Warner Recorded Music signs Saudi superstar Dalia Mubarak

Warner Recorded Music has signed Dalia Mubarak, described by the music company as one of the ‘most influential female superstars in the Middle East”.

Labeled as “the voice of the young Saudi generation” according to a press release, Warner says that she blends contemporary music genres, such as R&B, with traditional Khaleeji music from the Gulf region, which incorporates instruments such as the duff drums, oud, mirwas and table.

Warner says that Mubarak became “instantly famous” in the Arab Gulf with the release of her debut single, Turn the Table, in 2014. Furthermore, her debut album, Min Al Akher, achieved significant success in Saudi Arabia and across the region, says Warner.

Dalia Mubarak’s singles have included Areen Al Ashq, Beni O Bink, Damet Ghala, Fariq An Alnass Khedni, Lail EL Mefarag, Qedar Qedar, Takhayel and Ymkin.

In 2020, she released Elly Yemshy 3ady, her first song sung in the Egyptian dialect.

In June 2022 she featured on the front cover of Saudi Arabia Vogue and this month she won Best Saudi Arabian Artist at the ‘Distinctive International Arab Festivals Awards’ (DIAFA) in Dubai.

Warner Music opened its Middle East affiliate back in 2018.

In 2021, Warner acquired a minority stake in Rotana Music, which is claimed to be the largest record label in the Middle East.

And earlier this year, Warner Music completed its acquisition of Qanawat Music.

According to IFPI’s recently published Global Music Report, recorded music market revenues in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region grew by 35% in 2021 – the fastest-growing region in the world.

“I’m delighted to be signing a recording deal with Warner Music.”

Dalia Mubarak 

Dalia Mubarak said: “I’m delighted to be signing a recording deal with Warner Music.

“It’s got the global footprint, cultural connections and marketing expertise I need to help me take my music to even more fans around the world. I’ve already got some exciting projects lined up and I can’t wait to share the details with you.”

“The speed with which the Saudi music scene is advancing is amazing, and Dalia has been a trailblazer for change.”

Max Lousada, Warner Recorded Music

Max Lousada, CEO, Warner Recorded Music, said: “The speed with which the Saudi music scene is advancing is amazing, and Dalia has been a trailblazer for change.

“She symbolises a new generation of female artists from the country who are rewriting the rules and winning fans across the region and beyond. We’re excited to be supporting the next stage of her international career.”

“Dalia is the gold-standard for Arabic artists, so with the passion and synergy of our teams at Warner Music, there’s no doubt she’ll reach new fans worldwide with her music.”

Alfonso Perez-Soto, Warner Recorded Music

Alfonso Perez-Soto, President, Emerging Markets, Warner Recorded Music, added: “Following our recent acquisition of Qanawat, we’re working at full speed to sign the best talent across the Middle East and North Africa.

“Dalia is the gold-standard for Arabic artists, so with the passion and synergy of our teams at Warner Music, there’s no doubt she’ll reach new fans worldwide with her music.”

“Dalia is an absolute superstar who has helped transform the prospects for both female performers in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.”

Ahmed Nureni, Warner Music Middle East

Ahmed Nureni, General Manager, Warner Music Middle East, said: “Dalia is an absolute superstar who has helped transform the prospects for both female performers in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.

“She’s a passionate performer and a thoughtful person who is committed to using her influence for good.”

 Music Business Worldwide