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Dina Hayek
دينا حايك
Born June 10, 1982 (1982-06-10) (age 27)
Origin Lebanon
Genres Arabic
Occupations Singer
Years active 1999 — present

Dina Hayek (born Collet Bou Gergis on 10 June 1982)[1] is a popular Lebanese singer. She gained popularity by the release of her second album, Katabtillak. Her mother is Syrian and her father Lebanese.

Career

Hayek started her career year 1999 as a solo artist, after being discovered by composer George Mardorzian. She studied music at Kaslik University, before taking private courses for 3 years with Fouad Houad and two years Rafik Houbaika, both Lebanese musicians. Her debut album, Sehir Al Gharam was released in 2003 on the record label Music Master International, and included the single by the same name which was backed by Egyptian music channel Melody TV.

Hayek's commercial breakthrough came when she signed a contract with the Saudi Arabian record label Rotana. Her second album, titled Katabtillak, was released in 2005. It was a commercial success, and included the singles, "Katabtillak" and "Dark el-Hawa'a".

Dina Hayek's third album, Ta'ala Albi was released in 2006. It included the single by the same name.

Hayek has admitted that some Rotana artists, such as singer Elissa, get more attention from the record company executives than the rest[2]. She was also disappointed with the promotional efforts made for Ta'ala Albi, and the low sales figures - compared to Katabtillak - in both Egypt and the Gulf region. She also showed disappointment in Rotana for claiming that they were not able to secure her a performance at the 2007 Hala Febrayer Festival in Kuwait, and later that year she eventually resigned from her contract with Rotana. She is currently working on new material with the support from Melody TV.[3] [4]

An active singer, Hayek has given a number concerts and festivals in Lebanon, Egypt and the Gulf region. Her voice got the attention of Syrian popular singer, George Wassouf with whom she performed in many concerts. She has also worked with Melhem Barakat in a few concerts.

Discography

  • Sehir Al Gharam (2003)
  • Katabtillak (2005)
  • Ta'ala Albi (2006)

References

  1. ^ Zulfikar, Dina (2006). "Dina Hayek Profile" (in English, Arab). Arab-Celebs. http://www.arab-celebs.com/profile.asp?ID=206. Retrieved 2007-07-14.  
  2. ^ "Latifa: The New Envy of Rotana Divas?" (in English, Arab). WALEG.com. 2007-02-05. http://www.waleg.com/archives/006747.html. Retrieved 2007-07-14. "Dina Hayek, on the other hand, said flat out that Elissa got better treatment than everyone else."  
  3. ^ "Rotana vs. Artists: Round 1,000,000" (in English, Arab). WALEG.com. 2007-02-26. http://www.waleg.com/archives/006985.html. Retrieved 2007-07-14. "Dina Hayek is complaining about insufficient advertising."  
  4. ^ "Dina Hayek Says Goodbye To Rotana" (in English, Arab). WALEG.com. 2007-05-09. http://www.waleg.com/archives/008023.html. Retrieved 2007-07-14.  
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