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In 1961 Amr Diab was born in Port Said, Egypt on October 11th (Wednesday 1 Jumaada al-awal 1381 A.H.). His father, Abdul Basset Diab, worked for the Suez Canal Corporation as Chairman of Marine Construction & Shipbuilding. Abdul himself had a fine singing voice and is credited for encouraging his son to sing.

In 1967 Amr joins the school band in the Port Said Laissait, his primary school. On July 23rd, he makes his first official school appearance at the Festival at Port Said where he visits the local broadcasting station and sings Biladi, Biladi (Egypt's national anthem)on Egyptian Radio. For his efforts, he wins a guitar and receives recognition from the Governor of Port Said.

In 1981 Amr is "approved" (accepted as a professional) by Egyptian Radio and Television.

In 1982 Amr arrives in Cairo (direct from Port Said) and enrolls in the High-College for Arabic Music

In 1983 Amr records his very first song, El Zamn, (lyrics by Hani Zaki, music by Hani Shnouda) but the recording is a failure.

In 1986 Diab graduates from Cairo Academy of Art. Ya Tareek is released, Diab's very first album. Diab's 2nd album, Gany Men Albak, is also released in 1986

In 1987 The album Asef La Yougad Hal Akhar is released and is followed up by the release of Khalseen. The latter proves to be a major hit which establishes Amr as an up-and-coming star.

In 1988 Hala Hala is released and its title track becomes a hit. Mayal is also released. In August, Amr marks his cinematic debut with the release of the movie, El Saginatean, (Two Prisoners) where he stars with Elham Shaheen and Youssef Shaaban.

In 1989 Shawa'na is released, arranged by Hamid El Shaeri who will prove to play a significant role in the coming years.

In 1990 Amr represents Egypt at the 5th Tournament of African Sports and sings in Arabic, English and French during a concert televised by satellite throughout the Arab world and highlighted on CNN. Matkhafesh is released; the accompanying video clip is filmed inside Amr's Cairo home and features ex-wife Sherin Rida (mother of his daughter, Nour). He is purportedly the first Arab artist to make a video clip. In North America, Amr becomes the first young Arabic singer to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC (the only other Arabic artists ever invited were Fairouz and Wadia El Safi). It is reported that Diab was interviewed at a Washington TV station for four hours. Amr's 2nd movie, El Aafareet, is released with a cast including Madeha Kamel and Naaema EL Sagheer.

In 1991 Habibi is released; Diab uses the saxophone in his work for the first time. Africa is released by Delta Sound

In 1992 Ayamna is released, wholly arranged by Hamid and including the hit, El Mady. The movie, Ice Cream Fi Gleem, is released and stars Diab alongside a cast that includes such talents as Simon, Ezat Abou Ouf, Hossam Hosny, Ashraf Abdel Ba'ei, Gihan Fadel, Hussain El Emam and Alaa Waly-El Din. The movie's soundtrack is also released in 1992, the most popular songs proving to be Raseef Nemra Khamsa and H'atmarad Ala El Wadaa El Hali. Amr is selected to sing the central song (Bel Hob Etgamaana) at the Fifth Olympic African Tournament. This year, he also co-produces the song Ainy for Egyptian singer, Simon (he won't produce again until 2001 with Wala Ala Balo)

In 1993 Ya Omrena is released. The track, Kan Aandak Ha'a, proves very popular as does the accompanying video clip shot against a scenic mountain backdrop. Amr plays opposite Omar Sharif in the movie, Dhahk We La'ab (Laughter & Fun) which opens in 1993 at the Egyptian Film Festival.

In 1994 Weyloumouny is released, debuting Amr's incorporation of Spanish guitar.

In 1995 the video clip accompanying the release of Rageen is much-hyped for its combination of both B&W and color camera work. Zkriat is also released.

In 1996 Nour El Ain is released mid-year and is a huge success both in the Middle East and internationally. In fact, it becomes the best selling album ever released by an Arabic artist. The accompanying video clip (produced by Alam El Phan, as was the CD) is a lavish, expensive production.

