy, was attacked two weeks ago inside her car on the road between Tunis and Hamamet. According to a statement that she released, an unidentified person broke her car window, punched her in the face and ran off in full view of pedestrians and the police.
Al-Seweissy is still in shock from this attack because the perpetrator is still at large despite the fact that she filed a formal complaint with the public prosecutor's office.
Myriam Fares ranked among the most googled personalities in the Middle East and North Africa region according to the Google's annual Zeitgeist report for 2011, which tracks the most searched-for items of the year.
Fares came in second place after the deceased Libyan leader, Moamer Gaddafi, which places her in the number one spot in the art world.