Richii

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Richii
Birth name Richard Abicair
Born (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 25)
Origin Australian/Lebanese
Genres Pop, electropop, English/Arabic mixed
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, Music producer
Years active 2009–present
Website www.officialrichii.com

Richii (Arabic: ريتشى) (born Richard Abicair, on August 17, 1989 in Melbourne, Australia) is a singer, dancer, songwriter and music producer[1] whose popularity can be attributed to his Arabic singing in a Western style,[2] heavy incorporation of Western electropop[3] elements in his music and performances. Richii's first two singles both spent multiple weeks in the No.1 position on Lebanese charts in the weeks after their release.

Musical career[edit]

After signing a management contract with producer Hadii Sharara[4] and moving from Australia to Lebanon at 19 years old',[5] Richii released his first single "Dayeb Wehyatik" with an accompanying music video. The song became the #1 Most Requested Song on the MelodyArabia song charts.[6] for a number of weeks in the summer of 2009. "Dayeb Wehyatik" was featured in an episode of the LBC TV drama series No2tet 7ub. Because of his young image and pop music style, some people portrayed him to be the "Lebanese Justin Bieber".[7]

  • Richii released his second single "Ana Lubnaneyoun", a patriotic dance track, in December 2009. The video, which came almost a year later, was both acclaimed and heavily criticised due to its Western-style video for a Lebanese patriotic song,[8] but the song received heavy rotation on radio as a result.[9] Due to its heavy play in nightclubs and patriotic lyrics, it was deemed 'the official club anthem of Beirut’s nightlife’.[10] Richii, with his director May Elias (chief editor of the Arts section in Elaph.com) premiered the video for 'Ana Lubnaneyoun' on Orbit TV station 'Al Youm' during the '3youn Beirut' or 'Eyes on Beirut' segment.

On Valentine’s Day, Richii released to select radios a promotional single called ‘Valentine’ which he dedicated to his fans.[11]

His single "Gowa Hodny" was released in June 2011 and it features a summer-styled dance video.[12]

Richii has performed at two large concert events: Byblos Festival in 2010 and Dhour El Choueir 'immigrants festival' in 2009, which celebrated the diversity and vitality immigrants brought to Lebanon. Richii was asked to perform due to his Australian upbringing and subsequent immigration to Lebanon in 2009.

Discography[edit]

  • Insane
  • Gowa
  • Hodny
  • Dayeb
  • Wehyatek
  • Valentine
  • Ana Lubnanyoun
  • Eternity (June 2013)

Video clips[edit]

Song/Video Year
Dayeb Wehyatik 2009
Ana Lubnaneyoun 2010
Gowa Hodny / High 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ RICHII Interview with Fanoos.com. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  2. ^ Hot Arabic Music Blog. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  3. ^ Official Facebook Bandpage. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  4. ^ RICHII's Myspace Page. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  5. ^ RICHII Radio Interview with Sawt El Noujoum 107.8FM. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  6. ^ MelodyArabia song charts. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  7. ^ Nadine Magazine (28 December 2009). Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  8. ^ MusicNation Article about 'Ana Lubnaneyoun' Video Shoot. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  9. ^ LBC/Rotana's Opinion Poll - Radio Rotana FM's Weekly Chart (24 December 2009). Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  10. ^ Fanoos.com Article. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  11. ^ Elaph.com Video Article about 'Valentine'. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  12. ^ Article about 'Gowa Hodny' Video Shooting. Retrieved 10 July 2011.

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