In 1997 Habibi - The Remix Album is released and is wildly popular on dance floors throughout Europe. Diab wins three awards (Best Video, Best Song, Artist of the Year) at the Annual Arabic Festival

In 1998 the studio album, Awedony, is released in July, the title track video clip having been shot on the banks of the Nile in Upper Egypt. The CD is another huge success. On May 6, Amr is honored at Monaco's World Music Awards as the 1998 "World's Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist", hardly surprising given that since its release Nour El Ain has gone triple platinum. Diab reportedly donates monies raised by the awards ceremony towards establishing a hospital in Cairo's Muqattam district

In 1999 The Best Of Amr Diab is released early in the year. It includes Ana Mahama Kibirt Sugheir, a tribute to such influential legends as Abdel El Halim and Om Kalthom. A spectacular video is shot to accompany this song. On July 28th, Amarain is released and includes duets with Algerian Rai superstar, Khaled, and Greek Diva, Angela Dimitrou. The title track is released as a video and the song itself is heard constantly and continually throughout Egypt for months on end. Amr tours North America from mid-September to mid-October and is well-received in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, Detroit, Houston and Washington. On December 4th the Diab family expands by two when twins Kenza and Abdullah are born in Washington DC.

|̲̅̅●̲̅̅Nour El Ain

In 1996, Nour El Ain (Light of The Eye – Sight) was released, becoming a tremendous success not only in the Middle East but throughout the entire world. The song was composed by Nasser Elmezdawy, lyrics were written by Ahmed Sheta and it was arranged by Hameed Elshaery. The title track, and its English version "Habibi", was an international phenomenon, becoming a massive crossover hit in countries such as Brazil, Pakistan, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Argentina, Chile, France, Spain, South Africa and Malaysia (Malay version sung by Datuk Sharifah Aini). It was even more prominent when it was featured as a track in Brazilian telenovela O Clone. In a style reminiscent of the Aldo Franco Arabic style, the song was remixed by several top European arrangers and has become a big pull on the dance floors of Europe. The video clip, also produced by Alam El Phan for the song "Nour El Ain", was one of the most lavish and expensive productions in the field of Egyptian song, and set a new standard for his contemporaries to aspire to. Nour El Ain has become the best selling album ever released by an Arabic artist.

In 1997, Amr Diab won three Awards at the Annual Arabic Festival (for Best Video, Best Song and Artist of the Year). In the following year, he received a Triple Platinum Award for the sales of Nour El Ain, and received a World Music Award in Monaco on 6 May 1998, under the patronage of H.S.H. Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and attended by such International luminaries as Gloria Estefan, Céline Dion, Mariah Carey, The Backstreet Boys, Steven Segal and others. This award was the first of its kind for an Egyptian artist, emphasizing that his appeal is not just confined to the Middle East unlike the majority of his contemporaries.


His follow-up studio album entitled Awedooni was released in July 1998, and as with Nour El Ain it was produced with Hamid El Shaery and recorded in Cairo, Egypt. The first video from the album, the title track "Awedooni", was shot by the river Nile in Egypt and directed by Tareq Al Aryan. Like its predecessor, this album was a huge success for Amr and reinforced his popularity in the Arab world and abroad.

The Best of Amr Diab released in early 1999 contained a brand new song "Maham Kibirt Sugheir" recorded as a tribute to the Legends of Arabic music such as Umm Kulthum and Abdel Halim Hafez that have influenced him. A strong ballad with a spectacular video of the concert footage inspired by Puff Daddy (whom he met at the Monaco Awards) it became another big hit for Diab. The album also contains a previously unreleased European remix of "Habibi", and the most popular songs from Amr's albums of the 1990s.


