BEIRUT: Lebanese singer Elissa announced on Monday that her music career will come to an end right after the release of her upcoming album.
Her decision to retire came as a reaction to the current situation of the music industry, which she described as toxic and “similar to mafias.” Nonetheless, the singer's announcement was not clear on whether or not she will continue to perform in different concerts.
“I am preparing this new album with a lot of love and passion. The reason is that it will be the last one in my career. I am announcing this with a heavy heart but with a lot of conviction because I can’t work in a field that is similar to mafias. I can’t be productive anymore,” Elissa tweeted.
Elissa’s tweet left followers surprised, and Twitter shortly flooded with #KelnaElissa, which translates to “we are all Elissa” in English.
"Guys I totally understand your sadness and I appreciate all the messages I am getting from you. I only want you to know that I am doing this for my own good. It’s still early to talk since I have my album, my concerts, and many events and I promise that when I am ready to produce for myself I will do it," Elissa tweeted replying to all those who supported her and showed frustration over her decision.
Fans and other Lebanese and Arab singers showed major dismay and some even asked her to reconsider her choice.
“What sad news! I will never want to imagine this field without you. Not having you in the field is a great loss for your audience, your colleagues and the industry. You have my full support with whatever u decide, but I wish you can give this another thought,” Mohamed Hamaki, Egyptian singer tweeted.
“You’re honest, bold and beautiful, no matter where you are and what you do! Your relentless fight for human causes & women’s rights will never stop. I’m far away geographically ... but, with you heart ‘n soul,” Mazen Hayek tweeted.
Maya Diab, Assala, Jad Shwery, Joumana Bou Eid, Shames, Radwa Al Sherbiny, Haifa Wehbe, Ahlam, Latifa Al Tunisia, and Ramy Ayash were some of the public figures who also showed support to the star.
“Maybe we weren't close friends. We almost never had similar views and we certainly did treat each other in an unjust way,” Ramy Ayach said in a tweet. “But I will not accept your retirement, I love you and I have always been proud that we have a singer like you in the Arab world.”
Elissa has been one of the highest-selling Middle Eastern women artists since 2005. Her songs have challenged major taboo topics. One of her latest songs tackled her struggle with breast cancer, which ultimately boosted her support system.
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