Ahl Al Esheg

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Ahl Al Eheg
Studio album by Diana Haddad
Released February 9, 1997 (Lebanon)
February 10, 1997 (Dubai) March 5, 1997 (Saudi Arabia)
Recorded 1996—1997
Boody Naeom studio (Beirut, Lebanon) ; Flash studio (Beirut, Lebanon) ; Music Group studio (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) ;
Genre Pop
Label Stallions Records
Producer Emad Shams Al Din (exec.), George Mardosian (also exec.), Salim Salama
Diana Haddad chronology
Anida
(1996)
Ahl Al Esheg
(1997)
Ammanih
(1998)
Singles from Ahl Al Esheg
  1. "Anida"
    Released: late 1996
  2. "Ahl Al Esheg (Song)"
    Released: January, 1997
  3. "Bizal Minak"
    Released: June, 1997

Ahl Al Esheg is the second studio album by Lebanese pop singer-songwriter Diana Haddad, released by Stallions Records on February 10, 1997, continued along the lines established by her debut album Saken. The album was yet another hit for Haddad, especially the title song. By that time, Diana truly established herself as a top selling Lebanese singer, but what was coming was even more. The album was a huge major success in the radio stations including the Emirates radios, she was awarded for the best female artist and the best album in the popular radio station Emirates FM. Also, in late 1997 she received a nomination for the best Arabic female artist in the magazine Al Ryada Wal Shabab and she won it according to Rabie Al Hunaidi. Ahl Al Esheg is Haddad's third best studio album of all time behind Ammanih and her debut album Saken which were certified platinum by Stallions Records, her label. The album was heavily promoted, released in several editions and was supported by the Ahl Al Esheg Arab World Tour.

Background and recording[edit]

Although Haddad is a Khaliji man's wife, there is no Khaliji song in the album. Haddad wanted to introduce herself as a Lebanese Pop star. They, Haddad and her husband, began to choose the songs of the album in Saken's era, some of them were planned to be released in Saken but they were canceled, the track "Anida" which was released as the album's first single is one of them it was written by Emad Shams Al Din, produced by Shams Al Din also and composed by the Lebanese composer Robir Aram. Haddad recorded more than six tracks in Ahl Al Esheg era including her smash hit single "Ammanih" which was originally planned to be released in Ahl Al Esheg but when Haddad and her husband Suhail Al Abdoul felt that this song could be a huge success they canceled it from the album's track listing.

Promotion[edit]

The album followed Haddad's debut album Saken success. It was a big hit in Arabic TV channels Top 20 charts including Middle East Broadcasting Center (aka MBC), Qatar, Dubai, Arab Radio and Television Network (aka ART) and the popular entertainment channel Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (aka LBC). Dubai, the city, was full of Diana Haddad billboards as a commercial from Haddad's label Stallions Records. The album was certified Multiplatinum in the Arab World including Dubai and Lebanon.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bizal Minak" (Samir Nakhla, Emad Shams Al Din, Ali Safa, Diana Haddad) – 5:10 Lebanese Arabic
  2. "Wilfi Gafani" (Adel Raffol, Salim Salama, Ellie Al Alia) – 5:54
  3. "Tafh El Keil" (Emad Shams Al Din, Ehsan Al Monther, Diana Haddad) – 5:23
  4. "Ya Samieen El Sout" (Ellie Bitar, George Mardosian) – 5:16
  5. "Anida" (Emad Shams Al Din, Robir Aram) – 5:15
  6. "Ahl El Ishq" (Safoh Shegala, George Mardosian, Rojih Khori) – 6:39 Bedouin Arabic

Credits and personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Formats[edit]

These are the formats of major album releases of Ahl Al Esheg.

Release format Country Label
Lebanese Compact Cassette album Lebanon Stallions Records
Lebanese Compact Disc album Lebanon EMI Music Group
Emirates Compact Cassette album United Arab Emirates Stallions Records
Emirates Compact Disc album United Arab Emirates EMI Music Group
Egyptian Compact Cassette album Egypt Alam Al Phan (Mohsen Jaber Company)
Egyptian Compact Disc album Egypt Alam Al Phan (Mohsen Jaber Company)

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