Diab released his July 1999 new studio album Amarain, (two moons) which is hailed as the best work of his career to date. Amr is working on eagerly anticipated duets with the France based international Rai superstar, Khaled of "Didi" fame, and with the Greek singer, Angela Dimitrou, whose crossover smash "Marguerites" was a huge hit across the Middle East in 1998. The title track Amarain is the first video to be broadcast and the album seems certain to confirm Amr's position as the leading and most innovative artist from the Middle East.

|̲̅̅●̲̅̅Tamally Ma`ak (2000)

Diab revolutionized Arab music when he issued Tamally Ma'ak. He introduced the Spanish guitar in his song "Tammaly Ma'ak" and in other songs. The clip of this song was made in the Czech Republic with much success. The album contained songs like "Al'alem Allah", "Ba'terf", "Sa'ban Alaea" and "Wa Hiya Amla Eih".

|̲̅̅●̲̅̅Aktar Wahed

On 1 August 2001, and after a great anticipation by the huge number of fans, Aktar Wahed was released. The album's name is a short for one of the songs "Aktar Wahed Beyhebbak". It contains 10 tracks and a bonus oriental remix for the song "Wala Ala Balo". "Wala Ala Balo", a well-studied mash up of both Trance/Techno rhythms and Oriental Arabic Music. The song featured the rapper SandMan. The video on the other hand was shot in London in a discotheque. An even newer style for Amr Diab, he received a number of Platinum Awards for the sales of the album, and received his second World Music Award in Monaco in 2001 for best selling album for middle-eastern singer, the album contains a good number of significant songs like "Adeeni Rege'telek", "Ya Habeeby La", "Sadda'ni Khalas" and "Ba'edd Ellayali".

|̲̅̅●̲̅̅Allem Albi

Later in 2003, Diab released Allem Alby (Teach My Heart). The album's release date was arranged to be with the debut broadcast of Alam El Phan's (Allem Alby's Production Company, Owned by Mohsen Gaber) music channel "Mazzika".

The album was a great success, with the release of the video "Ana Ayesh" which was directed by Stuart Gosling. The video was intensely broadcasted on Mazzika . The album contains other songs, like the album-titled "Allem Alby" which is a solid R&B influenced hit. Others that tend to be more oriental like "Kolohom", "Law Ash'any" and "Alli El Wada'".

|̲̅̅●̲̅̅Leily Nahary

In late summer of 2004, Diab's first album with Rotana was released, titled Leily Nahary (My Nights, My Days). The album's cover was from the promotional photo shoot of Pepsi. The video "Leily Nahari" directed by Casey Cameron which provided aid to give Amr his space in the record-exclusive music channels. It was still criticized because of its similarity to his previously unreleased video for "El Alem Allah" from the album Tamally Ma'ak.

|̲̅̅●̲̅̅Kammel Kalamak (Finish Your Words)

Diab's latest album, Kammel Kalamak is the long anticipated follow up to Leily Nahary. It was rumoured to be released in the summer of 2005 but was pushed back to Eid. The album took a reported $4M to record, and is Rotana's biggest album of 2005.

Full album releases appeared on many websites prior to its official release, which is speculated to be the reason why the album's release date was suddenly shortened to a few days prior to the previously mentioned release date.

The love ballad "We Malo" was released as the single of the album, Kammel Kalamak. The music video was shot in London and was released on a late notice after the release of the album. Rumors surfaced in late 2005 and early 2006 stated that Amr is considering terminating his contract with Rotana due to the poor promotion of his latest album, Kammel Kalamak. The idea of "Wemalo" video clip was produced by the young talented producer and Graphic Designer Muhannad Majdalawieh, and directed by Lo'ay Haydar. Also the music video was shot and produced by Ghadeer AlHmoud with the help of two talented production assistants muhammad alkhairy and Khalil AlAraj. who now have one of the biggest recording companies in the Middle East.

|̲̅̅●̲̅̅El Leila De (This Night Tonight)

