Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 August 2019

Mariah Carey to perform at public concert in Saudi Arabia

Tiesto, Balqees and Sean Paul are also on the bill

FILE PHOTO: Mariah Carey performs during New Year's eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Mariah Carey performs during New Year's eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City, New York, U.S., December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Mariah Carey is set to play a concert in Saudi Arabia next Thursday, January 31. The show, which will take place in King Abdullah Economic City, will be part of the first ever international golf tournament to take place in the kingdom. Carey will be supported by Tiesto, while a Friday night gig at the same event will feature Balqees and Sean Paul.

The All I Want for Christmas Is You singer was in the news last month when her much loved Christmas classic cemented itself a place in cultural history as the most-streamed song in a single day on Spotify.

The 1994 single smashed Spotify’s existing single-day record with nearly 11 million streams on December 24. The 10,819,009 downloads the track attracted on Christmas Eve broke the record set earlier in the year by the late rapper XXXTentacion, whose track Sad! drew 10,415,088 streams on June 19, the day after he died in a Florida shooting.

Prior to that, US pop star Taylor Swift held the record for last year’s single Look What You Made Me Do which amassed 10.1 million streams in a single day.

The globally successful Swedish music streaming service finally launched in the Middle East last November, with fans in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Palestine now able to access the service free of charge. Music lovers can also take out premium membership of Dh19.99 per month, which allows music streaming to be uninterrupted by commercials, in addition to downloading songs that can be kept for listening offline.

Tickets for both concerts are available from 295SAR at www.ticketandboxoffice.com.

Updated: January 25, 2019 06:07 PM

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