Most music is recorded in studios as is Western Pop music.
But also several live albums have been popular such as with Asalah and Egyptian legend Umm Kulthum. Singles are not released separately, but just airplay is common.
Ringtone charts are occasionally made, but due to bootlegging, they are also highly inaccurate.
One of the jokes goes: Arabic is a Semitic language and therefore shares similarities with other Semitic languages, such as Aramaic and Hebrew.Modern Standard Arabic, or MSA, is similar but easier than Classical Arabic.It's understood across the Arab world and used by television presenters and politicians, for example, as well as to teach Arabic as a foreign language.In some countries where certain types of music is banned by Islamic law, such as Iran, bootleg tape is most common.There are no official charts or certifications due to the loose nature of the business and bootlegging.Arabic is the official language of the 22 countries which form the Arab League: It’s the native language of over 200m people residing in this geographical region, which stretches from Southwest Asia to Northwest Africa and is also known as the Arab World.