April 5, 2021

The Celebrity List: Arab Music Stars 2021

Gone are the days of browsing record stores and complex stereo systems—this is the era of the streaming platform, and this last year especially has seen the online consumption of music skyrocket. Record sales have been replaced by follows, downloads, and views.

This has led to booming revenues for the streamers. As of March 17, 2021, Spotify had a market value of $54.4 billion. Meanwhile Deezer was valued at $1.4 billion as of July 2020. In the Middle East, leading home-grown streaming service Anghami is about to list on the U.S. stock exchange, Nasdaq, at a valuation of $220 million.

Our list of the Middle East’s top Arab music celebrities highlights 50 of MENA’s most streamed and followed active singers, bands, and rappers that dominated the Arabic music industry in 2020.

The list was dominated by Egyptian artists with 20 entries, followed by Lebanese with 12. Adham Nabulsi was Jordan’s sole entry, ranking among the 10 most-streamed Arab singers on Anghami last year. Meanwhile, rapper Balti was Tunisia’s only entry, with more than 1.3 billion views on YouTube.

Unsurprisingly, Egyptian veteran superstar Amr Diab was last year’s most-streamed Arab singer in MENA on Anghami, Deezer, and Spotify. And Lebanese songbird Nancy Ajram was the most followed singer on social media, with more than 71 million followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred is the most followed on YouTube, with more than 12.4 million subscribers to his channel.

To help construct this list, Anghami and Deezer both shared some detailed data with us. We looked at the top 50 most-streamed active singers and artists on both platforms between January 1 and December 31, 2020, as well as numbers of YouTube views and subscribers, and social media followers.

We have presented this non-ranked list in alphabetical order according to the English alphabet and using either the individual’s first name or the stage name they are known by.

Issad Rebrab & family
Abdul Majeed Abdullah
abyusif arab singer
adham nabulsi arab singer
Adham Nabulsi
ahlam ashamsi
Ahlam Alshamsi
Amr Diab arab singer
Amr Diab
angham arab singer
assala arab singer
Assala Nasri
balti arab singer
egyptian band cairokee
singer carole samaha
Carole Samaha
cheb bilal arab singer
Cheb Bilal
el sawareekh arab band
El Sawareekh
artist elgrandetoto
arab singer elissa
singer haifa wehbe
Haifa Wehbe
arab singer hassan shakosh
Hassan Shakosh
hussain aljassmi
Hussain Al Jassmi
kadim al sahir singer
Kadim Al Sahir
Khaled arab singer
singer mahmoud el esseily
Mahmoud El Esseily
arab singer Marwan Khoury
Marwan Khoury
arab singer majid almohandis
Majid Almohandis
arab singer marwan mousa
Marwan Moussa
arab singer mohammed assaf
Mohammed Assaf
mohamed hamaki arab singer
Mohamed Hamaki
mohamed mounir arab singer
Mohamed Mounir
mohamed ramadan arab singer
Mohamed Ramadan
moustafa hagag arab singer
Moustafa Hagag
myriam fares arab singer
Myriam Fares
najwa karam arab singer
Najwa Karam
nancy ajram
Nancy Ajram
nassif zeytoun
Nassif Zeytoun
omar kamal arab singer
Omar Kamal
ragheb alama arab singer
Ragheb Alama
ramy ayach arab singer
Ramy Ayach
ramy gamal arab singer
Ramy Gamal
ramy sabry arab singer
Ramy Sabry
rashed almajid arab singer
Rashed AlMajid
saad lamjarred arab singer
Saad Lamjarred
Saif Nabeel Arab Singer
Saif Nabeel
sharmoofers arab band
sherin abdel wahab actress singer
Sherine Abdel-Wahab
soolking arab rapper
tamer ashour arab singer
Tamer Ashour
tamer hosny arab singer
Tamer Hosny
wael kfoury studio El singer
Wael Kfoury
wegz arab singer
yara arab singer
ziad bourji arab singer
Ziad Bourji
zouhair bahaoui arab singer
Zouhair Bahaoui
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