The album was originally set to be released after Ramadan 2006. However, it was pushed back several times due to Diab's repeated changes in the musical producers he was dealing with. Diab attributes the changes to the producer's lack of new and strong styles. In early 2006, Music Arranger Fahd was supposed to work on this album; however, later that year Tarek Madkour joined Amr Diab, and they started together to work on it. On 25 March 2007, Madkour's official website announced that Amr Diab and Madkour had decided jointly to skip the collaboration on the album due to the lack of time and conflicting working schedules. Fahd and a new producer called Hasan Al Shafei are elected to produce the music in the album, which is supposed to hit the markets in July 2007. The title of the album was changed from Khaleek Ma'aya to El Leila De. After the release Amr, shot a new Pepsi advertisement in Europe. On June 21, 2007, two of the biggest sites (AmrDiabWorld.com & AmrDiab.info) for Amr Diab announced that the album, now entitled El Lilady, would hit the market on July 7, 2007. The album would contain 10 tracks; AL Shafei and Fahd shared the production Al Shaei 7 songs & Fahd 3 Songs. Before releasing his album, Diab traveled to Portugal to shoot the new Pepsi ad choosing "Inta El Ghaly" song from his upcoming album El Leila De as the ad music. Amr then traveled to the USA to film the music video for his upcoming album.

The 10 tracks included in El Leila De are finalized and set in the following order on the upcoming album: 1. Ne2oul Eih 2. El Leila De 3. Toul Ma'Ana Shaifak 4. Hekayat 5. Inta El Ghaly 6. Rohy Mertahalak 7. Aletly Oul 8. We Fehmt Einak 9. Dekhet 10. Khalik Ma'aya

The album master copy was given to Rotana, Amr Diab's CD production company, on the last week of June to meet the 07/07/07 release date he had planned earlier. Rotana however has delayed the release of the new CD for a couple of days for unknown reasons. The album has also been leaked but Diab's increasing fan base have impressively not allowed the leaked copy to be distributed on the internet although later on sadly, it actually got leaked. The album was officially released on July 11th, 2007. The album has already become a huge hit in Egypt and all over the middle-east. The album sold over 1,000,000 copies in only 5 days of release. The video clip has been slated for a July 27th release. The song that Amr chose to film was N'eoul Eih, which is unique with the new style of House Music mixed with oriental Arabic music. The video clip was filmed in California's own Santa Monica & Malibu, and also near Hollywood. El Leila De has once again proved that Amr Diab is the Middle East's top singer. On July 27th, Rotana News announced that "El Leila De" has sold over 2 million copies in less than two weeks in the Middle East, which gives the album a good chance to surpass Kammel Kalamak's 3 million copies in one month.

On the 30th of October 2007, the management of the World Music Awards announced that Amr Diab was to receive an award for best selling artist in the Middle East for this album. Amr Diab received the award in the festival that was held in Monaco, Monte-Carlo, on the 4th of November 2007, with a total of three WMA's in his career.

|̲̅̅●̲̅̅Wayah (2009)

Wayah was released for sale on the internet on June 27; however, the album was leaked online and was downloaded illegally amid complaints of slow download speed on the official site. Diab's fans initiated a massive boycott of the sites with the illegal copies[6] and by July 3, 2009 Wayah had sold more than 1.2222 million copies in the first week

●̲̅̅|̲̅̅ ̲̅|̲̅̅● Music Videos

Amr Diab is one of the first singers to popularize music videos in the Arab world. With the exception of his very early albums, all albums had a song or two shot as music videos. Amr Diab cooperated with the top music videos directors in the Middle East including Tarek El-Erian and Sherif Sabri.

●|● Ne'oul Eih Video Clip

The most anticipated video clip of 2007, N'eoul Eih, was released on August 14th, 2007. Released on Rotana TV for the first time, the video was a great success. It was released minutes later on an Egyptian program named "El Beit Betak", on EGYPT TV. The video was produced by The Company Pictures, a full production company based out of Santa Monica, California, directed by young Egyptian Director, Marwan Hamed, and was filmed in California and featured Natalie Martinez, an actress who was featured in Fashion House a popular telenovela.

