Issam Alnajjar press photo wearing a white hoodie and brownish jacket

Issam Alnajjar releases a lyric video for his “Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek)” single with Loud Luxury and Ali Gatie

Issam Alnajjar is a rising 17-year-old singer-songwriter and guitarist from Amman, Jordan. Expanding the scope of his debut viral smash, “Hadal Ahbek,” Issam recruited a Canadian multi-Platinum/Diamond dance music duo, Loud Luxury, to reimagine the track. The result, “Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek),” also featuring Ali Gatie, a multi-Platinum Iraqi-Canadian singer-songwriter who delivers an undeniable guest spot, elevating the song to a whole new level.

Issam Alnajjar – “Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek)” lyric video with Loud Luxury and Ali Gatie

‘Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek)’ contains a relationship-based narrative, and English and Arabic vocals, and tuneful melodies. The likable tune possesses sped-up, up-tempo instrumentation flavored with modern dance and deep house elements.

‘Hadal Ahbek’ is the first Arabic song to explode worldwide as a viral #1 hit. To date, the song has accumulated over 30 million Spotify streams and three billion sound views on TikTok. Also, it has climbed up numerous global charts and been added to notable playlists since its release. Not too long ago, Issam Alnajjar released an official music video for the original version, which has already amassed over five million views on YouTube in just a few short weeks.

Issam Alnajjar – “Hadal Ahbek” (Official Video)

Upon release, the track peaked at #1 on Spotify’s US and Global Viral 50 Charts and Shazam’s Top 200 Global Chart. As well as reaching #17 and #20 on Apple Music’s Global Hits and Viral Hits Playlists, respectively. The song claimed spots on Spotify’s Pop Rising, Viral Hits, Teen Beats, and RADAR playlists. On the international stage, it hit #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart in 25 local markets, including UK, Canada, Germany, France, and Mexico. Plus, #1 on Shazam’s Top 200 Chart in 24 local markets.

In the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, the track peaked at #3 on Apple Music Pop Chart in Jordan and Lebanon. #5 on Apple Music Pop Chart in Egypt, #3 on Spotify’s Saudi Arabia Daily Chart, and #3 on Deezer Lebanon Chart. #7 on Deezer United Arab Emirates Chart and #7 on Deezer Tunisia Chart. Also, the live performance video of “Hadal Ahbek” currently has over 60 million views on YouTube.

Issam Alnajjar – “Hadal Ahbek” (Performance Video)

‘Hadal Ahbek,’ which translates to “I’ll keep loving you” in Arabic, first became an Internet sensation after Issam Alnajjar posted a snippet of the track on Instagram. After finding initial success and amassing over 10 thousand followers and 12 thousand views overnight, he created a fan challenge with the song on TikTok, which set it on fire around the world. The irresistible bop has arrived as a cross-continental anthem and cements Alnajjar as an international artist to watch in 2021.

Issam Alnajjar

Issam Alnajjar press photo wearing a white sweatshirt

“‘Hadal Ahbek’ was a turning point in my career. Getting the chance to revisit it in English with Ali Gatie and Loud Luxury is insane.” – Issam Alnajjar stated

Issam Alnajjar is leading the way for a new generation of artists from the Middle East and North Africa to take over the global music scene. He has been creating music for a couple of years, studying the songwriting of pop artists like Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran and admiring the creativity of iconic artists like Queen and The Weeknd. For any artist to have a top song is an accomplishment. But what makes Issam’s feat more incredible is that he achieved this with a song sung in Arabic.

Loud Luxury

Loud Luxury press photo sitting next to each other

“‘Turning Me Up’ is by far the most unique record we’ve ever worked on. It’s our first chance to take our sound and inject it with an international flair. Between working with Issam, who is halfway across the world, and Ali who happens to be from the same hometown, this song is meant to break down borders.” – Andrew Fedyk and Joe De Pace of Loud Luxury chimed in

Loud Luxury (Andrew Fedyk and Joe De Pace) scooped up three 2020 JUNO Awards nominations for Dance Recording Of The Year, Fan Choice Award, and Group Of The Year. Their worldwide smash hit, “Body (feat. Brando),” is certified Diamond (10x Platinum) in Canada, 6x Platinum in Australia, 3x Platinum in Switzerland, double Platinum in Austria, Denmark, U.K., and the U.S. Also, it went Platinum in the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

Loud Luxury feat. brando – “Body” music video

‘Body’ held the #1 spot in the U.S. Mediabase Dance Airplay chart for two weeks, charted in the Top 40 of U.S. Pop radio, and the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart (#4). Furthermore, the song accumulated over a billion plays across the most popular streaming services.

Loud Luxury & anders – “Love No More” music video

Loud Luxury’s follow-up single, “Love No More (with anders),” garnered 12 million streams on Spotify alone in its first month. Currently, the song sits at over 140 million plays on the streaming platform. “I’m Not Alright (with Bryce Vine)” adds to the tally with over 80 million streams. In 2020, the duo released their debut EP, Nights Like This. Followed by “Like Gold” featuring Stephen Puth with Frank Walker, and “Amnesia” featuring GASHI with Ship Wrek.

Ali Gatie

Ali Gatie press photo wearing a white outfit (close up shot)

“I want my fans to know I’m still figuring this out. I might not know for five or 10 years, but this is where I feel like I sit most comfortably. You can expect the unexpected.” – Ali Gatie stated

Ali Gatie’s music is intimate in a way that almost feels private. The Toronto-raised artist’s pop-meets-R&B is often vulnerable, wounded, and yearning. Listening is less like thumbing through his diary than stumbling upon the pages he’s ripped out and stuffed at the bottom of a drawer. Hits like a double-platinum acoustic love letter, “It’s You,” and his new EP, “The Idea of Her,” demonstrate how affecting such an approach can be.

Ali Gatie – “It’s You” [Official Music Video]

Ali Gatie shares the contours of his emotions in hopes that listeners see themselves reflected. And his fans, The LISNERS, have connected to these songs in a way that feels profound. After blossoming his sound via bigger projects like 2020’s “You,” he’s now accumulated over three billion streams across various platforms.

Gatie isn’t the type to care about such numbers. However, it’s evidence of the powerfully authentic bonds he’s been able to form. This year alone, he’s been nominated for three Juno Awards. Also, his “The Idea of Her” album is full of new leaps. The project underscores his unguarded approach to songwriting while emphasizing that there are new worlds out there to explore.

“Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek)” single

Issam Alnajjar - “Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek)” song cover art with Loud Luxury and Ali Gatie

Universal Music Group and Republic Records recently partnered with Wassim “SAL” Slaiby, Founder and CEO of SALXCO and XO RECORDS. Earlier this week, they announced the launch of Universal Arabic Music (UAM), a newly created label dedicated to discovering, introducing, and championing the artists, sounds, and rich musical culture of the Middle East & North Africa region to audiences around the world. Also, UAM marked the launch by announcing Issam Alnajjar as its first artist signing.

We recommend adding Issam Alnajjar’s “Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek)” single to your favorite playlist. Also, let us know how you feel in the comment section below. Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, “That’s All Folks!” Thanks for reading another great article on Bong Mines Entertainment. And always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (P.E.A.C.E).


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