Music Briefs: Arabic Pop


Arabic pop, commonly referred to as “Arab pop” or “Middle Eastern pop,” is a contemporary music style that combines Western pop music with traditional Arabic music. It first appeared in the middle of the 20th century and has since become one of the most popular and influential musical styles in the Arab world.


Arabic Pop History

The 1950s and 1960s saw the emergence of Arabic pop music as Arab musicians began fusing aspects of Western music with classical Arabic music. The first Arab pop song is believed to be “Enta Omri,” which was released in 1964 by the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum.

In the following decades, it continued to evolve and expand into what we are more familiar to hearing today. Here are some of the major influencers.


70s and 80s – Egyptian Pop

During the 1970s and 1980s, Egypt significantly contributed to the rise of this genre. Egyptian artists like Abdel Halim Hafez, Umm Kulthum, and Mohamed Abdel Wahab gained immense popularity across the Arab world and beyond. .

80s and 90s – Lebanese Influence on Arabic Music

Lebanese pop musicians like Fairouz, Wadih El Safi, and Sabah made a vital contribution to the development of Arab popular music in the 1980s and 1990s. During this period, Lebanon developed into a hub of culture and a center for music production in the Arab world, and its musicians significantly influenced the sound of modern Arabic pop.

The 90s to Present – Contemporary Arab Pop

Arabic pop musicians have continued experimenting with combining different genres and varying their techniques in the new millennium. Contemporary Arabic popular songs now frequently incorporate elements of Latin music, hip-hop, and electronic dance music (EDM), resulting in a vibrant and avant-garde musical environment.

During this time, Tamer Hosny, Nancy Ajram, and Amr Diab rose to prominence and the world started to recognize their contributions to Arabic pop.

Social media like TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube and online music platforms like Spotify have revolutionized how Arabic pop music is consumed and distributed. Arabic pop remains a prominent and influential genre in the Arab world and continues to gain popularity worldwide.


Genre Characteristics

Traditional Arabic instruments:  Arabic pop often combines the oud, darbuka, and qanun with contemporary instruments like electric guitars and synthesizers in the music tracks.

Melodic vocals: Artists frequently display their vocal prowess in lively and emotional ballads and Arabic pop vocals are commonly defined by rhythmic and expressive singing techniques.

Unique rhythmic patterns: The genre has a variety of rhythmic patterns with occasional influence by Middle Eastern folk music and local dancing forms.

Arab lyrics: Arabic pop touches on various subjects, such as love, romance, social issues, and daily life. The words can be in standard Arabic or dialects specific to different Arab countries.

Influence from Other Genres:  Musicians may adopt aspects from other genres, such as Latin music, electronic dance music, and hip-hop.


Pond5 Examples of Arabic Pop

Find inspiration in these tracks dedicated to the genre and deep dive into the genre.

Arabic pop - Modern Arabic Loop

Arabic Pop - Arabic Style Pop Holiday East


Submission ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 2 and 7 minutes long.
  • The tempo should be between 100 and 140 BPM.
  • Use traditional Arabic instruments like the oud, darbuka, and qanun. In some tracks, a violin is incorporated.
  • Arabic lyrics are an advantage but optional – don’t limit yourself by them, and feel free to upload purely instrumental tracks.
  • Don’t forget to experiment with different genres.



  • Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. Please do not use a recognizable band or artist name!
  • We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social media use.
  • Don’t forget to add ARABICPOPP5BRIEF among your keywords so we can track down and promote your content.
  • Please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Egypt Music – Jun 2011 by EPA_Image.

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Creative Briefs: The World of Science


Since the birth of humanity, our natural curiosity has compelled us to investigate and solve the mysteries of the natural world. For thousands of years, various cultures and their greatest minds have significantly contributed their innovations to our lives. Science has fundamentally changed how we live, enabling us to address complex problems from space exploration to understanding medicine – in the end, because of science, we can raise the standard of living. Switch the lens and dive into the world of science, this month’s creative brief theme.