●̲̅̅|̲̅̅ ̲̅|̲̅̅● World Music Awards

Amr Diab is the only arabic singer who was awarded the World Music Awards three times, he received the World Music Awards as the best selling Arabic artist for his 1996 "Nour El Ain" album, his 2002 "Aktar Wahed" album and his latest "El Leila De" album released in 2007.

●̲̅̅|̲̅̅ ̲̅|̲̅̅● Film career

Diabs' fame in the music industry has led him to experiment with other forms of media, such as film. Amr's first movie was released in 1993, and was named, Deahk We La'ab (Laughter & Fun). The film premiered in the Egyptian Film Festival in 1993. Amr played alongside International Egyptian movie star Omar Sharif (Lawrence Of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago), in the movie. His second movie, Ice Cream fi Gleem, was also released in '90's. The movie was much more successful than Deahk We La'ab. Amr's film career has not been as successful as his singing career.

●̲̅̅|̲̅̅ ̲̅|̲̅̅● Endorsements

Amr Diab has taken part in an internationally known Pepsi commercial featuring four other pop musicians; Beyoncé Knowles, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, and Britney Spears. In the US version, Enrique Iglesias takes the role of the Caesar. But in the pan Arab version, the four American singers were retained but the male figure was replaced with Diab. This was not the first Pepsi commercial Diab has done; he also filmed commercials featuring his songs "Ana Aktar wahed"(I'm the most one), "Allem Alby"(teach my heart) and "Khad Alby Ma'aa"(He took my heart with him). Diab also appeared in a commercial along side Jennifer Lopez, singing The Troggs hit "Wild Thing".

●̲̅̅|̲̅̅ ̲̅|̲̅̅● Record Labels

Amr's earliest albums were released by Delta Sound. In 1996 Amr moved to Alam Al Phan were he released his greatest hits. In between 2003 and 2004, and after a long successful career with Alam El Phan, Diab officially announced the termination of his contract with Mohsen Gaber (owner of Alam El Phan). Rumors were spread around about the tense situation going on between Gaber and Diab. Then other rumors circulated that Saudi Prince Waleed Bin Talal (owner of Rotana) has lured Amr with offering a better deal.

In the second half of 2006, unconfirmed news have been reported saying that Amr Diab will no longer be working with rotana, and that he has secretly signed a blockbuster 3 albums and 2 films contract with Cairo-based film production company Good News for Film and Music owned by his friend Adel Adeeb.

●̲̅̅|̲̅̅ ̲̅|̲̅̅● Future

The release of "El Leila De" marked Amr's final effort under his previous contract with Rotana. After much speculation about which production company he would sign with next, Amr announced that he is still thinking about the offers he received, and that he is putting all his attention into TV programe featuring his early career to the point of winning the World music Awards for the 3rd time.

[[ ► Discography

* Wayyah (With her/him) (2009)
* El Leila De (Tonight) (2007)
* Kammel Kalamak (Finish your Words) (2005)
* Leily Nahary (My Nights and Days) (2004)
* Allem Alby (Teach My Heart) (2003)
* Aktar Wahed (The Most One) (2001)
* Tamally Maak (Always With You) (2000)
* Amarein (Two Moons) (1999)
* Awedoony (They Got Me Used To) (1998)
* Nour El-Ein (Light of the Eye) (1996)
* Ragaeen (We'll Be back) (1995)
* Zekrayat (Memories) (1994)
* W Ylomoony (And they Blame me) (1994)
* Ya Omrena (Our Life) (1993)
* Ice Cream Fi Gleam (Ice Cream In Gleam) (1992)
* Ayamna (Our days) (1992)
* Habiby (My Love) (1991)
* Matkhafeesh (Don't Worry) (1990)
* Shawaana (Missing You) (1989)
* Mayyal (In Love) (1988)
* Ya Helwa (Hey Sweetie) (1988)
* Khalseen (We're Done) (1987)
* Hala Hala (Welcome, Welcome) (1986)
* We Mneen Ageeb Nas (To whom I Complain?) (1985)
* Ghanny Men Albak (Sing from your heart) (1984)
* Ya Tareea (O' Road) (1981

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