Shot List Thought Starters

Get inspired by the following science subcategories and ignite your imagination with the initial ideas on what to shoot.

People of science

Capture the scientific adventurers – researchers,
lab operators, biologists, chemists, physicists,
and other curious minds in action!

  • People in lab coats conducting experiments and analyzing data.
  • Scientists collaborating in a laboratory setting.
  • Researchers presenting their findings.
  • Lab workers operating scientific equipment and instruments.
  • Scientists dressing up for an experiment.

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The realms under the microscope

From mitosis to zoomed-in monsters, showcase the realms that are invisible to the human eye.

  • Time-lapse footage of cell division during mitosis.
  • Macro shots of microorganisms like bacteria and protozoa in a drop of water.
  • Time-lapse footage of fungal growth and spore release.
  • Footage of blood cells.
  • Microscopic imagery of humans, such as human hair under a microscope.

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Scientific equipment

Submit shots of the tools and safety gadgets that make
science efficient and allow us to improve
the world we live in.

  • Essential safety items, such as lab goggles, lab coats, gloves, respiratory protection, etc.
  • Close-ups of scientists using pipettes, test tubes, and beakers in experiments.
  • Footage of microscopes, centrifuges, and other lab equipment in operation.
  • Time-lapse of lab equipment setups for various experiments.

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The atomic animation

Buyers are interested in animated science-related videos, as the visuals are easy to digest.

  • 3D visualization of atoms, molecules, cells, and other biologic structures.
  • Animated sequences of molecular structures and interactions, such as DNA, mitotic stages, fertilization, etc.
  • Human anatomy and physiology in animation – animations of the brain, beating heart, digestive system, etc.
  • Animation of various viruses, such as the cold virus, flu, etc.
  • Animated visualizations of atoms and their subatomic particles.
  • Animated sequences of nuclear fission and fusion processes.
  • Animations of nanomachines and their potential applications.

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Inside the lab

Capture establishing shots of the strongholds of science – the labs, research centers, and more!

  • Day and night exterior establishing shots of the facilities, such as labs and other institutions.
  • Footage of scientists working in well-equipped and organized labs.
  • Shots of scientists’ workstations featuring computers, notebooks, and reference materials.
  • Time-lapse of research centers showcasing their modern architecture.
  • Time-lapse of a laboratory’s daily activities, showcasing the bustling environment.
  • Footage of emergency eyewash stations and safety showers in labs.
  • Close-ups of safety equipment like fire extinguishers and chemical spill kits.
  • Shots of astronomers and astrophysicists using telescopes and observing the night sky.
  • Time-lapse of telescopes moving to track celestial objects.

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Scientific workflow

From mixing chemicals and using a centrifuge to laser experiments in the physics lab, science is fun! Enlighten us with fresh takes on scientific processes.

  • Time-lapse of 3D printers creating scientific prototypes.
  • Close-ups of chemical reactions in test tubes and beakers.
  • Shots of scientists loading samples into a centrifuge and spinning it.
  • Footage of physicists conducting experiments with lasers.
  • Shots of scientists analyzing data on computers and using specialized software.
  • Shots of research teams discussing results and planning the next steps.

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Submission Ideas

Remember to capture various angles, perspectives, and close-ups to provide versatile and dynamic footage. Pay attention to composition, lighting, and capturing authentic moments that showcase the essence of each transportation mode.


Suitable Keywords:

Laboratory, Scientist, Microscope, Cells, Research, Satellite Dish, Chemistry, Atom, Astronomy, Molecule, Physics, Genetics, Science Technology, Experiment, Biology, Cell Division, Chemistry Lab, Evolution, Observatory, Chemicals, Test Tube


Target Group

All groups, especially corporations, marketing agencies, video producers, advertising, medical companies, pharmacy, etc.



  • Check out our marketplace for visual reference and inspiration.
  • Stand out and create something that pops out among the other search results.
  • Ensure your submission falls under commercial use by submitting the appropriate release forms when necessary.

Top image: “Microscope With Metal Lens At Laboratory. Medical Equipment.” by romaset.

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